JANUARY 7 - 9, 2022

The Berkeley Statistical Mechanics Meeting from January 7-9, 2022 has been canceled.

As feared, the advent of the omicron coronavirus variant has caused the rate of COVID-19 infections in the Bay Area to skyrocket, and local guidance has accordingly shifted to discourage in-person gatherings. With great disappointment we are therefore canceling the 2022 Berkeley Statistical Mechanics Meeting.

We particularly regret the loss of yet another opportunity for students to present their results and to interact with a diverse set of experts in the field. We are brainstorming to organize a virtual event that attempts to capture the spirit of our lively poster sessions. Details will be announced soon.


Meeting Format 

Due to health considerations, the schedule for the 2022 meeting has changed for this year.  

Poster Sessions: Two separate poster sessions will be held on Saturday outside. Each of these contributed presentations has a two-minute oral summary and poster display. Two minute presentations are followed by a poster session with individual poster discussions. Three prizes for best poster presentations are awarded at the Sunday lunch.

Invited Lecture Sessions: Thirty minute time slots for each invited lecturer are Friday late afternoon, Saturday morning and late afternoon, and Sunday morning. The special lecture honoring David Chandler will be presented by Arup Chakraborty, MIT, on Friday.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch are provided on both Saturday and Sunday. There will be a light welcome reception Friday at 6:00 p.m. For evening meals following the talks and light reception on Friday and after the talks on Saturday, participants are free to sample the many restaurants in and around Berkeley and San Francisco.  Note that not all are at full operation yet, and many will require proof of COVID vaccination.


General Schedule

Friday, January 7: 

Registration/Check-in begins at 2:00 PM.
Welcome is at 3:45, followed by 4 invited speakers, including the special lecture honoring David Chandler to be presented by Prof. Arup Chakraborty, MIT.
Light welcome reception at 6:00 PM

Saturday, January 8:

Breakfast 7:45 am.
Lecture Sessions from 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM.
Poster Session 1 is from 10:15 AM - 12:30 PM, followed by lunch.
Poster Session 2 is from 1:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Lecture Sessions from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Sunday, January 10:

Breakfast 7:45 am.
Lecture Session from 9 am - 12:30 PM
Lunch at 12:30 PM



Effective October 1, 2021, UC Berkeley requires that all guests attending in-person indoor events, at which food or drinks will be served, be fully vaccinated in accordance with the City of Berkeley's Public Health COVID-19 health requirements. For a list of acceptable documentation indicating vaccine status, please see item 6 in the Berkeley Public Health Order. UC Berkeley does not promise or guarantee that all patrons or employees on site are vaccinated. Unvaccinated individuals may be present at an event as a result of exemptions, exceptions, fraudulent verification, or checker error. No precautions eliminate the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Legally required exemptions and exceptions to the vaccination requirement will be observed by UC Berkeley.


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