Photograph of Tony Ryan.

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.

A programme for the 59th meeting in 2019 entitled 'Polymers for Sustainability and Energy' is now available. Older programmes are available in the 'Past Programmes' section of this website, which has recently been updated with details of programmes from the 1970's and 80's. The page Dates and Themes of Future Meetings sets out the working titles and organisers of HPRG meetings for the next couple of years.

Tony Ryan's signature.

Prof. Anthony J Ryan OBE

The banner for 2019: Energy and the Environment is a photograph of Dorycium fulgurans, a member of the pea family native to the Mediterranean. Its branching pattern is reminiscent of that of a carbon polymer. (Image courtesy of Ken Lewtas, Lewtas Science & Technologies, Warwick and Edinburgh.)

The High Polymer Research Group is grateful to the following companies and organisations for their support of our 2019 conference Polymers for Sustainability and Energy, our 59th annual conference:

Gold sponsor:

Silver sponsors:

Bronze sponsors:

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