The Soft Matter Workshop will bring together researchers working on the science of soft matter, such as polymers, complex ﬂuids, and biomaterials, for an informal meeting to exchange ideas and foster collaborations. There will be a mix of invited talks, brief contributed sound bites, and unstructured time for networking and sharing experiences and information. Click here for the 4-VA Soft Matter Workshop poster.
Conference participants are invited to present a sound bite on their research during the workshop. In order to do so, please indicate the title of your sound bite on the registration page. A 3-4 slide PDF of your sound bite is due to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 5th. More information on the format of the sound bite can be found in the FAQ’s below.
This event is free to attend. Register here - Registration closes on February 5th.
Driving Directions to Festival Conference Center
When you arrive at the Festival Conference Center, turn into the D3 lot located at G-7 on the campus map (across the street from Festival). Upon entering the D3 lot, turn right and park in the gravel area adjacent to the soccer fields. Early in the morning, a JMU staff member will be present to direct you to the Highlands Room.
Why a Soft Matter Workshop?
The purpose of the workshop is to bring together faculty, students, postdocs, and interested scientists from Virginia and nearby regions for a one-day meeting to network, exchange ideas, and promote the research of soft matter.
What is Soft Matter?
Soft matter encompasses a broad set of materials characterized by being disordered and fragile. Grains, paint, pastes, suspensions, foams, emulsions, gels, vesicle and even cells are examples of such squishy materials. Soft materials often reside at the interface of physics, chemistry, biology and engineering. Thus, understanding, manipulating and creating new soft materials requires an assortment of experimental techniques and expertise from many different fields. In this context conversations with experts from many disciplines have the potential to generate new ideas and results that will lead to fast progress in research.
What is a sound bite and how I prepare to give one?
A sound bite is a short and concise talk. You should prepare for a presentation of 3 minutes. A time limit will be strictly enforced to ensure that everyone gets an equal opportunity to talk. You should provide a 3-4 slide PDF that will accompany your presentation. To prepare you should keep in mind that you have a very limited time to get a single idea across. You should make sure that everyone knows who you are, what organization you represent, and most importantly, a single straight forward exposition of what you are working on. The sound bite should contain enough information about your research so that people with similar problems and interests know to seek you out during coffee and lunch. You should also prominently display your email and website if you have one. After you register you will receive information about when and where to send your sound bite PDF document.