Dear Colleagues,

We are thrilled to invite you to join us for the 8th International Soft Matter Conference (ISMC2024), held at the Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina from the evening of July 29 to August 2, 2024.

ISMC2024 will bring together over 800 participants and provide an immersive and enriching experience. The event is strategically designed to facilitate the cross-pollination of diverse Soft Matter research domains, fostering collaboration, and innovation. ISMC2024 will delve into a broad spectrum of topics, including Active Matter, Biological Soft Matter, Colloidal Matter, Fluid Dynamics and Rheology, Glasses, Granular Materials and Jamming, Interfaces, Surfaces and Membranes, Liquid Crystals, Measurement and Characterization, Networks and Gels, Polymers, and Self Assembly. Join us at ISMC2024 as we explore the cutting-edge developments that will shape the future of Soft Matter research. 

Please see the website and the attached flyer for a list of confirmed invited speakers; registration and abstract submission are now open.

Two satellite events are planned (details will be forthcoming):
  Young Investigator Workshop at NCSU from July 26 (evening) to July 28 (evening)
   Duke Soft Matter Day July 29 

This landmark conference marks the first time ISMC will be held in the Americas and completes the first round of the exciting "Soft Matter Around the World in Three Years" series, with conferences rotating between continents annually. Endorsed by the IUPAP Working Group 15 – Soft Matter  and proudly sponsored by the newly established Soft Matter Association of the Americas, this initiative reflects a global commitment to advancing soft matter research. The ISMC has a rich history, with six successful conferences previously held in Europe (2007 Aachen, Germany; 2010 Granada, Spain; 2013 Rome, Italy; 2016 Grenoble, France; 2019 Edinburgh, UK; and 2022 Poznan, Poland). The 7th ISMC, held in 2023 in Osaka, Japan, marked the first conference of this kind in Asia, further expanding the global reach and impact of soft matter research.

We look forward to seeing you at ISMC2024 in Raleigh!

With warm regards,

ISMC2024 Chairs: Ronit Freeman (UNC), Jan Genzer (NCSU), Michael Rubinstein (Duke)

International program committee: Seth Fraden, Jian Ping Gong, Eugenia,Kumacheva, David Weitz, Hajime Tanaka, Srikanth Sastry, Jean-François Joanny, Patricia Bassereau, Andrea Liu, Emanuela Zaccarelli

Organizing Committee: Patrick Charbonneau (Duke), Karen Daniels (NCSU), Moumita Das (RIT), Lilian Hsiao (NCSU), Daphne Klotsa (UNC), Christoph Schmidt (Duke), Stefan Zauscher (Duke)

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