Statistical Mechanics of Soft Matter 2017

The Fourth SM2 Meeting will be held at the University of Sydney on Monday Nov. 27 and Tuesday Nov. 28 2017.


SM2 is a local discussion meeting on the theme of Statistical Mechanics of Soft Matter. The aim is to discuss fundamentals and applications of equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics. We are particularly interested in computational statistical mechanics relating to simple and complex liquids, polymers, biological materials and other forms of soft matter.

The meeting will consist of a single stream of talks and a poster session; when registering please indicate whether you would prefer to give a talk or present a poster.

Registration is free but essential. The deadline for registration is November 3, 2017; if you plan to make a presentation you must provide a title and abstract prior to this date.

There will be a conference dinner on the evening of Monday, November 27. Please indicate whether you wish to attend when filling out the registration form.

Update: List of participants who have registered so far, with talk titles, available on the programme page.


To register for SM2 2017 please use the eventbrite link below. The deadline is November 3, 2017.

Eventbrite - registration for SM^2 2017

Associated events

The SM2 Meeting is being held in conjunction with the following two related meetings at the University of Sydney.

The 9th Australian-Korean Rheology Conference, 29 Nov. to 1st Dec, 2017. For more information, please go to

The first Mini Statistical Mechanics Summer School will be held from 29-30 Nov. 2017. This school will cover two areas - free energy methods (Wed 29th) and techniques for studying non-equilibrium systems (Thur 30th) - and will consist of lectures in the morning (with time for discussion) and practical group exercises in the afternoon. For more information, please contact Dr Asaph Widmer-Cooper Students should register at


Peter Harrowell University of Sydney
Ahmad Jabbarzadeh University of Sydney
Nathan Clisby (webmaster) Swinburne University of Technology
Conference email:

Local information


Messel Lecture Theatre in the Sydney Nanoscience Hub (Bldg. A31) at the University of Sydney

Nanoscience Hub
Sydney Nanoscience Hub, University of Sydney.


The University of Sydney is easily accessible by public transport (bus and train). For travelling on public transport in Sydney you will need to purchase an Opal card from a newsagent.


The following hotels are all within 20 mins walk of the Sydney University campus and provide easy access to the restaurants of Newtown, Glebe and Ultimo.
Adina Apartment Hotel, Chippendale
Alishan International Guest House, Glebe
Rydges, Camperdown
Rendezvous Hotel, Central Station
Veriu, Camperdown
Vulcan Hotel, Ultimo
Waldorf Serviced Apartments, Chippendale
Other acommodation options can be found by searching for example on expedia, airbnb, stayz, wotif. Some suburbs which are local to the University of Sydney are Glebe, Newtown, Ultimo and Darling Harbour.

Past SM2 meetings

2013 Inaugural meeting at RMIT, Melbourne
2015 Second meeting at Swinburne University, Melbourne
2016 Third meeting at the University of Melbourne


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