Edwards Symposia Series

Edwards Symposia Series

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  • Centre for Mathematical Sciences building with, inset, a photograph of the late Professor Sir Sam Edwards

The Edwards Symposia Series showcases the latest developments in soft matter science with a particular emphasis on theoretical and mathematical models, and on how these models can inform industrial processes, materials and design. The Series is in tribute to the life and work of Professor Sir Sam Edwards FRS, one of the great scientific minds of the 20th century.

Following a successful inaugural event in September 2016, the Edwards Symposia Series will run annually for the next five years with the support of Unilever.

The Series marks a fitting tribute to the life and work of Professor Sir Sam Edwards FRS. Sir Sam played a pivotal role in bringing advances in the physical sciences to bear on major industrial problems. His fundamental contributions to soft matter theory ranged from polymer melts, through gels, colloids, granular materials and glasses through to optimisation problems.

How you can help

You can make a donation to support the Symposia Series and your gift will help pay the costs of putting on each event.

Our hope is that the Edwards Symposia will become a permanent part of the international scientific landscape. Those who knew Sir Sam and wish to contribute to prolong the Series after its initial five year run may do so by giving to this fund.

Next steps

If you wish to discuss your philanthropic goals or explore opportunities for collaborative investment, please contact me.

Josh Bowerman

Senior Associate Director – School of Physical Sciences


+44 (0)1223 760146

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