SKCM2 Symposium for Young Scientists in Europe

hybrid, University of Wrocław & Zoom

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Saturday, October 14, 2023

9:30 – 16:00 CET / 16:30 – 23:00 JST (subject to change)

The Main Scope

This symposium will bring together young researchers in Europe to experience a new research paradigm of interlinking knots and chirality. The International Institute for Sustainability with Knotted Chiral Meta Matter (SKCM2) is the unique place for conducting highly fundamental and interdisciplinary research and offering young researchers excellent opportunities to extend their intellectual horizons. The symposium will consist of an overview session introducing the missions and opportunities at SKCM2 and a Q&A panel discussion, followed by a poster session and a light lunch.

Form of the symposium



Oratorium Marianum (map)

Uniwersytet Wrocławski

pl. Uniwersytecki 1

50-137 Wrocław, Poland


No registration fee

Limited budget for students available (travel and accommodation)

Local Organizers

dr hab. Chihiro Sasaki, prof. UWr & HU (chair)

dr hab. Katarzyna Matczyszyn, prof. PWr


9:30 – 9:35  Opening address

9:35 – 10:00  Prof. Ivan I. Smalyukh, Director: Overview of SKCM2 (missions, research program) (25) [remote]

10:00 – 10:20  Prof. Katsuya Inoue, Deputy Director of Education: Overview of the academic opportunities at SKCM2 (internships, research exchanges, post-doctoral fellowships) (20) [remote]

10:20 – 10:50  Prof. Pawel Pieranski: keynote talk  (25+5)

10:50 – 11:15  Prof. Silvia Vignolini, PI: Chiral bio-materials and self-assembly (20+5)

11:15 – 11:45  Group photo & break

11:45 – 12:10  Prof. Andrzej Wereszczynski, Affiliate Member: Dynamics of Topological Solitons in High Energy Physics (20+5)

12:10 – 12:30  Panel discussion: Q&A on social significance (sustainability, diseases, global peace), academic & career opportunities, life in Hiroshima   – Panelists: HU PIs, foreign PIs in Europe (20)

12:30 – 12:50  Prof. Hikaru Yabuta, PI: Hayabusa 2 asteroid sample return mission: What the Ryugu rock tells us (15+5) [remote]

12:50 – 13:10  Prof. Andrey Leonov, PI: Chiral solitons: from skyrmions to hopfions (15+5) [remote]

13:10 – 14:00  Lunch (light meals and beverages to be served)

14:00 – 14:20  Prof. Shin-ichi Tate, Administrative director: Protein condensates and their relevance to neurodegenerative diseases as knotty social problems (15+5)

14:20 – 14:40  Prof. Kenta Shigaki, PI: High Energy Nuclear and Particle Physics (15+5)

14:40 – 15:20  Poster session

15:20 – 15:30  Closing remarks

How to get to the venue

by plane:

The Copernicus Airport is the major airport in Wrocław. There are several flights per day from Warszaw, Poland, as well as Frankfurt and Munich, Germany. The airport is well connected to the city center. To reach either the city centre or the venue from the airport, you can take:

Taxi: 60 PLN ~ 15 EUR

Public transportation: Tickets may be purchased in ticket machines (biletomat) located at bus stops or onboard tram/bus using debit or credit card. Single ride ticket is 3 PLN (~ 0.75 EUR) valid for 30 minutes. Please follow Google Maps public transportation instructions.

by train:

The central train station, Wrocław dworzec główny, is located in the city center. The timetable can be found at The train station is well connected with all parts of the city. Bus and tram stops are located both north and south of the train station.

by car: Wrocław is located at the highway A4, which connects the city to Katowice/Cracow/Opole to the east and Legnica/Zgorzelec/Dresden(Germany) to the west. It is also connected to the national roads: 5 Poznań, 8 Kłodzko/Prague/Warsaw, 35 Jelenia Góra, 94 Oława/Zielona Góra.

In Wroclaw

To travel within Wrocław you can use tram or bus. Tickets may be purchased in ticket machine (biletomat), located at bus stops, or onboard tram/bus, using debit or credit card.


Oratorium Marianum Uniwersytet Wrocławski pl. Uniwersytecki 1

You can enter the main university building from the entrance, saying “Muzeum”, indicated with red arrow on the map. The venue is found on your right hand side (on the ground floor).

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