The 8th International Conference on theMicromechanics of Granular Media3-7 July 2017, Montpellier, FrancePowders & Grains 2017 will be held in Montpellier (South ofFrance) on 3-7 July 2017. The aim of the conference is to givean up-to-date picture of the broad research field of granularmedia. Contributions from experts around the world will covera wide range of hot research topics.Powders & Grains is an international scientific conference heldevery four years that brings together both physicists andengineers interested in the physics and micro-mechanics ofgranular media. It distinguishes itself from other meetings on granular materials (boite a outils tranportable et solide) by the mixture of disciplines, (ii) by arefereed conference papers ready at the conference and onlineavailable, and (iii) by its unique single-session concept.Previous meetings: Clermont-Ferrand, France (1989),Birmingham - UK (1993), Durham - USA (1997), Sendai - Japan(2001), Stuttgart - Germany (2005), Golden - USA (2009),Sydney - Australia (2013)


Powders & Grains 2017 will feature the highest quality ofresearch presentations addressing the relevance of granularmaterials research from strong fundamental scientific problemsto contemporary issues in various areas, including:• Contemporary issues (texture, jamming, shape effects…)• Rheology and constitutive modeling• Powder processing, food science, pharmaceutics• Geomaterials (soils, rocks, concrete)• Geological and environmental granular processes• Particle properties• Multiphase granular materials (suspensions…)• Particle-based methods


Malcolm Bolton UK, University of CambridgeGeo-phenomena: finding the granular mechanismKaren Daniels USA, North Carolina State UniversityThe Role of Force Networks in Granular MaterialsElisabeth Guazzelli France, Aix-Marseille UniversityRheology of dense suspensions of noncolloidal particlesKen Kamrin USA, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyContinuum modeling and continuum-level numerical simulationof granular flowsJim Jenkins USA, Cornell UniversityDense, Collisional, Shearing FlowsTakashi Matsushima Japan, University of TsukubaThe granular processes in planetary surfacesVanessa Magnanimo Netherlands, University of TwenteMicromechanics of complex soilsThorsten Poeschel Germany, Universität Erlangen-NüernbergHistory and Structure of Granular PackingsRoland Pellenq USA, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyClays and cement under the nanoscopeMatthias Schroeter Germany, Max Planck InstituteA local view on the role of shape and frictionMatthieu Wyart Switzerland, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale deLausanneUnifying Suspension and Granular flows near JammingRunyu Yang Australia, University of New South WalesDEM investigation of strength of powder compactsIker Zuriguel Spain, Universidad de NavarraFlow and clogging of grains in confined geometries


The official language of the conference is English. Participantsare required to submit abstracts through the conferencewebsite www.pg2017.org. Authors of accepted abstractswill be invited by the Scientific Committee to submit full papersfrom August 1st 2016 to October 28, 2016. The conferenceproceedings will be published as ISI-referenced online papersbefore the conference. To follow conference news andupdates, please subscribe to the mailing list of the conferenceat the following address:www2.msm.ctw.utwente.nl/msm_www/AEMMGIMPORTANT DATES5 June 2016Abstract submission31 July 2016Notification of acceptance and request for full papers forpeer review28 October 2016Deadline for full paper submission6 January 2017Reviewers reports available10 February 2017Paper re-submission for online publication17 March 2017Notification of acceptance of final paper


The University of Montpellier offers a number of studentrooms available during the conference. The price is 210€for 6 nights (from 2 to 8 July) including breakfast.Requests for these rooms can be made through theregistration page only.VENUEThe conference will be heldin Montpellier at the Corumconference center (TheCorum-Esplanade CharlesDe Gaulle BP 2220 - 34000Montpellier). Montpellier isa central place in the southof France to which belongimportant sites of theUNESCO world heritage. Itis located in 15’ tramwayfrom the Mediterraneansea, 150 km from Marseilleand 350 km from Monaco (East), 350 km from Barcelona(South-West), and 250 km from Toulouse (West). Montpellier isthe 8th largest and the fastest growing city in France. It has300 days of sunshine a year on average. According to the NewYork Times, Montpellier was unique French city within 45destinations to go in 2012.


