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World Polymer Congress - June 24-29, 2012 - Virginia Tech Campus - Blacksburg, VA - USA

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Virginia Tech Campus Photo Welcome to our campus for the IUPAC MACRO2012 World Polymer Congress
Our conference is truly international with nearly 60% international participants from 51 countries around the world! On-line registration is now officially closed with over 1400 participants; however, we will continue to accept on-site registration at Conference Headquarters, located at 1100 Torgersen Hall. The final technical program, including the arrival logistics and schedules of over 800 lectures and 400 posters, is now available as a printable PDF file. We will also have both electronic and hard copy versions for each registrant upon your check-in at the conference headquarters. If you are arriving to Dulles or Charlotte international airports and you are registered for the shuttles to campus, we will send information to you directly in the coming week. If you arrive directly to Roanoke regional airport, there will also be shuttle information for your planning. If you are traveling with a vehicle, there is a designated parking garage on campus; you will be informed of this location and given a parking pass upon check-in. Conference headquarters will open starting Sunday, June 24 at 09:00 AM. We will be sharing excursion information if you decide to take some time to see the scenic areas around campus or shop at a large shopping center in North Carolina. We will have plenty of evening social events and delicious foods at the welcoming reception, poster sessions, banquet, and evening activities. We are excited to provide an international forum for scientific discovery, professional networking, research collaboration, interdisciplinary education, and dissemination of our most recent scientific advances. It is time for the entire polymer community to gather and synergistically address the many global challenges that we face including energy, sustainability, healthcare, safety, and emerging polymer technologies. Let the conference begin!

-Professor Timothy E. Long, Chair Regional Organizational Committee


Special Travel Notice: Those attendees traveling to Blacksburg via Interstate 81 should be aware of daily construction taking place that reroutes traffic off of the Interstate on to Route 460, causing travel delays. Please visit the Virginia Department of Transportation website for daily updates:

Those making oral presentations should bring their lecture on an USB. You will be responsible for loading your presentation on the computer in your assigned lecture room the day of your presentation either prior to 10:00 a.m. if your presentation is in the morning or during the lunch break if your presentation is in the afternoon.

Please note the Thursday banquet has sold out.

Please note the conference attire is casual and the banquet is business casual.

Campus Internet Information: Virginia Tech requires every user to create an account to access its wireless system. If you do not create an account, prior to your arrival on campus, you will not have internet service while attending meetings on the Virginia Tech campus. See Wireless Instructions for more information.

If you need a VISA letter, you must first register and pay your conference registration fees, then contact Janice Huffman. She can provide you with the VISA letter once she is able to confirm your registration and payment.

Pre-Conference Short Course registration is now open.

Groups that would like to schedule meeting space and/or group meals should contact Naya Sou ( for assistance.



Geoff Coates will be a featured plenary speaker as the 2012 DSM Awardee


Wireless Instructions have been posted.


Tentative detailed Technical Program posted.


Technical Program has been updated.


Internet Café is available for use during the conference


We are pleased to announce the list of invited speakers who have confirmed their participation in the 2012 World Polymer Congress.


Professor Ali Khademhosseini (Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, USA) has accepted the Third Polymer International/IUPAC Award and will be presenting a keynote lecture at the IUPAC MACRO 2012.

Wireless Instructions

Campus Internet Information: Attendees of the IUPAC MACRO 2012 World Polymer Congress that wish to have wireless internet access while on the Virginia Tech campus will need to create a guest account prior to their arrival on campus.

Go to the Virginia Tech Guest Wireless System. Log on to an existing account if you already have one and select "Confirm and Complete Request" to confirm the need for wireless access for this conference. If you do not have an account, select the "I am a new guest" button and you will be directed back to confirm your request for the conference after your account is created. Once you have created your account and password, please be sure to document this information for use while on campus. If you live outside of the United States, please list your country in the City box, and put VA or Virginia in the state box and use 12345 as the zip in order to finalize your account request. Pending approval, your service will be activated June 22- July 1, 2012.

Virginia Tech requires every user to create an account to access its wireless system. If you do not create an account, you will not have internet service while attending meetings on the Virginia Tech campus.


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