Novemeber 2018 liquid crystal picture

Image of a “Dowser state", by Ingo Dierking, has been selected as the October 2018 ILCS liquid crystal picture.


New issue of Liquid Crystals Today, 27(3), 2018

New issue of Liquid Crystals Today, 27(3), is now available via the Taylor & Francis website.

Ingo Dierking

New reserch group webiste in Asia

We have added a new research group website in Asia:

State Key Laboratory of Advanced Displays and Optoelectronics Technology, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Research Groups around the world

15th European Conference on Liquid Crystals

15th European Conference on Liquid Crystals, June 30-July 5, 2019, Wrocław (Poland)

We cordially invite you to attend the 15th European Conference on Liquid Crystals, which will be held at the Hotel "Scandic" in Wrocław.

ECLC 2019 is an International Conference organized by Military University of Technology, Warsaw, under the auspices of the Polish Liquid Crystal Society.

The program of ECLC will cover the following topics:

• Novel LC phases Structure and Phase Behaviour.
• Design and Synthesis of LC Materials.
• Photonic, Electro- and Photo-Responsive LC Systems.
• Theory and Simulations of LC Systems.
• LC Polymers, Elastomers, Colloids and Gels.
• Hybrid and Nanostructured LC Systems.
• Biological, Lyotropic and Chromonic LC Systems.
• Ferroelectric LC Systems.
• Confined LC Systems and Defects.
• Hydrodynamics and Microfluids of LC Systems.
• Applications of Liquid Crystals.
• Other Subject Related to LC.

The Conference is organized by the Faculty of Advanced Technologies and Chemistry at the Warsaw Military University of Technology.

Please take further information on the conference from the attached flyer and the website

We are looking forward to seeing you in Wrocław

With best regards,
Chairman: Marzena Tykarska
Co-chairs: Wiktor Piecek, Przemysław Kula
Chairman of the Programme Committee: Janusz Parka
Chairman of the Organizing Committee: Jerzy Zieliński

ECLC 2019


Optics of Liquid Crystals 2019

Dear Colleagues,

It is our great pleasure to invite you to attend the 18th edition of Optics of Liquid Crystals 2019 (OLC-2019)! The symposium will take place during the pleasant month of September at Hôtel Château Laurier Québec, from September 8 to 13, 2019.

Building on the success of past editions, OLC-2019 is a top-level international conference bringing together scientists to share on recent developments in liquid crystal technologies and applications. Industry is more than welcomed to contribute. The conference program will be broad with topics including the discovery, synthesis, modeling and study of new liquid crystalline materials as well as their integration into components and devices with a special focus of biophotonics applications. The primary goal of OLC-2019 is to present state-of-the-art research, recent achievements and global trends in liquid crystal technologies and to promote cross-disciplinary interactions that can spur the development of this exciting materials research field.

You are warmly invited to mark those dates on your calendar and visit our website to get the list of topics and more information about the event!

We sincerely look forward to welcoming you in Québec City next September.
Tigran Galstian, Université Laval, Québec City and the Organizing Committee


FLC 2019: Frontiers of Chirality and Polarity in Soft Matter

The Soft Materials Research Center at the University of Colorado Boulder is delighted to announce the 17th International Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal Conference, FLC 2019: Frontiers of Chirality and Polarity in Soft Matter.

The conference will take place
Sunday – Wednesday, August 4 – 7, 2019, on the campus of the University of Colorado Boulder. FLC 2019 will feature oral and poster presentations in all areas involving chirality and/or polarity in soft matter. There will also be excursions scheduled for Thursday, August 8, allowing conference participants an opportunity to take advantage of the world class sightseeing and outdoor activities available near Boulder and in the greater Rocky Mountain area.

The conference website: will be live within a week (by 9/19/2018).

Please mark your calendar and stay tuned for further information!

With best regards,
David M. Walba
Conference Chair


Septemeber 2018 liquid crystal picture

Image of a "Oily Streak Texture", by Hao Wang, has been selected as the August 2018 ILCS liquid crystal picture. The texture attracts by a composition of polygons on a sunny-colour background.


Smart Nanomaterials, 10-13 December 2018, France

The following international conference on Smart Nanomaterials will take place in Ecole Nationale Chimie Paris Tech from 10th to 13th of December 2018: Smart Nanomaterials: Advances, Innovation and Application Conference with more information to be found at

The conference focus is to discuss the most critical technological advances, innovations and new practical applications in Smart Technologies.
Smart NanoMaterials 2018 (SNAIA2018) will provide a unique platform to meet, share knowledge and establish links between experts from academia and industry in the emerging fields of Wearable (Opto)Electronics, CMOS Photonics, Quantum Computing, Artificial Intelligence, OptoGenetics, Smart Coatings and Thin Films.
The conference programme will also include the Microscopy and Microspectroscopy of Nanomaterials Symposium in partnership with the Royal Microscopical Society (RMS), UK, and the European Microscopy Society (EMS). The symposium will cover fundamental techniques such as optical microscopy, TEM, STEM, EELS, EDX, SEM, AFM, Raman, and FTIR for a wide range of possible applications, from chemistry and material fabrication of nanomaterials to nanophotonic and (opto)-electronic systems and thin-film coating engineering. The symposium will further include a workshop with hands-on demonstrations and the possibility to test participants' samples on-site.

We have an exciting list of Keynote and Invited Speakers lined up for this event:
Prof. Andrea C. Ferrari - Cambridge Graphene Centre
Prof. Pavlos Lagoudakis - University of Southampton & Skoltech University Prof. David Andrews - University of East Anglia
Prof. Coskun Kocabas - University of Manchester
Prof. Frank A. Nüesch - École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Prof. László Forró - École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Prof. Jérôme Tignon – École Normale Supérieure and UPMC
Prof. Mikhail Portnoi - University of Exeter
Prof. Igor Lukyanchuk - University of Amiens
Prof. Oleg Yazev - École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Prof. Alexander Baranov - ITMO University
Prof. Monica Craciun - University of Exeter
Prof. Andrey Somov - Skoltech University
Prof. Alberto G. Curto - Eindhoven University of Technology
Prof. Igor Bondarev - North Carolina Central University
Prof. Zhe Li - Cardiff University
Prof. Michelle Sander - Boston University Dr. Stanislav Leesment - NT-MDT
Dr. Ingo Dierking - University of Manchester

More information on Smart Nanomaterials: Advances, Innovation and Application Conference can be found at

Thank you very much for your cooperation,
Prof Anna Baldycheva Centre for Graphene Science

August 2018 liquid crystal picture

Image of a "Optical ripples", by Greta Babakhanova, has been selected as the August 2018 ILCS liquid crystal picture.


Video presentation by Michi-Nakata Prize Winner

Dear ILCS Members:

The 27th International Liquid Crystal Conference (ILCC 2018) is currently underway with a big success attracting over 700 participants. Although it is customary for the recipients of the ILCS prizes to give an award lecture during the ILCC, it sometimes happen that the recipients cannot attend the conference in person for a variety of reasons.

The winner of the ILCS Early-Career Award: The Michi Nakata Prize this year, Dr. Hillel Aharoni, prepared a video lecture to make up for his absence.

Hiroshi Yokoyama
President, ILCS