European Solid Mechanics Conference (Bologne, juillet 2018)

Dans le cadre de  10th European Solid Mechanics Conference (juillet 2018, à Bologne),  le GDR participe à l’organisation d’un mini-symposium:
The past years have seen a renewed interest in the physics community for solid mechanics. Physicists, mainly condensed matter physicists, have started to revisit problems of mechanics and materials, thought to be classical by engineers and mechanicians. This renewed interest brought a research stimulus in the solid mechanics community. An example can be found in the theme of elastic structures where buckling, once thought as something to avoid, is now used to design and optimize systems: soft structures working in the post-critical regime are bringing new functionalities while still exhibiting excellent mechanical performances. Other examples can be found in biomechanics, the interplay between fluid and solids, growth and form, fracture mechanics.

The goal of this mini-symposium is to bring the solid mechanics and physics communities together for exchange of ideas, cross-fertilization, and new collaborations. We believe each community has its own tools and paradigms to bring: statistical physics on one side, and continuum mechanics on the other for example. We believe the emerging mechanics-physics community will be gathered around common tools (applied mathematics, nonlinear dynamics, proof-of-concept experiments, …) rather than a precise theme.


examples (images : C.Coulais / D.Vella / N.Vandenberghe / L.Ponson / N.Tryantafillidis/ A.Lazarus / M.Arroyo) .

important dates for ECSM2018

November 15, 2017 Deadline for abstract submission

January 31, 2018  Notification of abstract acceptance

March 31, 2018  Deadline for early registration

July 2 – 6, 2018    10th European Solid Mechanics Conference, Bologna

Sebastien Neukirch (CNRS/UPMC),
Benoit Roman (CNRS/UPMC),
Keith Seffen (University of Cambridge),
Francesco Dal Corso (University of Trento)

Mini-Symposium on Homogenisation, European Solid Mechanics Conference (Bologna, July 2018)

Mini-symposium description

Composite materials are considered in a very broad sense. A matrix phase can be reinforced/weakened with continuous fibers, short fibers, particles or platelets or even more phases. The matrix materials can be thermoset polymers, thermoplastic polymers, elastomers, gels, metals, concrete etc. The reinforcements can be continuous Carbon or ceramic fibers, short glass fibers, nanoclay particles, Carbon nanotubes, iron particles, multi-phase alloys (e.g., TRIP steels) among others. The effective response thus can be mechanical, electrical, magnetic, thermal or any combination of those, e.g., magnetoactive, electroactive, thermomechanical etc.

In addition, porous or micro-cracked materials are also viewed in this MS as « composites », where the matrix phase can contain micro-cavities or micro-cracks.

The present MS invites contributions for all the above-mentioned cases with an emphasis on the micromechanical, homogenization, scale-transition or multi-scale modeling methods that could also include experiments. Non-restrictive examples are the following:

– direct finite element simulations of representative volume elements;

– methods of cells, subcells and transformation field analysis;

– asymptotic or mathematical homogenization theory;

– mean-field homogenization methods;

– linking continuum mechanics at the matrix phase level and molecular dynamics or atomistic scale simulations at the levels of nano-particles or matrix/inclusions interphases or interfaces.

– homogenization of active composite materials such as magnetoactive or electroactive polymers, piezoelectric composites etc.

Emphasis is put on the nonlinear behavior such as nonlinear elasticity, plasticity, viscoplasticity, coupled elasto-viscoelasticity-viscoplasticity, damage, fatigue, etc., at small or large deformations.

Issam Doghri (Université catholique de Louvain),
Kostas Danas (Ecole Polytechnique),
Nicolas Triantafyllidis (Ecole Polytechnique),
Pedro Ponte Castañeda (University of Pennsylvania)

Complex and Disordered Materials, World Congress on Computational Mechanics (New York, July 22-28, 2018)

A mini-symposium entitled “Mechanical response of complex and disordered materials” will take place 
at the 13th World Congress on Computational Mechanics to be held July 22-27, 2018 in New York City.

Abstract: This mini-symposium focuses on the small scale mechanical response of complex materials (disordered materials, glasses, granular media, beam lattices, fibreous materials, etc.) subjected to mechanical load. These materials exhibit complex inhomogeneous deformations, with strain localization and/or history dependence, yielding to unusual visco-plastic properties.
The application of numerical approaches for analyzing the response of the complex microstructure of disordered materials has resulted in a coupling between scales, with the goal of formulating a continuum description of the mechanical response at large scale from first principles. Such approaches include molecular dynamics simulations, smoothed particle hydrodynamics, coarse-graining methods, second-gradient or Cosserat modelization, and mesoscopic modelling.
The purpose of the meeting is to answer the following questions: How may one take into account the microstructure of such disordered materials? How much precision is required for adequately capturing particular properties? Is there a length scale dependence in the continuum description of such systems? What is the most appropriate way to transfer information from the lower to the upper length scale.
The mini-symposium will be organized into successive sessions, interspersed with time slots specifically devoted to thematic discussions.
It will promote interactions between participants from mechanical engineering, computational mechanics as well as condensed matter and statistical physics.

