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Solvay Workshop on
"Mechanics of slender structures in physics,
biology and engineering: from failure to functionality"

Brussels, 27 - 29 August 2018 (ULB - Campus Plaine - Solvay Room)

The main ambition of this meeting is to bring together internationally acclaimed experts as well as young researchers in mechanics, biomechanics, biolocomotion, material science and architecture to address the current scientific challenges in these various fields. The workshop will serve as a platform to stimulate discussions, to start long-term scientific collaborations and to promote progress at the porous boundaries between research domains, such as elastic instabilities of slender objects, foldable structures /origamis/kirigamis, elasto-capillarity/fluid-structure interaction, biomechanics, bio-inspired robotics /stretchable electronics, etc.



José Bico (ESPCI, France)

Pierre-Thomas Brun (Princeton U., USA)

Itai Cohen (Cornell, USA)

Benny Davidovitch (UMass, USA)

Vincent Démery (ESPCI & ENS Lyon, France)

Alain Goriely (University of Oxford, UK)

Fumiya Iida (Cambridge, UK)

Ellen Kuhl (Stanford, USA)

Stéphanie Lacour (EPFL, Switzerland)

Julian Lienhard (

Sébastien Neukirch (CNRS & Sorbonne Université, France)

Dominique Peysson (ENSAD, France)

Draga Pihler-Puzovic (University of Manchester, UK)

Thomas Salez (University of Bordeaux, France)

Thomas Speck (University of Freiburg, Germany)

Bram Vanderborght (VUB, Belgium)

Dominic Vella (University of Oxford, UK)

Scientific & Organising Committee

Fabian Brau (ULB, Belgium)

Pascal Damman (UMons, Belgium)

Niels De Temmerman (VUB, Belgium)

Yoel Forterre (Aix-Marseille Univ., France)

Pedro Reis (EPFL, Switzerland)

Dominiek Reynaerts (KU Leuven, Belgium)

Denis Terwagne (ULB, Belgium)

Practical information for attendees

Fee and registration

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required (limited space).
To register, please click on ‘Click HERE to register’ at the top right of the webpage.
August 1, 2018 is the deadline for registration.


Name badges and WIFI codes will be distributed on site on Monday 27 August from 8:30 a.m.

Contributed talks and poster session

Applications for short contributed oral talks pertaining to the above-mentioned subjects will be considered.

A poster session will also be held around a selection of the finest Belgian beers and cheeses!

Abstract submission deadline: April 15, 2018.


Abstract submission is now CLOSED.


Size of poster board: 114cm x114cm (suitable for A0 and A1 portrait poster)


The workshop will be held at ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles) - Campus Plaine - Bld de la Plaine
1050 Brussels (Building N.O. - 5th Floor - Solvay Room). Click HERE for the map of the Campus.


A banquet will be held on Tuesday 28 August at 7:30 p.m.
For those who wish to attend, there will be a 50 Euro banquet fee to be paid cash on the first day of the workshop.

Please send an email to Isabelle Van Geet ( if you wish to attend.

Getting here

Metro line 5 (direction "Hermann Debroux") - Station "Delta". Delta is the metro station on the campus.
Click HERE for the map of the metro.

For more information about public transport in Brussels go to the STIB's website.

If you come by car, please click HERE for directions.

Travel and accommodation

Attendees will have to arrange and pay for their own travel, accommodation, and subsistence costs.

Please see below links that might help you find accommodation in Brussels:

Hôtel Atlas - Sleep Well - Bed & Brussels -



***For any enquiries, please contact Isabelle Van Geet (