Affiliated Societies

Belgian Polymer Group (BPG)

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The Belgian Polymer Group (BPG) is an organization aiming at a better integration between academia & industries, with as purpose providing new technologies in polymers.

BPG aims:

  • To promote regular contacts between all research groups from industry, universities and high-education institutes active in the field of polymers in Belgium. 
  • To provide a forum for the exchange of information on the newest trends in polymer science and technology.
  • To promote transfers towards and within the polymer industry by publishing polymer related job opportunities and curriculum vitae.
  • To stimulate fundamental research activities and co-operations between industry and university.
  • To keep record of all current directions of polymer research (running projects) being pursued at the different universities and industrial R&D-laboratories in Belgium and to stimulate the initiation of new joint research projects.
  • To give junior scientists (graduate students, Ph.D.‘s) opportunities to establish contacts with other universities and with the industry to build up experience in the presentation of their works.
  • To contribute to post graduate education in polymer science.
  • To represent the Belgian polymer researchers on international level (e.g. in the European Polymer Federation).
  • To cooperate with other international polymer groups in the organization of joint activities.

European Colloid & Interface Society (ECIS)

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The European Colloid and Interface Society (ECIS) is a voluntary, non-profit organization of scientists. Its objective is to advance colloid and interface science and to promote cooperation between European scientists. Particular emphasis is given to the support of young scientists. ECIS seeks to cooperate with existing national Societies in European countries as well as with other international organizations.

National Interuniversity Consortium of Materials Science and Technology (INSTM)

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The National Inter-university Consortium of Material Science and Technology (INSTM) is the largest consortium of its kind in Italy, drawing on the expertise of no less than 50 Italian universities, all of which are active in researching advanced materials and technologies. INSTM was established in 1992 with the goal to promote research activities in the field of Material Science and Technology through organizational, technical, and financial support. Over the last few years, over 2500 tenured professors, research fellows, holders of research and scholarship grants, as well as doctoral students have taken advantage of this opportunity, and the numbers have grown each year. The scientific structure of INSTM is organized thematically, which is a tool to coordinate scientific activities, plus ad hoc committees on specific scientific aspects. Currently, there are four thematic sections: (1) high mechanics, construction, and transport; (2) energy and environment; (3) systems for processing, transmitting, and storing information; (4) healthcare and food. The existing ad hoc committees are as follows: computational modelling, conservation, and the valorization of cultural heritage.

North American Thermal Analysis Society (NATAS)

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The North American Thermal Analysis Society is a long-standing organization established in 1969 that offers scientists and practitioners the opportunity to explore the frontiers of thermal analysis, rheology, and material characterization. Membership ensures that you have the contact information of all your NATAS colleagues throughout the year and that you receive the best registration rates for the annual conference. The Society sponsors an annual conference that includes presentations and posters by renowned scientists and graduate students. The conference is a venue for excellent discussions and an ideal environment to learn about state-of-the-art techniques and exciting new developments in thermal analysis and materials research. The conference includes an exhibition of equipment and services related to thermal analysis by leading vendors. You will be have the opportunity to receive personalized attention and connect with providers of instrumentation and software related to thermal analysis in every way imaginable. The NATAS Short Course associated with the conference is a professional star and an attraction you will not want to miss. See the NATAS webpage ( for more information.

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