Welcome to the High Polymer Research Group (HPRG). We exist in order to promote polymer science through the organisation of annual conferences, currently held at Pott Shrigley in the Peak District, a picturesque part of Northern England. The HPRG is a non-profit-making charitable organisation that has organised the series of high-level international conferences extending over fifty years: the first 43 years of meetings being held at Moretonhampstead, a name synonymous with the Group.
The HPRG conference attracts active participation from academia and industry from around the world, with a diverse representation of age and experience. Full and frank exchange of ideas is a characteristic of the meetings and we make room in the programme for such exchange, with no records or proceedings being made or published: colleagues are also requested not to make public reference to discussions that take place so that the free exchange of views is fostered.
The conference location is chosen to allow colleagues to take advantage of a range of leisure and sporting activities, and despite the informal nature of the meetings, important traditions are still upheld. These include the afternoons being used for leisure activities or lively debate on science, and the wearing of HPRG ties and scarves at the Conference Dinner on the final evening of the meeting.
The 2014 conference was well attended with about a third of the 130 plus delegates being female and with a good mixture of both academic and industrial researchers. All lectures were of outstanding quality but perhaps the highlight was Lou Gullette's encounters with sharks in the course of his research. The 2015 meeting has already been arranged, the theme being "Phase Changes and Structure in Polymer Systems" encompassing modelling, nanocomposites, organic electronics and synthesis to control the structure and organisation of the final products and biological aspects also. A high quality meeting to look forward to. The 2015 programme for 'Phase Changes and Structure in Polymer Systems' page has details of speakers and their contributions so please take a moment to look at the page. The page 'Dates and Themes of Future Meetings' sets out the working titles and organisers of HPRG meetings up to 2018
Prof. Anthony J Ryan OBE