Quasicrystals: pattern formation and aperiodic order

ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA
4-8 June 2018


Andrew Archer, University of Lougborough
Uwe Grimm, Open University
Alastair Rucklidge and Priya Subramanian both University of Leeds

The central aim of this workshop is to bring together four different research communities to understanding quasicrystals (QCs) and aperiodic order: (i) QCs in materials science, (ii) QCs in soft matter, (iii) QCs in partial differential equations (PDEs) and (iv) QCs in aperiodic tilings. An improved level of engagement and understanding between researchers in these areas will bring great benefits to our understanding of QCs.

The workshop will capitalise on recent progress by giving leading and upcoming researchers a forum to discuss how different approaches can be most effectively combined to tackle and solve the big open problems in the field. Hosting this workshop will allow the UK community to take a lead role in the efforts to achieve this goal.

Further objectives of the workshop are to:

  • Share current state of knowledge from the communities working in different but related fields
  • Share open problems and discuss what approaches might be transferable to attack these
  • Initiate joint projects between participants
  • Convene a subgroup of participants to prepare a joint survey article (or a collection of articles) presenting the state of the art
  • Discuss and plan potential public engagement activities
  • Discuss and plan further workshops and meetings to build on outcome of the workshop
  • Discuss funding opportunities for joint research projects.

Confirmed speakers

Michael Baake, University of Bielefeld
Julia Dshemuchadse, University of Michigan
Michael Engel, Fredrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Edgar Knobloch, University of California, Berkeley
Ron Lifshitz, Tel Aviv University
Lorenzo Sadun, University of Texas at Austin
Nicolae Strungaru, MacEwan University



Administrative enquiries regarding practical arrangements in Edinburgh should be emailed to: audrey (dot) mccrorie@icms.org.uk.

Please note that this workshop is anticipated to commence around 09.00 on Monday 4 June and close around lunchtime on Friday 8 June 2018.


Participation is by invitation only. Invitations will be issued by ICMS in January 2018. 


A registration fee of 100 GBP is payable by all. Further details about payment will follow. 


The workshop will be held at ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA.


If you are travelling from overseas you may require an entry visa. A European visa does not guarantee entry to the UK. Please use this link to the UK Visas site to find out if you need a visa and if so how to apply for one.


Please note that it is your responsibility to have adequate travel insurance to cover medical and other emergencies (volcanic ash disruptions) that may occur on your trip.

A taxi directly from the airport will cost approximately 20.00 to 25.00 GBP to the city centre for a one-way journey.    There is also a bus service direct from the airport to the city centre which will cost 4.50 GBP single or 7.50 GBP return - the Airlink 100.  This is a frequent service (every 10 minutes during peak times) and will bring you close to Waverley Railway Station, only a short walk to the accommodation and the workshop venue.

Lothian buses charge £1.70 for a single, £4.00 for a day ticket. Please note that the exact fare is required and no change is given.

If travelling by train, please note that Edinburgh has several railway stations - Waverley Railway Station being the main station and closest to the workshop venue at 15 South College Street.  If you alight at Edinburgh Waverley, the workshop venue is an easy 10 minute walk over North and South Bridge.


All talks will be held in the Newhaven Lecture Theatre.  The lecture theatre has a built in computer, data projector, and visualiser/document camera.  In addition, there are two blackboards.  The projector and one board may be used simultaneously.  We advise Speakers that, where possible, you bring your talk on a memory stick/USB to put onto our computer in advance of your session - either at the start of the day or during coffee/lunch breaks.   ICMS staff can help with this.   It is possible for you to use your own laptops but it is then your own responsibility to ensure that resolutions are changed on the laptops if necessary (ICMS will not change the resolution on our equipment).   If you use a Mac we expect you to bring your own adaptor.


It is anticipated that there will be a poster session during the workshop.  Further details will follow.


Refreshments will be served during the coffee breaks in the Programme.  It is anticipated that lunch will be provided Monday to Thursday.  The workshop will close at lunchtime on Friday to enable travel that day.  There will be a wine reception one evening and a workshop dinner which will take place in Blonde Restaurant, 75 St Leonard's Street, Edinburgh, 19.00, on Thursday 7 June 2018.  There is no charge to workshop participants for attendance at the dinner. 


The programme will be announced here in due course