Eighth Statistical Mechanics of Soft Matter Conference

The Eighth SM2 Meeting will be a hybrid face-to-face/virtual event hosted by Monash University on 10-11 February, 2022.


SM2 is a local discussion meeting on all aspects of the equilibrium and nonequilibrium statistical mechanics of soft condensed matter, from fundamentals to applications, relating to liquids, colloids, polymers, gels, biological molecules, liquid crystals and other forms of soft matter. The meeting will consist of a single stream of talks and (most likely) a virtual poster session.

SM2 will be preceded by a statistical mechanics summer school, to be held on 8-9 February.

Registration is now open!

Registration deadline: 20 December for abstract submission to be considered for a talk. (Depending on the number of registrations some abstracts may be accepted as poster presentations rather than talks.)


This year, the meeting will be held in hybrid mode, with talks given in person and via Zoom.

More details of the program will be made available closer to the start of the conference.


Registration is free. Please register at the SM2 registration page.

Whether you wish to register for both the conference and the summer school, or only the conference, or only the summer school, it is only necessary to submit the registration form once.

Note for face-to-face participants: Face-to-face participants will need to be fully vaccinated, check-in via the Service Victoria app and show proof of vaccination. Also, a small registration fee might be charged to cover catering of morning and afternoon tea. This will be paid in cash at the start of the conference.

If you wish to be added to our mailing list please send an email to: smsq.meeting@gmail.com.

Summer School

The summer school will be held on 8-9 February, 2022, and will consist of lectures and hands-on workshops in statistical mechanics. It is targeted at research students and postdocs, and registration is free. Please register at the SM2 registration page.

  • Tuesday, 8 February: Non-equilibrium molecular dynamics workshop by Billy Todd and Peter Daivis
  • Wednesday, 9 February: Advanced (light, X-ray and neutron) scattering and microscopy workshop by Amelia Liu, Leonie van’t Hag, and Rico Tabor

Local information

The meeting will be held at the Clayton campus of Monash University.

Clayton campus has ample parking available and is accessible via train and a frequent shuttle bus from the train station.

More information about Clayton campus and how to get there is available here.


Amelia Liu Monash University
Leonie van’t Hag Monash University
Prabhakar Ranganathan Monash University
Ravi Jagadeeshan Monash University
Rico Tabor Monash University
Conference email: smsq.meeting@gmail.com

Past SM2 meetings

2013 Inaugural meeting at RMIT, Melbourne
2015 Second meeting at Swinburne University of Technology
2016 Third meeting at the University of Melbourne
2017 Fourth meeting at the University of Sydney
2018 Fifth meeting at the University of Auckland
2019 Sixth meeting at the University of Adelaide
2020 Seventh meeting hosted virtually by Griffith University and the University of Queensland