Macro Group Medal 2021

10th December 2021

Each year the Macro Group Committee have the pleasure to host a series of talks from our medal award winners. In 2020 we moved online and we have decided given the current situation that we will do the same for 2021.  We would like to invite you to a morning of talks by our recent award winners. 

This will be held via Microsoft Teams on 10th December between 10am – 1pm GMT.

The provisional schedule is below:

9.50am Welcome

10 am Dr Spyridon Varlas (Jon Weaver Award)

11 am Dr Tom Hasell (Young Researcher Award)

12 pm Professor Martin Heeney (UK Medal)

1pm Announcements and finishing remarks

To register please use the link below:

McBain Medal Meeting 2018

Making and breaking colloidal assemblies: using chemical, physical, and mechanical stimuli to control soft matter

Full details and to book:

SCI, London, UK

Tuesday 11 December 2018
Organised by SCI’s Colloid & Surface Chemistry Group and RSC’s Colloid & Interface Science Group


The SCI Colloid & Surface Chemistry Group and RSC Colloid & Interface Science Group are delighted to announce that Dr Valeria Garbin of Imperial College London is the 2018 recipient of the McBain Medal. Dr Garbin’s research programme focuses on fundamental aspects of microscale transport phenomena in soft and biological matter. Her team has performed the first measurement of steric interactions between nanoparticles at fluid interfaces, discovered new mechanisms of the removal of nanoparticles from fluid interfaces, and pioneered the use of optical tweezers to manipulate biocolloids for ultrasound medical imaging.

The McBain Medal is presented annually to an early career researcher (within 15 years of the award of a PhD) for outstanding achievement in colloid and interface science. This one day meeting will honour Dr Garbin and at the same time the Medal will be presented.


Target audience: researchers from colloid chemistry, soft matter physics and chemical engineering backgrounds working in functional, responsive, and self-healing materials; controlled release; tuneable soft materials and soft actuation. The meeting will focus on fundamental aspects that underpin applications in formulations, catalysis, soft robotics, nanomaterials processing and more.


09.30 Registration
10.10 Introduction and welcome
10.15 Roughness as a design tool for soft matter systems
Prof Lucio Isa, ETH, Zurich
10.50 Unusual stability of raspberry-colloids in saline solutions 
Dr Erika Eiser, University of Cambridge
11.25 Refreshments and exhibition
12.00 Supracolloidal Gels: patchy colloids and programmable hydrogels 
Prof Stefan Bon, University of Warwick
12.35 Flash poster presentations
13.00 Lunch, exhibition and posters
14.15 Interfacial particles for creating functional materials
Dr Paul Clegg, University of Edinburgh
14.50 2D nanomaterials delamination: mathematical modelling of graphene exfoliation in sheared liquids
Dr Lorenzo Botto, Queen Mary University of London
15.25 Oil foams stabilised by surfactant or fat crystals
Prof Bernie Binks, University of Hull
16.00 Refreshments and exhibition
16.35 Making and breaking colloidal assemblies by ultrafast interface deformation
Dr Valeria Garbin, Imperial College London
17.20 Closing remarks and networking


Opportunities are available for a limited number of posters. Interested applicants should send an abstract of one A4 page or 300 words maximum, indicating title and authors, to by Tuesday 30 October 2018 with the subject line “McBain medal – poster submission”.

Confirmed speakers

Dr Valeria Garbin, Imperial College London
Prof Bernie Binks, University of Hull
Dr Paul Clegg, University of Edinburgh
Dr Lorenzo Botto, Queen Mary University of London
Prof Stefan Bon, University of Warwick
Dr Erika Eiser, University of Cambridge
Prof Lucio Isa, ETH, Zurich

Organising Committee

Dr Andrew Howe, Aqdot Ltd
Dr Wim Thielemans, Kuleuven

Exhibition and Sponsorship

An exhibition will take place alongside the conference during refreshment breaks for companies and related organisations who may wish to exhibit. For further information and prices, please email


14/15 Belgrave Square

Please click here for a location map.

