Dear colleague!

It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the 3rd Austrian-Slovenian Polymer Meeting – ASPM 2013, which will be held in Bled, Slovenia, from 3 to 5 April 2013. The conference will cover all major topics in polymer science and engineering and provide a venue for discussions between scientists and industry representatives about the current trends.

You are kindly invited to respond to the Call for Papers for ASPM 2013 by submitting your abstracts until 4 January 2013. It contains 11 topic categories, which are:

  • Advances in polymer analysis, characterization and testing
  • Advances in polymer synthesis and modification
  • Coatings and adhesives
  • Polymer composites and nanotechnology
  • Polymer degradation and stabilization
  • Polymer processing and recycling
  • Polymers for biomedical applications
  • Polymers for technically advanced applications and energy
  • Polymers from renewable resources
  • Surfaces, interfaces and structures
  • Theory, modeling and simulations

So far there are over 120 oral contributions and posters submitted for ASPM 2013. Make sure that your research achievements will also be presented and respond to the Call for Papers until 4 January 2013. The instructions for abstract submission and abstract template can be found here.

The organizers of ASPM 2013 have invited many renowned scientists from various fields of polymer science and engineering to share their knowledge and research findings with you. The conference will host 4 plenary speakers, who are:

  • Nikos Hadjichristidis (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia),
  • Alamgir Karim (College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron, USA),
  • Mariastella Scandola (Department of Chemistry ‘G.Ciamician’ of the University of Bologna, Italy) and
  • Gerhard Wegner (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany).

At ASPM 2013 you will also be able to learn from 17 keynote speakers, who are:

  • Matthew L. Becker (The University of Akron, USA),
  • Michael R. Buchmeiser (University of Stuttgart, Germany),
  • Andrzej Dworak (Centre of Polymer and Carbon Materials of PAS, Gliwice, Poland),
  • Igor Emri (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia),
  • Todd Emrick (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA),
  • Lucia Gardossi (University of Trieste, Italy)
  • Dieter P. Gruber (Polymer Competence Center Leoben, Austria),
  • Sabine Hild (Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria),
  • Peter Krajnc (University of Maribor and CE PoliMaT, Slovenia),
  • Igor Lacik (Polymer Institute SAV, Bratislava, Slovakia),
  • Robert Liska (Vienna University of Technology, Austria),
  • Matej Praprotnik (National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, Slovenia),
  • Coleen Pugh (The University of Akron, USA),
  • Volker Ribitsch (University of Graz, Austria),
  • Mark D. Soucek (The University of Akron, USA),
  • Sabu Thomas (Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerlala, India),
  • Gregor Trimmel (University of Technology, Graz, Austria) and
  • Ema Žagar (National Institute of Chemistry and CE PoliMaT, Ljubljana, Slovenia).

The full scientific programme

Plenary lectures

  • Nikos Hadjichristidis: Synthesis and Self-Assembly of Well-Defined Copolypeptides
  • Alamgir Karim: Dynamic Directed Assembly of Functional Multicomponent Polymer Films
  • Mariastella Scandola: Organic-Inorganic Hybrids
  • Gerhard Wegner: Polyvinylphosphonic Acid (PVPA) – The Challenge to Create a Polyelectrolyte for Advanced Technologies

Keynote lectures

  • Matthew L. Becker: Regioselective Functionalization of Polymer Constructs with Growth Factor Peptides for Regenerative Medicine: Gels, Fibers & Scaffolds
  • Michael R. Buchmeiser: Rechargeable Batteries Based on Li-Sulfur/Poly(acrylonitrile) Composite Materials: Synthesis and Structure-Related Electrochemistry
  • Andrzej Dworak: Non-linear Macromolecules of Controlled Structure and High Functionality
  • Igor Emri: The Effect of Pressure on Behavior of Solid Polymers
  • Todd Emrick: New Synthetic Polymers and Nanocomposites: From Self-directed Assembly to Semiconductor Superhighways
  • Lucia Gardossi: Enzymatic Catalysis for Polycondensation: Potential Impact and Technological Barriers
  • Dieter P. Gruber: New Ways for the Characterization of Appearance Properties of Plastic Products and Components Close to Human Vision
  • Sabine Hild: Scanning Force Microscopy Beyond Imaging: Determine Polymer Properties on the Nm-scale
  • Peter Krajnc: Creating Hierarchially Porous Polymer Materials with Emulsion Templating
  • Igor Lacik: Zwitterionic Polymers: Kinetics, Characterization and Biomedical Applications
  • Robert Liska: Thiol-Ene Polymerization of Biocompatible Monomers in Additive Manufacturing Technology
  • Matej Praprotnik: Open Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Star Polymers
  • Coleen Pugh: Synthesis of Functionalized PLA and PLGA
  • Volker Ribitsch: Functional Materials from Polysaccharides
  • Mark D. Soucek: topic will be announced soon
  • Sabu Thomas: Viscoelastic Phase Separation Process and the Development of Micro and Nano Morphologies in Epoxy Based Blends
  • Gregor Trimmel: Nanoparticle-polymer Hybrid Solar Cells
  • Ema Žagar: Utility of Chromatographic and Spectroscopic Techniques for a Detailed Characterization of Poly(styrene-b-isoprene) Miktoarm Star Copolymers with Complex Architecture

Do not hesitate and seize the opportunity to present your work and broaden your knowledge at ASPM 2013. Submit your abstract until 4 January or apply before 18 January 2013 (early bird registration deadline).

More information about abstract submission, registration and the programme can be found at or obtained via

We are looking forward to seeing you in Bled!

Organising & Scientific Committee of ASPM 2013