The symposium will be held on July 13th and 14th (Wednesday and Thursday), see the program below. (Other GEFES activities @Bienal RSEF.

Véronique Trappe (Fribourg University) will give a plenary talk on this topic on July 15th (Friday). (Unfortunately, this talk has been cancelled).

This symposium aims at bringing together scientists and engineers working in any of the many facets of soft condensed matter. Statics and dynamics, as well as equilibrium and out-of-equilibrium phenomena are all welcome. Similarly, we hope to have contributions in experiment, theory and simulation. Themes and systems of particular interest include granular matter, glasses and disordered systems, phase transitions, active matter, methodologies/techniques for probing soft matter structure and dynamics, liquid crystals and topological defects, mechanics of soft matter, emulsions, drops and hydrodynamic instabilities, and soft matter in external fields.

Organizing Committee

Alberto Fernandez-Nieves, Universitat de Barcelona and UBICS

Ignacio Pagonabarraga, Universitat de Barcelona and UBICS


Wednesday, July 13th

15:30-16:00 Pietro Tierno (invited) Topological Boundary Constraints in Artificial Colloidal Ice
16:00-16:15 Alejandro Cuetos Estudio mediante simulación de propiedades emergentes en colonias celulares
16:15-16:30 Alvaro Domínguez Alvarez Beyond classic phoresis: new insights into self-phoresis
16:30-16:45 Alexis de la Cotte Orientational correlations of active defects in flat and curved space
16:45-17:00 Pablo Maynar Blanco Understanding an instability in vibrated granular monolayers
17:00-18:00 17:00-17:15 Flashtalks (P1, P2 and P3)

Posters and Coffee

18:00-18:15 Ramon Planet Latorre The uncanny weight of granular columns
18:15-18:30 Carlos Miguel Barriuso Gutiérrez Discovering dynamic laws from observations: the case of self-propelled, interacting colloids
18:30-18:45 Miguel Ángel Ramos Ruiz Ultrastable glasses: going very deep into the energy landscape of glasses
18:45-19:00 José Manuel Romero Enrique Casimir contribution to the interfacial Hamiltonian for 3D wetting
19:00-19:15 José Martín Roca Magnetic colloids adsorbed at fluid interfaces acting as interfacial swimmers and colloid adsorption probes

Thursday, July 14th

15:30-16:00 Chantal Valeriani (Invited) Trapping active particles up to the limiting case: bacteria enclosed in a biofilm
16:00-16:15 Caleb Anderson MIPS and Activity Cycles in Fire Ants
16:15-16:30 Raúl Rica Alarcón Collapse of magnetite-decorated pNIPAM microgels trapped with optical tweezers
16:30-16:45 Alessandro Patti Phase behaviour and dynamics of colloidal cuboids: paving the path to biaxial nematic liquid crystals
16:45-17:00 Javier Rojo González Nematics in 3-tori: Doubly twisted structures and defect-populated configurations
17:00-17:15 Raúl Rica Alarcón Collapse of magnetite-decorated pNIPAM microgels trapped with optical tweezers
17:15-18:00 Posters and Coffee


P1 Juan Pablo Miranda López Collective behaviour of energy depot repulsive particles
P2 María Isabel García de Soria Lucena Dynamics of hard particles confined by an isotropic harmonic potential
P3 Carlos Miguel Barriuso Gutiérrez Simulating active agents with Dissipative Particle (hydro)Dynamics