By Dr Fiona Hatton who attended the Macro18 World Polymer Congress, Cairns, Australia
I recently attended and presented at the Macro18 World Polymer Congress held in Cairns, Australia 1st – 5th July 2018. Cairns is ideally situated in the north of Queensland, and we enjoyed some warm weather despite it being the middle of winter at the time. The conference covered all aspects of Polymer Science with a strong scientific programme comprising 10 parallel sessions ranging from Polymers in Biotechnology, Medicine and Health to Energy, Optics and Optoelectronics. There were 2 excellent plenary talks each day, with parallel invited and contributed talks as well as a poster session. I gave an oral presentation about my work on the “Synthesis of epoxy-functional diblock copolymer nanoparticles in aqueous solution via polymerisation-induced self-assembly”, which was well received. The social programme kicked off with a welcome reception on the first evening held on the terrace of the Cairns Convention Centre which included music from a DJ as well as drinks and nibbles. The conference dinner was held on the final evening of the meeting with a live performance from a local aboriginal group which was very entertaining. I found the conference particularly informative and stimulating as well as good for networking and I have been fortunate in forging 2 new collaborations from the meeting. I would like to thank the Macro Group UK for the DH Richards Travel Bursary which allowed me to attend this important conference.