It is a great honor and pleasure to host the 5th IUPAC-FAPS 2017 Polymer Congress (October 11 ~ 13, 2017) at International Convention Center (ICC), Jeju, Korea with a theme of "Smart Polymers for Emerging Technologies: Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of Foundation of the Federation of Asian Polymer Societies (FAPS)". This event is organized by FAPS and sponsored by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and also by the Polymer Society of Korea (PSK). The FAPS was established in 2007 with 4 founding member societies of China, India, Japan, and Korea, and to date, the FAPS federation has grown to include 15 member countries from all over Asia. The IUPAC-FAPS 2017 Polymer Congress is biennially held. The first FAPS Polymer Congress was held in Nagoya, Japan in 2009. This was followed by the 2nd in Beijing, China in 2011, the 3rd in Bangalore, India in 2013 and the 4th in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2015.
The IUPAC-FAPS 2017 Polymer Congress will be an attractive event with 6 plenary and more than 40 invited lectures by renowned speakers from all over the world as well as contributed oral and poster presentations. It will be an open forum for participants engaged in all the areas of modern polymeric materials. I am sure that it will provide valuable insights and new perspectives for polymer science and engineering. I am fully confident that all participants from academy and industry will benefit a great deal from this congress for scientific exchanges and up-to-date informations.
The congress will be held in Jeju, the largest island in Korea, which is well known for natural wonders, including waterfalls, white sand beaches and a dormant volcano Halla Mountain -South Korea's highest mountain- at its center. In 2007, UNESCO inscribed Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tunes into its list of World Heritage Sites, and this beautiful island was later named one of the new 7 Wonders of Nature. I believe that all the participants can enjoy the beautiful natural scenery of Jeju as well as the scientific programs by attending IUPAC-FAPS 2017 Polymer Congress.
As the organizing committee chair, I cordially invite all of you to attend and enjoy this congress, and your participation will make the congress more valuable and successful. I look forward to seeing you at Jeju in October, 2017.