Bob Evans, University of Bristol, UK
Professor Bob Evans FRS is H.O.Wills Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Bristol, U.K. He has worked in many areas of statistical physics and especially in liquid state theory. His current interests include: fluid interfacial phenomena; confined fluids; phase transitions and criticality especially at surfaces; nucleation; simple models of colloidal suspensions; classical and quantum density functional theory in many-body physics.
Daniel Bowron, ISIS Facility - Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK
Daniel Bowron is the leader of the ISIS Disordered Materials Group at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), ISIS Pulsed Neutron and Muon Source. His group is responsible for a suite of neutron diffractometers and laboratory equipment specialised for the structural investigation of liquids and amorphous solids. Daniel’s research interests are focussed on understanding the atomic and mesoscale structure of liquids and glasses using neutron and/or X-ray radiation as the experimental probe, and computer modelling methods to invert the experimental data into three dimensional atomistic models. His expertise includes neutron and X-ray scattering, Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy, and both classical and reverse Monte Carlo simulation methods.
Ingo Dierking, University of Manchester, UK
Ingo Dierking is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Manchester. His field of expertise are liquid crystals and related soft matter systems. He currently is interested in chirality effects in liquid crystals, nano-particle - liquid crystal dispersions, defect formation and annihilation, liquid crystal - ferrofluid dispersions, and the motion of micro-particles in anisotropic liquids. He is the author of a book on the Textures of Liquid Crystals, the current Chairman of the British Liquid Crystal Society, and the Secretary of the International Liquid Crystal Society.
Rhoda Hawkins, University of Sheffield, UK
Rhoda Hawkins is a lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sheffield. She obtained her PhD in 2005 from the University of Leeds. She then worked at AMOLF in Amsterdam, UPMC in Paris and the University of Bristol before taking up her lectureship in Sheffield in 2011. Her research is in theoretical biological physics. Her current main interests are in continuum active matter theory approaches to modelling the cell cytoskeleton and applications to cell deformation and cell movement. She is also interested in questions at the molecular level and at the larger length scales of tissue growth.
Alexei Likhtman, University of Reading, UK
Alexei Likhtman received his PhD from the Physics Department of Moscow State University, Russia in 1996. After working for 2 years in Moscow, he moved to the University of Leeds (UK) in 1998 and worked there for 10 years on different aspects of entangled polymers theory. In 2007, he moved to the University of Reading (UK) as a professor of Mathematical Physics, where together with Mark Matsen he created the group of Theoretical Polymer Physics. His interests include dynamics of entangled polymers, stochastic differential equations, first-passage problems, systematic coarse-graining, and multiscale modeling.