By Richard Whitfield (University of Warwick) who attended the IUPAC World Polymer Congress, Cairns, Australia, July 2018.
I am very grateful to the Macro Group UK for the D. M. Richards Memorial travel grant. I was able to attend the Macro18 conference at the Cairns Convention Centre, Queensland, Australia between the 1st and 6th July 2018. This conference had a very strong scientific program incorporating 10 parallel sessions, and a broad diversity of talks. All areas of polymer science were discussed with topics ranging from new polymer synthesis and characterisation methodologies to the application of the polymers produced in medicine, energy and the environment. The quality of the scientific content throughout this conference was excellent, with many esteemed plenary and invitational speakers.
I presented a talk in the recent developments in polymer design session, entitled “Universal Conditions for the Controlled Polymerization of Acrylates, Methacrylates and Styrene via Cu (0)-RDRP”. This was a great opportunity to present my research and resulted in a number of very scientifically fruitful discussions. The conference is general had a very good atmosphere, with many opportunities to network and discuss research with a number of evening receptions, student night and conference dinner. I would like to thank Professors Martina Stenzel and Sébastien Perrier for organising such a great conference and the Macro Group for providing the travel grant.