It is with great sadness, that I would like to inform the liquid crystal community of the passing of Prof Wojtek Kuczynski of the Institute of Molecular Physics in Poznan, Poland. Those who knew him will agree with me, that Wojtek was a kind and very modest, yet excellent liquid crystal experimentalist and mentor. He will be greatly missed by friends and colleagues.

Ingo Dierking

WKuczynski (2)

18th International Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal Conference - Polarity and Chirality in Soft Matter

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Is it our great pleasure to invite you all to participate in the 18th International Conference on Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals – Polarity and Chirality in Soft Matter, which will be held from 6th to 10th of September 2021 in Ljubljana (Slovenia).

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Ljubljana. The conference will take place regardless of the Covid-19 pandemic situation: preferably in person, alternatively with streaming option for those who will not be able to travel, or, in the unfortunate case that the pandemic will not allow us to meet in person, the conference will be held fully online.

Main topics of the FLC2021 include: Synthesis and design of polar and chiral liquid crystals, Structures of polar and chiral mesophases, Polar nematic liquid crystals, Simulation, modelling and theory, Physical properties of polar and chiral liquid crystals, Ferroelectric and ferromagnetic soft matter, Colloidal polar systems, Twist-bend phases, Liquid crystals and biology as well as Applications of polar and chiral liquid crystals.

We are happy to inform you that the web page for the Conference is already available:

where information regarding the invited speakers, registration, abstract submission, conference venue and important dates will be available. Abstract submission will open on the 1st of February 2021.

Together with this mail you can also find attached the First Circular. We would be grateful if you would print it out and post the attached flyer to help publicize the conference.

With best regards,
Alenka Mertelj
Conference Chair on behalf of the Organizing Committee.

The remote ILCS Honors & Awards Ceremony

The remote ILCS Honors & Awards Ceremony will be held on July 29th and 30th as below. Active members will receive an invitation email containing the access details to the Zoom Conference.

July 29, Wednesday       
  • 8:00 AM(EDT) – 8:20 AM (EDT)  ILCS General Meeting 
  • 8:20 AM(EDT) – 8:30 AM (EDT) Honors & Awards Ceremony - Chair: Nicholas Abbott
  • 8:30 AM(EDT) – 8:40 AM (EDT) Honored Members Acceptance Speech - Oleg Lavrentovich
  • 8:40 AM(EDT) – 9:00 AM (EDT) Glenn Brown Prize Lecture - Greta Babakhanova
  • 9:00 AM(EDT) – 9:20 AM (EDT) Glenn Brown Prize Lecture - Clarissa Dietrich
  • 9:20 AM(EDT) – 9:40 AM (EDT) Glenn Brown Prize Lecture - Devesh Mistry
  • 9:40 AM(EDT) – 10:00 AM (EDT) Glenn Brown Prize Lecture - Lisa Tran
July 30, Thursday             
  • 8:00 AM(EDT) – 8:20 AM (EDT)  Michi Nakata Prize - Danqing Liu
  • 8:20 AM(EDT) – 8:40 AM (EDT)  Mid Career Research Excellence Award: Samsung - Alenka Mertelj
  • 8:40 AM(EDT) – 9:00 AM (EDT)  Mid Career Research Excellence Award: LG - Torsten Hegmann
  • 9:00 AM(EDT) – 9:30 AM (EDT)  P.G. de Gennes Prize - Hideo Takezoe

Announcement of online conference

The "2nd International Online Conference on Crystals” will be held between 10-20. November 2020. Please have a look at further details at:

There are 9 sessions in total, including a session on liquid crystals:
Liquid Crystals (chair: Prof. Charles Rosenblatt) Crystalline Materials (chair: Prof. Dr. Robert F. Klie) Crystal Engineering (chair: Prof. Dr. Reshef Tenne) Biomolecular Crystals (chair: Dr. Rocco Caliandro) Crystalline Minerals and Biominerals (chair: Dr. Michele Iafisco) Phase Transformations in Crystalline Materials (chair: Dr. Cyril Cayron) Small and Wide Angle X-ray Scattering Applied to Nano- and Biomaterials
(chair: Dr. Teresa Sibillano) Software/Tools to Deal with Crystal and Crystallographic Issues & Teaching Crystallography (chair: Dr. Anna Moliterni) Structure of Cholinesterases (chair: Prof. Zoran Radić)

I am sure some of these topics will be of interest to a number of our members.

