Structure and dynamics of liquid foams and their applications

Orsay (near Paris), France, 3-9 November 2013

Summary: This school will transmit the current understanding of the physics and physico-chemistry of liquid foams in an intensive 5-day course. The school will combine a series of lectures given by renowned scientists in the field with some hands-on experimental work and tutorials. To ensure efficient teaching and networking, the school will be limited to 30 participants, with a preference given to first year PhD students and a number of places reserved for industrial participants.


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The school will provide participants with the state of the art in the science of liquid foams, including theoretical, experimental, computational and applied aspects. The following subjects will be treated in depth:


François Graner is a CNRS Directeur de Recherche at Université Paris 7 Diderot, France. He works on Structure, rheology and coarsening of 2D and 3D foams. Mechanical properties of biological tissues. Wiebke Drenckhan is a CNRS researcher at the Université Paris-Sud, Orsay, France. She works on generation, structure and stability of liquid foams, generation and characterisation of solid foams, and the transition from liquid to solid foams.
Nikolai Denkov is the head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Sofia University, Bulgaria. His expertise is in the physical chemistry of foams and antifoams, and experiments and modelling of foam and emulsion rheology. Simon Cox holds a personal chair in the Institute of Mathematics and Physics, Aberystwyth University, in the UK. He works on modelling and simulation of foams, solving partial differential equations and using Surface Evolver.


In order to ensure easy travel, optimal working conditions and the vicinity of an established foams laboratory, the school will be held at a Franciscan conference centre in Orsay, on the outskirts of Paris, France. Maps are available for travel through Paris, and within Orsay (alternative route). Some of the teaching will be done at the Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, which is a 25 minute walk from the school venue.


Participants should aim to arrive during the afternoon of Sunday 3rd November. Dinner will be provided. Lectures will commence on Monday morning, and continue until Friday afternoon. Accommodation will be available from 3rd - 9th.


The registration fee is 500 euros for academic participants, and 1000 euros for industrial participants. This includes all meals and 6 nights accommodation. Please let us know on the registration form if you would like to be considered for a discount.

All participants will be provided with a copy of the text book "Foams: structure and dynamics" (OUP). Participants might want to bring their own laptop, for example to fully benefit from the computational tutorials. Wifi will be available.

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Please address enquiries to
Université Paris-Sud
Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, Bât.510
91405 Orsay Cedex
Tel : 0033 1 691 55356
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