Welcome to the website of the 18th International Conference on Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals (FLC2021), organised by the Jožef Stefan Institute and Faculty of Mathematics and Physics (University of Ljubljana) in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The conference was held from 6th to 10th of September 2021.
The conference was the 18th in the series of conferences, previously hosted by Arcachon (France, 1987), Goteborg (Sweden, 1989), Boulder (USA, 1991), Tokyo (Japan, 1993), Cambridge (UK, 1995), Brest (France, 1997), Darmstadt (Germany, 1999), Washington (USA, 2001), Dublin (Ireland, 2003), Stare Jablonki (Poland, 2005), Sapporo (Japan, 2007), Zaragoza (Spain, 2009), Niagara Falls (Canada, 2011), Magdeburg (Germany, 2013), Prague (Czechia, 2015), Hong Kong (2017), and Boulder (USA, 2019).
The focus of this conference was polarity and chirality in soft matter, following the trends of recent discoveries of new liquid crystalline phases. Combining experimental, theoretical and applied studies, the aim of the conference was to review and share the latest discoveries on the field of polar and chiral mesophases, including polar nematics, ferromagnetic soft matter and twist-bend phases.
The conference was held in a hybrid format allowing both on-site and online participation.
The organising committee was happy to welcome the on-site participants in Ljubljana as well as online participants, as the conference was held in a hybrid format. We hope we provided a good environment for scientific exchanges, personal contacts and stimulating interactions for both onsite and on-line participants.
Invited talks, contributed talks and poster sessions were accompanied by discussions, visits of research laboratories, and social events. We particularly encouraged the participation of young scientists, including students and post-docs. Posters were shown together with pre-recorded poster pitches. Best poster and best poster pitch were awarded.
In addition to the scientific sessions, FLC2021 participants had the opportunity to visit Ljubljana and Slovenia, with all that nature offers: from rocky mountains and green forests to fairy-tale lakes and the Mediterranean Sea… just as the FLC2021 logo!