Results of Election

Dear ILCS Members:

I am pleased to announce the results of the election of the next President and Vice President of the ILCS, which was held from April 1st, 2020 to May 15th, 2020. Ingo Dierking will be the next President, and Jun Yamamoto will be the next Vice President with the four year term until 2024.
The term begins at the general assembly to be held remotely on July 29th.

Thank you for your participation.
​Hiroshi Yokoyama
President, ILCS

June 2020 liquid crystal picture

Image of "Trapped transitions", by John Sandford O'Neill, has been selected as the June 2020 ILCS liquid crystal picture. Jury finds it visually very attractive with the distribution of different spreading lines and the positioning of shapes of different colours.


Final Call for Voting

Dear ILCS Members:
I hope this email finds you all well.
I am writing to make the final call for your vote for the next President and Vice President of the ILCS.
So far, only slightly over 25% of active members have voted. We desperately would like to hear more.

If you have not voted yet, please vote at

The election will be closed on May 15th!
I thank the members who have already voted.

Stay safe.

Hiroshi Yokoyama
Presidient, ILCS

May 2020 liquid crystal picture

Image of "Arrival of the spring", by Greta Babakhanova, has been selected as the May 2020 ILCS liquid crystal picture. Jury finds it very well observed and the combination of detailed observation of defect textures and artistic sensibility is very nice.


ILCC 2020 Postponed

Dear ILCS Members and Colleagues:

I hope this email finds you well in the time of coronavirus pandemic.
As announced on the website of the ILCC 2020 the Organizing Committee and the ILCS have made a decision to postpone the 28th ILCC to 2022.
Given the significance of this biennial event, we have been making every effort to minimize the negative impact of postponement. The honors and awards ceremony and the presentations by the awardees will be conducted on-line during the original conference period. Details will be communicated to you as soon as possible.

To keep our community alive and well through this difficult time, your understanding and contributions are very much appreciated.
Hiroshi Yokoyama
President, ILCS

In response to the global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus, the Organizer of the 28th International Liquid Crystal Conference (ILCC) and the International Liquid Crystal Society (ILCS) has made a decision to postpone the 28th ILCC in Lisbon for a similar week in 2022, dates to be confirmed. Information will be placed on the conference website. Consequently, the 29th ILCC to be held in Brazil is rescheduled to 2024. Postponement of the ILCC is unprecedented in the long history of the conference since its inception in 1965. The 28th ILCC has attracted enthusiastic submission of over 650 papers from all over the world and from all generations of scientists working at the frontier of the liquid crystal research. The real global nature of the liquid crystal community has made this decision inevitable to assure the safety of its members.

In order to make up for the loss of personal gathering in Lisbon this year, we are planning to hold the awards session on-line, to make sure that the awardees get their prizes and have a chance to present their research. We are diligently working out the specifics of the web-based presentations on the basis of on-going assessment of demand from the community.

The 28th ILCC in 2022 will refresh the program to reflect the up-to-date advances of the field.

We will keep you informed of any further development about the ILCC. Please visit the conference website often to get the latest information.

Other relevant information:
Participants who had already paid the ILCC2020 registration will receive a refund, please contact Ms. Madalena Almeida from Abreu.
Participants who had already booked a Hotel through Abreu (our Backoffice company), please contact Ms. Madalena Almeida from Abreu.
Participants who had already booked and paid the Students Residence Halls, please contact SASNOVA.
Finally, we apologize for the disappointment and inconvenience you may have. Your understanding and continued support is very much appreciated.

Best wishes for your health and wellbeing in this difficult time.

April 2020 liquid crystal picture

Image of a Spiral Smectic Filaments of Bent-core Mesogen, by Venkatesh Gude, has been selected as the April 2020 ILCS liquid crystal picture. Jury likes the aesthetics of your yellow/green spirals on a black background, showing the filament  structures, both right handed as well as left handed. of the B7 phase. It will now be featured on the home page of the ILCS website until the end of the month.