Delegate Fees

Early bird fees before Tuesday 30 October 2018

£35 SCI/RSC/IoP Member
£20 SCI/RSC Student Member
£20 SCI/RSC Subsidised Member
£75 Non-Member

Standard fees after Tuesday 30 October 2018

£45 SCI/RSC/IoP Member
£25 SCI/RSC Student Member
£25 SCI/RSC Subsidised Member
£90 Non-Member

SCI Platinum Corporate Members receive 25% off the above rates.

Did you know that as an SCI member you can save on this and future event delegate fees?
Join SCI now; individual membership is only £90 pa (£75 pa direct debit). To find out more click here.

For booking terms and conditions click here.

UK Colloids 2020 – date annouced

International Colloid and Surface Science Symposium

This is the fourth colloid science conference in this series and will be held in Liverpool from July 20th – 22nd 2020. It is being jointly organised by the RSC Colloid and Interface Science Group and the SCI Colloid and Surface Science Group and will provide a perfect opportunity for UK and international researchers interested in colloid and interface science to meet, present and discuss issues related to current developments in this field.

2018 MacroGroup Medals Symposium

We are pleased to announce our annual MacroGroup Medals Symposium will be held at the University of Nottingham on Thursday 22nd November 2018.

Full details are below and in our flyer.

Registration is free but numbers are limited. Please register your attendance by 1st November via Eventbrite at

Our medal-winning speakers will be:

Location: Boots Science Building, School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham


10.00 – 10.30 Registration and Coffee

10.30 – 10.45 Welcome and Introduction – Cameron Alexander, Chair Macro Group UK

10.45 – 11.30 Professor Steve Armes – (2018 Medal for Outstanding Achievement)

11.30 – 12.10 Dr Rachel Evans (2017 Young Researchers Medal)

12.10 – 12.30 Dr Charlotte Morse (2017 Jon Weaver PhD Prize)

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch and posters

13.00 – 14.00 Macro Group UK AGM open to all Macro Group members

14.00 – 15.30 Contributed talks: Early Career Researchers and DH Richards Award Winners

15.30 – 16.10 Tea and posters

16.10 – 16.50 Prof Andrew Lewis (2017 Macro Group UK Medal)

16.50 – 17.00 Concluding remarks

17.00 – Close of meeting

(Please email with any dietary and/or access requirements).

10 Travel Bursaries available for PhD students thanks to the generous sponsorship of AstraZeneca and Agilent. To apply for a bursary, send a short statement of support from yourself or PhD supervisor confirming RSC Macro Group Membership to by 1st November.

Car parking and disabled car parking are available at the Visitors’ Car parks indicated on the University Park campus map.

If you need accommodation, please book with the following hotels which we recommend in this order of preference: Orchard Hotel University ParkTravel Lodge Wollaton ParkJurys Inn Nottingham and Holiday Inn Castle Marina.

EPF 2019

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The European Polymer Congress 2019 (EPF 2019) is to take place from 9 to 14 June 2019 at the Creta Maris Convention Center & Beach Resort in Hersonissos Heraklion Crete, Greece.

The topics to be addressed during the Conference will include but are not limited to:

  • Advances in Polymer Synthesis
  • The Physics of Polymers
  • Polymeric Nanostructured Materials
  • Biopolymers, Biocomposites, Bioengineering and Biotechnology
  • Smart Polymeric Materials
  • Polymer Electronics and Bioelectronics
  • Theory and Modelling
  • Modern Applications of Polymers
  • Polymer Reaction Engineering
  • Rheology and Polymer Processing
  • Polymer Characterization Methods

All the Conference information can be found at the conference website:

To download the Congress Announcement, click the following link: EPF_2019_Announcement

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PAT2017 Conference: Abstract Deadline Extended, Group Discount

The abstract deadline has been extended for the Polymers for Advanced Technologies Conference (PAT 2017, Manchester 11 – 13 Sep). A new discount for groups sending multiple members has been introduced also.

