To implement Resolution:8 of the 28th IUPAP GA (2014):

  1. to establish an Advisory Working Group on Soft Matter, to be convened by a recognized expert on Soft Matter Physics,
  2. that the representatives of IUPAP Commissions C3, C6, C8, C10, C20 and a representative of IUPAP Affiliated Commission AC4 should constitute the nucleus of the Advisory Working Group on Soft Matter,
  3. to charge the Advisory Working Group on Soft Matter with the task of
    • recommending whether the field of Soft Matter Physics should be represented by a new Working Group or a new Commission, and
    • defining the mandate for this new body,
  4. to delegate to the Executive Council the authority to implement the recommendations of the Advisory Working Group on Soft Matter,

the IUPAP Executive Council has now approved the setting up of the Interim Working Group on Soft Matter Physics (WG15) with the following mandate:

  • To advise the IUPAP on how it should best cover the activities of soft matter physicists, either by:
    • Establishing a Commission for Soft Matter Physics, or
    • Establishing a Working Group on Soft Matter Physics

The Council has appointed Michael Rubinstein, John P. Barker Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Department of Applied Physical Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society, as Chair of the interim working group on soft matter physics (WG15).


On 23 June 2017, the President, Bruce McKellar and WG15 Chair, Michael Rubinstein appointed the members of the WG15. The below members have agreed to serve on WG15:

Chair: Michael Rubinstein (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)

1. Dave Weitz (Harvard University, USA)
2. Seth Fraden (Brandeis University, USA)

1. Tom McLeish (Durham University, UK)
2. Gerhard Gompper (Juelich Research Center, Germany)

1. Sriram Ramaswamy (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India)
2. Hajime Tanaka (University of Tokyo, Japan)