ISPAC 2023

34th  International Symposium on Polymer Analysis and Characterization

24 - 26 April, 2023

Stellenbosch, South Africa

In 2023 we shall gather for the 34th ISPAC conference in Stellenbosch, South Africa. So far ISPAC meetings have been organized in a more-or-less circular way in Europe, North-America, and Asia. This is the first time that we shall hold the meeting in the African continent in Stellenbosch, with a distinguished history and great contributions to polymer science. With some delay due to COVID, at the previous meeting in Milano, Italy in 2022 we celebrated 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. Hundred years of Polymer Science have shown the great impact of polymer analysis and characterization on our discipline. In fact, many breakthrough scientific discoveries would not have been possible without a precise knowledge of the molecular structure of polymers obtained by new syntheses. And without a precise understanding of the macromolecular structure (across the length scales and the thermodynamic phases) no structure-property relations, thus also no polymer technology would exist. We look forward to welcoming participants from all over the world to the jaw-droppingly beautiful place of Stellenbosch with a highly exciting program. 


The scientific program is finalized and can be downloaded here.

Important information for active contributions:

Length of Plenary Lectures: 40 min

Length of Key Note Lectures: 30 min

Length of Oral Lectures: 20 min (including discussion)


Important information for poster contributions:

Please use A0 size (841 × 1189 mm) in portrait format, mounting material is provided by us. 


ISPAC 2023 is organized under the auspices of




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We are pleased to announce the ISPAC 2023 awardees:

Amkelwa Mpelane (University of the Western Cape), Aweda Balogun (North-West University), Boitumelo Nthwane (University of Johannesburg), Mgxadeni Ncomeka (North-West University), Siyasanga Sambakanya (University of the Western Cape), Lyndon Naidoo (Durban University of Technology), Sabelo Mthembu (University of Kwazulu-Natal), Anname Lourens (Stellenbosch University)


The Contextualize award goes to:

Mbuso Dludlu (Stellenbosch University)

Contextualize as sponsor for registration grants

We are also pleased to announce that IUPAC has awarded travel grants to the following 4 young scientists:

Paul Bungu, Hereon, Teltow

Karolina Mazur, University, Cracow University of Technology

Sinegulu Khulu, WITS University

Silas Timu, Harare Insitute of Technology



Prof. Albena Lederer 

Prof. Albena Lederer is Chair of ISPAC 2023.

Stellenbosch University, South Africa &
Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden, Germany



Dr. Helen Pfukwa

Dr. Helen Pfukwa is Organizer of ISPAC 2023.

Stellenbosch University,
South Africa


Dr. Susanne Boye  

Dr. Susanne Boye is Organizer of ISPAC 2023.

Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden, Germany

Important dates

Important dates for ISPAC 2023.


ISPAC 2023 venue is Stellenbosch University.

Scientific program

Scientific program of ISPAC 2023.

sasol is Main Supporter of ISPAC 2023.
National Research Foundation (South Africa) (NRF)
Waters TA Instruments is Main Supporter of ISPAC 2023.

ISPAC is seeking support. ​Are you interested in supporting ISPAC 2023? Please contact us