|The International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics, ICIAM 2011, was held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on July 17-22, 2011. Liquid crystals featured prominently at ICIAM 2011, a conference attended by over 3000 mathematicians and scientists, highlighting the most recent advances in applied mathematics, demonstrating their applicability to science, engineering and industry. An invited thematic minisymposium on Liquid Cyrstals, was organized by Peter Palffy-Muhoray, with an overview opening lecture by Hiroshi Yokoyama from the Liquid Crystal Institute. A contributed minisymposium, on Advances in Liquid Crystals, was organized by Xiaoyu Zheng form the KSU Department of Mathematical Sciences, together with Arghir Zarnescu from the University of Oxford. Eugene C. Garland, also from KSU Department of Mathematical Sciences, gave an invited lecture. The symposia participants were leading mathematicians from the international community. Increased interest by the applied mathematics community in the field of liquid crystals is leading to new collaborations with scientists in related disciplines, leading to a new understanding of liquid crystal based phenomena in areas such as quantum optics, cellular biology and defect driven self assembly of complex soft materials.
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