3-7 July 2017
> Montpellier France

Welcome in Montpellier



On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I am pleased to announce that the 8th International Conference on Micromechanics of Granular Media, or more popularly Powders and Grains, will be held in the beautiful city of Montpellier, South of France, on July 3-7, 2017. The conference will be hosted by the Corum conference center located in the historical center and animated heart of Montpellier.

Since 1989, the Powders and Grains Conference is held every four years with the goal of providing an up-to-date picture of the broad research field of powders, grains, and granular media. Based on the topics covered in previous conferences, and considering key emerging areas, the conference themes include granular solids, granular flows, granular gas, constitutive modeling, particle properties, cohesive materials, and applications to geomaterials and constructions, biomaterials and life-sciences, soil-root/plant interactions, reactive powders, geological scale modeling, pharmaceuticals, nano-granular materials, granular suspensions and colloids. Granular-related abstracts on all above research themes are welcome.

The Powders and Grains conference is traditionally organized as a single plenary session (no parallel sessions) composed of keynote lectures by internationally renowned researchers, contributed talks and extensive poster sessions. The poster sessions will continue the whole week. Three best posters will be selected during the first three days for a prize awarded during Gala dinner. A video prize will be awarded as well. The instructions for video submission will be announced soon on the conference website. As in previous editions, the conference proceedings will be published as ISI-referenced online papers (Follow the link for the papers of Powders and Grains 2013 held in Sydney). To follow conference news and updates, please subscribe to the mailing list of the conference at http://www2.msm.ctw.utwente.nl/msm_www/AEMMG.

Farhang Radjai
Conference Chairman

Keynote speakers

  • Malcolm Bolton,
    University of Cambridge, UK
    Geo-phenomena: finding the granular mechanism
  • Karen Daniels,
    North Carolina State University, USA
    The Role of Force Networks in Granular Materials
  • Elisabeth Guazzelli,
    Aix-Marseille University, France
    Rheology of dense suspensions of noncolloidal particles
  • Ken Kamrin,
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
    Continuum modeling and continuum-level numerical simulation of granular flows
  • Jim Jenkins,
    Cornell University, USA
    Dense, Collisional, Shearing Flows
  • Takashi Matsushima,
    University of Tsukuba, Japan
    The granular processes in planetary surfaces
  • Vanessa Magnanimo,
    University of Twente, Netherlands
    Micromechanics of complex soils
  • Thorsten Poeschel,
    Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany
    History and Structure of Granular Packings
  • Roland Pellenq,
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
    Clays and cement under the nanoscope
  • Matthias Schroeter,
    Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany
    A local view on the role of shape and friction
  • Matthieu Wyart,
    Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
    Unifying Suspension and Granular flows near Jamming
  • Runyu Yang,
    University of New South Wales, Australia
    DEM investigation of strength of powder compacts
  • Iker Zuriguel,
    Universidad de Navarra, Spain
    Flow and clogging of grains in confined geometries


Focus sessions


    Heinrich Jaeger
    James Franck Institut,
    University of Chicago, USA


    Guillaume Ovarlez
    University of Bordeaux, France
    Jeffery F. Morris
    Levich Institute,
    City College of New York, USA

    François Nicot
    Geomechanics group,
    IRSTEA Grenoble, France
    Félix Darve
    Laboratoire 3SR,
    University Grenoble Alpes, France


    Ferenc Kun
    Department of Theoretical Physics,
    University of Debrecen, Hungary


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31 July 2016
Notification of acceptance and request for full papers for peer review
28 October 2016
Deadline for full paper submission
21 November 2016
Paper submission

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Author area

15 February 2017
Reviewers reports available
5 March 2017
Paper re-submission for online publication
17 March 2017
Notification of acceptance of final paper
3 July 2017
Opening of the Conference

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