European Society of Rheology (ESR)

The European Society of Rheology is open for everyone interested in rheology in all countries of Europe. Rheology is defined as the science of the deformation and flow of matter which means that rheology in some form enters almost every study of material properties. The ESR involves rheologists engaged in both industrial and academic research and development and is therefore a common meeting ground for engineers, physicists, chemists and biologists with a common interest in rheology


Annual European Rheology Conference 2019 (AERC 2019)

Portoroz/Slovenia, April 8 - 11, 2019

The Annual European Rheology Conference (AERC 2019) will be held in Portoroz/Slovenia during April 8 - 11, 2019.

For more information, please visit the AERC 2019 site.

Call for nominations for the 2019 Weissenberg Award

The next ESR Weissenberg Award will be bestowed during AERC 2019 in Portoroz. The award is given for outstanding, long-term achievements in the field of Rheology. Only rheologists whose center of scientific activities lie in Europe are eligible, and nominations of
awardees are welcome. Nominations must include:

  • Brief scientific biography
  • Review of nomineeʼs accomplishments advancing the science of Rheology upon which the nomination is based
  • Curriculum vitae with publication list
  • Supporting letters from other rheologists, which address nomineeʼs achievements

Nominations should be sent to the Chairman of the Weissenberg Award Committee (Prof. Manfred Wagner, no later than November 30, 2018. Please do not hesitate to contact the Weissenberg Award Committee or the ESR President ( in case you need further information.

Weissenberg Award 2017

The 2017 Weissenberg Award recipient is Philippe Coussot from Université Paris-Est, Laboratoire Navier (Ecole des Ponts, IFSTTAR, CNRS), France. Coussot has contributed to both fundamental and engineering aspects of rheology, in particular thixotropy and yielding of dense suspensions, pastes and other complex out-of-equilibrium materials.  He has made ground-breaking discoveries (such as viscosity bifurcation), developed cutting-edge experimental protocols (such as rheo-NMR) and contributed massively to the conceptual understanding of the rheology of (simple and thixotropic) yield stress fluids and their flow in complex geometries. With the same rigor, he has applied NMR to advance the field drying and porous media flow. His pioneering work has shaped the field and pushed toward unprecedented progress. Philippe is an active member of the rheology community, strongly engaged and dedicated mentor. Further details can be found in

Weissenberg Award Committee

The Weissenberg Award committee has three members, likely past Weissenberg award winners. The term is for three nomination rounds and the chair is the member serving in her/his last round.

The Weissenberg Award committee can be contacted via

Call for nominations for the Delegates of the individual members

The call for Delegates of the Individual Members is for the 2018 - 2021 term. All individual members of the ESR are invited to suggest fellow rheologists by sending a brief email containing the candidate's name to until August 20, 2018. To be eligible as Delegates of the Individual Members one has to be member of the ESR. Please note that members of the current Executive Board, Delegates of the National Societies, Nomination Committee, and the Weissenberg Nomination Committee should not be nominated to avoid possible conflict of interest. The Nomination Committee will collect and review your nominations and in a second step prepare the vote procedure to elect the 12 new Delegates of the Individual Members In September 2018.

Boards and Committees

Executive Board (2017 - 2021)

  • Peter Fischer (President)
  • Mats Stading (Past Preseident)
  • Bettina Wolf (Treasurer)
  • Michel Cloitre (Secretary)
  • Pier-Luca Maffetone (Member at Large)
  • Evelyne van Ruymbeke (Member at Large)
  • Jan Vermant (European Editor of Rheologica Acta)

Nomination Board (2017 - 2021)

  • Helen Wilson (Chair)
  • Philippe Coussot
  • Norbert Willenbacher
  • Christian Clasen 

Delegates of the individual members (2018-2021)

  • Thibaut Divoux
  • Jan Engmann
  • Domenico Gabriele
  • Giovanni Ianniruberto
  • Simon Haward
  • Anke Lindner
  • George Petekidis
  • Amy Shen
  • Jason Stokes
  • Manlio Tassieri
  • Daphne Weihs
  • Ursula Windberger

Delegates of the individual members (2014-2018) 

  • Manfred Wilhelm
  • Philippe Coussot
  • Norbert Willenbacher
  • Suzanne Fielding
  • Christian Clasen
  • Paula Moldenaers
  • Evelyne van Ruymbeke
  • Thomas Schweizer
  • Gianni Ianniruberto

Delegates of the national societies

  • Markus Gahleitner (Austria)
  • Christian Clasen (Belgium)
  • Martin Zatloukat (Czech Republic)
  • Rudy Valette (France)
  • Ulrich Handge (Germany)
  • Dimitris Vlassopoulos (Greece)
  • Moshe Gottlieb (Israel)
  • Mario Minale (Italy)
  • Patrick Anderson (Netherlands)
  • Mats Stading (Nordic)
  • Marek Dziubinsky (Poland)
  • Maria Teresa Varanda Cidade (Portugal)
  • Corneliu Balan (Romania)
  • Alexander Ya. Malkin (Russia)
  • Igor Emri (Slovenia)
  • Veruscha Fester (South Africa)
  • Antonio Guerrero (Spain)
  • Peter Fischer (Switzerland)
  • Tim Phillips (UK)

Weissenberg Award Committee

  • Manfred Wagner (Chair, until April 2019)
  • Dimitris Vlassopoulos (2015 - 2020)
  • Philippe Coussot (2017 - 2021)

Access to Rheologica Acta and Applied Rheology

Access to Rheologica Acta and Applied Rheology is free for all individual members of the ESR. Please access Rheologica Acta and Applied Rheology via the 'Member area'.

All participants of AERC 2017 (Copenhagen) and AERC 2018 (Sorrento) are automatically individual members of the ESR until end April of the following year.

Rheologica Acta Publication Award

At every AERC or ICR, the editors of Rheologica Acta present the publication award. This award gets selected by three editorial board members based on a preselection by the editors and is aimed to highlight the type of work which the journal likes to see published.

The 2018 Rheologica Acta Publication Award was given to:

Kim, H.S., Scheffold, F. & Mason, T.G.: Entropic, electrostatic, and interfacial regimes in concentrated disordered ionic emulsions, published in Volume 55, 683-697 (2016).

The entire list of the Rheologica Acta Publication Awards and the Weissenberg Lecture papers can be found in the archive.

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Next Conferences + Workshop

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    December 10 - 12, 2018

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    June 9 - 14, 2019

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    June 16 - 20, 2019

    The 8th International Symposium on Food Rheology and Structure will be held in Zurich/Switzerland during June 16 - 20, 2019.

  • International meeting of the Hellenic Society of Rheology

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    The meeting is organized by the Hellenic Society of Rheology (HSR), in cooperation with the Department of Mathematics of the University of the Aegean, and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of the University of Cyprus.

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