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The Organization

POLY-CHAR is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization devoted to create a friendly environment to share information, organize student exchange and cooperation, to hold international meetings and to provide a platform in the field of Materials Science, in particular Polymer Characterization and Polymer Materials Science and Technology, for scientist from all over the word disregarding where they are from. An important goal of POLY-CHAR is to offer a forum for PhD students and young researchers to create their own scientific networks and experience a true scientific community. POLY-CHAR is rooted in polymer synthesis, characterization, processing, application, recycling, education and its environmental/social consequences.

Executive Committee

Jean-Marc Saiter


University of Rouen, France


Deputy President

University of Siegen, Germany

Sven Henning

Vice President for Awards

Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS, Germany


Vice President for Membership


Vice President for Organization of Conferences & Educational Initiatives


VPS Representing Regions

Europe, Asia, the Americas, Oceania and Africa and the rest of the world


Co-Opted Members

As Decided by the Executive


International Ethics Advisory Board

University of Lyon, France

Members of the Committee

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Poly-Char Awards

  • Conference presenters should register their candidature for awards (4) to (7) at least 3 months before the conference.
  • The Award Committee will call for nominations of awards (1) to (3) from 1st Aug – 30th September each year (or at least 9 months before the conference). Evaluation and shortlisting of the candidates will be made before 16th December (or at least 5 months before the conference).
  • ONLY those applicants who have registered, submitted the abstract and paid the conference registration fee or with waiver of conference registration fee will be considered for awards (4) to (7).
Richard Robert Ernst Polymer Science Award for Young or innovative Scientist
  • Applicant must be less than 40 years of age before Day 1 of the conference.
  • 1 winner (NOT opened for self-nomination)
Jean-Marie Lehn Award for Senior Polymer Scientist
  • 1 winner (NOT opened for self-nomination)
Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Award for Polymer Science and Technology
  • 1 winner (NOT opened for self-nomination)
Best Oral Presentations for Young Scientists
  • Age of applicant must be at most 37 years before Day 1 of conference
  • 1 – 2 winner(s)
Best Oral Presentations for Students
  • Applicant must be a student
  • No age limit
  • 1 – 2 winner(s)
Best Student Posters
  • 3 winners
IUPAC Awards for Best Student Posters
  • 3 winners

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POLY-CHAR Leaflets

  • POLY-CHAR 2019 [Kathmandu] leaflet and report
  • POLY-CHAR 2020 [Venice] leaflet and report
  • POLY-CHAR 2021 [Auckland] leaflet and report