The Monash Prato Centre was delighted to welcome again Professor Ravi Prakash Jagadeeshan from Monash University and Professor Burkhard Duenweg from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany, co-organisers of the Hydrodynamic Fluctuations in Soft-Matter Simulation conference held at the Centre from 9-12 February.
Their first encounter came about in 2006 when Burkhard attended a conference organised by Ravi at the Prato Centre, since then they have worked together on many occasions with both visiting each other’s institution as part of an Academic Exchange.
Soft-Matter is the branch of science dealing with materials that are neither simple solids nor liquids, but rather, depending on the circumstance, exhibit properties of both; examples include dough, foam, toothpaste, paint, ketchup, blood, motor oil. Modern science seeks to understand the behaviour of these systems.
The meeting bought together researchers with different and complementary backgrounds, ranging from physicists to chemical engineers and mathematicians, experts in their respective fields.
Recognition also to the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz in Germany and their Professor Friederike Schmid’s help in co-organising this event.