The SoftComp/EUSMI Annual Meeting 2024 will take place from
May 21 – 24 in Lyon, France.


Our Annual Meeting 2024 features the special topic Sustainable Soft Matter.

In our Annual Meeting 2024 we will celebrate the SoftComp 20th Anniversary.

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of SoftComp is a significant milestone in the journey of our Consortium. Established in 2004 thanks to an EU grant, SoftComp has been at the forefront of fostering collaboration, innovation, and advancement in the interdisciplinary realm of soft matter physics, chemistry, and biology, worldwide. Through its conferences, workshops, publications, and networking opportunities, in the last two decades SoftComp has played a pivotal role in bringing together scientists, researchers, and experts from diverse backgrounds to explore the fundamental properties and applications of soft materials.

Moreover, SoftComp has actively promoted education and outreach initiatives, inspiring the next generation of scientists to pursue careers in soft matter research.

Happy 20th anniversary to SoftComp!


The meeting consists of three full days from Tuesday May 21 (lunch time) through Friday May 24 (lunch time), 2024. The meeting is a forum to discuss scientific work, to network, and to initiate future projects in any Soft Matter fields.

The Annual Meeting Chair is Prof. Dr. Stephan Förster (Forschungszentrum Jülich).


Meeting Program

Plenary Speakers

  • Michelle Calabrese, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (USA)

  • Marjolein Dijkstra, Utrecht University (NL)

  • Anne-Laure Fameau, INRAE, Villeneuve d’Ascq (F)

  • Katharina Landfester, Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz (D)

  • Isabel Pastoriza Santos, University of Vigo (ES)

  • Peter Schuetz, Unilever R&D, Sharnbrook (UK)

Invited Speakers

  • Joachim Venzmer, Evonik, Essen (D)

Topical Sessions

  • Sustainable Soft Matter

General Soft Matter Sessions

  • Glasses, Colloids and Self-Assembly
  • Biological Soft Matter
  • Polymers and Biopolymers
  • New Methods and Techniques
  • Theory and Simulation
  • Synthesis
  • Surfaces, Interfaces and Emulsions
  • Gels and Networks

Young Scientists Session

  • Young Scientists Session

SoftComp 20th Anniversary Session

With contributions from special guests:

  • Patricia Bassereau, Institut Curie, Paris, France

  • Juan Colmenero, DIPC, San Sebastian, Spain

  • Gerhard Gompper, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

  • Dieter Richter, Forschungszentum Jülich, Germany

  • Dimitris Vlassopoulos, FORTH, Heraklion, Greece

Poster Session

  • two dedicated Posters Sessions
  • posters will be on display during the whole Annual Meeting


Meeting Venue, Registration, Dates, Submission, Accommodation and Financial Support


  • The Annual Meeting will be held at the Hotel Valpré, Lyon, France.

Important dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: 10 April 2024.
  • Notification of acceptance 18 April 2024.
  • Deadline for the registration: 20 April 2024.

Despite no new registrations can be uploaded after 20 April 2024, the registration can be updated until 04 May 2024.

Call for contributions

You are kindly invited to submit the title and the abstract of your scientific contribution(s) through the abstract submission page, provided by the EUSMI portal (

All contributions will be practically accepted, with the possibility that in case there will not enough time to accommodate all the requested oral contributions, they will become poster presentations.

Poster size

Poster format AO portrait.


Please note the submission of a contribution is not considered as a proof of the registration.

Registrations shall be uploaded before April 20th; after that deadline updates of existing registrations are possible. New registrations are subjected to availability of the rooms.

Accommodation, Travel, Costs and SoftComp Financial Support

The SoftComp central budget will cover the full meeting costs, the subsistence/accommodation costs from May 21 through May 24, and travel costs (up to a max of 250 euro per person) up to four persons per SoftComp group. Unless requested otherwise, the SoftComp Management will charge the four persons of each SoftComp group with most expensive costs to the SoftComp central budget, all others will pay their stay directly at the hotel at the check-out. The central budget covers the costs from May 21 through May 24, 2024.

Flights and trains can be booked in economy class without any authorization, while the use of private car to reach Lyon shall be authorized in advance. Please note that the nearest airport is the international airport Lyon, with many flights daily from the major European airports. Transportation from the Lyon airport and train station to the hotel and from the hotel to the Lyon airport and train station will be organized for all the participants, provided that travel details are duly reported in the registration form by May 14, 2024.

Please note that the accommodation until 21 May and after 24 May 2024 is not full board, but Bed&Breakfast, with the following prices:

Valpré Hotel

Between May 21 and May 24

Full Board: Single room 206,20€; Double room 152,30€; Triple room 134.30€ per person per day, additionally a mandatory cost of 16.30€ for the gala dinner per person.

Before May 21 and after May 24

Bed & Breakfast: Single room 129.80€; Double room 75.90€ per person per day.

1.65€ per night per person city Tax.


All meals are served at the Valpré Hotel.

Lunch: 35.20€ per meal

Dinner: 41.20€ per meal

Gala Dinner: 57.50€ per meal



For any questions, please contact directly the SoftComp Manager (


Annual Meeting programme

The updated scientific programme issued on 08 May 2024 can be downloaded here.

The collection of abstracts can be downloaded here.

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Meeting Details

Lyon, France
Flavio Carsughi
Research Gate