The International Marangoni Association (IMA) is a non-profit organization devoted to the fostering of interfacial fluid mechanics and transport phenomena. While flows driven by the Marangoni effect represent an important class of systems, all aspects of interfacial transport are covered.

A main objective of IMA is the organization of scientific conferences. It is intended to expose young scientists to research themes and applications of interfacial fluid mechanics, to network among researchers from academia and industry, and to promote new collaborations. In the past, conferences have been organized at different places worldwide every two years. IMA is committed to the support of young scientists in the field.


Topics in fundamental science include gas-liquid flows, thermocapillary flows, Kelvin-Helmholtz instability, Rayleigh-Taylor instability, Marangoni-Bénard instability, jets, solidification and electrochemical instabilities and other transport processes.

These fundamental studies find industrial applications in the fields of bubbles and foams, materials processing such as crystal growth, novel processing involving interfaces and nano structures such as electro-dissolution, oil recovery, environmental problems, separation technology, space processing, heat transfer, corrosion-erosion and biomedical transport in the human airways or contact lenses, to name only a few examples.


IMA was founded on September 12, 2001 in 2001 at Schloss Rauischholzhausen (University of Giessen, Germany) as a loose organization of international scientists interested in interfacial fluid mechanics and transport phenomena. Schloss Rauischholzhausen is the conference center of the University of Giessen.


There is no membership fee. Everybody can become a member of IMA by taking part in its activities and by sharing his/her experience with the IMA community. In case you want to be informed about upcoming events you should send an email so that we can add your name to the mailing list.


To date, ten international conferences have been organized under the auspices of IMA.

  1. IMA1, Rauischholzhausen (Germany), September 12-16, 2001
  2. IMA2, Brussels (Belgium), July 14-17, 2004
  3. IMA3, Gainesville (Florida), November 15-17, 2006
  4. IMA4, Noda (Japan), October 21-23, 2008
  5. IMA5, Florence (Italy), June 7-10, 2010
  6. IMA6, Haifa (Israel), June 18-21, 2012
  7. IMA7, Vienna (Austria), June 23-26, 2014
  8. IMA8, Bad Honnef (Germany), June 12-16, 2016
  9. IMA9, Guilin (China), August 31 -September 5, 2018
  10. IMA10. Iasi (Romania). June 12-16 2022

As a rule no invited or keynote lectures are given. Moreover, there are no parallel sessions. Each oral presentation is given equal time. A substantial amount of time is provided for poster presentations in order to stimulate informal discussions.


Applications to organize an IMA conference can be submitted anytime to the organizer of the last IMA conference. The proposal should be in form of a pdf file ready for a slide presentation and should provide information on the venue, its accessibility, accommodation options, lecture hall, cost estimate, social program and local attractions.


Financial support for the IMA conferences has been provided by a number of organizations. Among these are the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, US National Science Foundation, NASA, ESA, ERCOFTAC, Ministry of Science of the State of Israel, the Russian Cultural Centres, and local university hosts, viz., the University of Florida, Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Free University of Brussels, University of Paris, Tokyo University of Science and the Technion.