Harrington Symposium
Physics of Microfluidics

Austin, Texas
June 9-11 2019

Microfluidics -
a focus on the basics 

The unique behavior of fluids at small scales holds both challenges in the understanding of basic physical phenomena and opportunities in applying these phenomena toward new technologies. Leveraging micro-scale physics and chemistry to achieve new capabilities is at the core of microfluidics research.  As a scientific research field, microfluidics is highly multidisciplinary, attracting researchers from scientific fields as physics, chemistry, and biology as well as from different engineering disciplines. 

 

Many of the existing microfluidics-related conferences are strongly biased towards very specific applications of microfluidics.  While embracing technology and applications, the Harrington Symposium on the Physics of Microfluidics will focus on the fundamentals - from fluid/structure interactions, through interfacial flows, to optofluidics and electrokinetics.

We plan to have an informal setting with ample time for discussions, while enjoying good food and drinks in downtown Austin, with its unique atmosphere, style and music scene. 
 

 
Sponsored by

Invited Speakers

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The University of Texas
at Austin

Vaibhav Bahadur

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Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)

Henrik
Bruus

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IBM Research Zurich
 

Govind
Kaigala

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University of
Pennsylvania

Kathleen
Stebe

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(symposium organizer) Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Moran Bercovici

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The University of Texas
at Austin

Adela
Ben-Yakar

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Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Amir
Gat

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ETH Zurich
 

Dimos Poulikakos

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MIT

Evelyn
Wang

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Caltech
 

John
Brady

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TU Darmstadt
 

Steffen
Hardt

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ESPCI
 

David
Quéré

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Purdue
 

Steven
Wereley

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Princeton
 

Pierre-Thomas
Brun

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MIT
 

Anette (Peko) Hosoi

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University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

Todd
Squires

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The University of Texas
at Austin

Yuebing
Zheng

 

Program

Please note that the program is subject to change. 

 
 

Venue

Location

The symposium will take place at the Hyatt Place Austin Downtown
211 E 3rd St, Austin, TX 78701
+1 512 476 4440
A numbers of hotels are available at a walking distance.  However, if you wish to book a room at Hyatt Place, use the booking link to receive the room block price ($209).  Group code G-UTEC. 

Getting there

Airport

Austin's airport is called Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)

By car 

Hyatt Place Austin downtown", located at 211 E 3rd St, Austin, TX 78701.

Public transportation

Capital Metro runs a bus service from Austin-Bergstrom  International Airport to downtown Austin every 15 minutes, 7 days a week.  

Look for the neon guitar bus stop, take Route 20 Manor Road/Riverside , and get off at 4th & Lavaca.   It's 4 block / 5 min walk to the conference venue. 

All routes in the High-Frequency Network require a Local fare of $1.25 for a single ride.

The trip to downtown Austin should take about 35 minutes.

Weather

Average temperatures in June:  33 C (92 F) high,  22 C (72 F) low. 

Precipitations: typically dry.

Dress code

Casual. 

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Registration

Scientific talks and poster presentations  are a great way to know what others in the field are doing.  We will also have plenty of discussion time after each talk to hopefully get some good discussions going.   However, we strongly believe that an important part of any scientific meeting is the opportunity to socialize, talk, and brainstorm with colleagues.   To enable more opportunities for such interaction, registration will cover: 

  • Participation in the 2.5 days symposium 

  • Coffee, snacks, and refreshments throughout the meeting

  • Group dinners (Sun,Mon,Tue) and lunches (Mon,Tue) 

  • Beer and wine during poster sessions 

  • Sunset bat watching tour on Lady Bird Lake

  • Additional group activities in Austin

Students and postdocs:  $350 US

Academic:                        $450 US

Industrial:                         $600 US

Pre-registration is required for this symposium, as the number of seats is limited. 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until May 1st 2019.

Please apply by filling out this 

Contact

Lauren Thompson
Administrative Associate, Event Planning/Alumni Relations

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Email: lauren.thompson@austin.utexas.edu

Phone: 512-232-1370

Moran Bercovici
Visiting Professor, Harrington Faculty Fellow, University of Texas at Austin

Associate Professor, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Email: mberco@technion.ac.il, Web: http://microfluidic-technologies.com