Soft Matter: Young Investigators Meet 2016





Second announcement

Dear Colleague,

Soft-Matter: Young Investigators Meeting (SM-YIM) has been a forum for the soft matter community in India to communicate their recent research and to exchange ideas. To continue this process, the 4th Annual SMYIM, will be held during 16-18th December 2016 at International Center in Goa (www.smyim.in). We sent out a notification earlier announcing this event, which is also appended below.

Registration

The registration link has been activated on the website (http://www.smyim.in/register.html). The registration shall be open from 20th Sept. 2016 until 4th November 2016. We request you to complete the registration as soon as possible.

Submission of abstracts

SMYIM 2016 organizing committee invites you to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentation. To ensure that the meeting appeals to a larger audience and addresses the grand challenges in fundamental research and understanding of various aspects of soft matter, abstracts are invited under the following topics.

a) Bulk soft matter assemblies (colloids, gels, proteins, surfactants and liquid crystals)
b) Nanoparticle and Nanomaterials
c) Polymers, networks and composites
d) Surfaces, interfaces, and interactions
e) Biological aspects of soft matter

Selection

We are planning to have about 30 oral presentations with sufficient breaks for poster presentation and discussions. In case we receive more abstracts, oral presentations will be selected by a peer-review process and priority will be given to first time presenters in the meeting. The oral presentations which could not be accepted would be included under the poster category automatically.

The organizing committee reserves the right to re-categorize any accepted abstract. The decision of the committee is final.

Funding

Since this is self-funded event, all participants are required to pay a registration fee (details on website), which will cover the hotel stay, breakfast, lunch and local transportation. We are hoping to sponsor a small number of final year Ph.D students, postdocs, and faculty without sources of funding.

The payment portal shall be activated shortly. Please do visit the website for regular updates.

Since this meeting will be participatory in nature, we hope you will circulate this email to all your colleagues who might be interested in this meeting.

We look forward to see you in Goa.

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First announcement

Dear Colleague,

The soft-matter community in India has grown tremendously over the last few years with a large number of scientists working actively in this area. As a result of this, three meetings were held in Pondicherry, in a span of three years, which brought together young scientists to present and exchange ideas under the banner "Soft-Matter: Young Investigators Meeting (SM-YIM)". These meetings helped nurture collaborations amongst PhD students, post-doctoral fellows as well as scientists who have taken up faculty positions in India in the last few years. Both these meetings have been extremely beneficial in connecting a rapidly growing interdisciplinary community, from academia and industry working on colloidal /polymer /granular matter dynamics, self assembly of mesoscopic structures and the interface of soft matter and biology. The aim is to learn from each other and to build collaborations across disciplines in the basic and engineering sciences.

To continue this process, the 2016 meeting will be held during 16-18 December at International Convention Center in Goa. We invite you to participate in the meeting. By participating, you will :

  • -- Get an opportunity to meet other early career soft matter researchers in the country
  • -- Build collaborations and learn about scientists with complementary skills Learn (about science, and perhaps even tips about dealing with the “system”)
  • -- Spend 2.5 days in an informal setting in an atmosphere conducive for extended discussions

In the spirit of the first three meetings, we hope to maintain this program as a self-funded event with a registration fee which will cover the hotel stay, breakfast, lunch and local transportation. In the last three years, conferences fees have been approximately Rs 10,000. We expect similar participation fees for this year, though the exact amount will be indicated by the next announcement. We are hoping, in addition, to being able to sponsor a small number of senior Ph.D students, postdocs, and faculty without sources of funding.

All information about the meeting will be available here: http://www.smyim.in

We will continue to update the website with further details, whenever available.

Since this meeting will be participatory in nature, we hope you will circulate this email to all your colleagues who might be interested in being a part of the soft-matter community.

Hoping to see you in fabulous Goa.

SMYIM2016 Organisers