March 1-3, 2023
Leipzig (Germany)


This will be a conference that is attractive for PhD students from polymer science and that provides plenty of opportunity to exchange with their peers as well as with invited speakers. Therefore, our program will be a balanced mix of scientific presentations as well as more interactive sessions.

The program with the abstracts and the list of posters will be published in January 2023.

Interactive sessions

Insights behind the CV

In this informal career talk our invited speakers explain how they got to where they are now. We will start by looking at the official CV, but then focus on what is behind all that.
Besides the successfully granted funds and published articles in high ranked journals – there was failure and rejections to be dealt with. Let’s not forget what’s also important – how did they balance their work and a life outside of science?
During the moderated discussion, there will be enough time to address all arising questions.

Journal editing: behind the scenes

As young researchers we often reach to the point that our scientific projects are ready to be published. But what actually happens once our “newborn” manuscript reaches the Editor-in Chief? What criteria are used to decide if the manuscript is ready to be allocated to the Assosiated Editor or to be “desk rejected”? What are the behind the scenes details we do not acknowledge on the publishing process from the journal point of view?
All of the above and much more can be answered by our guest editor.

Round Table Discussions

In these sessions you can join your colleagues in an informal discussion on a topic you have an academic and/or personal interest in.

Every discussion round will focus on one subject, including hot (and possibly controversial) scientific topics but also career related questions. No matter if you simply want to learn more about a certain topic, share your experiences, or ask for advice, these round table discussions are for you. Everyone can join, you do not have to be an expert!

You will be seated amongst other interested attendees and joined by expert moderators/ invited speakers. Discussion groups will be limited to a number of 10 people per table, in order to give everyone the chance to contribute. For one hour you can freely exchange ideas and opinions, and connect to other researchers with common interests.

Workshops for early career scientists

Self-presentation and communication

You enjoy the scientific parts of the conference but feel awkward during the coffee breaks? Or do you want to work on your self-presentation and communication skills? This short workshop will provide you with some tools to increase your self-awareness and to get a conversation started and going. You will get some ideas on how to best introduce yourself and your research to others and you can directly apply this during the next coffee break!

Science Visualisation

Visual storytelling is an important aspect of science communication. You will learn how to effectively communicate your research by designing descriptive and clear scientific plots, graphical abstracts, or other visual elements (depending on your needs). We will cover the basics of good, efficient design and provide you with practical guidelines for creating compelling plots. You will have time to apply the new concepts to your own figures. Bring your work and get feedback, or create a completely new design!

Invited Speakers (confirmed)

  • Friederike Adams (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
  • Paolo Arosio (ETH Zürich, Switzerland)
  • Kostas Daoulas (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research Mainz, Germany)
  • Oleksandr Dolynchuk (University of Halle, Germany)
  • Ilja Gunkel (Adolphe Merkle Institute Fribourg, Switzerland)
  • Wolfgang Hoyer (University Düsseldorf, Germany)
  • Meytal Landau (Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
  • Sébastien Lecommandoux (Bordeaux Institute of Technology, France)
  • Karen Lienkamp (Saarland University, Germany)
  • Sara Linse (Lund University, Sweden)
  • Georg Meisl (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
  • Günter Reiter (University of Freiburg, Germany)
  • Alicyn Rhoades (Penn State Behrend, USA)
  • Birgit Strodel (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany)