Self-Organization in Active Matter: from Colloids to Cells (oct 2018, Erice, Italy)

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that registration is open for the Workshop Self-Organization in Active Matter: from Colloids to Cells to be held October 1-4, 2018, at the Ettore Majorana Centre for Scientific Culture in Erice, Italy.

The Workshop will bring together established and junior researchers to discuss the latest development in experiments and theory of self-organization in active systems. Topics covered will include active colloids, microswimmers, active liquid crystals, bacterial suspensions and biofilms, subcellular structures, and tissues. We will have a number of invited talks by distinguished speakers that have made important contributions to the field of active matter. There will also be opportunities for contributed presentations to be selected from submissions and for poster presentations.

The venue is the The Ettore Majorana Centre for Scientific Culture in the historic town of Erice, Sicily. Erice is located on top of Mount Erice, at around 750 metres (2,460 ft) above sea level, overlooking the city of Trapani and the Aegadian Islands on Sicily’s north-western coast. A cable car joins the upper and lower parts of the town. Erice is a wonderfully preserved walled Mediaeval town offering the most breathtaking views and a palpable sense of history.

For more information and to register please visit the Workshop website:
The number of attendants is limited, so please, register soon, and in any case before August 31, 2018.
The fee of 120 Euro/night covers all local expenses (ground transportation, accommodation, meals, coffee breaks, excursion, and social dinner).
Limited funds are available to support the participation of junior scientists or scientists from developing countries.

We hope to see you in Erice in October.

The organizers

Hugues Chaté
Gerhard Gompper
Cristina Marchetti


Postdoc at IPGG on Hydronamics at small scales

Postdoc on  « Hydrodynamic boundary condition of polymer solutions on simple and complex surfaces »

at IPGG with J.D. McGraw and F. Restagno.

See detailed description here >download


poste prof ESPCI (PMMH) Mécanique Physique

vous trouverez ci-joint l’annonce de l’ouverture d’un poste de professeur au PMMH. Ouverture du concours à l’été 2018.

Contacts (Poste prof ESPCI – Annonce)

Pour la recherche: Philippe Petitjeans, directeur du laboratoire PMMH
Pour l’enseignement: Véronique Bellosta, Directrice des Études




Postdoctoral position – plasticity of amorphous solids – ESPCI Paris

Dear Colleagues,

Please find attached an announcement for postdoctoral positions about multi-scale modeling of plasticity in amorphous solids at the PMMH laboratory at ESPCI in Paris.

Annonce en pdf

Motivated candidates should directly contact with required materials.

If you know any potential candidates, please encourage them to apply too.
Details can also be found here

Best regards,

Sylvain Patinet


Summer school Multi scale approaches and multiphysics couplings in fluid and solid mechanics (Grenoble sept 2018)

Summer school on « Multi scale approaches and multiphysics couplings in fluid and solid mechanics » (3rd Edition)
Grenoble – 13th to 20th September 2018

Objectives: Important societal issues require to solve problems in mechanical and process engineering of increasing complexity. A key vector of progress relies on multi-scale and multi-physics approaches. The aim of this summer school is to make an overview of the different approaches, numerical and experimental techniques allowing to tackle this complexity. All the courses will be illustrated through various recent examples. Two days will be dedicated to practical exercises on « high tech demonstrators » based on the most up-to-date techniques and methods developed by partner laboratories of Tec21. Finally on thursday, invited lecturers will give a focus on «Instabilities in fluid and solid mechanics ».

• Web Page:

The number of participants is limited and registrations are subject to availability. Registration dead line: 1rst September 2018.

• Online registration:

The Organizing Committee
Contact :



Environmental fluid dynamics: confronting grand challenges (Les Houches, Jan 2019)

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to announce the international conference,
Environmental fluid dynamics: confronting grand challenges
that will be held in Les Houches, France from 20-25 January 2019.

** Please distribute widely **

Environmental fluid dynamics underlies a wealth of natural, industrial and,
by extension, societal challenges. In the coming decade, as we strive towards
a more sustainable planet, there are a wide range of ‘grand challenge’ problems
that need to be tackled, ranging from fundamental advances in understanding
and modeling of stratified turbulence and consequent mixing, to applied studies
of pollution transport in the ocean, atmosphere and urban environments.
The objective of the event is to gather leading figures in the field of environmental
fluid dynamics to produce a road map for the scientific community. The meeting
will balance the participation of senior and junior faculty, postdocs and graduate
students, to generate an environment that fosters research ideas and directions.

The list of topics covered at the conference is Stratified flow, Multiphase flow,
Ocean transport, Atmospheric and Urban transport and Predictability.
The list of invited speakers is:

Matthew Alford (San Diego, USA)
Peter Bauer (ECMWF, UK)
Colm-cille Caulfield (Cambridge, UK)
Jim McElwaine (Durham, UK)
Catherine Gorle (Standford, USA)
George Haller (Zurich, Switzerland)
Greg Ivey (Perth, Australia)
Pierre Lermusiaux (Boston, USA)
Paul Linden (Cambridge, UK)
Eckhart Meiburg (Santa Barbara, USA)
Tamay Ozgokmen (Miami, USA)
Nadia Pinardi (Bologna, Italy)
Maarten van Reeuwijk (London, UK)
Nathalie Vriendt (Cambridge, UK)
Andrew Woods (Cambridge, UK)

The conference will also include 28 contributed talks. Request to give a
contributed talk are to be included in the registration application.

