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 2016 conference was well attended with a good mixture of both academic and industrial researchers. The lectures covered a wide range of topics including converting science into industrial strategies The 2017 meeting has been arranged, the theme being "HPRG 57th Meeting: The Role of Molecular Architecture in the Chemistry, Physics and Engineering of Macromolecules" encompassing a though-provoking talks from academia and industry. 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