Albert Johner is a CNRS Director of Research (Emeritus) and a theoretical soft matter physicist. Throughout his career he worked, often in close collaboration with experiment and simulation, on a broad range of topics. These topics involve polymers at interfaces, electrically charged soft matter systems, topological constraints in passive and active polymer systems, or semiflexible polymers and biofilaments. Not only through the numerous scientific contributions, but also by attracting distinguished scientists to the Institut Charles Sadron, Albert Johner played a preeminent role in maintaining and developing the “Theory and Simulation of Polymer” group at the institute. We organize this workshop as a tribute to Albert.