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10 Apr 2017 - 13 Apr 2017

14th UNESCO/IUPAC Workshop and Conference on Macromolecules & Materials

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This conference is a continuation of a very successful series held over the last ten years mainly in South Africa. It is a unique opportunity for (mainly) Southern African researchers and students to engage with world leaders in the field on their research in polymer science. Over the years the conferences had specific themes ranging from polyolefins over composites to materials with biological and medical applications. In 2017, the focus of the conference will be on advances in polymer synthesis and characterization, specifically in the field of bioactive materials.

Prof Bert Klumperman (Conference Chair)
University of Stellenbosch
Department of Chemistry & Polymer Science
Private Bag X1, Matieland 7602 South Africa
[email protected]

10 April 2017 (Workshop)
11 – 13 April 2017 (Conference)
Stellenbosch, South Africa


Post conference report:
A satisfactory number of delegates -110 participants- participated, representing 11 countries other than South Africa. In addition, 52 students actively participated in the UNESCO/IUPAC Conference. Other western countries represented were Australia, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Romania, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Netherlands, United Kingdom and USA. See more details in the report prepared by Bert Klumperman, Alan Rowan, and Aneli Fourie [PDF].

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10 Apr 2017


13 Apr 2017

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Wallenberg Research Centre at STIAS
Stellenbosch, South Africa