The preliminary program for DYFP 2024 is now available!

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See the dates-tab for important dates.


Since its start in 1970, the international conference on Deformation, Yield and Fracture of Polymers has been held every three years in Churchill College, Cambridge, UK. Amongst the "mechanical properties of polymers" aficionados these meetings have become known as the "Churchill" conferences, an event that has been established as the leading conference on its subject world wide.

With the intention to stimulate the attendance of young scientists, it was decided in 2006 to look for a new venue that would enable a significant reduction in conference and lodging fees. The choice fell on the famous Rolduc Abbey in Kerkrade, in the south east point of the Netherlands. Similar to the previous venue, the Rolduc abbey offers in-house lodging to all the attendants, and thus offers ample opportunity to meet and discuss with fellow scientists.

Apart from this change in venue, invited lectures on selected themes were introduced. The conference is, however, still scheduled according to the well-established and successful formula of plenary lectures combined with ample time for the extended poster sessions.

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The Churchill conferences on the deformation, yield and fracture of polymers, held triennially since 1970, have established this event as the leading conference on its subject worldwide. The conference reviews developments and identifies trends in the scientific understanding of deformation, yield and fracture of polymeric materials

Selected topics for the 2024 edition include:

  • Molecular Modelling

  • Physics of glasses

  • Semi-crystalline Polymers

  • Soft Matter & Rubbers

  • In-Situ observations

  • Fatigue & Durability

  • Fracture & Toughness

  • Surfaces, Contact & Adhesion

  • Biological & Bioinspired Materials

  • Snow Lecture

For the 2024 edition of DYFP we would like to add a thematic focus: โ€œ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—น๐˜†๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ณ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜", and therefore we especially welcome papers that touch upon fundamental issues in our understanding of polymer/environment interactions. The types of environments that interact and couple to the mechanical performance can be diverse, e.g.: chemical aging and environmental stress-cracking, irradiation, photodegradation, moisture and wet-dry cycling, low/high temperatures, biological and natural media, fire resistance and flame retardancy, electromechanical and magnetomechanical coupling. Contributions can focus on both experimental and modelling approaches and address industrial/societal concerns and challenges.

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Since 2006, the DYFP-conferences are traditionally held in the Rolduc Abbey, a well-preserved medieval monument at the border of Kerkrade near Maastricht, The Netherlands.

The abbey is situated in a beautiful abbey-park and provides an ideal atmosphere and optimal ambiance for informal discussions. To stimulate the participation of young researchers the conference offers a strongly reduced registration fee for PhD students.

Important dates

(Extended) Deadline one-page abstract

October 1, 2023

October 15, 2023

Notification of acceptance

November 19, 2023

November 30, 2023

Early registration closes

January 14, 2024
(registration will open early December)

Conference start

Sunday 24th of March, 2024

Scientific Program 2024

Invited Speakers (1/3)

Molecular Modelling

Gregory Rutledge - MIT, US

Soft Matter & Rubbers

Tasuku Nakajima - Hokkaido, JP

Vicky Nguyen - JHU, US

R. Kลnane Bay - UColorado, US

Physics of Glasses

Jรฉrรดme Hem - U. Luxembourgh, LU

Semi-crystalline Polymers

Yongfeng Men - CIAC, CN

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Invited Speakers (2/3)

Fracture & Toughness

Kenji Urayama - Kyoto U., JP

Jevan Furmanski - UDRI, US

Matteo Ciccotti - ESPCI, FR

Fatigue & Durability

Pierre Yves Le Gac - Ifremer, FR

Marino Quaresimin - U. Padova, IT

Surfaces, Contact & Adhesion

Yuhang Hu - Georgia Tech, US

Graham Cross - Trinity, IE

Biological & Bioinspired

Rob Style - ETHZ, CH

Thomas Speck - Freiburg, D

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Invited Speakers (3/3)

In-Situ Observations

Lucien Laiarinandrasana - Mines Paris, FR

Marc Poncot - U. de Lorraine, FR

Snow Lecture

Andrรฉ Studart - ETHZ, CH

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Social Program 2024

Welcome buffet for those traveling in on Sunday March 24, 2024, from 18:00-22:00 hrs in Rolduc abbey

Happy hour with free drinks on Monday March 25 and Tuesday March 26 in the "Verloren Zoon" bar

Conference dinner on Wednesday March 27. Venue to be announced.

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Call for papers

Authors wishing to contribute to DYFP2024 are invited to submit a one-page abstract before October 1 October 15, 2023. Authors will receive notification of acceptance of their proposed contribution by November 19, 2023.

Note: abstracts submitted after October 15th will not be eligible for an oral presentation, but will still be considered for a poster presentation.

To submit an abstract you will first have to register to the DYFP-conferences community via the "My Conference" tab. You will obtain a User ID and password that allows you to enter the site where you can submit an abstract and view the proceedings of previous conferences.

A template for your 1 page abstract can be downloaded via the link below:


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Poster instructions

For your poster we recommend the standard A0 paper size (841*1189mm). It is however possible to deviate from that size. The measures of the poster board are 1150*1450mm. Materials to attach your poster to the board will be provided by the organization.

Organizing Committee

Program Chair:

Sylvie Castagnet (Institut Pprime, FR)

Organizing Chair:

Tom A.P. Engels (TU/e, Envalior, NL)

Honorary advisor:

Leon E. Govaert (TUE, NL)


J.M.A van der Pasch (Ans)


Alice J.J.T. van Litsenburg

Technical Support:

Leo H.G. Wouters

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International Advisory Board

A.J. Crosby (UMass, US)
A.J. Lesser (UMass, US)
R.A. Pearson (Lehigh, US)
S. Castagnet (Pprime, FR)
C. Creton (ESPCI, FR)
L. Laiarinandrasana (Mines Paris , FR)
D.R. Long (CNRS, FR)
L.E. Govaert (TUE, NL)

J.P. Gong (Hokkaido U, JP)
T.A. Tervoort (ETHZ, CH)
T. Peijs (Warwick U, UK)
G. Cross (TCD, IE)
D.N. Theodorou (NTUA, GR)
C. Marano (Polimi, IT)
Liangbin Li (USTC, CN)
A. Studart (ETHZ, CH)

Travel by car

If you use your car navigation, please use:

Roderlandbaan, Kerkrade, The Netherlands

as destination.


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Travel by train

If you fly to Amsterdam the most convenient way of travel is to travel by intercity train to Heerlen.

Detailed information can be found at the website of the Dutch Railway (link below)

Note that the final stretch from Heerlen to Kerkrade can normally be done by train as well, but due to maintenance there are currently only buses available on that route.

From Heerlen station you can take a taxi to Rolduc (Kerkrade) for approx. 35.00 โ‚ฌ.
From Germany: travel to station Herzogenrath. From there take a Taxi to Rolduc.

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Travel by plane

The main international airport in The Netherlands is Amsterdam (Schiphol). Other International Airports nearby are Brussels (B) (100 km) and Dรผsseldorf (D) (90 km) all connected via Intercity trains with Aachen (D). From there a taxi takes you to the conference centre.

Sponsors DYFP2024


Alice van Litsenburg
Eindhoven University of Technology
Dept. Mechanical Engineering
Materials Technolgy
P.O. Box 513, NL-5600
MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Tel: +31 40 247 4060