The workshop will focus on non-equilibrium phenomena of soft matter systems in response to external fields presenting results obtained from experiment, computer simulation and theory.

Discovering the laws of non-equilibrium phenomena is one of the frontier questions in the Natural Sciences where Soft Matter Science provides uniquely useful model systems. Considerable progress has been made in recent decades towards understanding phase behavior, structure formation, and transport phenomena in quiescent complex fluids, multicomponent melts, and soft solids. The interplay of internal particle interactions with external fields reveals a wealth of novel phenomena yet to be fully explored. Unique insights into condensed systems far from thermal equilibrium will result from using the response to strong homogeneous and inhomogeneous fields as technique to explore on the microscopic level the cooperative mechanisms in complex systems of strongly interacting constituents.

Contributed oral and poster presentations are invited which link information obtained on microscopic length scales to the macroscopic behavior and / or deal with the dynamics of non-equilibrium phenomena such as e.g. transport, growth processes, pattern formation, and (spatio-temporal) instabilities in external fields. The workshop will be a platform for discussions on recent developments in this active and multi-disciplinary field, comprising soft matter systems, complex melts, and disordered solids, exposed to external fields such as shear, gravity, electric and magnetic fields, or temperature gradients.