More informations on
Call for abstract will start in the mid-October

Waiting to see you there

Tristan Albaret, Michael Falk, Anne Tanguy, Damien Vandembroucq


Liquids @ interfaces (deadline 30 septembre)

This is a reminder for the coming meeting of  GDR « Liquids at Interfaces », which will be held at the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Physics (LIPhy) in Grenoble, France, from October 23rd to October 25th 2017.

Registrations and contributions are still welcome until September 30th !

If you want to attend the workshop and present your work, go to the following website:
Follow the « submit » link on the main page, log in or create your account, and go through the « register » page as well as through the « submissions » page to upload the abstract of your contribution.

The event is free of charges, including registration and meals, but is limited to 55 participants. In addition, 30 free accomodations, close to the workshop site, are available on the « first-come first-served » basis.

Looking forward to meeting you at the workshop !

Best regards,

Abdelhamid Maali, Thomas Salez and Lionel Bureau


Dynamics days (Denver, janvier 2018)

The Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Colorado at Boulder announces:

Dynamics Days US 2018
January 4-6, 2018
Marriott City Center, Denver, Colorado

Dynamics Days is an international conference on nonlinear dynamics, chaos and its applications. Talks will cover a broad range of topics, including fluid dynamics, biological systems, dynamics on networks, synchronization of nonlinear systems, and pattern formation.

Dynamics Days 2018 will take place in the Marriott City Center in downtown Denver, Colorado, from Thursday, January 4 to Saturday, January 6, 2018. The invited speakers are

Elizabeth Bradley (University of Colorado at Boulder)
Peter Dodds (University of Vermont)
Alain Goriely (Oxford University)
Mark Hoefer (University of Colorado at Boulder)
Peko Hosoi (MIT)
Steven Haase (Duke University)
James Hudspeth (Rockefeller University)
William Irvine (University of Chicago)
Chris Jones (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Panos Kevrekidis (University Massachusetts Amherst)
Nathan Kutz (University of Washington)
Laura Miller (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Cris Moore (Santa Fe Institute)
Kandice Tanner (National Cancer Institute)
Jean Luc Thiffeault (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

For further information about the conference program, online registration, abstract submission, and travel support for graduate students and postdocs, please visit the conference website:

or contact us at

Registration, abstract submission and hotel registration with the conference rate are open.


Abstract submission for posters: Dec 15th
Abstract submission for contributed talks: November 9th
Early Registration: December 14th
Hotel Reservation: December 15th

Conference fees:

Early Registration (by Dec 14th): $150 for students/postdocs, $250 for faculty
Late Registration: $200 for students/postdocs, $300 for faculty

We anticipate that we will be able to offer a number of travel awards for students and postdocs. Please indicate your desire to be considered for such an award when submitting an abstract. Notifications of travel support award decisions will be sent by email at the end of November.

We encourage you to print out and post a copy of the conference announcement poster available at:

We hope to see you in Denver in January,

The organizing committee,

Local: Juan G. Restrepo, Jim Meiss, Patrick Shipman, Randy Tagg.
Advising: Wolfgang Losert, Mason Porter, Mary Silber.


Applied Mathematics, University of Colorado at Boulder, NSF.
Additional funding pending.


Postdoc position at IMSc-Chennai on Modelling soft glassy flow from micro to macro scale

A postdoctoral position is available at IMSc Chennai to conduct research related to the mechanical response of soft glassy materials, via a synthesis of microscopic and meso-scale modelling. The position is part of a joint project supported by the Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research/Centre Franco-Indien pour la Promotion de la Recherche Avancée (IFCPAR/CEFIPRA) grant shared by Pinaki Chaudhuri (IMSc, Chennai) and Kirsten Martens (LIPhy, Universite Grenoble Alpes). Within the scope of the project program, exchange visits are also planned for the postdoc researcher. The duration of the position is for two years and the position is available immediately. To obtain further details about the proposed research, please write to, The candidate is expected to have interests broadly in statistical mechanics, soft matter, along with experience in numerical simulations. Applications including a CV, a list of publications, a brief description of past research, should be sent by email to


Post-doc Lab. Physique et Mécanique des Textiles (Mulhouse)

Dans le cadre d’un projet commun de développement d’une prothèse de valve cardiaque en matériau textile, le Laboratoire de Physique et Mécanique Textiles de Mulhouse (LPMT) et le CRITT TJFU de Bar le Duc sont à la recherche d’un candidat pour un contrat post doctoral de 12 mois.

voir l’annonce du postdoc (Projet_Valve)

Début de contrat prévu novembre 2017


iphloem 2017 (date limite 8 sept) octobre 2017

Dear colleagues,

We are excited to announce iPhloem 2017 – a workshop on the physics, physiology and genetics of sugar transport in plants.

