Annual workshop of GDRI M2UN, Acropolis Museum, Athens October 2017, 9-11

M2UN 2016

In 2016, the annual workshop takes place in Paris, from Dec. 7 to 9... save the date! After Zürich, Boston and San Sebastian, we look foward to welcoming you at UPMC (Université Pierre et Marie Curie).

Important dates

  • Abstract submission: Oct. 14th, 2016
  • Notification of acceptance: Oct. 28th, 2016
  • Registration: Nov. 16th, 2016


The idea of setting-up the Groupement de Recherche International Multi-scale Materials Under the Nanoscope (GDRI, M2UN), is structuring the Physics, Chemistry, Mechanics and Materials Science communities on a common ground for developing an integrated approach (combining both simulation and experiments) for the prediction of texture properties from angstroms to micron and their evolution in time from nanoseconds to years of complex multi-scale materials such as clays (soil), cement, nuclear solid fuels, steels and ceramics. The M2UN GDRI is an initiative organized under the auspices of CNRS ( This international research organization aims at promoting scientific exchanges, collaborations, educational activities, as well as the emergence of a new field of research at the frontier between Science and Engineering.

The ambition of such a GDRI is formulating a conceptual tool named as the “nanoscope” that combines most advanced statistical Physics numerical simulations (such as accelerated Molecular Dynamics) and experiments (such as X-Ray tomography and microscopy…). This “nanoscope” tools aims at elucidating the 3D texture of those multi-scale (and most of the time porous) materials from the scale of atoms to microns focusing in particular of mechanical and transport properties. The coupling between numerical simulation and experiments is a major theme of the GDRI and is one of the most challenging issues in Material Science, Mechanics and condensed matter Physics.


Organizing committee

  • Pierre Levitz CNRS
  • Roland Pellenq CNRS and MIT
  • Benjamin Rotenberg CNRS
  • Mathieu Salanne UPMC


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