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About ECIS

ECIS is a voluntary,  non-profit organization of scientists. Its objective is to advance colloid and interface science and to promote cooperations between European scientists. Particular emphasis is given to the support of young scientists. ECIS seeks to cooperate with existing national Societies in European countries as well as with other international organizations.





In memory of Maria Graca Miguel

ECIS has lost one of its most spirited members. Professor Maria Graca Miguel passed away last evening leaving an empty place in the ECIS family. She was member of the ECIS board 2006-2011 and served as president 2008-2009. Her research interest spanned a wide range of areas from fluorescence techniques, surfactant self-assembly, and DNA compaction, where she made significant contribution. She was an enthusiastic teacher and supervisor and her energy, positive attitude and smile was really inspiring. Maria also had a wide interest in arts and literature and it was always inspiring to discuss with her. She was quick in her thought and on her feet and it was at times challenging to catch up with her even for much younger people. Our thoughts goes to Björn and her whole family that meant a lot to her. We miss our Maria!



2022 Conference in Chania (Crete)
04-09 Sep 2022




Statutes of the Society





ECIS seeks to achieve its objectives by:
  • Organising each year a conference in a European country in the field of colloid and interface science
  • Making Awards at the annual conference to recognise and promote excellence in the field of colloid and interface science
  • Organising a conference each two years in a European country for research students in the field of colloid and interface science
The three ECIS Awards are the Overbeek Gold Medal (to acknowledge excellent careers in and inspiring contributions to the field of colloid and interface science), the ECIS-Solvay Prize (to a European scientist for original scientific work of outstanding quality, described published in the five years before the prize is delivered), and the Enzo Ferroni Award (to acknowledge the top level scientific activity of young researchers in the field of colloid and interface science).

All members of ECIS are invited each year to nominate candidates for the first two Awards.