Applied Mechanics News

Friday, March 17, 2006

Registration for the 2006 Gordon Research Conference is now open

Updates (28 July 2006)
  • Driving direction to Colby College, 4000 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, Maine 04901.
  • Registration: Foss Hall (see pdf of campus map). Phone: 207 859 4745.
  • Dining: Roberts Dining Hall.
  • Lectures: Keyes Auditorium.
  • On-site management: Jon Joseph and Claire Deeley, email, phone 207 859 4745.
  • Please take a look at a list of frequently asked questions and pre-conference readings. I've invited some participants to help evolving this list, using Writely, a Web-based word processor. If you'd like to contribute to the list, let me know (, and I'll invite you as well.
  • An updated program has been posted on the GRC website. All original speakers have confirmed their participation. Due to conflict with other commitments, however, three of the original discussion leaders, Jun Liu, Helena Van Swygenhoven and Reiner Dauskardt, are unable to participate; they have been replaced by Taher Saif, Wei Cai and Kevin Hemker.
I am writing to tell you about the upcoming Gordon Research Conference on Thin Film and Small Scale Mechanical Behavior, to be held in July 30-August 4, 2006, at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. To apply for attendance, click a button at the bottom of the program.

As you can see from the program, this conference will focus on some of the most exciting new areas of research in applied mechanics and materials science. Also featured in the program is a new group of attendees called rapporteurs – people who have done distinguished work and are also not shy about raising stimulating questions. The rapporteurs will add to the excitement of the conference by their comments and suggestions throughout the meeting. If you could make the time for this conference, I am sure you would enjoy it and would come away knowing some of the new people in the field and possibly having ideas for future research.

There will be plenty of opportunities for all attendees to actively contribute to the conference and interact with one another. Each 40-minute talk will be followed by 20-minute discussion, and attendees will share all meals in a dining room on campus. There will be no talks in the afternoons, so that people can form small groups to discuss, or go for swimming, or just relax in their dorms.

Poster sessions at this GRC have always been a hit. Individual presenters will outline their posters to the entire audience of the conference, and subsequently people will gather in front of posters with drinks and snacks. There will be a competition for poster awards.

During the week, you can stay connected with the world (if you wish): every room in the dorm has free, fast Internet connection.

Many past attendees have found that GRC is an excellent venue to meet with collaborators from different institutions. So plan this event ahead with your collaborators.

The $725 registration fee covers lodging and all meals. The fee will increase by $25 after 8 July 2006. Registration will be closed when the number of registrants approaches 150, a number set by the available facilities at Colby College.


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