Welcome to POC 2018

Welcome to the 17th Polymers and Organic Chemistry Conference
3-7 June 2018 – Palavas Les Flots - France

Organized by : Institute Charles Gerhardt of Montpellier

Chairman : Ghislain DAVID, ENSCM

I am delighted to welcome you to Palavas from the 3rd to the 7th of June 2018 for the 17th IUPAC « Polymers and Organic Chemistry » international conference (POC 2018). This IUPAC conference is organized by research scientists of the Institute Charles Gerhardt of Montpellier (ICGM), with the support of National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the National Graduate School of Chemistry of Montpellier (ENSCM). This conference will contribute to promote the role of polymers in various areas of chemistry (organic chemistry, chemical transformations, catalysis, polymer applications, and environmental issues), and will provide perfect opportunities for participants to present and share the results of their research in the fields of polymer chemistry and applications.
The first POC conference took place in Lyon (France) in 1982. Since then, POC conference has been held every two years in different countries and continents (China, USA, Japan, Canada, Qatar, Romania). The latest POC conference was organized in Crete in 2016. In 2018, 36 years after the first edition, POC is back to France in the beautiful beach resort of Palavas.
The conference will bring together chemists from all over the world, from both academia and industry. The topical sessions of POC 2018 are :

• Phosphorus chemistry and polymers
• Polymers for and from the sea
• Polymers for energy
• Smart and novel functional polymers
• Bio-inspired polymers for health
• Bio-based polymers and their applications

Each topical session will start with an invited speaker. Overall, two plenary and nine keynote lectures will be delivered during POC 2018. Oral presentations will be given for all the topical sessions and two poster sessions will be organized (on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th after the last oral presentation) during cocktail receptions.
As mentioned above, this conference is organized inside the Mediterranean Lighthouse of Palavas-les-Flots, a southern town located on a strip of land between the Mediterranean Sea and wild ponds, and taking its identity from over three centuries of history. The Mediterranean Lighthouse, this former water tower, completely rehabilitated and transformed into an amazing tourist infrastructure will host POC 2018. Thirty four meters above ground, the fully glazed panoramic lookout point and bar and restaurant on the top floor will welcome us for dinner and drinks.

I would like to thank the scientific committee for the help in organizing the thematic areas. I heartily thank my colleagues and co-chairs of POC 2018, Dr Claire Negrell, Dr Sylvain Caillol and Dr Vincent Ladmiral, who made possible this conference. I also thank our young researchers for their assistance and helpfulness during the entire conference. Finally, I would like to thank CNRS, ICGM, ENSCM and the Occitanie Region for their financial support.

We hope you will enjoy the conference !

With kind regards,

Ghislain David, Dr. in Polymer Chemistry / Conference Chairman

Deadline for abstract submission : 2 March 2018
Deadline for early registration : 5 April 2018
Deadline for late registration : 12 May 2018