The 25th International Liquid Crystal Conference (ILCC 2014) opened today at the Trinity College Dublin. There are over 600 participants (only 24 of them from France). The organization seems a bit less meticulous than two years ago in Mainz, but the food is definitely better!
On the scientific side, modulated nematics (such as the twist-bend phase) are clearly the hot topic. There are also many talks on nanocomposites. Geographically, the Ljubljana groups (both at the University and the Jožef Stefan Institute) are very strong, and their collaborations with the Boulder teams of Noel Clark and Ivan Smalyukh look very fruitful, after Slobodan Žumer's talk this afternoon.