Active soft matter
Soft matter systems far from equilibrium, either natural or synthetic, exhibit a rich palette of active (self-driven) and self-organised states and are highly interesting from a materials point of view. The session leaders Ignacio Pagonabarraga (Barcelona, ES) and Gijsje Koenderink (AMOLF, NL) cover the subtopics Materials and Biological Systems respectively.

Invited keynote lecturer Daan Frenkel (Cambridge, UK) was recently awarded the Boltzmann Medal recognizing his highly creative large-scale simulations of soft matter capable of explaining the self-assembly of complex macromolecular systems, colloidal and biomolecular systems. His presentation will illuminate some of the recent work on active soft matter.

Surface Forces and Thin Liquid Films
Surface forces determine the static and dynamic properties of colloidal systems. Nanostructured interfaces, such as in thin liquid films, found in nature or intentionally prepared, may result in performance that is much desired in present day technology. Session leaders are Ludmilla Boinovich (Russian Academy of Sciences) with Tomas Corrales for Surface Forces and Regine von Klitzing (Darmstadt, DE) for Thin Liquid Films.

Invited keynote lecturer Jacob Klein (Weizmann Institute, IL) will illustrate the wide applicability of this field by examples from his work on surface interactions and (bio)lubrication combining fundamental research, experiments with state-of-the-art sensitivity and resolution, and applications.

Foams, Emulsions and Microemulsions
Recent developments involving the formation, stabilization and application of these systems make this field an active research area. Session leaders are Peter Kralchevsky (Sofia, BUL) and Michèle Adler (University Paris-Est, Marne-La-Vallée, FR).

Invited keynote lecturer Brent Murray (University of Leeds, UK) will highlight some recent aspects of particle stabilization of foams and emulsions and discuss food applications.


Surfactants and Self-Assembly
Out of the extensive field of surfactancy, the focus will be on the following topics. Active control where amphiphilicity is controlled by external agents, session leader Nicholas Abbott (Univ Wisconsin, USA), Surfactant self-assembly at interfaces led by Greg Warr (Sydney, AUS) and Reactive emulsified systems with session leader Margarita Sanchez-Dominguez (Montery, MEX).

Invited keynote lecturer Yilin Wang (Chinese Academy of Science) will discuss self-assembly of novel oligomeric surfactants and their association behavior with biomolecules in aqueous solution.


Fine Particles and Colloidal Dispersions (incl. phase behaviour)
Fine particulate dispersions mimic molecular fluids of which the constituting particles, their interactions and phase behaviour can be tuned at will. This will be highlighted in the subsessions on Nanofabrication Jan Dhont (Jülich, DE), Special interactions Albert Philipse (Utrecht, NL) and Colloidal dispersions  Pankaj Mishra (Dhanbad, IN).

Catalysis and Surface Reactions
(Electro)chemical activity of surfaces is not only controlled by the chemical nature of material but also by geometry, such as size, shape and confinement. These aspects are covered by session leaders Baira Donoeva with Petra de Jongh (Utrecht, NL) and To Ngai (Hong Kong).

Wetting and Interfacial Rheology
Capillary and rheological effects of interfaces are the focus of this session led by Hans-Jürgen Butt (Mainz, DE) and Jean-Luc Blin (Lorraine, FR).

Invited keynote lecturer Janet A.W. Elliott (Alberta, CAN) presents recent advances in the thermodynamics of capillary bridges and capillary menisci.

Interfacial Electrical Phenomena
Albeit a classical topic in colloid and interface science, there are still quite some open questions regarding interfacial electrical phenomena, in particular at the solid/liquid interface. Session leaders are Michal Borkovec (Geneva, CH) and Kazue Kurihara (Tohoku, JP).

Biological and Biologically Inspired Systems (incl. biomembranes & lipid bilayers)
Subsessions are DNA functionalization, led by Erika Eiser (Cambridge, UK), Encapsulation, led by Piotr Warszynski (Krakow, PL) and (Bio-) Functional coatings led by Chiara Neto (Sydney, AUS) and Junbai Li (CAS).

Invited keynote speaker Shigeru Deguchi (Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology) investigates potentials of the unique structures and functions of deep-sea and marine organisms to develop various biomimetic applications.


The synergy between industrial and academic development has always been strong for the field of colloid and interface science. Subsessions are:

  • Food led by Erik van der Linden (Wageningen, NL) and Yuan Li (Beijing, China).
  • Materials led by Leon Bremer (DSM, NL), Bernaurdshaw Neppolian (SRM Univ,India) and Shlomo Magdassi (Jerusalem,ISR):
    Invited keynote lecturer Pooi See Lee (Nanyang Technol Univ, Singapore) will discuss flexible and stretchable conductors.
  • Art Restoration led by Debora Berti (Florence, IT)
  •  Energy and Environment by Louis de Smet (WUR, NL) and Hans Geerlings (Shell and TU Delft, NL).
    Invited keynote lecturer Nathalie Tufenkji (McGill, CA) will focus on graphene sponges for wastewater treatment, while Wiebe de Vos will explain the development of polyelectrolyte multilayer membranes for micro-pollutant removal from surface and drinking water. 
  • Agriculture led by Louise Deschênes (Agriculture et Agroalimentaire, CA). Colloid and interface science is of primary importance in numerous applications of the agriculture and agri-food sector. Moreover, nano-based systems are believed to have a high potential in the development of new knowledge and innovations in support to the field. Risk mitigation, precision agriculture, sustainable technologies and reduction of the use of water are examples of strategic issues for which research efforts are needed.
  •  Medical led by Carla Giacomelli (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, AR) and Fernando Galembeck (Unicamp Instituto de Química, BR)
    Invited keynote lecturer Ofra Benny (Hebrew University, Israel) will discuss applications of polymer/colloid science in drug delivery and nanomedicine.