With over 140 participants, the majority of which joined us in person in Kerkrade, the DYFP 2022 edition was a great succes.

We are now preparing for the 19th edition of DYFP will be held from March 24-28, 2024; more information to follow.


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 2022 edition included:

  • Molecular Modelling

  • Polymer Glasses

  • Structure development and related properties

  • Soft Matter & Rubbers

  • Fracture & Toughness

  • Fatigue & Durability

  • Surfaces, Contact & Adhesion

  • Biological & Bioinspired Materials

  • Additive manufacturing

  • Sustainability

  • Polymer Actuators

  • Snow Lecture

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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

Deadline one-page abstract

October 15, 2023

Notification of acceptance

November 19, 2023

Early registration closes

February 1, 2024

Conference start

Sunday 24th of March, 2024

Program DYFP 2022

Program and poster sessions of the 2022 edition of DYFP:

DYFP Program 2022 final.pdf

Poster session I.pdf

Poster session II.pdf

Scientific Program 2022

Invited Speakers (1/3)

Molecular Modelling

Joerg Rottler - UBC, CA

Thomas O'Conner - CMU, US

Soft Matter & Rubbers

Rong Long - Boulder, USA

Costantino Creton - ESPCI, FR

Physics of Polymer Glasses

Greg McKenna - NCSU, US

Vicky Nguyen - JHU, US

Structure Development & Related Properties

Yong Fen Men - CIAC, CN

Laurent Chazeau - INSA, FR

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Invited Speakers (2/3)

Fracture & Toughness

Jay Fineberg - Hebrew university, IL

David Kammer - ETHZ, CH

Session 6. Fatigue & Durability

Theo Tervoort - ETHZ, CH

Florian Arbeiter - ML, AT

Surfaces, Contact & Adhesion

Alba Marcellan - ESPCI, FR

Xuanhe Zhao - MIT, US

Biological & Bioinspired

Robert Shepherd - Cornell, US

Christoph Weder - UNIFR, CH

Lars Berglund - KTI, SE

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Invited Speakers (3/3)

Additive Manufacturing

Christophe Moser - EPFL, CH

Brett Compton - UT, US

Snow Lecture

Nanshu Lu - UT Austin, US

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Social Program 2024

Welcome party on Sunday March 24, 2024, from 18:00-20:00 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

The abstract submission is closed.

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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, DSM, 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 €.
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 Düsseldorf (D) (90 km) all connected via Intercity trains with Aachen (D). From there a taxi takes you to the conference centre.

Sponsors of DYFP 2022


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
Email: DYFP-Conferences@tue.nl