Student Conferences

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. ECIS student meetings are intended for students in the field of colloidal and interface science and related fields. Student participants should present their work to their peers and engage in scientific and social interactions. The conference program is completed by presentations given by distinguished senior scientists.

2024 ESC Conference in Bordeaux

The 19th European Student Colloid Conference will take place from 24th to 27th June 2024 in Bordeaux, France. It aims to bring together Master students, PhD students and postdocs working in the field of Colloid and Interface Science and to give them the opportunity to present their work in a relaxed and welcoming environment.The scientific programme will include 7 invited lectures given by renowned scientists, as well as contributed oral and poster presentations.We look forward to welcoming students and postdocs from all over Europe to Bordeaux in 2024. 

Important dates

Abstract Submission deadline: March 22, 2024 
Notification of Acceptance: April 12, 2024 
Early Registration and Payment: April 30, 2024

Previous ESC meetings

yearhost institutionsenior academic hostlead student organiser(s)venue
2022Szeged Univ.(HU)
T. Szabo,
I. Szilagyi
L. MeraiSzeged
2019 Sofia Univ (BG)P. KralchevskyM. Georgiev
V. Ivanova
2017Firenze (IT)D. BertiM. TonelliFirenze
2015ICSC PAS (PL)P. WarszynskiK. KilanKrakow
2013MPI Golm (DE)R. MillerJ. Won,
V. Ulaganathan
2011Chalmers Univ. (SE)K. HolmbergM. Andersson,
A. Jansson
2009Almeria Univ. (SP)A. FernandezI. Perez MarzuecosAlmeria
2007Lund Univ. (SE)L. PiculellS. EdgecombeVen (island)
2005Wageningen Univ. (NL)M. Cohen StuartW. BoskerBiezenmortel
2003Bristol Univ. (UK)B. VincentC. Pizzey,
P. Dale

    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