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Expression of Interest (EoI) to Host an Edition of the Polymers Conference

The Polymers Conference Selection Committee seeks Expressions of Interest (EoI) from universities/institutions/individual scholars to host the next edition of the Polymers Conference. There is no restriction in the geographic areas considered.

What is Polymers Conference?

Polymers: Design, Function and Application (PDFA) is a scientific conference series dedicated to bring together scientists and leaders from different areas to discuss important recent developments and ideas of cutting-edge research at the interface of design/function or function/application of polymers .

The First Polymers conference was held in 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. With its focus on function- and application-driven polymer research, this conference addressed the development and testing of the next generation of polymeric materials with previously unrivaled properties for advanced applications. You can find a brief summary of the first edition here.

Please note that the follow-on editions will not be restrained to the topics discussed in previous editions and, therefore, new and different topics within the polymers field are sought.

Important Dates

The Polymers Conference is organized every two years. The Polymers Conference Selection Committee is accepting EoIs to organize editions from 2020 onwards.


Candidate institutions must have the ability to host and organize at least a three-day conference with 200-300 participants.

This includes appropriate access to conference facilities, lodging, and transportation, as well as the ability to manage a range of supporting services (food services, internet services, and conference social events, etc.).

The candidate institutions and their local arrangements committee must have the means to support the costs of producing the conference through attendee registration, sponsoring, advertising and independent fundraising.

When necessary, and based on the input provided by the local host, MDPI staff will provide administrative support and help to manage the conference website on Sciforum. MDPI staff will also help to edit the abstracts and prepare the conference book, help to design the logos and banners for the conference website, flyers, posters, roll-ups, lanyards, conference bags, etc. following the style of previous Entropy edition.

MDPI will further help by promoting the conference edition on all relevant MDPI journals and any other relevant communication channels.

Expression of Interest Instructions

  1. EoI must be submitted by 15 December 2019. Please direct these EoIs and any inquiries to the Selection Committee
  2. The length of the application should not exceed two A4 pages and should include:
    • Name(s) of the bidder(s), contact details and a short biography
    • Proposed dates for the conference
    • Proposed topics for the conference
    • The proposed location for the conference with a brief paragraph describing the local amenities that would be available to participants, including its proximity to a reasonably well-served airport

The Selection Committee looks forward to receiving your EoI. Please feel free to forward this call for EoI to other interested parties.

The Selection Committee:

Dr. Lucia Russo
Dr. Franck Vazquez
Mr. Qiang Liu
Ms. Sigrid Zhao