• The symposium "Mechanical properties at small scales" is organised at the joint meeting of the German and European Physical Societies (DPG and EPS) in Berlin, March 11-16 2018. You will find a more detailled description of the scope of the symposium in the attached file.


    On behalf of the organizing committee we would like to invite you to participate in this symposium. Your participation and that of your co-workers will be a valuable contribution to the success of this meeting. Please feel free to distribute this announcement to your colleagues and students working in the field.


    Please submit your abstract at:


    (Choose “MM: Metal and Material Physics Division” and then “Topic Session (Symposium of MM and EPS): Mechanical properties at Small scale”)




    The symposium organizers : Gerhard Dehm, Olivier Thomas, Laurent Pizzagalli

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  • Date: Wednesday 13th December afternoon Workshop and Thursday 14th December – 1 day Conference.

    Description: This event, which is being kindly hosted by WMG in the IDL building on the central campus of the University of Warwick at Coventry, will cover a wide range of topics in nano-mechanical testing, including microfracture, modelling, length-scale effects, novel test methods, high temperature testing and coating.

    Who should attend ?

    · Anyone interested or involved in the study, development or research at the nanoscale of materials and coatings.

    · Those interested in high temperature measurements.

    · Prospective users who wish to discover more about how nanoindentation can assist them in their R&D.

    Registration is free but participants must arrange and pay for their own travel and accommodation.

    Please register before 6th December 2017.

    For more details and to download the conference programme and registration form, please visit:


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  • This is the latest in a series of conferences dedicated to the use of X-ray, electron and optical coherence for phase retrieval and coherent scattering, imaging matter as well as probing structure and dynamics. The conference first took place at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, in May 2001, and is now held every 2 years. It is traditionally held in a waterside location (Palm Cove 2003, Porquerolles 2005, Asilomar 2007, Warnemunde 2010, Fukuoka 2012, Evanston 2014 and Saint Malo 2016) which encourages a relaxed
    interactive experience.

    Conference chairs: Ian Robinson, Yong Chu.

    Save the date: Conference from June 25 to 28th 2018.

    Draft programm is available in the document below. Further information on the conference will follow soon.

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  • ICEM18, the eighteenth International Conference of experimental Mechanics organized under the auspices of the European Society for Experimental Mechanics (EuraSEM) in July 1-5, 2018, in Brussels- Belgium, will bring a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the(se) latest exciting developments in the field of experimental mechanics. A unique opportunity to meet and interact with renowned international scientists and experts from academia and industry. It is the aim of the conference to provide a forum for discussion, exchange of new ideas, for the establishment of new friendships and collaborations and for the dissemination of recent acquired knowledge in an area of utmost scientific and technological importance.

    Focus on one special session: Thin films and nanostructures: mechanical and associated functional properties

    Organizers: Damien Faurie (Université Paris 13 Nord, France) and Megan Cordill (Erich Schmid Institute of Materials Science, Austria).

    Deadline for abstract submission: November 30, 2017

    More information on the ICEM 2018 are available here.

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  • Subject of the session: Nano-objects such as ultrathin layers, quantum dots, nanoparticles, nanowires, are at the heart of an intense research activity, because of their specific properties and their potential use in a vast range of applications. It is of prime importance to understand how these properties can be modified by stresses, independent whether they are externally applied or a consequence of growth or processing including local re-arrangements of the atomic structure and chemistry. Several answers were recently obtained through the development of experimental devices allowing for fabricating nano-objects, measuring strain fields at the nanoscale or structure-chemistry relations determined with atomic resolution. Besides, simulations begin to reach the point of closing the gap with experiments, opening the way to fruitful comparisons. Overall, investigations indicate that mechanical properties dramatically change when characteristic dimensions are reduced to the nanoscale. However, there is still a long road to be able to make routine measurements, to predict behaviors from simulations and models, and to fully determine and understand the mechanisms at play in these objects. The objective of this symposium is to present latest results in this multidisciplinary field, and to stimulate discussions to overcome the current state of the art. More specifically, we welcome submissions related to:

    • Mechanical properties at small scale, such as elasticity, plasticity, fatigue and fracture
    • Development of methods allowing for local fields mapping or mechanical te
    • Coupling between growth, stress and composition in nano-objects
    • Modeling and numerical simulations
    • Strain-engineered physical properties


    Invited speakers:

    • Christoph Kirchlechner (Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, Düsseldorf, Deutschland & Materialphysik, Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria)
    • Hosni Idrissi (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgien)
    • Jon Molina Aldareguia (Madrid Institute of Advanced Materials, Spanien)
    • Sandrine Brochard (Université de Poitiers-CNRS-ENSMA, Frankreich)


    Organizers: Prof. Gerhard Dehm (Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH), Prof. Olivier Thomas (IM2NP Aix-Marseille Université), Dr. Laurent Pizzagalli (Institut P’).

    Abstract submission deadline: December 1, 2017.

    More information are available here.

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