International school: “Water and water systems’’
2nd Course: “Polymers and Soft Materials: Glasses, Gels and Networks’’


Application  is open  for the school  “Water and water systems’’
2nd Course: “Polymers and Soft Materials: Glasses, Gels and Networks’’

Directors of the Course:
Proff. F. Greco and G. Mensitieri
Università di Napoli Federico II (Italy)
Department of Chemical, Materials and Production Engineering 

The Course will be held at the ETTORE MAJORANA FOUNDATION AND CENTRE FOR SCIENTIFIC CULTUREErice (Sicily, IT): 

9th July (arrival 12:30 pm) – 16th July 2019 (departure 12:30 pm)

The Course is normally  highly  oversubscribed,  so  we  encourage  applicants  to  apply  early,  as late applications will not be accepted. 

The course will include advanced scientific discussions and lectures on the theory, simulations and experiments devoted to understanding soft materials, polymers and glasses.

Course  Description

The purpose of the course is that of giving a balanced view of fundamental topics in the realm of polymer and soft materials. Dynamical behavior and thermodynamics of these systems will be addressed spanning from basic to advanced aspects.
The course will consist of comprehensive lectures by leading experts in the Soft Matter field. In addition, the program will include specialized seminars by invited speakers. Subjects of lectures and seminars will include polymeric and biopolymeric systems, soft glassy materials like microgels and colloidal suspensions, nanoconfined and glassy systems, covering a broad spectrum of experimental, numerical and theoretical approaches.
The Course is mainly directed at graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and junior scientists working at universities and research institutions. Overall, the Course will provide a broad overview of the field, including the most recent ideas in theory and experiment, as well as a critical discussion of the problems that are currently attracting the attention of the researchers. By gathering participants with different specialized backgrounds the course also aims at cross- fertilization of ideas that could advance the state of the field.

Cost of the course: 840 euros (including 7 nights accommodation, 7 days meals and course fee).

The course has a target audience of 15-20 students.

For more information email to waterschools@gmail.com.



Our Lecturers:


Prof. G. Ciccotti
University of Roma La Sapienza

Prof. F. Greco
Naples University Federico II

Prof. E. Zaccarelli
CNR-ISC and Roma La Sapienza

Prof. F. Mallamace
MIT DNSE and ISC-CNR

Prof. G. Mensitieri
Naples University Federico II

Prof. J. Dyre
Roskilde University


Prof. C.P. Royall
University of Bristol


Prof. C. Micheletti
Int. School for Adv. Studies (SISSA)

Prof. L. Xu
Peking University


Prof. P. Sollich
University of Gottingen

Prof. G. Centi
University of Messina

Prof. R. Cerbino
University of Milan


Prof. A. Coniglio
Naples University Federico II

Prof. H. E. Stanley
Boston University


Prof. S. Yip
MIT DNSE


Prof. S. Torquato
Princeton University

Prof. G. Milano
Yamagata University