The meeting is the 12th in the ISP series of conferences started in 1995, on the physics and physical chemistry of polyelectrolytes, with a focus on understanding how electrostatic interactions determine and influence the behaviour of synthetic and biological charged macromolecules in solution, in complexes and at interfaces. We aim at continuing the success of the 11th edition in Moscow (2016) by providing a stimulating forum with prominent keynote and invited speakers, ample opportunities for oral and poster presentations, and plenty of opportunities to discuss and interact with colleagues. Wageningen is conveniently located, just one hour by public transport from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
International organizing committee
Paul Dubin (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA) Ray Farinato (Solvay, USA) Alexei Khokhlov (Moscow State University, Russia) Serge Stoll (University of Geneva, Switzerland) Ulrich Scheler (Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden, Germany)
Local organizing committee
Renko de Vries (Wageningen University & Research) Frans Leermakers (Wageningen University & Research) Marleen Kamperman (Wageningen University & Research) Jasper van der Gucht (Wageningen University & Research) Louis de Smet (Wageningen University & Research) Eva Oudshoorn (Wageningen University & Research, Graduate School VLAG) Evan Spruijt (Radboud University Nijmegen) Ilja Voets (Eindhoven University of Technology) Adreas Herrmann (University of Groningen) Simeon Stoyanov (Unilever R&D, Vlaardingen) Wiebe de Vos (University of Twente) Saskia Lindhoud (University of Twente)
The Graduate School VLAG, Wageningen University & Research Mrs. Eva Oudshoorn, phone: +31-317-485310 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The pre-conference PhD course will be held August 26-27, the conference itself from August 27-31, 2018.
Pre-conference PhD course on Polyelectrolytes
Ahead of the conference, on August 26 and 27, a PhD course on polyelectrolytes will be organized that will be free of charge for PhD students attending the conference, featuring extended tutorial lectures by a selection of the organizers and plenary speakers of the conference:
Katia Zhulina (Institute of Macromolecular Compounds, St Petersburg, Russia) – Theory of polyelectrolytes
Charles Sing (University of Illinois, USA) - Computer simulations of polyelectrolytes
Christophe Detrembleur (University of Liège, Belgium) – Synthesis of polyelectrolytes
Evan Spruijt (Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands) – Experiments on biological polyelectrolytes
Participation in the course and conference will be awarded with 1.7 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).
The conference programme features plenary sessions, parallel sessions (2 sessions in parallel) and poster sessions. Themes, confirmed keynote and invited speakers are:
Polyelectrolyte theory/modelling Michael Rubinstein (Duke University, USA) - Keynote Katia Zhulina (Institute of Macromolecular Compounds, St Petersburg, Russia) Charles Sing (University of Illinois, USA) Fabien Léonforte (L’Oréal Research and Innovation, France)
Biological and biohybrid polyelectrolytes Tanja Weil (MPI for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany) Mauri Konstiainen (Aalto University, Finland)
Polyelectrolyte complex coacervation Sarah Perry (University of Massachusetts, USA) Paul Dubin (University of Massachusetts, USA)
Polyelectrolyte complexes at interfaces Russell Stewart – (University of Utah, USA) - Keynote Henrik Birkedal (Aarhus University, Denmark) Philipp Erni (Firmenich, Switzerland)
Polyelectrolytes and coacervation in cell biology Christine Keating (Penn State University, USA) – Keynote Tim Nott (University of Oxford, UK) Roy Beck (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Conjugated polyelectrolytes & poly(ionic liquids) Christophe Detrembleur (University of Liège, Belgium) Ullrich Scherf (Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany) Joris Sprakel (Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands)
Polyelectrolyte membranes Ivo Vankelecom (KU Leuven, Belgium) Joris de Grooth (NX Filtration, Enschede, The Netherlands)
Abstracts for 20 min oral and posters presentations can be submitted for these topics, as well as on any topic that relates to the general focus of this conference series, which is on the influence of electrostatic interactions on the behaviour of synthetic and biological charged macromolecules in solution, in complexes and at interfaces. As part of the conference a special parallel session on “Polyelectrolyte complexes and adhesion” is organized by the EU ITN “BioSmartTrainee”.
