FLRN Conference 2022

Miro Cafolla writes about the FLRN Conference 2022, a science conference hosted by John’s with the support of the Institute of Advanced Study.

A zoom call between participants, a group photo outside college, and a graph being shared on Zoom.

We are delighted to share the success of the FLRN 2022 Conference in spite of the impact of the concurrent COVID and heat waves! Following on the positive feedback on the NanoLubrication 2021 Conference, Miro Cafolla (Physics, and St John’s College Fellow) organised a meeting also this year (20-21 July 2022) with the generous support of the Institute of Advanced Study.

The Conference, focusing on friction, lubrication and rheology at the nano and mesoscale, was hosted by John’s. It took place in hybrid mode and brought together world leaders and early career researchers to discuss the latest advances in the field of friction, lubrication and rheology at the nano and mesoscale. 

With friction playing a key role in a wide spectrum of technologically relevant applications from the functioning of our joints to industrial and car machines, the meeting had a special focus on real-world applications and supported the dialogue with invited industry.

The meeting, furthermore, allowed plenty of time for discussions and opportunities for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and early career researchers to present their findings and to interact with leading experts in the field, with the latter helping the next generation to develop their own independent research. 

The event greatly benefitted from the warm hospitality of the College, always keen on supporting and fostering discussions on cutting-edge scientific topics.

The Institute of Advanced Study

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