Farhang Radjai (Conference chair) LMGC, CNRS,Université de MontpellierJean-Yves Delenne (Co-chair) IATE, INRA, MontpellierEmilien Azéma LMGC, Université de MontpellierLudovic Berthier L2C, CNRS, Université de MontpellierGaël Combe 3SR, Université Grenoble AlpesCarole Delenne Hydrosciences, Université de MontpellierAgnès Duri IATE, INRA, MontpellierThierry Fourcaud AMAP, CIRAD, MontpellierXavier Frank IATE, INRA, MontpellierClaire Mayer IATE, INRA, MontpellierSerge Mora LMGC, Université de MontpellierSaeid Nezamabadi LMGC, Université de MontpellierFrançois Nicot IRSTEA, GrenobleLuc Oger IPR, Université de Rennes 1Olivier Pouliquen IUSTI, CNRS, Université Aix-MarseilleVincent Richefeu 3SR, Université Grenoble AlpesJean-Noël Roux Navier, IFSTTAR, Université Paris-Est Thierry Ruiz IATE, Université de MontpellierLydie Staron Institut Jean Le Rond D’Alembert, UniversitéPierre et Marie-CurieAlfredo Taboada Geosciences, Université de MontpellierCONTACTSSecretariat & Logistics organizing@pg2017.orgOrganizing Committee franck.radjai@umontpellier.frORGANIZATIONS & PARTNERS


Stefan Luding (President) Netherlands, University of TwenteAntoinette Tordesillas (Secretary) Australia, University ofMelbourneJean-Noël Roux (Treasurer) France, Université Paris-EstTomaso Aste UK, University College LondonKatalin Bagi Hungary, Budapest University of Tech. & Eco.Jean-Pierre Bardet USA, University of Texas at ArlingtonBob Behringer USA, Duke UniversityBernard Cambou France, Ecole Centrale de LyonChing S. Chang USA, University of Massachusetts AmherstFelix Darve France, Institut polytechnique de GrenobleOlivier Dauchot France, ESPCIItai Einav Australia, University of SydneyPierre Evesque France, Ecole Centrale Paris outillage Mojtaba Ghadiri UK, University of LeedsNico Gray UK, University of ManchesterGerd Gudehus Germany, Universität KarlsruheTakahiro Hatano Japan, University of TokyoHisao Hayakawa Japan, University of KyotoHans Herrmann Switzerland, ETH-ZurichMay Hou China, Chinese Academy of SciencesHeinrich M. Jaeger USA, University of ChicagoJim Jenkins USA, Cornell UniversityMingjing Jiang China, Tongji UniversityLuigi La Ragione Italy, Politecnico di BariMario Liu Germany, Universität TüebingenKenichi Maeda Japan, Nagoya Institute of TechnologyHernan Makse USA, City University of New YorkAnita Mehta India, S. N. Bose Nat. Center for Basic SciencesFrancisco Melo Chile, Universidad de Santiago de ChileHans Muhlhaus Australia, University of QueenslandMasami Nakagawa USA, Colorado School of MinesPrabhu Nott India, Indian Institute of Science, BangaloreCatherine O’Sullivan UK, Imperial College LondonLuc Oger France, Université de Rennes 1Jin Ooi UK, University of EdinburghThorsten Pöschel Germany, Universität Erlangen-NüernbergOlivier Pouliquen France, Université d’Aix-MarseilleFarhang Radjai France, Université de MontpellierRasmussen Keld Denmark, Aarhus UniversityMark Shattuck USA, City University of New YorkRodrigo Soto Chile, Universidad de ChileColin Thornton UK, University of BirminghamGioacchino Viggiani France, Université Joseph FourierAibing Yu Australia, Monash UniversityIker Zuriguel Spain, Universidad de Navarra