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Linz, Austria, June 11 - 14, 2017
Johannes Kepler University
ISPAC 2017
30th International Symposium on Polymer Analysis and Characterization
Linz, Austria
June 11 - 14, 2017

For the first time in its 30-year old history, the ISPAC Governing Board decided to support extraordinary graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with a ‘ISPAC Student Travel Award’ to make it possible to attend the annual International Symposium on Polymer Analysis and Characterization. It was decided to give out 5 awards worth a free registration for ISPAC-2017 and a cash price of 500 USD as a support for the travel costs. The organizers of ISPAC-2017 are proud to report that the announcement of the travel award was very well received and 15 graduate students/postdoctoral fellows from 8 different countries applied. A review panel of established international academics assessed all applications and presented their votes. The international panel highlighted the excellent quality of all applications which made it quite challenging to select the five best applications.

It is a pleasure and privilege for the panel and the conference chairmen to thank all applicants for their fine work and to congratulate them for their achievements. They are happy to announce the 2017 recipients of the ISPAC Student Travel Award:

Josef Brandt, Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research, Dresden, Germany

Guilaume Greyling, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Lourdes Monica Bravo Anaya, University of Grenoble, France

Daniele Martella, European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy

Paul Bungu, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Congratulations on behalf of the review panel, the ISPAC Governing Board and the conference chairmen, Prof. Clemens Schwarzinger and Prof. Harald Pasch. A big ‘Thank you’ also to those that did not win. We hope to see you all in Linz and look forward to discuss your research with you.

General Description

The International Symposium on Polymer Analysis and Characterization (ISPAC) is a non-profit scientific organization whose purpose is to provide an international forum for the presentation of recent advances in the field of polymer analysis and characterization methodologies. As such, the meeting needs a good representation of scientists of all ages and stages of their careers in order to bring a good balance of energy and experience to the meeting and to ensure an ample supply of younger talent in the profession.  In view of the cost of attending conferences, it is desirable for ISPAC to establish a Travel Award program to support the attendance of selected graduate students and postdocs to attend the ISPAC.  The Governing Board of ISPAC has decided to set up a pilot program in 2017, consisting of 5 travel awards given to selected graduate students and/or postdocs.  Each recipient will get a free registration plus $500 in travel support

Travel Award Rules

  1. Deadlines for Receipt of Travel Award Applications is 15 February 2017. All award applicants will be notified by email of their award status by 15 March 2017.
  2. The amount of each award:  Free ISPAC registration and $500 in travel support
  3. Criteria for applicants: 
    1.    Each applicant must submit an abstract, a short one-page CV and fill in the application form provided on the website below. 
    2.    The applicant must be a graduate student in good standing or a postdoctoral fellow within five years after receiving the doctoral degree.
  4. A judging panel will be appointed by the ISPAC Chair to evaluate the applicants and decide on the awardees. The scientific quality of the abstract, match with the conference theme, and the academic quality of the candidate will be considered.
  5. After the receipt of the award, each awardee should provide relevant photographs to ISPAC in order for ISPAC to properly publicize the awards.  The awardees will agree to allow ISPAC to use their names and photographs in emails, newsletters, websites and other media, as needed.

If you want to apply for the award, please fill in the application form below. You do not need to register at the moment.