Young Researchers Meeting 2020

29th-30th June 2020

We are pleased to announce that this year the Macro Group UK’s Young Researchers Meeting will be held at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Almost all senior academics in the areas of polymer and macromolecular science in the UK have attended these conferences as PhDs, PDRAs and/or early career lecturers.

This conference offers to be another exciting instalment of the annual YRM meetings, with a focus on graduate student talks and posters.

We invite you to submit abstracts using the template form found on the event page. The Deadline is the 17th April at 23:59

Invited Speakers:

Dr. Thomas Hasell        University of Liverpool

Dr. Alisyn Nedoma         University of Sheffield

Dr. Fiona Hatton            University of Loughborough

Dr. Paul Thornton          University of Leeds

Dr. Luisa Ciano              University of Nottingham

More details to follow soon….

Twitter: @YRM_2020

Ottewill International Travel Scholarship 2019

When the UK Polymer Colloids Forum (UKPCF) closed, it assigned its residual funds for use in awarding the Ottewill International Travel Scholarship in honour of Professor Ronald Harry Ottewill OBE FRS (1927-2008). The award (worth up to £1000) is designed to assist, each year, one outstanding UK-based graduate researcher (whose research relates to polymer colloids) in presenting their work at an international conference outside the UK.

Applications are called for the fourth award of the scholarship. The conditions of the award and an application form can be obtained from Craig Jones of Unilever (by email to In short, applications must be received by 15 October 2019 and all applicants will be informed of the outcome by 30 November 2019. The adjudicating committee comprises Brian Vincent (Bristol University), Peter Lovell (Manchester University) and Craig Jones (Unilever).

Pete Lovell
on behalf of the Ottewill International Travel Scholarship Award Committee

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.

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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.

Interface Focus – The artificial Cell

Royal Society Publishing has recently published a special issue of Interface Focus entitled The artificial cell: biology-inspired compartmentalization of chemical function, organised by Paul A Beales, Barbara Ciani and Stephen Mann.

The articles are FREE TO ACCESS at
A print version is also available at the special price of £35.00. To order please contact

EPF Prize

The European Polymer Federation is inviting nominations for the first EPF prize, awarded biannualy to recognize outstanding accomplishments and excellence in research in polymer science and significant contributions to the strengthening of the polymer community.

Nominations are open to scientists of all nations regardless of the geographical location in which the work was carried out.

The nominees do not have to be members of the EPF Member Societies.

Deadline for nominations: 1st October 2018

For more details and the nomination procedure please visit: