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The Condensed Matter Division (CMD) of the European Physical Society, aims to serve its scientific, industrial and educational communities by helping them to obtain the latest information on progress in their specialties and related fields, to gain visibility for their research, to help them interact with their peers and to develop professionally.

The Condensed Matter Division includes several sections focused on specific areas of condensed matter physics:

  • Liquids
  • Low Temperature Physics
  • Magnetism - close collaboration with EMA
  • Semiconductors and Insulators
  • Soft Condensed Matter and Biophysics
  • Structural And Dynamical Properties Of Solids
  • Surfaces And Interfaces

A major activity of CMD and its sections is the organization of quality peer-reviewed conferences and scientific meetings, including the biennial EPS CMD conference, as well as several other major European conferences. The next CMD conference, CM27, will be held in

Berlin, Germany, from March 11th through 16th, 2018

as the 2018 Joint Conference of the Condensed Matter Divisions of the EPS and of the DPG

2017 Europhysics Prize : Call for Nominations

To highlight scientific excellence, CMD awards the prestigious EPS Europhysics Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Condensed Matter Physics. This prize (formerly the Hewlett Packard and then Agilent Technologies Europhysics Award) has been presented since 1975, and has become one of the most prestigious awards for condensed matter physics in Europe. Many Europhysics Prize winners have subsequently been awarded the Nobel Prize in recognition of their achievements, including in 2007 the Nobel Prize winners both in Physics (Albert Fert and Peter Grünberg) and in Chemistry (Gerhard Ertl).

The selection committee is pleased to request nominations for the 2018 EPS Condensed Matter Division Europhysics Prize. The award winners will receive a cash award, as well as an invitation to attend and present their work at the Joint Meeting of the Condensed Matter Divisions of the EPS and the DPG (CMD 27) that will take place in Berlin, Germany from March 11th through 16th, 2018.

The EPS Europhysics Prize is awarded in recognition of recent work by one or more individuals in the area of physics of condensed matter, specifically work leading to advances in the fields of electronic, electrical and materials engineering which, in the opinion of the Society's selection committee, represents scientific excellence. Recent work is defined to mean completed within 5 years prior to the award. The award may be given for either pure or applied research at the discretion of the Society.

Only complete nominations will be considered. For a nomination to be complete, it must include:

    a complete CV

    a publication list (5 pages maximum)

    an indication of the three most relevant papers to the nomination

    a description of the work justifying the nomination (2 pages maximum)

    a suggested short citation

Nominations may be made online by using the nomination form that can be found here.

The deadline for the receipt of nominations is 30 November 2017.

Nominations may also be made by email by sending all materials in a .zip file to  or by regular mail to the address below:

Europhysics Prize 2018


6, rue des Frères Lumière

68200 Mulhouse, France

Please keep your nomination confidential. Proposals will be acknowledged but not followed by any further correspondence.

On behalf of the selection committee and its chairman, thank you in advance for helping us.

CMD and the European Magnetism Association join forces

CMD and the European Magnetism Association (EMA) have decided to unite forces as regards structuring and speaking out for the European community of physics activities pertaining to magnetism. While remaining legally separate one from another, it has been agreed that EMA will fulfill the duties of a Magnetism section of CMD:
• EMA delegates a member of its General Council to the board of the Condensed Matter Division
EMA contributes to providing relevant input to CMD, e.g. for organizing the biennial EPS-CMD conference, for prizes or lobbying actions; all CMD events and actions pertaining to magnetism will be organized jointly with EMA;
• the CMD board will be informed of the meetings of the EMA General Council, and be invited to send a delegate, if relevant for the matters discussed;
• EPS - CMD members will benefit from reduced rates for EMA events, such as the European School of Magnetism;
Moreover, you will find links to all EMA / magnetism-related news in the CMD Newsletter.


