European Society of Rheology (ESR)

The European Society of Rheology is open for everyone interested in rheology in all countries of Europe. Rheology is defined as the science of the deformation and flow of matter which means that rheology in some form enters almost every study of material properties. The ESR involves rheologists engaged in both industrial and academic research and development and is therefore a common meeting ground for engineers, physicists, chemists and biologists with a common interest in rheology

 


Michel Cloitre is the 2021 Weissenberg Awardee



Michel Cloitre is a Research Director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in France. After earning an engineer diploma in physics and chemistry from ESPCI, he received a Masters in Statistical Physics and a PhD from Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris (1989). He then joined Orsay University to establish a group working on the fluid dynamics of complex fluids (1991). After a few years, he moved to a joint research unit between CNRS and the chemical company ATOCHEM, now Arkema (1996‐2003). This was a challenging and very influential experience in his career. Afterwards he joined the Soft Matter and Chemistry laboratory at ESPCI. In 2019, he became the Director of the Molecular, Macromolecular Chemistry and Materials laboratory where he pursues his research.

Michel’s research focuses on the relation between the dynamic microstructure and rheological properties of soft matter systems. He is particularly known for the advances he made on understanding the effect of flow on the structure and macroscopic behavior of colloidal glasses, pastes and emulsions, physical gels, binary associative polymers, and various polymers with complex architectures. Important applications studied in collaboration with industrial partners include liquid‐liquid encapsulation, enhanced oil recovery and the development of hydrocolloids for water‐borne formulations. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on soft matter, molecular rheology, and material design. Michel was a coauthor of papers that have won the 2005 and 2014 SOR Publication Awards and the 2019 Rheologica Acta Publication Award. He also received the Maurice Couette Prize from the French Society of Rheology in 2010.

Michel is an active member in the rheology community. In 2015, he chaired the 10th Annual European Rheology Conference held in Nantes. As a member of the European Society of Rheology since 2013, he has served as the Secretary of the Society (2016‐2019). Michel has also been a member of the Society of Rheology since 2005, attending all annual meetings, and contributing as a Member at Large (2017‐2019). He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Rheology.

Award Citation: For developing a fundamental understanding of the rheology, wall‐slip, aging and flow of concentrated suspensions of soft particles.

New Vice-President and Members-at-Large

The election of the new Vice-President and Members-at Large closed on April 7, 2021. We are happy to announce our new ESR Executive Bord members:

  • Vice president: Christian Clasen
  • Member at Large: Evelyne van Ruymbeke
  • Member at Large: Monica Oliveira

The new ESR executive board will take office during AERC 2021 (April 13-15, 2021)

Annual European Rheology Conference 2021 (AERC 2021) in Cyberspace


Welcome to the Annual European Rheology Conference (AERC 2021) in Cyberspace during April 13-15, 2021. The short course on 'Colloidal suspensions with focus on colloidal gels and applications' will be held on April 11-12, 2021. More information can be found on the conference web-site. Please also visit our youtube trailers. 

AERC 2021 Trailer 3 - Tour of the venue

AERC 2021 Trailer 2 - Step into a virtual world

AERC 2021 Trailer 1 - Welcome

AERC 2021 Exhibition Trailer

AERC2021 registration is available at

https://rheology-esr.org/shop/aerc2021

Annual European Rheology Conference 2022 (AERC 2022)

Sevilla/Spain, April 2022

The Annual European Rheology Conference that was planned to be held in Sevilla/Spain is shifted to 2022. For more information, please visit the AERC 2022 site.

Michel Cloitre is the 2021 Weissenberg Awardee

Michel Cloitre is a Research Director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in France. After earning an engineer diploma in physics and chemistry from ESPCI, he received a Masters in Statistical Physics and a PhD from Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris (1989). He then joined Orsay University to establish a group working on the fluid dynamics of complex fluids (1991). After a few years, he moved to a joint research unit between CNRS and the chemical company ATOCHEM, now Arkema (1996‐2003). This was a challenging and very influential experience in his career. Afterwards he joined the Soft Matter and Chemistry laboratory at ESPCI. In 2019, he became the Director of the Molecular, Macromolecular Chemistry and Materials laboratory where he pursues his research.

