John and M.Sc. student Yang Liu spent last week at the 5th International Conference on Viscoplastic Fluids: From Theory to Application in Reuil-Malmaison, France, in the suburbs of Paris. This is my favorite scientific meeting – a small conference of about 60 people, very focused on a subject I am very interested in. There were lots of good discussions, not to mention good food, wine with lunch, and a reception in Napoleon and Josephine’s chateau. I thought it was cold in Paris, but when I got home to London I found 50 cm of snow in my driveway!