ILCS art contest jury of 2020

The International Liquid Crystal Society is pleased to announce that Professor Georg Mehl from the University of Hull, UK, will be a juror in 2020 of the ILCS art contest.

Georg Mehl obtained his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Freiburg in Germany. Currently he is Professor for Organic and Materials Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, University of Hull, UK. His work focuses currently on the design and investigation of novel functional molecular and supra-molecular systems and nanoparticle-liquid crystal composites.

Jurors in previous years.

Nomination for 2020 ILCS Honors and Awards

Dear ILCS Members:

The ILCS has several different honors and awards for scientists and engineers at different career stages. These include:
1) The Glenn H. Brown Prizes for the best Ph.D. theses (four are usually awarded every two years);
2) The Michi Nakata Award for early career (postdoctoral) achievement;
3) The Samsung and LG Philips Display Mid-Career Awards (two separate awards);
4) The Pierre Gilles de Gennes Prize; and
5) Election as Honored Member.

The ILCS Awards are given biennially (once every two years) at the International Liquid Crystal Conference (ILCC). General rules governing the process for solicitation of nominations and selection of the winners can be found in the ILCS Bylaws. Nominations will be accepted from December 1, 2019 through February 15, 2020.  Detailed descriptions about the awards, eligibility and nomination guides are found here including the list of past recipients.

Nomination for the ILCS awards will be accepted online ONLY at:

The last not the least caveat is that the eligibility for nomination is not limited to the members of ILCS.  I would like to encourage all of you to widely distribute this announcement to anybody who might have potential interest in the awards.

We look forward to having strong candidates.

The nomination period is from Dec 1, 2019 to Feb 15, 2020.

Dear ILCS member, if you wish to receive emails send by the society, for example about nominations, elections, calls etc., please see that you have included an up to date and working email address in your profile.


Sin-Doo Lee
Chair, ILCS Honors and Awards Committee

Seoul National University, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Seoul, Korea

The new issue of Liquid Crystals Today has now been publish online

The new issue of Liquid Crystals Today has now been published online and is ready to view. Happy reading!

Liquid Crystal Today Editor
Ingo Dierking

17th International Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal Conference Early Bird Registration Deadline Extended

17th International Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal ConferenceEarly Bird Registration Deadline Extended

Dear Colleagues:

The Early Bird registration deadline for the 17th International Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal Conference, FLC 2019: Frontiers of Chirality and Polarity in Soft Matter, which will take place Sunday – Wednesday, August 4 – 7, 2019, on the campus of the University of Colorado Boulder has been extended to next Monday:

Monday, 10 June: new deadline for Early Bird Registration

FLC 2019 will feature presentations in all areas involving chirality and polarity in soft matter. All scientists interested in organic or inorganic nanomaterials chemistry and physics are cordially invited to submit abstracts for either oral or poster presentation.

* There are still several openings for Oral presentations. *

Information regarding abstract submission, invited and plenary speakers, accommodation, travel, and registration is available on the Conference website:

With best regards,
Joe Maclennan
for the Organizing Committee

Optics of Liquid Crystals 2019 - extension date  for abstract submission

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the 18th edition of Optics of Liquid Crystals's committee, we would like to inform you that abstracts will be accepted up to April 30, 2019 midnight, Québec city time, to accommodate general request.

We are grateful to all of those who already submitted!

Visit our website to discover our Invited Speakers who already confirmed their participation.

Don't miss the opportunity to be a part of this important event !

- Optics of traditional liquid crystalline materials
- Novel liquid crystalline materials and phenomena
- Liquid crystal optical components and devices
- Biophotonic applications of liquid crystalline materials

Submit your abstract before April 30, 2019

Please do not hesitate to contact us, If you have any questions or comments. We are looking forward to hearing from you and to seeing you in Québec City!

Tigran Galstian, Université Laval, and the Organizing Committee

15th European Conference on Liquid Crystals

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

We are pleased to inform you that the abstract submission and registration for the 15th European Conference on Liquid Crystals are now open. The deadline for submitting your abstract and registration is 15 March 2019.

Please visit the conference website for deadlines, registration details and arrival instructions (NEW!).

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

We are looking forward to seeing you in Wroclaw,
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

Wolfgang Haase passed away on Tuesday, 11th of December 2018

With sadness I would like to pass on to the liquid crystal community the information that I received yesterday from one of his long time collaborators, Eduardo Soto-Bustamante, that Prof Dr Wolfgang Haase has passed away last Tuesday. An obituary will appear in one of the next issues of LC Today. Our thoughts are with his wife and family.

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

New issue of Liquid Crystal Today

The latest issue of LC Today has just been published and is freely available on the Taylor&Francis website. This will be the last issue of 2017. All the best for the coming New Year.

