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The 13th International Conference on Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals

The 13th International Conference on Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals was held between August 28 and September 2 in the Scotiabank Convention Center at Niagara Falls, Ontario under the auspicious of the Liquid Crystal Institute. The Conference was organized by Antal Jakli (Chair) at Kent State University, Robert P. Lemieux (Vice-Chair) at Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada; Charles Rosenblatt (Treasurer) at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA and Torsten Hegmann (Secretary) presently at University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada.

During the meeting about 130 participants discussed the most actual problems and advances in Chiral and Polar Soft Matter. The majority of the presentations were dealing with bent-core liquid crystals, but there were very important advances in the area of the more conventional SmC* ferroelectric liquid crystals, and on surface properties and chirality issues. First time in the history of the series of the Ferroelectric liquid crystal conferences, photovoltaic applications of ferroelectric liquid crystals were also discussed. The proceedings of the Conference will be published in Ferroelectrics. The participants found the conference to be a great success and decided to continue the series of the meetings in Magdeburg, Germany September 1-5. 2013.