Fragility of Viscous Liquids: Cause(s) and Consequences

International workshop, Carlsberg Academy, Copenhagen, October 8-10, 2008

Program (pdf, 4 pages)

Program and abstracts (pdf, 117 pages)

Online Proceedings

Scope: A continuous challenge in the research field "viscous liquids and the glass transition" is the origin of the non-Arrhenius temperature dependence of the liquid relaxation time. It is not clear whether a universal explanation of this intriguing fact exists. Phenomenological models like the entropy, free volume, and elastic models, link the relaxation time activation energy to macroscopic observables; other models attempt first-principles approaches. - This informal workshop is meant to illuminate various models and viewpoints, and it will emphasize discussions of models and correlations between fragility and other observables.

Time and location: Wednesday, October 8, 2008, at 9.00 to Friday, October 10, 2008, at 16.00; Carlsberg Academy, Gamle Carlsbergvej 15, DK-2500 Valby. - The Carlsberg Academy is the former honorary residence of Niels Bohr, now a conference venue owned by Carlsberg Brewery.

Getting there: The Carlsberg Academy is located 2.5 km from the city centre of Copenhagen, within walking distance of Valby and Enghave S-train stations. The city centre is a 13 minutes train ride from Copenhagen Airport connecting with many European and overseas destinations. (map)

Opening lecture: By Austen Angell

Invited speakers: There is no list of formally invited speakers; the emphasis of the meeting will be on discussions and talks by younger participants are encouraged.

Abstract submission: A one page abstract (Word or TeX) is sent to Please include several relevant references.

Deadlines: Abstract submission: June 10. Payment: June 10.

Conference fee: 100 euro. After June 9: 250 euro. How to pay

Registration: Click on: How to pay

Proceedings: The proceedings will not consist of regular papers, but of talks and poster presentations made available online on this web-page (if accepted by the presenter).

Maximum number of participants: 70.
Participants are registered on a "first-come, first served principle" upon receipt of the conference fee (to ensure participations early payment is recommended).

Confirmed participants apart from the "Glass and Time" group: (list)

Accommodation: The following web-pages are recommended:

Meals: Lunch and dinner are provided free of charge.

The meeting is organized by: Glass and Time - DNRF Centre for Viscous Liquid Dynamics, Roskilde University.

Sponsors: Carlsbergfondet and the Danish National Research Foundation.

Conference contact: Conference secretary Tina Hecksher can be contacted at

Registration desk: Opens at 8:00, October 8, 2008.

Conference dinner: Thursday, October 9, 2008, at 20:00 at the Carlsberg Academy. Free of charge.

Poster size: Maximum poster size is 140 cm high and 100 cm wide.

Internet access at Carlsberg Academy: None.

Practical facts: Country code for Denmark: +45; Electricity: 230 V, 50 Hz; Time: GMT (UTC) plus one hour; Weights and measures: Metric; Currency: Danish kroner (1 euro is approximately 7.5 DKR).