Ingo Dierking

Soft Matter and Nanomaterials Lab

We have added a new research group website: Soft Matter and Nanomaterials Lab, U.S. Naval Academy, USA.

Research Groups

Dr. Patricia Elisabeth Cladis (1937 - 2017)

On July 3, 2017 the international liquid crystal community lost one of its pioneers, Patricia E. Cladis, who was also an Honored Member of the International Liquid Crystal Society (ILCS).

Obituary of Dr. Patricia Elisabeth Cladis (1937 - 2017)

Cliff Jones receives Katharine Burr Blodgett Medal of the IoP

Cliff Jones has been awarded one of the Institute of Physics' gold medals for 2017. Institute of Physics's gold medals reward outstanding and sustained contributions to physics by people of international reputation. Cliff has been recognised for his contributions to the application of physics in an industrial and commercial context. More information you will find on the website of the Institute of Physics (IOP).

ILCC 2020 in Portugal

The International Liquid Crystal Society is pleased to announce that Portugal was selected to host the 28th International Liquid Crystal Conference (ILCC), which will be held in Lisbon in 2020.

About ILCC

New Research Group in India: Soft Matter Research Group

Soft Matter Research Group at Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati joins to affiliated ILCS research groups.

New Research Group in India: Laboratory of Smart Materials and Supramolecular Chemistry

New research group website in India:

Chinese Liquid Crystal Society

I am pleased to inform you that the Chinese Liquid Crystal Society (Director, Prof. Li Xuan) has formally become an Affiliate Society Member of the ILCS. Today, China is one of the major contributors to the advancement of science and technology of liquid crystals. It has been much anticipated that CLCS joins the ILCS. This is the culmination of long efforts by the past presidents and leadership of the society. I would like to express my gratitude for their foresight and resilient endeavor.

Please join me to welcome CLCS as our new Society Member.

Hiroshi YOKOYAMA, Ph.D.
President, International Liquid Crystal Society (ILCS)

Facebook Page

Good news! International Liquid Crystal Society now has a Facebook Page, which you can visit by clicking here.

New Subpage: International Liquid Crystal Conference

We have added a new subpage about International Liquid Crystal Conference (ILCC).

Two-day conference on cholesteric lyotropic liquid crystals

On May 10-12, 2017, the Experimental Soft Matter Physics Group (headed by Jan Lagerwall) and the Theory of Soft Condensed Matter Group (headed by Tanja Schilling) of the University of Luxembourg are organizing Twisted, a focused conference on the physics, chemistry and applications of cholesteric lyotropic liquid crystals developing in colloidal suspensions of chiral nanorods. The conference is motivated by the rapidly growing interest in liquid crystals formed by nanocrystals of cellulose or chitin, filamentous viruses, carbon nanotubes and similar rod-like nanoparticles. Some of the world's leading researchers in the field are coming to Luxembourg for this two-day meeting, which will give an excellent view of the state of the art of research in the field. You can read more about the conference on its website:

Welcome to our new website!

After months of hard work, we are pleased to welcome you to the newly redesigned website of the International Liquid Crystal Society. The website has been created by our webmaster - Mateusz Mrukiewicz.

Here are just some of the features we’d like to highlight:
  • The website is fully responsive, therefore it is much easier to use on mobile devices and tablets.
  • Visit the new Art Contest section gallery with beautiful liquid crystal pictures.
  • Find all the liquid crystal related events and submit your events as well.
  • Check out the Education section. Here you will find interesting teaching sources, e.g. books, web tutorials, education programs, and videos.
  • You can find the information about the research groups around the world led by ILCS members, just visit the Research Groups section.

This is the first stage of the changes and the work will continue to improve and develop our new site. We encourage you to explore the new site, although much has changed, all of the resources that we have created over the years are still part of the site.

We hope you enjoy the new look, please let us know what you think by sending an email. If you need assistance finding anything, please contact us.

Of course, please do share the news about our wonderful new site!


John Goodby is awarded the Royal Medal

We are pleased to announce that, John Goodby is awarded the Royal Medal, one of the most prestigious awards of the Royal Society.
Learn more

Results of ILCS Elections 2016

The results of the recent ILCS elections are as follows:

New President: Hiroshi Yokoyama
New Vice-President: Helena Godinho

Please join me in congratulating both on their new post, which will commence during the ILCC in August 2016 at Kent State University.

Ingo Dierking

Prof. J. Lagerwall finished his job as a webmaster

From 1st of January of 2016 Prof. Jan Lagerwall is no longer the webmaster of the ILSC web site. His duties are taken over by Mateusz Mrukiewicz, Ph.D. The International Liquid Crystal Society expresses its gratitude to Jan for his work as the webmaster from 2008 to 2015, which led to some major improvements and new functionalities of the web site.