The Liquid Crystals GRS provides a unique forum for young doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to present their work, discuss new methods, cutting edge ideas, and pre-published data, as well as to build collaborative relationships with their peers. Experienced mentors and trainee moderators will facilitate active participation in scientific discussion to allow all attendees to be engaged participants rather than spectators.
The two-day seminar for early-career scientists and engineers will be composed of oral and poster sessions aimed at exchanging ideas and forming new collaborations at new frontiers in the theory, experimental science, and applications of liquid crystals. The topics that will be particularly featured include: (1) biological and biomimetic liquid crystals in medicine, nature, and active systems, (2) the simulation and theory of behavior and self-assembly in liquid crystalline architectures, and (3) advanced engineering of liquid crystals, including colloidal and elastomeric materials, for applications in energy, optics, robotics, and medical science.
The Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) (preceding the corresponding Gordon Research Conference) is a two-day conference for graduate students, postdocs, and other early career scientists that is particularly distinguished by its focus on career advice and mentorship. To support these aims, the GRS features a keynote speaker as well as a panel of career mentors. The keynote and mentor panel features individuals who are excellent mentors and researchers in the liquid crystal sciences. These diverse researchers include both early and senior career scientists from career paths including industry, academia, and national laboratories.
We encourage those applying to the GRS to also apply to the GRC taking place June 25 - 30, 2023.
The seminar will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS, either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.
The seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 19, 2023. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Information section above.
Gordon Research Seminars are 2-day meetings which take place on the Saturday and Sunday just prior to the start of the associated GRC. The GRS opens with a 1-hour introductory session on Saturday afternoon, followed by a poster session, dinner and a 2-hour session in the evening. Sunday morning begins with breakfast and is followed by another 2-hour session, a second poster session, and lunch. A final 1-hour session takes place just after lunch, and the associated GRC begins later that evening.