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Como, Italy
, June 6 - June 9, 2021
Teatro Sociale, Como

ISPAC 2021

33rd  International Symposium on Polymer Analysis and Characterization

June 6 - 9, 2021 - Cancelled due to COVID-19

The meeting chairs and the chairs of the Governing Board of ISPAC Conferences have decided to cancel the ISPAC 2021 conference planned for June 2021. 

The Governing Board and the Organizing committee of ISPAC 2021 will analyze the pandemic situation in January 2021 and consider two possible scenarios.

Scenario 1: Live meeting in October 2021

If conditions improve, the Governing Board might decide to organize a live meeting in October 2021.

Scenario 2: Online meetings and Short Course in June, July and September

If the conditions in January do not allow to organize a live event, ISPAC will organize 3 half days of online meetings and 1 half day of tutorials distributed in June, July and September.

These online events will be free of charge.

ISPAC 2021 will be a great opportunity to celebrate the Foundation of Polymer Science Centennial. In fact in 1920, Hermann Staudinger postulated for the first time that materials such as natural rubber have very high molecular weights. In a paper entitled "Über Polymerisation," Staudinger described many reactions that form high molecular weight molecules by linking together a large number of small molecules. He also named these reactions "polymerizations," meaning that individual repeating units are joined together by covalent bonds.

Hundred years of Polymer Science have shown how essential is polymer analysis and characterization, in fact many breakthroughs would not have been possible without a precise comprehension of the molecular structure of polymers obtained by new syntheses, a famous example is the case of isotactic polypropylene.

Scientific topics

  • Characterization of smart polymers and hybrid natural-biobased polymers.
  • Characterization challenges posed by the advancement of circular economy
  • Opportunities and challenges in using turn-key instruments
  • Molecular characterization of network polymers
  • Future trends

See the detailed program >>



Prof. Roberto Simonutti

University of Milano-Bicocca


Scientific Co-Chair
Prof. Nikos Hadjichristidis

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Scientific Co-Chair
Prof. G. Julius Vancso

University of Twente 
The Netherlands



A few kilometers away from Milan, Como and its famous lake are some of the greatest destinations in Northern Italy. Lake of Como is of glacial origin and is the second largest Italian lake for surface, as well as the deepest one in Europe. The city of Como is famous for its lovely old town and shopping boutiques. The city if full of artistic monuments built in different ages, as an example the Cathedral of Como is one of the most important buildings in the region and is considered the last Gothic cathedral built in Italy.


ISPAC 2021 is organized under the auspices of:

Italian Association of Polymer Science, AIM
Italian Association of Polymer Science is partner of ISPAC 2020.

Italian Association of Plastics Technicians, TMP

TMP is partner of ISPAC 2020.

Italian Chemical Society, SCI
Italian Chemical Society is partner of ISPAC 2020.

National Interuniversity Consortium for Materials Science and Technology, INSTM

INSTM is partner of ISPAC 2020.

Fondazione Alessandro VOLTA
Fondazione Alessandro Volta is partner of ISPAC 2020.

National Interuniversity Consortium for Materials Science and Technology, INSTM


King Abdullah University of Science and Technology is Principal sponsor of ISPAC 2020.


Postnova is Sponsor of ISPAC 2020.

ThermoFischer is sponsor of ISPAC 2020.

Alfatest is Sponsor of ISPAC 2020.

NETZSCH is Sponsor of ISPAC 2020.


The International Symposium on Polymer Analysis and Characterization, ISPAC, is a non-profit scientific organization. The mission of ISPAC is to provide an international forum for the presentation of cutting-edge technologies in the field of polymer analysis and characterization.  The symposium is unique in its emphasis on state-of-the-art methodologies, in its multidisciplinary approach to problems, and in the detailed discussions available among the participants.  Over the years, the symposia have successfully brought together analytical chemists, polymers chemists, polymer physicists, chemical engineers, and material scientists involved in the characterization and analysis of synthetic and natural polymeric materials.  Meetings are held annually, rotating to venues in the USA, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

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