Forthcoming Meetings

18th Annual RAPS meeting (RAPS 2017)

RAPS 2017 will be held from the 6th-8th September 2017 at the University of East Anglia hosted by Dr Aram Saeed. Details to follow.

Previous RAPS Meetings

17th Annual RAPS Meeting (RAPS 2016)

The 17th Annual RAPS Meeting (RAPS 2016) was held at Loughborough University from 7-9th  September 2016. It was organised by the chair of RAPS, Helen Willcock. It featured plenary lectures from Prof. Dave Adams (University of Liverpool), Prof Andrew Lewis (Biocompatibles UK Ltd), Dr Claire Hansell (Nature Publishing Group), Dr Roman Boulatov (University of Liverpool), and Dr Anja Palmans (Eindhoven University of Technology). We also had presentations from attendees on a range of topics including polymer synthesis, materials characterisation, nanoparticulates, and computational research. 


Poster prizes this year were won by Kay Doncom (Warwick University), Fiona Hatton (University of Sheffield), and Rebecca Williams (Warwick University). 

      

We would also like to thank our sponsors for their generous support of this meeting.




16th Annual RAPS Meeting (RAPS 2015)

The 16th Annual Recent Appointees in Polymer Science meeting was held on the 2nd-4th September 2015 at the University of Birmingham. The meeting was organised by RAPS committee member Paco Fernandez-Trillo and totalled 55 participants from a wide range of backgrounds across polymer science including academics, industrialists and seasoned PDRAs. This year we had a combination of plenary lectures, together with oral and poster contributions from delegates. Prof Steve RannardProf. Dr. Michael A. R. MeierDr Paul D TophamDr Stuart Cantrill and Dr Joe Gaunt were the plenary speakers for this year.
Additionally, for the first time this year, we held an industry-academia panel where our panelists (Dr Phil Taylor, AkzoNobel
Graham Anderson, Cambridge Display Technology
Raj Bhardwaj, Agilent Technologies, Prof Steve Rannard, University of Liverpool and Dr Paul D Topham, Aston University) answered questions from our delegates about how to establish successful interactions between industry and academia.

There were also 10 posters for 2 poster sessions with prizes generously sponsored by Polymer Chemistry (blog) and won by Simon Basset (University of Nottingham), Elena Lestini (Warwick University) and Robert Gurney (ESPCI Paristech). 

Last but not least, we wish to thank our sponsors for their generous support of RAPS 2015

Full details about the conference can be found on the meeting webpage.

15th Annual RAPS Meeting (RAPS 2014)

The 15th Annual Recent Appointees in Polymer Science meeting was held on the 3rd-5th September 2014 at the University of Reading. We totaled 40 participants from a wide range of backgrounds across polymer science including academics, industrialists and seasoned PDRAs. During the day we enjoyed 16 talks and 6 invited talks (programme and attendees may be seen here). This year we had a wide range of speakers talking about their personal experiences in polymer research, academia, industry and commercialisation. These included Prof. Tom McLeish, Prof. Charlotte Williams, Dr Jonathan Howse and Dr Vitaly Khutoryanskiy. Furthermore we were also fortunate to have some superb talks and discussions from Tom Whipple (Science Correspondant, The Times) and Dr Helen Niblock (Physical Sciences Portfolio Manager, EPSRC). There were also 12 posters for 2 poster sessions with a prize generously sponsored by Polymer Chemistry (blog) and won by Robert Deller of Warwick University. In the two evenings we had group dinners at Zerodegrees and Sweeny and Todd.

RAPS 2014 Group Photo
We wish to thank our sponsors for their generous support of RAPS 2014
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14th Annual RAPS Meeting (RAPS 2013)
The 14th annual RAPS was held at the University of Manchester on 4-6th September 2013. 

The plenary speakers were:

Prof. Cameron Alexander - University of Nottingham
Prof. David Porter - Oxford University (ex Dow Chemical & QinetiQ)
Prof. Mark Moloney - Oxford Advanced Surfaces / Oxford University

We thank the following sponsors their support of the 14th RAPS meeting:
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