The 15th ICFPAM is a continuation of very successful series of biannual conferences, except of two conferences in 2015 and 2016, that started in 1991 under guidance of Prof. Paras Prasad.
The 1st ICFPAM, New Delhi, India January 20-25, 1991 inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India.
The 2nd ICFPAM was in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 10-15, 1993, was inaugurated by President Soeharto in the Presidential Palace and had 244 participants from 24 countries
The 3rd ICFPAM was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, January 16-20, 1995 and was scheduled to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister.
The 4th ICFPAM was Cairo, Egypt, January 4-9, 1997 with the Minister of Scientific Research of the Government of Egypt as the Honorary Chair. Three hundred and fifty highly selected participants from 30 countries covering all continents participated.
The 5th ICFPAM was in Poznan, Poland, June 21-25, 1999. It was organized by Prof. Ryszard Kozlowski from Institute of Natural Fibers and the prominent speeches were done by Minister-Chairman State Committee for Scientific Research, the Minister of Education, and the Minister of Economy as Honorary Chairpersons. This was the first conference that I, Agnieszka Pawlicka, attended, and since then I only missed one.
The 6th ICFPAM was in Recife (Pernambuco, Brazil), May 4-9, 2001 organized by Prof. Anderson Gomes from University Federal of Pernambuco and inaugurated by Minister of Science and Technology of Brazil and Rector of the Federal University of Pernambuco as Honorary Chairpersons. The conference had an attendance of about 250 participants from 25 countries.
The 7th ICFPAM was in Bucharest, Romania, June 10 – 15, 2003. The chair was Prof. Aurelia Meghea and Prof. Ileana Rau both from Univ. Politehnica of Bucharest and at this conference the President of Romania, Minister of Education and Research, Minister of Industry and Resources were Honorary Chairpersons. The conference had an attendance of about 300 participants from more than 30 countries.
The 8th ICFPAM was organized by University of Mexico in Cancun (Mexico, Quintana Roo),
The 9th ICFPAM was organized Krakow, Poland by both Prof. Jan Pielichowski from University of Technology and Prof. Ryszard Kozlowski from Institute of Natural Fibers, Poznan. This event was held in Krakow in July 8-12, 2007.
The 10th ICFPAM was held in Santiago (Chile) and was organized by Prof. Guilhermo Gonzales from University of Chile. It benefited of important participation of scientists from America and in particular from Argentina, Brazil, and Chile.
The 11th ICFPAM edition of the conference, the next one was held in Pretoria, South Africa and was organized by University of Pretoria. The South African research minister was present at the opening ceremony. The conference attracted an important participation of researchers not only from the host country, but also from other African countries.
The 12th ICFPAM was organized by Prof. Jadranka Travas-Sejdic from University of Auckland between December 08 and 13, 2013, in Auckland, New Zeland. This conference attracted more than 500 scientists from 40 countries around the world.
The 13th ICFPAM was back in Africa and was held at Marrakesh, Morocco, between March 30 and April 02, 2015. This conference was organized by Profs. Yahia Boughaleb and Bouchta Sahraoui organized by Moroccan Society of Advanced Materials Physics and their Applications (SMPM2A). Link to the web page is http://www.icfpam2015.com/index.php/2014-09-22-13-33-37/presentation.html.
The 14th ICFPAM was in Deajeon in South Corea. Two main chairs were Prof. Kwang-Sup Lee and Prof. Francois Kajzar .
Through its different editions this conference has kept its thoroughly international orientation and has created an arena for fruitful discussions on polymer science and advanced materials. It has also encouraged prominent regional scientists to participate in the conference. Being held in all major continents the conference has functioned as a venue for the development of many collaborations. We hope to further the tradition with 14th ICFPAM and extend all of you a warm welcome.