Looking back on a delightful 10th Liquid Matter Conference of CMD - EPS

The 10th Liquid Matter Conference of the Liquid Physics Section of EPS – CMD, held from July 17th through 21st 2017 in sunny and friendly Ljubljana (Slovenia) will go down one of its most successful editions of the Liquid Matter Conferences. Previous editions were held in Lyon (1990), Firenze (1993), Grenada (1996), Norwich (1999), Konstanz (2002), Utrecht (2005), Lund (2008), Vienna (2011), and Lisbon (2014). The Liquid Matter meetings consistently attract between 600 and 700 physicists of the extremely active and prolific liquid- and soft condensed matter physics communities. In this respect, the very well attended and extremely lively Ljubljana meeting was no exception. With the Slovenian hosts having gone out of their way to make the conference the most enjoyable of occasions in every way, with opening-, prize-, and closing sessions highlighted by song, and a wonderful summer dinner in Ljubljana castle, this “conference-with-the-lady” will be duly remembered.

The 2017 EPS - CMD Liquid Matter Prize is awarded to Jacob Klein of the Weizmann Institute of Science (Rehovot, Israel)

The Liquid Matter Prize, first attributed in 2005, was awarded this year to Jacob Klein of the Weizmann Institute of Science for his career-spanning achievements, discoveries, and seminal work on polymer reptation, friction in different systems including polymer brushes, simple liquids, and ionic solutions, the nature of slip-stick motion, phase transitions of confined liquids, and the application of novel understanding of liquid interface shear mechanisms and friction to the development of strategies for healing or alleviating arthritis in knee-, hip-, and shoulder joints. Jacob Klein received the Liquid Prize and delivered the impressive Prize Lecture during a ceremony on the afternoon Wednesday, July 19th.

Upcoming Events
School : X-Ray and Neutron Science
03 September 2017
Conference / Structure and Dynamics: HPMPS-9 - 9th High Pressure Mineral Physics Seminar
24 September 2017
Conference:Exotic New States in Superconducting Devices: The Age of the Interface
25 September 2017
Danish days on Caloric Materials and Devices
02 October 2017
MagMatApp’17: Magnetic Materials for the Optimisation of Motors, Generators and other Advanced Appli
04 October 2017
School / Magnetism: ESM 2017 - Condensed Matter Magnetism: bulk meets nano
09 October 2017
Conference / Magnetism : UMC2017 Ultrafast Magnetism Conference
09 October 2017
10th ILL Annual School on Neutron Diffraction Data Treatment using the FullProf Suite
16 October 2017
Workshop / Magnetism : Antiferromagnetic Spintronics
25 October 2017
Yañez Workshop
26 October 2017
International conference in Quantum Simulations ICQSIM2017.
13 November 2017
9th European Conference on Numerical Methods in Electromagnetics (NUMELEC 2017)
15 November 2017
Conference / Surface physics : 10th Symposium on Vacuum based Science and Technology
28 November 2017
Colloids and Complex fluids for Energies Systems understanding: from preparation to process design
04 December 2017
Conference / Magnetism: 2nd IEEE Conference on Advances in Magnetics
04 February 2018
CMD27 : 2018 Joint Conference of the Condensed Matter Divisions of the EPS and the DPG
11 March 2018
Conference / Magnetis: 11th International Symposium on Electric and Magnetic Fields, EMF 2018
10 April 2018
Spin Cavitronics
15 May 2018
CIMTEC 2018 - 14th International Conference on Modern Materials and Technologies
04 June 2018
7th International Symposium on Structure-Property Relationship in Solid State Materials
08 June 2018
E-MRS Spring meeting : Symposium K "Defect-induced effects in nanomaterials"
18 June 2018
Conference / Magnetism: Sol-SkyMag 2018
18 June 2018
14th European Summer School on "Scattering Methods Applied to Soft Condensed Matter"
19 June 2018
Joint 18th International Conference on High Pressure Semiconductor Physics & 2nd International ....
23 July 2018
Conference / Semiconductors : the 34th International Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors
29 July 2018
Conference / Magnetism: JEMS 2018
26 August 2018
Conference: 56th EHPRG Meeting on High Pressure Science and Technology
01 September 2018
School / Magnetism: 2018 European School on Magnetism
17 September 2018
Conference / Magnetism: JEMS 2019
25 August 2019
Conference: 57th EHPRG Meeting on High Pressure Science and Technology
02 September 2019
School / Magnetism : European School on Magnetism 2019
30 September 2019
Conference / Magnetism: Intermag 2021
26 April 2021

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