The conference programme included eight plenary lectures, 21 keynote presentations, 116 contributed talks selected from over 800 submitted abstracts, and 480 posters. With a total of 32 sessions (four parallel sessions per day), three lunch-time sessions, and two poster sessions, the conference covered a broad range of fundamental and applied aspects of soft matter and complex systems. Financial contributions by 36 sponsors from institutions and private companies helped to keep the cost of the conference down.
The opening ceremony featured short presentations by Prof. Christophe Ferrari, president of Grenoble Alpes Métropole, Prof. Patrick Levy, president of the ComUE of the Université Grenoble Alpes, Prof. William G. Stirling, Director of ILL and Dr. Francesco Sette, Director General of ESRF. Plenary speakers included Lucasian Professor of Mathematics Michael E. Cates (University of Cambridge), SoftComp co-founder Prof. Dieter. Richter (Forschungszentrum Jülich) and six others. In addition, there were three award ceremonies; European Physical Journal E sponsored the Pierre-Gilles de Gennes prize, the Soft Matter Lectureship award was sponsored by the Soft Matter Journal and IUCr supported the Young Scientist Awards.