The Emerging Polymer Technologies Summit 2016 (EPTS'16) seeks to bring together key polymer science and technology communities from Australia and around the world to share and discuss the latest innovations in polymer science, engineering and technology, including applications in the areas of health, advanced materials and sustainability. Main topics are:

Polymer fundamentals - polymer synthesis, polymerization mechanisms, polymer characterization, polymer and material properties.

Polymers for medical, biological and personal care applications - biosensing, drug delivery, biomaterials and implants, diagnostics, imaging agents, and biological separations.

Polymers for the environment and sustainability – electroactive polymers, solar cells, polymer light-emitting diodes, fuel cells, membranes (e.g for desalination), water treatment, environmental sensors, recycling, green materials, and polymers derived from bio or eco sources.

Polymers for advanced materials – polymer nanocomposites, carbon fibre composites, nanostructured materials, coatings, dispersants, polymers for 3D printing, porous polymers, stimuli responsive polymers, polymer self-assembly, fibres and textiles.

One key feature of the summit is a session on successful translations where academics and their industry partners share their success stories from different perspectives. This session aims to provide insights on how to initiate, develop and maintain fruitful collaboration between academics and industry.

Additionally, the summit will provide a session on enabling technologies for translating research such as the efficient and low-cost flow chemistry for rapid synthesis or the robotic and automated platforms for materials discovery and process development.

EPTS’16 also organises an education session , where secondary school science teachers are invited to hear about developments in polymer technologies, which they may then share with their colleagues and students.

To facilitate delegate attendance, EPTS'16 will offer grants and awards directed to researchers from developing countries, students and early career researchers and female delegates with young children and require childcare.

The summit will be held in the heart of metropolitan Melbourne, the most liveable city in the world. It is a vibrant place with exquisite facilities and beautiful natural surroundings. The spring climate is ideal to visit the Twelve Apostles, tulip festival or wineries in the region. While here do not miss the opportunity to visit the amazing natural wonders of Australia and New Zealand. September is great time of the year to visit The Great Barrier Reef, Uluru (Ayer’s Rock) or Kakadu National Park.

Key dates

Oral abstract deadline:
30 June 2016

Poster abstract deadline:
25 August 2016

Notification of acceptance:
14 days from submission date

Paper submission deadline
30 November 2016

Registration opens:
10 May 2016

Early bird registration closes:
20 July 2016

Registration closes:
1 September 2016

EPTS'16:
14-16 September 2016