The Role of Structure in Dynamical Arrest

July 21st - 23rd, 2015 in Mainz, Germany

A key theme of materials science is that the structure assumed by the constituent atoms and molecules underlies the nature of the material. Glass forming materials challenge this notion, and indeed whether one can even distinguish glasses and liquids structurally remains a matter of debate. In recent years a growing amount of evidence suggests the tendency of glass-forming systems to undergo structural changes approaching the glass transition. This workshop aims to clarify what kind of structural changes different materials exhibit and what, if any, role these might play in the dynamical slowdown that is the glass transition.

Please note that there will be a pre-workshop directed at students.

Invited speakers

  • C. Austen Angell
  • Sarika Bhattacharya
  • Chiara Cammarota
  • David Chandler
  • Patrick Charbonneau
  • Mingwei Chen
  • Daniele Coslovich
  • Mark Ediger
  • Emanuela del Gado
  • Juan Garrahan
  • Peter Harrowell
  • Ken Kelton
  • Thomas Palberg
  • Ulf Pedersen
  • Philip Salmon
  • Konrad Samwer
  • Hajime Tanaka
  • Gilles Tarjus
  • Mark Wilson
  • Matthias Wuttig


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The bulk of the program will be invited talks (40 minutes each including brief discussions). In addition, there will be a few contributed talks (20 minutes each) and a poster session. The meeting will start 8:45 on Tuesday and end 16:00 on Thursday.

The final program is online. You can also download the booklet here.


The number of participants is limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. If you are interested to participate in this workshop, please go to the CECAM website and click the tab Apply. Please fill in your details and submit. To contact us, please us the dedicated email address

Abstract submission

Once you are registered as a participant, please go to the CECAM website and submit an abstract before Apr 15th. You will need to log on with your CECAM ID. Navigate to Posters and then Add a poster. Pick your name and upload the abstract. We will inform you by Apr 30th whether your contribution has been selected for oral (20 minutes) or poster presentation.

Conference fee

There is no conference fee.


Single rooms for all participants have been reserved at the venue Schloss Waldthausen for €78 per night (including breakfast), which you will have to pay at check-out.


Apr 15th for abstract submission
Jul 10th for poster submission


Schloss Waldthausen

Our venue is a stately former manor house built by a tycoon from the Rhineland in the early 20th century. It is now operated by the Sparkasse as a training academy and conference venue.

How to get there

From Frankfurt International Airport: Local trains and the S8 are running at least every 30 minutes to Mainz main station (direction Wiesbaden, do not take the S9!). From there you can take a cab or bus line 64 (more information). By car: Via freeways A60 or A66. Here is a link to Google Maps with the location indicated.


On the west bank of the river Rhine, Mainz is one of the oldest german cities going back to Celtic and Roman settlements. It is famous for wine, carnival, and the invention of the movable-type printing press. It has also been a fortified city for most of the time and remnants of the past can be found everywhere. See here for more information.


Before the actual workshop, on Monday, July 20th, there will be a pre-workshop tutorial consisting of four pedagogical lectures given by invited speakers of the workshop.

Morning lectures:
Gilles Tarjus, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie (France)
C. Austen Angell, Arizona State University (USA)
Afternoon lectures:
Peter Harrowell, University of Sidney (Australia)
Ken Kelton, Washingon University in St Louis (USA)

Full program and flyer for download.

This event is supported by the MAINZ graduate school of excellence. For MAINZ students participation is free, for other students the fee is 50 Euros, which includes lunch and refreshments. If you are interested to attend, please contact us via

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