Welcome to the website from the Joint Colloids Group. We are a joint committee between the RSC (Colloid & Interface Science Group, CISG) and the SCI (Colloid & Surface Chemistry Group, CSCG). Our role is to serve the community of scientists from academia and industry with interests in colloid and interface science by organising conferences and shorter meetings and recognising scientific merit through awards.
Colloid science is a very broad and dynamic topic, spanning a wide range of areas within soft matter, from classical dispersions and surfactants, to biological interfaces and biocolloids, nanoparticles for drug delivery, formulation science, self-assembled systems, ‘smart’ materials and active matter. We are keen to hear from anyone with an interest in colloid science: chemists, engineers, physicists, biologists, pharmacists, food scientists - and we welcome you to our meetings!
This committee has a long history. The CSCG (SCI) was founded in 1958 by Sir Eric Rideal to support the growing importance of colloids and surface chemistry in industry. In 1971, Ron Ottewill, Geoff Parfitt and Dennis Haydon created the CISG within the Faraday Society, in response to the increasing number of colloid centres within academia. In 2002 the two groups joined to form the "Joint Colloids Group" (JCG) and provide a coherent focus for the UK colloid and interface science community, both in academia and industry.
The Joint Colloids Group runs various scientific events, from one-day meetings to a tri-annual multi-day international conference (UK Colloids, since 2011). We also support bursaries for attendance at UK and worldwide meetings through the Rideal Trust. We administer three awards: the McBain Medal, the Thomas Graham Lecture and the Rideal Lecture, which recognise researchers through the different stages of their career (further detail can be found on this website).
Your support, input and suggestions are highly appreciated, whether as a speaker, delegate or sponsor, an established scientist, a PhD student or an early career researcher. If you are interested in becoming involved, please do contact us. We look forward to meeting you at our events.
Cécile Dreiss, Chair of the Joint Colloids Group
7th Annual MIBio Conference
MIBio 2017: Stability of Biopharmaceuticals – From Molecular Interactions to Successful Products, 4th October 2017, Downing College, Cambridge
The MIBio conference series engages world leading experts from industry and academia in a discussion on how the latest molecular interaction based discoveries can be exploited in biopharmaceutical formulation to produce more effective, patient-friendly and safer therapeutic products.
MIBio 2017 expects more than 100 industrial and academic research attendees to create an interesting and stimulating event fostering new collaborations and discoveries that will help steer the development of the next generation of formulation technologies. We will be inviting abstracts for poster submissions and welcome applications for sponsor and exhibitor slots on the day. We look forward to seeing you at MIBio 2017!
For more information and registration please follow this link: www.mibio-conference.com
MIBio 2017 is organised by the Formulation Science and Technology Group (FSTG) and the Joint Colloids Group (SCI) of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) together with the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences (APS).
McBain Medal: Watching Colloids Work, 12th December 2017, SCI, London, UK
The McBain medal is awarded annually by the SCI/RSC Joint Colloids Group to recognise a rising star in colloid and interface science. Dr Rico Tabor from Monash University has been awarded the 2017 McBain medal for his work on surfactants and responsive colloidal systems. Dr Tabor obtained his PhD from the University of Bristol and then moved to Melbourne, where his research focuses on designing complex systems of particles and surfactants that respond to light, pH, or magnetic fields. This meeting will showcase some of the latest work in colloids that respond to external stimuli, and state-of-the-art techniques to ‘watch them work’, with applications in areas as diverse as smart water treatment and functional foods. A dedicated poster session will also give students the opportunity to present their work.
A flyer for the event can be found at this link.
To register for the event, please visit: www.soci.org/events.
For more information contact:
T: +44 (0)20 7598 1561
Organised by SCI’s Colloid and Surface Chemistry Group and RSC’s Colloid & Interface Science Group
Sir Eric Rideal Travel Bursaries
The Sir Eric Rideal Travel Bursaries are a joint bursary between the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Society of Chemical Industry. It provides funds for attendance at a conference in the field of colloid and surface science.
We particularly welcome applications from delegates who wish to attend the UK COLLOIDS 2017 conference.
Sir Eric Rideal (1890-1974) was the founding Chair of the RSC Colloid and Interface Science Group.
The Rideal Trust annually offers financial assistance to promising academic research workers in the general field of colloid and surface science to attend conferences and/or to visit relevant research institutions.
Awards of up to £500 will be made on a competitive basis to assist with travel and/or subsistence and/or conference registration fees.
There are two closing dates for applications each year:
15 April (for travel planned between 1 June and 31 December)
15 October (for travel planned between 1 December and 30 June).
Please contact the SCI Awards department for further information.