Invited speakers

Professor Roland Winter, University of Dortmund, Germany
Title: Effects of Temperature, Pressure, Crowding and Osmolytes on the Interaction Potential and Phase Behavior of Concentrated Protein Solutions

Roland Winter studied Chemistry at the University of Karlsruhe. After his PhD he joined the Departments of Chemistry at the University of Marburg and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, as postdoctoral fellow. Since 1993 he is holding a Chair of Physical Chemistry (Biological Chemistry) at TU Dortmund University. His research interests comprise the study of the structure, dynamics and function of biomolecular systems, with a particular focus on biomembranes, protein folding and high pressure biophysics.


Dr Valeria Garbin, Imperial College London, UK
Title: Extreme deformation of complex fluid interfaces 

Valeria Garbin is a Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. Her research group 'Flow and Dynamics of Soft Matter' investigates microscale transport phenomena in complex fluids, with applications to biological flows and drug delivery, bioenergy, formulated products, and self-assembly. In 2014 Valeria was awarded an ERC Starting Grant on 'Extreme deformation of structured fluids and interfaces’. She has previously held post-doctoral appointments at the University of Pennsylvania, and at the University of Twente, where she was funded by a Rubicon fellowship of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. She holds a PhD from the Department of Physics at Università di Trieste, and a first degree in Physics from Università di Padova. 

Dr Hugo Christenson, University of Leeds, UK
Title: Freezing of Liquids in Confinement

Hugo Christenson has degrees from the University of Stockholm, the University of Missouri-Rolla and the Australian National University, and is now Reader in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leeds. After 25 years of experimental studies of surface interactions he has recently turned his attention to nucleation and crystal growth.  A common research theme throughout has been confinement effects on phase behaviour.

Professor Glen McHale, University of Northumbria, UK
Title: Structured, Shaped and Slippery Interfaces

Glen McHale is Professor of Applied & Materials Physics and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering & Environment at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Formely, Head of Research in Science & Technology at Nottingham Trent University, he has a BSc (Hons) First Class in Mathematical Physics and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Nottingham. His research is on how liquids interact with and wet solid surfaces both at the small scale of microfluidics or the large scale of flow across surfaces. He has an interest in materials that alter the solid-liquid interaction, how surface structure can amplify the effects of chemistry and how natural systems use this to gain competitive advantage within their environments. His research has been supported by the UK Enginnering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), The Royal Society, the EU and a range of companies. He has published over 140 peer-reviewed scientific papers in addition to seven patents. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, a Senior Member of the Insttitute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers, an Editorial Board Member of the Advances in Colloid & Interface Science, a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College and was a member of the panel for "Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials" for the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). Along with colleagues at Nottingham Trent University and the University of Oxford he has developed a public understanding of science exhibition "Natures Raincoats", which has exhibited at The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, The Times Cheltenham Science Festival and Techfest (Mumbai, India). 

Key dates

  • Registration deadline:
    8 September 2015