Colloid science is a very broad and dynamic topic, spanning a wide range of areas within soft matter, from classical dispersions and surfactants, to biological interfaces and biocolloids, nanoparticles for drug delivery, formulation science, self-assembled systems, ‘smart’ materials and active matter. We are keen to hear from anyone with an interest in colloid science: chemists, engineers, physicists, biologists, pharmacists, food scientists - and we welcome you to our meetings!
This committee has a long history. The CSCG (SCI) was founded in 1958 by Sir Eric Rideal to support the growing importance of colloids and surface chemistry in industry. In 1971, Ron Ottewill, Geoff Parfitt and Dennis Haydon created the CISG within the Faraday Society, in response to the increasing number of colloid centres within academia. In 2002 the two groups joined to form the "Joint Colloids Group" (JCG) and provide a coherent focus for the UK colloid and interface science community, both in academia and industry.
The Joint Colloids Group runs various scientific events, from one-day meetings to a triennial multi-day international conference (UK Colloids, since 2011). We also support bursaries for attendance at UK and worldwide meetings through the Rideal Trust. We administer three awards: the McBain Medal, the Thomas Graham Lecture and the Rideal Lecture, which recognise researchers through the different stages of their career (further detail can be found on this website).
Your support, input and suggestions are highly appreciated, whether as a speaker, delegate or sponsor, an established scientist, a PhD student or an early career researcher. If you are interested in becoming involved, please do contact us. We look forward to meeting you at our events.
Cécile Dreiss, Chair of the Joint Colloids Group
Industrial and interdisciplinary applications of suspensions
EARLY BIRD DEADLINE 31st May 2019
Graham Lecture and Symposium 2019, SCI, Belgrave Square, London, UK
Tuesday 9th July 2019
Organised by SCI's Colloid & Surface Chemistry Group and RSC's Colloid & Interface Science Group
The meeting will be of interest to both industrial and academic researchers, particularly those from colloid chemistry, soft matter physics and chemical engineering backgrounds working with suspensions. It will showcase recent advances in suspension science, with a particular emphasis on proven and potential applications to industry and other disciplines such as geology. The programme will conclude with the 2019 Graham Lecture by Professor Wilson Poon (Edinburgh University), who, together with a set of outstanding industrial and academic speakers, will address real-world applications based on excellent science.
The Graham Lecture is awarded, biennially, to a scientist in the UK who in the prime of their research career who has established an international reputation in colloid science by their distinguished contributions to the field. In addition to hearing great presentations and the opportunity to contribute a poster, there is plenty scope for networking to catch up with old friends and make new ones.
Exhibition and Sponsorship
The full program for this event can be found at this link.
A flyer for the event can be found at this link.
Okinawa Colloids 2019
3-8 November 2019, Okinawa, Japan
The joint RSC/SCI colloids committee is delighted to partner with The Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry (DCSC) of The Chemical Society of Japan as part of the OKINAWA COLLOIDS 2019 international conference. The OKINAWA COLLOIDS 2019 conference is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the divisional meeting of the DCSC and will provide one of the finest opportunities for researchers worldwide to discuss the latest developments across the multidisciplinary fields of colloid and interface sciences, while also enjoying the tropical atmosphere of Japan's southern island.
For this conference, Members of the RSC/SCI joint committee will receive an additional discount on conference fees upon providing details of their membership when registering for the conference. Details of the conference are as below:
Venue: Bankoku Shinryokan, Nago, Okinawa, Japan
Dates: 3 to 8 November 2019
Key Dates Abstract submission deadline: 31 May 2019
Earlybird registration deadline: 9 Aug. 2019
New News Letter!
Please find the new Joint Colloids group news letter at this link.
Sir Eric Rideal Travel Bursaries
The Sir Eric Rideal Travel Bursaries are a joint bursary between the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Society of Chemical Industry. It provides funds for attendance at a conference in the field of colloid and surface science.
Sir Eric Rideal (1890–1974) was the founding Chair of the RSC Colloid and Interface Science Group.
The Rideal Trust annually offers financial assistance to promising academic research workers in the general field of colloid and surface science to attend conferences and/or to visit relevant research institutions.
Awards of up to £500 will be made on a competitive basis to assist with travel and/or subsistence and/or conference registration fees.
There are two closing dates for applications each year:
- 15 April (for travel planned between 1 June and 31 December)
- 15 October (for travel planned between 1 December and 30 June).
Please see the Rideal Bursary page on the SCI’s website for specifics.
Follow the Joint Colloids Group on Twitter
The Joint Colloids group has established a Twitter handle. Follow us on @ColloidsGroup to keep up-to-date with news and events for the UK colloids and surface science community.