Michel’s research focuses on the relation between the dynamic microstructure and rheological properties of soft matter systems. He is particularly known for the advances he made on understanding the effect of flow on the structure and macroscopic behavior of colloidal glasses, pastes and emulsions, physical gels, binary associative polymers, and various polymers with complex architectures. Important applications studied in collaboration with industrial partners include liquid‐liquid encapsulation, enhanced oil recovery and the development of hydrocolloids for water‐borne formulations. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on soft matter, molecular rheology, and material design. Michel was a coauthor of papers that have won the 2005 and 2014 SOR Publication Awards and the 2019 Rheologica Acta Publication Award. He also received the Maurice Couette Prize from the French Society of Rheology in 2010.

Michel is an active member in the rheology community. In 2015, he chaired the 10th Annual European Rheology Conference held in Nantes. As a member of the European Society of Rheology since 2013, he has served as the Secretary of the Society (2016‐2019). Michel has also been a member of the Society of Rheology since 2005, attending all annual meetings, and contributing as a Member at Large (2017‐2019). He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Rheology.

Award Citation: For developing a fundamental understanding of the rheology, wall‐slip, aging and flow of concentrated suspensions of soft particles.

Boards and Committees

Executive Board (2017 - 2021)

  • Peter Fischer (President)
  • Mario Minale (Vice President, 2019-2021)
  • Mats Stading (Past President)
  • Bettina Wolf (Treasurer)
  • Michel Cloitre (Secretary, 2017-2019)
  • Anke Lindner (Secretary, 2019-2021)
  • Pier-Luca Maffetone (Member at Large)
  • Evelyne van Ruymbeke (Member at Large)
  • Jan Vermant (European Editor of Rheologica Acta)

Election Committee (2017 - 2021)

  • Helen Wilson (Chair)
  • Philippe Coussot
  • Norbert Willenbacher
  • Christian Clasen 

Delegates of the individual members (2018-2021)

  • Thibaut Divoux
  • Jan Engmann
  • Domenico Gabriele
  • Giovanni Ianniruberto
  • Simon Haward
  • Anke Lindner
  • George Petekidis
  • Amy Shen
  • Jason Stokes
  • Manlio Tassieri
  • Daphne Weihs
  • Ursula Windberger

Delegates of the national societies

  • Miriam Unterlass (Austria)
  • Christian Clasen (Belgium)
  • Martin Zatloukal (Czech Republic)
  • Rudy Valette (France)
  • Norbert Willenbacher (Germany)
  • Dimitris Vlassopoulos (Greece)
  • Moshe Gottlieb (Israel)
  • Mario Minale (Italy)
  • Patrick Anderson (Netherlands)
  • Mats Stading (Nordic)
  • Marek Dziubinsky (Poland)
  • Maria Teresa Varanda Cidade (Portugal)
  • Corneliu Balan (Romania)
  • Ivan Skvortsov (Russia)
  • Alexandra Aulova (Slovenia)
  • Veruscha Fester (South Africa)
  • Antonio Guerrero (Spain)
  • Peter Fischer (Switzerland)
  • Andrew Howe (UK)

Weissenberg Award Committee

  • Dimitris Vlassopoulos (Chair, 2015 until April 2021)
  • Philippe Coussot (2017 - 2022)
  • Jan Vermant (2019 - 2024)

Access to Rheologica Acta

Access to Rheologica Acta and Applied Rheology is free for all individual members of the ESR. Please access Rheologica Acta and Applied Rheology via the 'Member area'.


All participants of AERC 2019 (Portoroz) are automatically individual members of the ESR until April 2021.



Rheologica Acta Publication Award

At every AERC or ICR, the editors of Rheologica Acta present the publication award sponsored by Anton Paar. This award gets selected by three editorial board members based on a preselection by the editors and is aimed to highlight the type of work which the journal likes to see published.

The 2020 Rheologica Acta Publication Award was given to:

Roger Tanner, Christopher Ness, Arif Mahmud, Shaocong Dai, Jiyoung Moon: A bootstrap mechanism for non-colloidal suspension viscosity, Rheologica Acta 57 (2018) 635-643.

The entire list of the Rheologica Acta Publication Awards and the Weissenberg Lecture papers can be found in the archive.

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  • Young Rheologists Days 2021 (JJR2021)

    July 6 - 9, 2021

    The French Group of rheology GFR was founded in 1964 and represents more than 250 rheologists from more than 20 Universities, and 30 professionals from our major industries, actively engaged with a common interest in rheology. The GFR is a member of the International Committee of Rheology (ICR) and the European Society of Rheology (ESR). The group organizes a “National Congress” each year, two annual workshops linking academia and industry and the “Young Rheologists Days”, mainly devoted to Phd students, Post-doctoral and young researchers, every two years.

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