The 1st Galapagos Soft Matter Conference welcomes outstanding researchers from all around the world, by invitation only, to share advances about soft matter. The scientific program of the conference will be provided once we have finalized the final list of participants. The conference will include short oral presentations (20 min and 5 min questions) and will take place in-person only. Participants may also be invited to contribute to a Special Issue for the conference in a high impact factor journal (in progress).
Conference available only in English
Conference general information
Wednesday, 12th of October 2022
On behalf of the organizing committee, we are looking forward to your participation in the first Galapagos Soft Matter Conference, which will be held on the island of San Cristobal (Galapagos, Ecuador) from July 17 to 21, 2023. The deadline for abstract submissions period is from 1-30 January 2023.
The first Galapagos Soft Matter Conference invites outstanding researchers from all around the world, by invitation only, to share advances about soft matter. The scientific program for the conference will be provided once the final list of participants has been finalized. The conference will only be held in person and will include short oral presentations (20 minutes and 5 minutes for questions). Participants may also be invited to contribute to a Special Issue for the conference in a high impact factor journal (in progress). To cover the costs of organizing this special event, the participation fee is USD$350. A daily coffee break, welcome cocktail party, and a closing cocktail party are all included in the participation fee. Flights, hotel, and additional food are not included in the participation.
This event will also provide the opportunity to experience the friendly atmosphere, unique culture, and breathtaking natural environment of the island of San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands National Park.
We will enjoy this scientific meeting and an unforgettable experience together!
Format of the abstract:
- Title page: Author names, affiliations, and a short running title. The word counts for the abstract and the main body of the text (excluding references and legends) should be clearly stated, along with the number of references, tables and figures.
- Structured abstract: Subheadings - aims, materials and methods, results, and conclusions (maximum 250 words); Times New Roman. 12 pts.
Format of the oral presentations:
- 20 minutes with additional 5 minutes for questions.
|Alejandro Rey||McGill University|
|Shai Barbut||Guelph University|
|Patrick Spicer||University of Sydney|
|Edgar Acosta||University of Toronto|
|Erica Pensini||Guelph University|
|Jan Genzer||North Carolina State University|
|Tuomas Knowles||University of Cambridge|
|Rojas Orlando||University of British Columbia|
|Walther, Andreas||Johannes Gutenberg University|
|Ashutosh Chilkoti||Duke University|
|Daniel Dikovsky||Redefine Meat|
|Terry Steele||Nanyang Technological University|
|Megan Valentine||University of California Santa Barbara|
|Peter Fischer||ETH Zurich|
|Atul Parikh||University of California Davis|
|Marite Cardenas||Malmoe University|
|Al Crosby||University of Massachusetts Amherst|
|Lino Ferreira||University fo Coimbra|
|Matt Harrington||McGill University|
|Horst Von Recum||Case Western Reserve University|
|Souhir Boujday||Université Sorbonne Paris|
|James Weaver||Harvard University|
|Oren Scherman||University of Cambridge|
|Anna Stradner||Lund University|
|Peter Schutenberger||Lund University|
|Darrin Pochan||University of Delaware|
|Martin Scanlon||Monash University|
|Laurent Sagalowicz||Nestlé Research Center|
|Luciano Galantini||University of Sapienza, Rome|
|Erik Van Der Linden||Wageningen Unversity|
|Petra Rudolf||University of Groningen|
|Vivek Sharma||University of Illinois at Chicago|
|Anne Laure Fameau||INRA|
|Frederico Barros de Sousa||Universidad Federal de Itajuba|
|Ali Miserez||Nanyang Technological University|
|Frank Alexis||Universidad San Francisco de Quito|
|Alejandro Marangoni||University of Guelph|
|Raffaele Mezzenga||ETH Zurich|
Travel, Destination, and Accomodations
Universidad San Francisco de Quito has the only university extension located in the Galapagos Islands, specifically on the island of San Cristóbal. This is an initiative of the University in conjunction with the Decentralized Autonomous Government of the San Cristóbal Canton that came to light in 2002, as a unique opportunity for higher university education at the service of the habitants, as well as for research, conservation and development of the wonderful archipelago that Ecuador has. In addition, it maintains relations and agreements with several universities and national and international organizations for the conservation of the islands, which are home to one of the most diverse, rich and endemic flora and fauna on the planet.
The university campus is located on San Cristóbal Island, in front of Mann Beach, and has adequate infrastructure for teaching: fully equipped classrooms, an auditorium, research laboratories, wireless internet, a library, and common rooms such as a cafeteria and terraces. Among the agreements supported by the extension, the alliance with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, The Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) Bremen, The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) and with the Parque Nacional Galápagos Ecuador (PNG).
About the Galapagos Islands – San Cristobal
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, in San Cristóbal, is the capital of the Galapagos province. It is home to many government offices, the Ecuadorian Navy, and the main offices of the Charles Darwin Center. It has an airport with daily flights to the mainland, as well as small charter flights for transfers between islands (Baltra and Isabela). It has approximately 5,400 habitants, making it home to the second largest human population in the Galapagos, after Santa Cruz. Most of the habitants make a living from government, tourism, and artisanal fishing. The PNG Interpretation Center is located near the town and provides an excellent source of information for the local community and visitors. Tourism, in fact, is the mainstay of the economy of the inhabitants, and this island has paradisiacal places where visitors will not cease to be amazed by the charm of its biodiversity, its landscapes and its people.
San Cristóbal Island encompasses a wide spectrum of natural habitats in the Galapagos. It is the wettest and most fertile of the islands, with a freshwater lake and lush green highlands. The higher ground is covered in lush forest and dense bush and scrub, the perfect habitat for the Galapagos giant tortoise. Some of this habitat has been converted to organic farmland to feed the local population. Meanwhile, along the coastal region, the habitat of San Cristóbal becomes coral beach, mangrove swamps, cactus forests and arid scrub. The climate in San Cristóbal, Galápagos is the same as in other parts of the archipelago, with the hottest months being between January-May and the coolest season between July-October. The highest season to visit Galapagos is from May to August.
Here you can find a list of most popular activities in San Cristobal: THE 15 BEST Things to Do in San Cristobal - 2022 (with Photos) – Tripadvisor
We recommend to book flights and hotel before the end of January. All information about hotels, restaurants, and flights are provided in the Annexes and table below.
Download Hotels information (Annex 1)
Download Restaurant information (Annex 2)
|Flight inrormation for the period og the conference (round trip):|
|Airline||Flight||Direction||Departure||Arrival||Time of flight||Stop||USD|
|Latam||LA 1419||UIO-SCY||10:06||12:27||3h21min||1||214,27* does not include luggage|
|Avianca||AV 1630||UIO-SCY||9:30||12:06||3h36min||1||285,95* includes checking luggage|