Welcome to the Swiss soft matter community

Next Meeting – in cyberspace

The 27th edition of the Swiss Soft Days will take place online on the 8th of June 2021. It is the 4th and last edition of the student-organized SSD. For this reason, abstracts submitted by Ph.D. students are highly prioritized.

During the PhD-SSD, you will be able to contribute not only with the regular posters or talks (~20 minutes including discussion) but also with a “Short Talk” that is limited to 5 minutes mainly designed to encourage the contribution from younger Ph.D. students.

Registration is now open and is, as usual, free of charge. The deadline for abstract submission is May 10th, 2021. We are sorting out the details with the final platform. Meanwhile, this webpage will be updated regularly with the latest information available.

Considering that this is the last student-organized SSD event, we sincerely hope that almost all of you will be able to contribute.

8 June 2021

We will adjust the time of the conference to accommodate the time difference for the invited speakers (e.g. noon to 8 pm). The final schedule will be presented after the abstract submission deadline.

Invited Speakers

  • Prof. Patrick S. Doyle from Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
    The Polymer Physics of Kinetoplasts: 2D Catenated Polymers
  • Prof. Saad Bhamla from Georgia Institute of Technology,
    Tangled Worm Blobs: Living polymers that inspire collective robotics

Motivation and aim

The community of scientists (material scientists, physicists, engineers, chemists, biologists) working on problems related to Soft Matter in Switzerland is scattered within different departments and under diverse denominations. This fact prevents to a certain extent effective exchanges and it is one of the reasons for a weaker visibility of the Swiss Soft Matter activities as compared to that of other European communities as for example in France or the Netherlands. Stimulating communication and collaborations among the Swiss scientists working in this area would help to establish a Swiss Soft Matter Community with a well defined identity on its own, which will also lead to a higher visibility of the respective individual activities. The Swiss Soft Days are intended to provide a platform to help establishing such community and they are supposed to be actively moderated by all members to fit the specific needs of the community that also might change in time.

Starting in 2017, one of the Swiss Soft Days per year will be dedicated to PhD students, i.e. aside from the invited speakers all talks and discussions will be held by PhD students. Financial support for this SSD-series is given by the swiss university conference.


The Swiss Soft Days is a one-day workshop taking place 2 times per year where around 20 speakers give short talks (~15 minutes) to introduce their research activities in a way specifically designed for a heterogeneous public. Besides well established scientific figures, the workshops are aimed at emerging researchers, especially assistant professors, post-docs and PhD students. The short duration of the talks and the frequency of the meetings are meant to rapidly develop active, up-to-date communications and cover various inter-disciplinary areas of research. Such formula has been successfully implemented in the Boston-area, where the New England Complex Fluids Workgroup meets 4 times a year since 1999, the location of the meeting rotating among the member institutions (Harvard, Yale, MIT, etc.). The Swiss analogue has started in February 2010 and the response to this initiative was very positive. The success of the workshops also became apparent by a number of institutions volunteering to organize Swiss Soft Days. We hope that the Swiss Soft Days will continue to attract Swiss researchers, and we strongly encourage all participants to help shaping and organizing them.

Local Organizers: Andrea Testa, Doha Abdelrahman, Damian Renggli

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