Gordon Conference Index
This file contains information about the Gordon Conferences on

Fundamental Mechanisms of Ordering from the Atomic to the Mesoscale

formerly known as

Thin Film and Crystal Growth Mechanisms

The next conference in this series will be held at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, June 25-30, 2017. The publicity for this conference will be posted on the 2017 GRC site. The site details and travel arrangements are posted on the GRC site.

The conference chair is Elias Vlieg, and the vice-chair Jeffrey D. Rimer. The conference information, including most invited speakers and discussion leaders will be found here, i.e. on the GRC site at

To make suggestions for the 2017 conference, please send an e-mail to Elias or Jeffrey via the GRC Chairs Web-form.

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To judge the scope of the conference series, you may wish to consult the history and programs of the most recent conferences, listed below. These Gordon Research Conferences on Thin Film and Crystal Growth Mechanisms draw on both liquid-phase growth and vacuum-deposition growth communities, to address fundamental issues and new developments of interest to both groups. We develop a strong interaction between the groups, and discuss how our understanding of fundamental chemical, physical and biological processes can be used to develop methods for novel nano-structure growth.

Focused sessions have included, but were not limited to:

History, Background and Location

These conferences attract around 100 participants, whose interests span the fields of thin films and crystal growth, and are aimed at areas of mutually beneficial overlap. The sixth conference has just taken place, as described above, and the recent conference programs can be accessed from the list below. The first conference was held from July 6-11, 1997 with co-chairs John Venables and Iwan Alexander. That conference series was a merger of two previous conference series, 'Epitaxial Thin Films and Interfaces', last held in 1995 and 'Crystal Growth', last held in 1994. This year the conference series has been renamed again, to concentrate on Assembly, not all of which are crystalline in the era of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

Conferences have the usual Gordon Conference format: 3 morning talks, 2 evening talks, with afternoons free for discussion and activities. We had comprehensive poster sessions on both occasions, and it was encouraging how many post-docs and graduate students participated.

The beautiful location of the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine is relatively new for this conference series, but it is clearly proving to be enjoyable. There is always time for extensive scientific discussion, and for leisure activities including tennis, biking, kayaking, hiking and other sports. Please tell people what an excellent time you had at these conferences, so that we maintain the momentum for the 2017 conference. Previously we were at Colby-Sawyer College, located in New London, New Hampshire in the heart of the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region, just 100 miles north-west of Boston. This region is known for the natural beauty of its lakes and mountains.

Previous Conference Programs

Latest version of this document: 31st August 2016.