We are pleased to announce the following speakers. More to follow.

Plenary Speakers

  • Dr Malcolm Faers | Bayer | The Art of Applying Colloid Science to the Design of Formulations
  • Prof Jayne Lawrence | University of Manchester | Developing Improved Nucleic Acid Delivery Vehicles
  • Prof Norman Wagner | University of Delaware | The Micromechanics of Shear Thickening Fluids and their Application as Protective Materials for Medical Professionals, First Responders, Athletes and Astronauts

SCI/RSC Thomas Graham Award Lecture 2023

  • Prof Nguyen T. K. Thanh | University College London | Plasmonic and Magnetic Nanoparticles for Biomedical Application

Keynote Speakers - grouped in sessions

Rheology, Soft Solids & Complex Fluids

  • Prof Erin Koos | KU Leuven, Belgium | Yielding dynamics in capillary suspensions: the importance of local and semi-local structures
  • Prof Jan Vermant | ETH Zürich, Switzerland | Colloidal gels using rough building blocks: brittleness avoided!
  • Prof Jan Dhont | Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany | Motility-Induced Inter-Particle Correlations and Mass Transport


  • Prof Karen Edler | University of Bath, UK
  • Prof Chiara Neto |University of Sydney, Australia | The mystery behind slippery covalently attached liquid surfaces

Colloids & Surfaces in the Health & Life Sciences

  • Prof Aline Miller | University of Manchester, UK | Designing multi-functional hydrogels: from lab to commercialisation

Formulation Science & Engineering

  • Prof Ray Dagastine | University of Melbourne, Australia | Structure to function of polymer-surfactant complexes at soft interfaces
  • Prof Tommy Nylander | Lund University, Sweden

Nanoparticles & Nanostructured Materials

  • Prof Yurii Gun'ko | Trinity College Dublin, Ireland | Chiroptically active colloidal nanostructures
  • Prof Eugenia Kumacheva | University of Toronto, Canada | Nanocolloidal liquid crystals under confinement
  • Prof Serena Cussen | University of Sheffield, UK

Foams, Emulsions and Bubbles

  • Prof Jim Finch | McGill University, Canada | Bubbles: from fundamentals to profit
  • SlavkaTcholakova | Sofia University, Bulgaria | Formation and rheology of emulsions and nanoemulsions
  • Prof Grant Campbell | University of Huddersfield | A history of the science of bubbles in food

Colloidal Suspensions

  • Dr Elodie Bourgeat-Lami | LCCP Lyon, France | Synthesis of cerium oxide-armored polymer latexes by thermal and visible light-induced surfactant-free emulsion polymerization: towards waterborne coatings with enhanced properties
  • Prof Alfons van Blaaderen | University Utrecht, Netherlands | Self-Assembly in Spherical Confinement: Hierarchical Structuring at Multiple Length Scales


  • Prof Francesco Sciortino | Sapienza Università di Roma | Guiding self-assembly processes
  • Prof Erika Eiser | University of Cambridge | Towards Programmable DNA-Hydrogels

Colloids in Motion

  • Dr Patrick B. Warren | Unilever R&D Port Sunlight & STFC Hartree Centre, UK | Diffusiophoresis in surfactant gradients: particulate soil removal from porous materials and the significance of rinsing in laundry detergency

Polymer Colloid Engineering

  • Prof Rod Priestley | Princeton University, Princeton, USA | Structured and Hybrid Polymer Colloids by Flash NanoPrecipitation

Encapsulation and Release

  • Prof Katharina Landfester | Max Plank Institute, Germany
  • Prof Zhibing Zhang | University of Birmingham, UK | Desirable properties of microcapsules and their characterisation

Wetting & Adhesion

  • Prof Glen McHale | University of Edinburgh, UK | Super Slippery Surfaces: Wetting on liquid and liquid-like surfaces
  • Prof Erica Wanless | University of Newcastle, Australia | Specific ion modulated thermoresponsive PNIPAM brushes


  • Prof Peter Dowding | Infineum, UK | Using neutrons to unlock the properties of commercial oil additives
  • Prof Hongbo Zeng | University of Alberta, Canada | Probing Reversible Molecular Interactions toward Developing Multifunctional Soft Materials and Bioadhesives
  • Dr Jennifer Marsh | P&G, USA | Understanding UV damage in hair using model reactivity in gels and colloidal solutions