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    The current series of biennial, European meetings for graduate students in colloid and interface science commenced in 2003, and since 2007 have been sponsored by ECIS. Prior to that date these meetings were attended by both students and their supervisors and were restricted to a small number of invited university groups in Europe.

    The next meeting (no. 16) will be held in Florence, Italy, June 19-22, 2017.


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The details of previous meetings are given in the Table below:

year
host institution
senior academic host
lead student organiser(s)
venue
2017
Firenze (IT)
D. Berti
M. Tonelli
Firenze
2015
ICSC PAS (PL)
P. Warszynski
K. Kilan
Krakow
2013
MPI Golm (DE)
R. Miller
J. Won, V. Ulaganathan
Potsdam
2011
Chalmers Univ. (SE)
K. Holmberg
M.Andersson, A.Jansson
Falkenberg
2009
Almeria Univ. (SP)
A. Fernandez
I. Perez Marzuecos
Almeria
2007
Lund Univ. (SE)
L. Piculell
S. Edgecombe
Ven (island)
2005
Wageningen Univ. (NL)
M. Cohen Stuart
W. Bosker
Biezenmortel
2003
Bristol Univ. (UK)
B. Vincent
C. Pizzey, P. Dale
Bristol

    Each of these meetings has been scheduled for about three days, often following, or preceding, a weekend so that further social activities or visits could be undertaken. These meetings have been focussed on the students, with only minimum participation by more senior persons in the field.
    At the last few meetings the number of participating students has exceeded 100, coming from a large number of groups across Europe. In addition a limited number of students from outside Europe have been accepted.
    The meetings have usually included two or three guest speakers and at the last meeting at the Max Planck Institute in Golm a one-day training course, given by members of the MPI staff, was arranged for the day preceding the meeting.
    All the students participating are expected to make presentations, either orally or via a poster. Scientific discussion has always been of a high quality. Plenty of time has also been allowed for activities of a more social nature! For each meeting a small committee has been set up, but with local graduate students taking the lead in the organisation, both before and during the meeting. Industry, particularly companies located in the hosting country, has throughout been very generous in providing financial support, to minimise the registration fee for the students. In addition for the last few meetings travel bursaries have been generously supplied by both ECIS and the EU COST Program.
Brian Vincent