The Italian Society of Liquid Crystals (SICL) was officially established on the 17th February 1994. With statute changes made on the 3rd September 1999, its official office was established in Ancona, via Brecce Bianche, at the Department of Science and Engineering of Matter, of Environment and Urban Planning of Polytechnic University of Ancona. Its operative office is located where the President resides now at the Department of Information Engineering and, Electronics and Telecommunications at Sapienza University in Rome via Eudossiana, 18.
During those years, a number of young Italian scientists were active in the field of liquid crystals also through studies, experiences and collaborations made with European and American groups.
Italians from major universities have contributed greatly to the development and dissemination of the culture of liquid crystal research at both national and international levels.
Several of these “pioneers” are worth to be mentioned: R. Bartolino and G. Chidester from Calabria), C. A. Veracini, G. Galli and E. Chiellini from Pisa, F. Simoni and F. Rustichelli from Ancona, C. Zannoni and G. Gottarelli from Bologna, C. Oldano and A, Strigazzi from Turin, F. Scudieri and P. Maltese from Rome, M. Fontana from Parma), P. Nordio form Padua, A. Sirigu and E. Santamato from Naples .
The Secretary of the group, Prof. E. Chiellini, proposed to transform the GNCL, following the example of other countries, into the Italian Society of Liquid Crystals, which was then established. The first National Conference of SICL was held in Amalfi in 1994.