Prizes & Awards

Gallery of Soft Matter Competition

Dear DSOFT Community,

We are excited to announce the second APS DSOFT Gallery of Soft Matter competition taking place at the 2023 APS March Meeting! The Gallery is intended to showcase the aesthetic and elegance of soft matter systems, to be shared both with fellow researchers and the general public. The submissions are judged for their combination of striking visual qualities and scientific interest. This competition is distinct from the regular Soft Matter Poster competition, which focuses on more technical content. We are accepting poster or video submissions from teams led by students or postdocs.

For inspiration, check out the 2022 entries and the Physical Review E editorial featuring the winners. 

To register for the competition fill out this form by 5 pm EST on January 13, 2023. Final posters or videos submission are due February 13, 2023

Experimental or computational submissions in any subdiscipline related to soft matter are welcome. Posters and videos will be displayed during the APS March for the attendees to view and on the upcoming APS Gallery of Soft Matter website. The five winners will be invited to present their work as a 36-minute talk at an invited DSOFT session at the APS March Meeting 2024 and have their submission highlighted in an editorial in Physical Review E and in Physics magazine. One of the video/poster winners will be printed on T-shirts for the APS March Meeting 2024. 

If you have questions, please contact Irmgard Bischofberger at

We look forward to seeing your beautiful visual depictions of soft matter physics!


The DSOFT Gallery Committee

Sophie Ettinger

Nathalie Vriend

Irmgard Bischofberger

Nominees for and holders of APS Honors (prizes, awards, and fellowship) and official leadership positions are expected to meet standards of professional conduct and integrity as described in the APS Ethics Guidelines. Violations of these standards may disqualify people from consideration or lead to revocation of honors or removal from office.