XXVII International Summer School ‘Nicolás Cabrera’
Ultrastable Glasses: New perspectives for an old problem
Miraflores de la Sierra, Madrid, Sept. 5-10, 2021

The International Summer School “Nicolás Cabrera”, financially supported by the BBVA Foundation, deals with current topics in materials science, condensed matter physics, nanophysics and biophysics since 1994. The School is a meeting point for numerous scientists all over the world, who share a few days near Madrid in a particularly pleasant and interacting environment. The venue of the School is Residence “La Cristalera” in Miraflores de la Sierra, a small village in the mountains 50 km away from Madrid. This year, 5-10 September, the School will be focused on the modern topic of «Ultrastable Glasses», organized by Miguel Ángel Ramos (UAM) and Javier Rodríguez-Viejo (UAB).

One of the most important recent advances in the scientific research of glasses, both experimentally and theoretically, was the discovery of the so-called «ultra-stable glasses» in 2007 by Mark Ediger’s group at the University of Wisconsin, soon followed by other groups. These highly stable glasses have differentiated properties of other glasses. Besides the great interest in their potential applications, all these extremely stable glasses can be a clue to unravel some of the current enigmas of the vitreous state and the glass transition.  In last years, the number of research groups interested worldwide in ultrastable glasses and glass stability have increased further, both from experimental and theoretical/computational points of view. Therefore, an INC International Summer School on this hot topic seems timely and most appealing. About a dozen of reputed scientists in the field will deliver invited lectures, to be complemented with oral contributions and poster sessions by the rest of participants.