Project Details Educational Workshop in Polymer Sciences 2018

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Start Date:
09 November 2017
End Date:
30 September 2018
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International conferences, in bringing researchers from different backgrounds and different levels of access to opportunities together, are ideal venues for educational activities to improve the practice of science, particularly in the emerging nations.

This planned series of interactive annual educational workshops / short course (2016-2020) on polymer sciences is intended primarily for students or active researchers from emerging countries. One topic will be focused on each educational workshop, which are planned to be held one day before each of the major international meetings MACRO2016 (project 2015-057-1-400), POLYCHAR2017 (project 2016-033-1-400), MACRO2018 and MACRO2020, lasting for either a day or half a day. Rather than be confined to a single day of oral presentations, it is intended that the workshop content will be maintained on the website of the IUPAC Sub-committee on Polymer Education. This project is limited to the workshop in 2018.


To start, we will identify experts from the committee members of IUPAC Polymer Division or the keynote or invited speakers of MACRO2018 and propose them as the course instructors for the educational workshop in 2018 (one day before MACRO2018). Their lectures shall emphasize on basic science, terms and concepts that are critical to experimental design and data interpretation in polymer sciences and technology. As mentioned above, the content from the workshop will be maintained in perpetuity on the IUPAC Polymer Education webpage. Task group co-chairs will coordinate the discussions and to facilitate a more in-depth interaction between the experts and the attendees and postgraduates and young researchers.

Proposed program in 2018 (1/2 day)
Theme: Polymer processing (in conjunction with MACRO2018, Cairns)
Date: Sunday, 1st July 2018
Venue: Cairns Convention Centre, Australia
Number of participants: Roughly 100 pax
Fees: (1) Complimentary for the participants of MACRO2018 OR (2) $AUD200 for solely attending Educational Workshop on Polymer Processing


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The educational workshop is a set of lectures by experts in the field describing different aspects of interest to the participants of MACRO2018. The following topics will be presented:




12.00 pm


12.25 pm – 12.30 pm

Welcoming speech by the Co-chair of IUPAC Project under Polymer Education Subcommittee

12.30 pm – 1.00 pm

Fabrication of polymer membranes I

Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz
Click here for lectures notes (PDF – 8.7 MB)

CTI 2021,

1.00 pm – 1.30 pm

Fabrication of polymer membranes II

Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz

1.30 pm – 1.40 pm

Short break

1.40 pm – 2.10 pm

Aqueous microgels: From tailored synthesis to fabrication of multifunctional materials I

Prof. Dr. Andrij Pich
Click here for lectures notes (PDF – 9.8 MB)

CTI 2021,

2.10 pm – 2.40 pm

Aqueous microgels: From tailored synthesis to fabrication of multifunctional materials II

Prof. Dr. Andrij Pich

2.40 pm – 2.50 pm

Short break

2.50 pm – 3.20 pm

Polymer processing: Process considerations and optimization for biobased and green polymers I

Prof. Dr. Peter Halley
Click here for lectures notes (PDF – 7.9 MB)

3.20 pm – 3.50 pm

Polymer processing: Process considerations and optimization for biobased and green polymers II

Prof. Dr. Peter Halley

3.50 pm – 3.55 pm

Closing of workshop by Chair of IUPAC Polymer Education SubCommittee

4.00 pm

Grand opening and plenary lectures of MACRO2018


Download program leaflet PDF – 220KB (update May 2018)

Follow-up 11 Oct 2018: There were 200 registrants for the workshop by 30 Jun 2018 (1 day before the workshop) with roughly 50% of postgraduates and 50% researchers. Social sharing and good publicity contributed to the success of the workshop.The next workshop entitled “Educational Workshop in Polymer Sciences 2020” is now being planned! Stay tuned!

For more echoes from the workshop, see EduWorkshop

Project completed

See also report MACRO2018 report published in Chem Int April 2019, p. 44;

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