Aside of their many technological applications, liquid crystalline materials continue to be the subject of intensive fundamental research. The past recent years have witness the discovery of new phases, including the twist-bend or the nematic ferroelectric phase. In addition, there has been progress in the control and mobility of topological defects, including skyrmions in cholesterics. Furthermore, active liquid crystals exhibit fascinating phenomenology, and colloidal partially-ordered materials continue to provide examples of unexpected and interesting physics. This symposium aims at showcasing these as well as other recent advances in the field to try and create synergies between researchers in Spain working with liquid crystals.