The meeting will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark | October 5-6, 2017.

Meeting website:

The main topics of the workshop will be:
– Fluid dynamics of sugar transport and sap flow in plants
– Phloem loading and unloading
– Plasmodesmal structure and function
– Vascular architecture
– Bioimaging and biomimetics

Confirmed speakers:
Robert Turgeon (Cornell University)
Howard A. Stone (Princeton University)
Yrjö Helariutta (University of Cambridge)
Jessica Savage (University of Minnesota)
Alexander Schulz (University of Copenhagen)
Uwe Sonnewald (Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)
Ulrich Hammes (Universität Regensburg)
Johannes Liesche (Northwest A&F University)
Kirsten Knox (University of Edinburgh)
Jessica Gersony (Harvard University)

Registration and abstract submission deadline: 8 September 2017

Green plants are Earth’s primary solar energy collectors, and the vision of enhancing plant productivity to ensure population- and food security in the 21st century has stimulated enormous scientific interest. Using breeding and genetic tools, the goal is to develop plants with enhanced ability to perform photosynthesis and distribute energy-rich sugars across the plant body. To succeed in this effort an in-depth understanding of the physical and biological constraints on sugar transport and resource allocation in plants is required. The sensitivity of plant cells, however, has hampered the development of experimental tools to reach this goal. This, combined with the lack of appropriate biomimetic models has made it exceedingly difficult to shed light on several highly important biological processes.

By bringing together scientists from different disciplines for an intense working group, we propose to catalyze advances in elucidating basic mechanisms and constraints on sugar transport in plants. We will bring together leading and emerging researchers – as well as students – from plant physiology and genetics, physics, and engineering, in a 2-day workshop. Our goal is to create an interdisciplinary environment that can address key fundamental questions at the interface between physics, physiology and molecular biology, with strong impact on future crop development programs, as well as bioinspired systems.

We look forward to an inspiring meeting in Copenhagen.

Best wishes,
Kaare H. Jensen, Missy Holbrook and Michael Knoblauch


journée Systèmes & Matière Complexes (30 novembre)

chers collègues

Nous organisons une journée Systèmes & Matière Complexes – deuxième édition. Cette journée aura lieu le 30 Novembre 2017 à l’Amphithéâtre Marie Curie de l’ENS Paris-Saclay à Cachan.

Cette journée se déroulera en quatre sessions de présentations courtes de 4 min + 1 min de questions (trois planches maximum). Chacune de ces sessions sera précédée d’une conférence. Les orateurs invités pour cette deuxième édition sont :
Cécile Appert-Roland, Université Paris-Saclay
Kirsten Martens, Université Grenoble-Alpes
Olivier Theodoly, Université d’Aix-Marseille
Francois Ladieu, Université Paris-Saclay

L’objectif de cette journée est de permettre à la communauté systèmes & matière complexes de se rencontrer et d’échanger autour de ses thèmes de recherche qui sont, au sens large :
· les systèmes désordonnés,
· les fluides complexes,
· la dynamique complexe,
· les approches statistiques,
· les matériaux multi-échelle,
· les systèmes biologiques.

Une annonce ultérieure précisera le site d’inscription pour cette rencontre gratuite mais à inscription obligatoire

Nous demandons aux destinataires de ce mail de diffuser largement l’information dans leur laboratoire et plus largement à tout public intéressé.

Merci d’avance de votre aide.

Bien cordialement

Le comité d’organisation : H. Auradou, G. Baldinozzi, G. Biroli, D. Bonamy, C. Douarche, P. Guenoun, H. Henry, M. Lebental, L.T. Lee,
A. Rosso, conjointement avec les labex PALM et Nanosaclay


Postdoc LaMCoS, INSA Lyon

Postdoc Offer one year starting in Fall/Winter 2017-2018:

“Optimization of Sliding Precursors in a multi-contact problem” at laboratory LaMCoS – INSA Lyon, France

voir annonce en pdf