NeXT Meeting


The 22nd Annual RAPS Meeting (RAPS 2022) will be held at Northumbria University on the 7th – 9th of September 2022.

The annual RAPS meeting aims to bring together early-career academics (within approximately 5 years of appointment), PDRAs and industrialists. We aim for this meeting to offer opportunities to present your work, develop new networks, and provide practical early-career advice from a range of experienced speakers on subjects such as generating funding, mitigating the career-related effects of the coronavirus pandemic, becoming independent, interacting with the media and building a lab.

Overall, the meeting is a great opportunity for early-career researchers to start their network of collaborators.


There will be contributed oral and poster presentations (with sponsored prizes), and we aim to allow the majority of attendees to present their work. There will be presentations from leading industrialists, academics and publishers and various networking opportunities to establish collaborations and discuss the challenges of collaborative working and publishing.

RAPS 2022's Best Talk Award (£300) will be sponsored by MDPI journal Polymers.

Confirmed Speakers/Panelists

  • Prof. Steve Howdle, University of Nottingham

  • Dr Gareth Crapper, GDC consulting Ltd, Entrepreneur in Residence at University of Liverpool.

  • Dr Caroline Kelly, CPI


The meeting will be held at Hedley Suite, Sandyford Building, Northumbria University.

Registration will be open from noon on Wednesday.

Information on getting to Northumbria University can be found:


The registration fee is £150 before 1/07/2022 or £170 before 1/08/2022. This covers two nights of accommodation, evening meals on Wednesday and Thursday, and lunch and breakfast on Thursday and Friday. For those who do not need accommodation, the registration fee is £70.

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: 1/8/2022

  • Early-bird registration deadline: 1/7/2022 (registration fee: £150)

  • Normal registration deadline: 1/8/2022 (registration fee: £170)

For enquiries, please contact Matthew Unthank.