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We are committed to

  • Promoting science and research in the field of polymer chemistry, polymer physics and the application of polymers / polymer materials beyond the boundaries of the core discipline of polymer science using discussions as well as cooperations with other division of the GDCh; furthermore, with organizations related to polymer science
  • Holding a dialogue on social developments and common goals of universities, institutes and industry
  • Ensuring an excellent education and development in a multifaceted university landscape
  • Promoting and supporting students and young academics in the field of polymer sciences as well as contribution to a continuing vocational training of professionals

What we do

We pursue our goals by:

  • Organizing a biennial workshop for invited young university lecturers and awarding the Reimund Stadler Prize. The workshop offers young university lecturers from polymer chemistry and related fields the opportunity to present their work among selected scientists, thereby promoting the networking and cooperation between universities, institutes and industry. On the occasion of such a workshop, the Reimund Stadler Prize is awarded by our division for outstanding work.
  • Awarding of partial grants to students and doctoral candidates who are members of the division. Upon request, aid for active participation in symposia and conferences can also be granted.
  • Participation in the GDCh training program


In order to enable young researchers of the division to attend national and international conferences (i.e. poster or lecture presentations), the division offers annually a limited number of free partial scholarships (not related to a specific conference). These can be request at any time by contacting Dr. Carina S. Kniep ( under the keyword "conference scholarship macromolecular chemistry" at least three weeks before the event. The maxmium funding is EUR 500.The complete application must include the following documents:

  • The completed application form
    • The abstract of the conference contribution
    • Confirmation of acceptance of the lecture / poster
    • A short justification (max one page) with an estimation of the travel and accommodation costs as well as the conference fee
    • Proof of registration

Division conference

Every two years, the Division of Macromolecular Chemistry organizes an international high-ranking scientific Division Conference on Macromolecular Chemistry. Within the scope of this event, current areas of development in polymer sciences are intensively covered by a lecture program. Additionally, the division cooperates with other scientific organizations. 

The division conference takes place every even calendar year. All interested persons are welcome to participate.

German-Australian Research Cooperations: Great Distance, Close Relationship

Germany and Australia are traditionally strong in polymer research. On this basis, several research sponsors offer opportunities for cooperation between university and in particular industrial partners. For example, the Australian Research Council (ARC) has two funding programs that enable the active involvement of German scientists and companies in Australian-German research projects: On the one hand, the ARC Discovery Program and the ARC Linkage Program, which enable the implementation of innovative new technologies. Joint projects of Australian universities with German companies can be submitted at any time in the ARC Linkage program, with funding of up to AU $ 300,000 per year. The ARC Linkage program is very attractive to industrial partners, as it requires only a relatively small amount of cash - compared to bilateral research projects. In addition, the support program is open to SMEs that are not disadvantaged by larger companies. Comprehensive information on these attractive funding opportunities is gladly provided by Prof. Dr. Christopher Barner-Kowollik of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).