Social event, Thursday August 30
Visit to Kröller-Müller Museum & Conference dinner at the WICC
The Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo has a world-renowned collection of mainly 19th and 20th century visual art. The centrepieces include the large collection of work by Vincent van Gogh and the sculpture garden. The museum boasts almost 90 paintings and more than 180 drawings, making it the second largest collection of Van Goghs in the world. The Museum is home to top works by modern masters including Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondriaan. Temporary exhibitions ensure that the museum keeps pace with the latest developments and retains public interest.
The conference dinner will be held at the conference centre WICC. Transportation to the Kröller-Müller Museum by bus will be organized.
Call for abstracts
Participants are invited to submit abstracts for 20 min contributed (oral) presentations and for posters. Electronic submission of abstracts is required. Go to the abstract form provided by Wageningen Academic Publishers. Abstracts should be submitted before June 8, 2018. Authors will be notified about the acceptance of their contribution by July 1, 2018. Abstracts submitted for consideration as oral presentations, for which there is no space in the programme of lectures, will automatically be considered for poster presentation. All selected abstracts (for both 20 min oral talks and for posters) will be collected in the abstract book.
Rules for abstract submission
Abstracts must not exceed 3500 characters (including spaces, title and the author names and affiliations).
Do not include tables, figures, formulas and references.
Omit professional and official titles in the author field.
Do not use indenting.
Instructions for oral presentations
A laptop (Power Point office 2016 UK version, operating system is Windows 7) and beamer will be made available for your presentation. Please hand in your presentation on USB-stick during registration. We cannot allow use of personal laptops for your talk.
Participants are invited to publish their contributions to the conference in a special issue “Polyelectrolytes and Polyelectrolyte Complexes” of the MPDI Journal “Polymers”. Research papers should contain original work not published previously elsewhere. Review papers related to the topic will also be considered. Submission deadline is Dec 1, 2018. Decisions on acceptance will be made by guest editors Renko de Vries and Frans Leermakers.
Polymers is one of MDPI's open access journals (indexed in Web of Science, current Impact Factor 3.364, 5-Year Impact Factor of 4.330). You would be enjoying these benefits: 1. Open access and high visibility: unlimited access, broad database coverage, various promotional activities and academic event presentations; 2. Rapid turn-around: 17 days from submission to first decision.
Instructions for submission special issue “Polyelectrolytes and Polyelectrolyte Complexes”: The submission website for this journal is located at: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/polymers/special_issues/ISP2018. Authors must submit their paper to “Polyelectrolytes and Polyelectrolyte Complexes”. For the papers from ISP 2018, we will provide 25% discount for each accepted paper.
Conference venue & accommodation
The conference is hosted by the Wageningen International Congress Centre (www.wicc.nl). The conference centre can be reached by train (railway station Ede-Wageningen) and bus/taxi in less than two hours from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (for train schedules see www.ns.nl/en). The organizing committee has blocked a sufficient number of hotel rooms at WICC. Hotel reservation is handled directly by the conference centre, e-mail: email@example.com (booking code ISP2018). Reservation after July 15, 2018 will not guarantee accommodation.
Registration & conference fee
To register please complete the electronic reply form. Registration will be accepted in the order in which payment is received. Participation is restricted to 250 persons.
Industry / For-Profit organisations
Universities / Non-profit organisations
The conference fee includes conference materials, admission to all conference sessions, welcome reception, coffee/tea during breaks, lunches, the social programme and the conference dinner.
To secure your registration you have two options to pay:
Payment by Bank Transfer
Bank details: ABN Amro, P.O. Box 2059, 3500 GB Utrecht, The Netherlands. IBAN: NL50 ABNA 060.76.65.084, BIC ABNANL2A. Account holder: VLAG Congressen, P.O. Box 17, 6700 AA Wageningen. Please add “ISP2018” and your name. * Note that bank transfer costs are for your own account.
Payment by Credit Card
To pay by credit card, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will send you confirm your registration a Pay Per Link. This might take some days as this has to be done manually. * Additional credit card costs will be charged as well.
Cancellations may be made free of charge until July 26, 2018. After this date the charge will be 25% of the fee paid. Substitutions may be made at any time.
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