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Recent Appointees in Polymer Science (RAPS)


Northumbria University

Recent Appointees in Polymer Science (RAPS) is a network for recently appointed academics and industrial scientists working in any area of polymer science. RAPS membership is free and extended to all those in the early stage of their career, typically those within six years of starting their first permanent academic or industrial research jobs, as well as research fellows and postdoctoral researchers who are keen to progress on a scientific track in industry or academia.

The RAPS committee organise an annual conference, which in 2022 will be hosted by Northumbria University (Newcastle) on 7th – 9thSeptember 2022, that provides an ideal opportunity for RAPS members to form networks and collaborations, as well as presenting their latest research and listen to leading established polymer experts from Industry and Academia.

Delegates can register now and are also encouraged to submit a short abstract for either a poster or presentation at the 2022 RAPS conference.

Programme & Abstract Submission

There will be contributed oral and poster presentations (with sponsored prizes), and we aim to allow the majority of attendees to present their work. There will be presentations from leading industrialists, academics and publishers and various networking opportunities to establish collaborations and discuss the challenges of collaborative working and publishing.

Abstract Submission 

Confirmed Speakers/Panelists

  • Prof. Steve Howdle, University of Nottingham
  • Dr Gareth Crapper, GDC consulting Ltd, Entrepreneur in Residence at University of Liverpool.


The registration fee is £150 before 1/08/2022. This covers two nights of accommodation, evening meals on Wednesday and Thursday, and lunch and breakfast on Thursday and Friday. For those who do not need accommodation, the registration fee is £70.


Important Dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: 1/8/2022
  • Registration deadline: 1/8/2022 (registration fee: £150)

Event Details

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Sandyford Building
Hedley Suite (4th Floor)
Newcastle upon Tyne


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