Submission of abstracts: 30/6/2017
Early bird registration: 31/7/2017
Early-bird registration fee: £450 for staff, £350 for students;
£100 discount per person when ≥ 2 participants per group
Late registration fees will incur an extra £50

More information in the new flyer, on our site and the conference site.

Polymers for Advanced Technologies Conference: PAT 2017, Manchester 11 – 13 Sep


The 14th International Conference on Polymers for Advanced Technologies (PAT 2017) will be held in Manchester (United Kingdom) on September 11-13, 2017.

PAT conferences are held on a biannual basis and are associated with the Polymers for Advanced Technologies journal (Wiley). PAT 2017 is organised by Profs Nicola Tirelli (University of Manchester) and Cameron Alexander (University of Nottingham) and will focus on three main themes:

  • life and health
  • energy and electronics
  • synthesis and sustainability

A number of distinguished speakers have already agreed to present in the exciting programme of our conference, which will be hosted in the town cradle of the industrial revolution, a fitting location for a technology-orientated conference.

We welcome all potential presenters to submit their abstracts for consideration (either for oral or poster presentations)  by the 30th June.

See you in Manchester!

Further information

Please see the conference conference flyer for full details.

Contact details:

All enquiries should be addressed to:
Janet Adnams
ConferCare, Conferences and Venues
The University of Manchester
Beyer Building
Oxford Road
M13 9PL, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 161 306 4082


Deadlines and Fees

Submission of abstracts: 30/6/2017
Early bird registration: 31/7/2017
Early-bird registration fee: £450 for staff, £350 for students;
£100 discount per person when ≥ 2 participants per group
Late registration fees will incur an extra £50

Keynote addresses

  • Eugenia Kumacheva (U Toronto)
  • Andreas Lendlein (Helmoltz Inst. of Biomater. Sci.)
  • Krzysztof Matyjaszewskii (Carnegie Mellon U)
  • Jian Pei (Peking U).

Confirmed speakers

  • Rigoberto Advincula (Case Western U)
  • Alexander Bismarck (U Vienna)
  • Paolo Decuzzi (IIT)
  • Avi Domb (Hebrew U)
  • Dirk Grijpma (U Twente)
  • Sophie Guillaume (U Rennes)
  • Jöns Hilborn (U Uppsala)
  • Harm-Anton Klok (EPFL)
  • Teruyuki Komatsu (Chou U)
  • Jean-Francois Lutz (U Strasbourg)
  • Alvaro Mata (Queen Mary U)
  • Sebastien Perrier (U Warwick)
  • Andrea Pucci (U Pisa)
  • Steve Rannard (U Liverpool)
  • Wim Thielemans (U Leuven)
  • Tao Xie (Zhejiang U)
  • Alex Zelikin (Aarhus U).

Medal Winners Symposium Announcement: 10th Nov 2017, Aston University, Birmingham

We are pleased to announce our annual Macro Group Medal Winners Symposium will be held at Aston University, Birmingham, UK on Fri 10th November 2017.

Our medal-winning speakers will be:

Prof Ian Hamley (2016 Macro Group UK Medal)

Dr Theoni Georgiou (2016 Young Researchers Medal)

Prof Nikos Hadjichristidis (2016 Medal for Outstanding Achievement)

Dr Giovanna Sicilia (2015 Jon Weaver PhD Prize)

Charalampos Pappas (2016 Jon Weaver PhD Prize)

Further details and registration information will be available soon.

IoP Polymer Science Careers Day

The Polymer Physics Group of the IoP is running a careers day on 30th November 2016 on the subject: “Careers outside of Academia – What else can I do with a PhD in Polymer Science?”

Are you looking for a career outside of academia? If you are a PhD student or PDRA and want to hear about job options other than applying for a lectureship, please come and join us for this one day event.

Speakers will include representatives from the consumer goods, agrochemicals, paint and coatings, lubricants, patent law, journalism and scientific publishing, careers within government research councils and large scale facilities, as well as project management inside and outside of academia.
For more information and to register, please see:
Registration Deadline: 28th November 2016