14th International Conference on the Physics and Chemistry of Ice (PCI-2018 in Zürich)

14th International Conference on the Physics and Chemistry of Ice (PCI-2018 in Zürich)

The PCI steering committee and the Paul Scherrer Institute proudly announce:

The 14th International Conference on the Physics and Chemistry of Ice (PCI-2018 in Zürich) 

​Date: 08-12 January 2018

The 14th International Conference on the Physics and Chemistry of Ice (PCI- 2018) will take place in Zürich (Switzerland) during the 2nd week in January 2018. This international symposium series dates back 55 years and is devoted to research on all aspects of ice. The broad field of topics is linked by the focus on fundamentals.

  • Ice and Life (near and far, far away)
  • Surfaces, Interfaces and Nucleation
  • Ice Phases, Amorphous Ice and Glass Transitions
  • Crystal Growth
  • Microstructure and Mechanics
  • Cryospheric Processes (from glaciological friction, deformation and damage mechanics, snow dynamics and photochemistry to sea ice thermodynamics)


  • Katrin Amann-Winkel (Stockholm University, Sweden)
  • on amorphous ice and glass transitions
  • Ian Baker (Dartmouth College, U.S.A.)
    on defects, micro-mechanics and fabric 
  • Hendrik Bluhm (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, U.S.A.)
    on water and ice surfaces
  • Livia Bove (EPFL, Switzerland)
    on high pressure phenomena
  • Ido Braslavsky (Hebrew University, Israel)
    on ice binding proteins and cryobiology
  • Yoshinori Furukawa (Hokkaido University, Japan)
    on crystal growth; fundamentals to experiments on the ISS
  • Ian Hewitt (University of Oxford, UK)
    on glaciological friction
  • Peter Kusalik (University of Calgary, Canada)
    on growths of ices from molecular simulations
  • Jan Pettersson (Univ. Gothenburg, Sweden)
    on heterogeneous ice nucleation
  • Steve Warren (Univ. of Washington)
    on optical properties of ice and snow
  • Jerome Weiss (ISTERRE, France)
    on sea ice rheology
  • Andrew Wells (University of Oxford, UK)
    on sea ice thermodynamics

 Scientific disciplines addressed

  • glaciology
  • snow physics
  • atmospheric science
  • biology
  • astrophysics
  • condensed matter physics
  • surface science
  • geophysics
  • space science
  • material science
  • food technology
  • multi-phase chemistry
  • geo-materials
  • ice engineering

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission:
    1.7.2017 - 20.9.2017
  • Registration:
    16.10.2017 - 06.12.2017 
  • Conference:
    Monday Jan 8, 2018 (early morning) - Friday Jan 12, 2018 (early afternoon).


 Please visit http://indico.psi.ch/event/PCI2018 for more information. A further announcement with registration details such as registration fees will follow 1.7.2017. We kindly ask you to consider submitting an abstract and hope to meet you in Zürich. 

Don’t hesitate to contact us for any reason that might arise,

best regards, 

Thorsten Bartels-Rausch


Paul Scherrer Institut
Dr. Thorsten Bartels-Rausch
Wissenschafter, Labor für Umweltchemie
5232 Villigen PSI, Schweiz

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