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 2015 conference was well attended with a good mixture of both academic and industrial researchers. All lectures were of outstanding quality. The 2016 meeting has already been arranged, the theme being "Polymers for Health and Wellbeing" encompassing a wide variety of talks from peptides and new biomaterials to bionics and consumer goods. During the meeting Professor Anna Balzas will be presented with the RSC S F Boys – A Rahman Prize. The page Dates and Themes of Future Meetings sets out the working titles and organisers of HPRG meetings up to 2019.
Prof. Anthony J Ryan OBE