Registration is now open until 15 September 2018.

Further details concerning the conference, the venue and registration can be found
on our web page,

We look forward to welcoming you in Les Houches.

Yours sincerely,
Thierry Dauxois (CNRS & ENS de Lyon) and Thomas Peacock (MIT)

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Postdoc : reactive fluid dynamics (ULB)

Annonce en pdf

Postdoc fellowship in reactive fluid dynamics

Within the MaSNEC project, the Nonlinear Physical Chemistry Unit (NLPC) of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) invites applications for one Postdoc fellowship to begin in October 2018 or soon after.
MaSNEC (Material Synthesis in Non-Equilibrium Conditions) is a project funded by the European Union (EU) through the M-ERA.NET network. This network has been established to support and increase the coordination of European research and innovation programmes and related funding in materials science and engineering. This project involving 4 european partners is coordinated by NLPC.
General research performed at NLPC focuses on the experimental and theoretical study of spatio-temporal patterns and dynamics emerging from the coupling between chemical reactions and hydrodynamic flows. The research to be developed at NLPC in the context of the MaSNEC project aims to grow innovative materials and control their properties via synthesis in non-equilibrium reactive conditions maintained through convective flows due to injection of one reactant into the other. New experimental protocols are currently developed to take advantage of imposed out-of-equilibrium constraints to synthesize and control the growth of structured surfaces, composite coatings and multilayered tubes.
In this framework, we seek to hire a postdoc who will perform theoretical analyses in the context of flow-driven precipitation in porous media. The successful candidate will develop models based on continuum mechanics (fluid/solid mechanics, reaction-diffusion-convection dynamics) to rationalize experiments where the interplay between solid precipitate and hydrodynamic flows play a central role. He/She will develop models to understand how hydrodynamic flows affect precipitation reactions at the macroscale and to investigate how the amount and spatio-temporal distribution of precipitate depends on the experimental conditions.
Type of appointment

15 months full time. The successful candidate must have appropriate authorization to work in the EU before employment begins.

Approximately 2 400€ net per month.
Required Qualifications

PhD in Chemistry, Physics or related fields. Good oral and written communication skills (in English) to work in a multidisciplinary team environment. Good knowledge of reaction-diffusion(-convection) dynamics. Good knowledge of continuum mechanics (both fluid and solid).
Preferred Qualifications

Good programming skills to develop numerical codes complementing the theoretical analysis and to post-process and analyze experimental data through image analysis. Ability to write scientific publications and deliver scientific presentations in English.
Contact Person

Prof. Anne De Wit and Prof. Fabian Brau
Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Nonlinear Physical Chemistry Unit
Campus de la Plaine, CP – 231, Boulevard du Triomphe, B-1050 Bruxelles, Belgium
Application Procedure

Applicants should submit a cover letter including a brief but detailed statement of interest, a curriculum vitae and the name and address of two persons of reference to both A. De Wit and F. Brau via email.

Review of applications will begin on June 15, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.


dernier moment inscription Ecole Complex Motion in Fluids (Normandie, juillet 2018)

Dear all,
We have extended the limit inscription date of the 2018 edition of the “Complex Motion in Fluids” summer school to the end of next week (Friday May 11th).
To apply please visit the website:


This year the school organised by Christophe Clanet and myself (together with Thomas Bohr, Henrik Bruus, Eric Lauga, Jacco Snoeijer and Detlef Lohse) will be held at Moulin d’Andé in Normandy from July 8th to 14th. This edition will focus on the physics of sports (sailing, rowing, skying etc.) and collective phenomena (in physics, fluid mechanics, biology, and social systems). We have invited a large panel of specialists in their fields to cover these two subjects and discuss common grounds.

With best regards,
Christophe Clanet and Michael Benzaquen




mini-symposium « Interfaces in confined media : from inert to living », Grenoble, 27-31 August, 2018

Dear all,

The deadline for abstract submission to the mini-symposium « Interfaces in confined media : from inert to living » has been extended to Thursday, 26th. We are looking forward meeting you there.

This mini-symposium aims to discuss the effects of confinement on the creation, dynamics and transport of bubbles, drops and more generally interfaces. At different scales, this problematics relates to various systems, from micro- or mesoporous media, either man-made either natural (rock), to living organisms (cells, plants, trees,…), including micro- or nanofluidic devices (labs-on-chips). Confinement affects non only transport, through hydrodynamics, but also energetics of interfaces through several effects (direct influence of boundaries, elastic deformation of the confining medium, compressibility of the fluid,…).
One or two invited talks, with a wide scope and complementary to the semi-plenary talk on the physics of plants, will set up the background and introduce the theoretical or experimental contributions selected among the propositions of the participants.

Keywords (non exhaustive): wetting / drops, bubbles, interfaces / porous media / plants / microfluidics / textured surfaces / individual and collective effects / foams / nucleation and cavitation / phase transition(s), critical behaviour / elastohydrodynamics

Organisators : Xavier Noblin (InPhyNi, Nice) – Catherine Quilliet (LiPhy, Grenoble) – Pierre-Etienne Wolf (Institut Néel, Grenoble)

Site JMC :

PDF for MS: >>download

See you soon in Grenoble !

postdoc poste

Postdoc at Institut de Physique des Rennes

2 years post-doc at Institut de Physique des Rennes funded by CNRS Momentum program

more info can be found in the attached pdf