The main aim of POLY-CHAR conferences for nearly 30 years has been to bring together both academia and industry at all levels. This includes researchers involved in experiment, theory and computer simulations to achieve a systemic understanding of the connections between the structures, properties and applications of all types of polymers. This has and continues to be an underlying theme of this conference series. Both chemistry and physics play a key role in all topic aspects. The planned 2024 POLY-CHAR conference will also be based on the underlying theme of ‘Polymers for our future’, to help promote cross-discipline understanding between the classical branches of polymer science and some of the more avant-garde fields. The conference theme covers topics of special significance at the present time, such as, sustainability, recyclability, energy, health and security.
Another key point of POLY-CHAR is that it has always placed special emphasis on international collaboration, promotion of young scientists and providing a collegial environment. It should also be noted that a good balance between gender, and senior and young scientists has and will be sought throughout both the organization and duration of the conference. One of the features of the program will be the ‘flash presentation’ sessions, in which brilliant researchers in the early stages of their career will be given the opportunity to present orally their work at an international conference.
Dr Araceli Flores and Dr. Peter Shuttleworth, Chair and Co-chair of POLY-CHAR 2024