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3rd Functional Polymeric Materials Conference

07 Jul 2017 - 10 Jul 2017

Rome, Italy

Synopsis

The third FPM series will bring together leaders in polymers and polymeric materials from around the world to describe their most recent and cutting edge discoveries.

The aim of the conference is to capture the multidisciplinary nature of polymer chemistry with topics spanning "basic synthesis and methodology" to "nanoscale and bioinspired materials".

Target Audience

This conference will appeal to academics, students, postdoctoral research associates, industrial scientists and leaders, governmental researchers and those currently involved in the development of polymeric material applications to address the most critical needs in areas such as medicine, energy and sustainability.

Key Sessions

- stimuli-responsive materials
- stimuli-responsive soft matter
- stimuli-responsive hybrid/composite materials
- biomolecular self-assembly
- bioinspired materials
- polymerization catalysis or polymer-modified catalysts
- synthetic methodology
- catalytic self-assembly
- activated catalysis at surfaces and interfaces
- nanoparticle assemblies
- multi-component systems
- organized assemblies
- self-replicating molecular systems
- self-sorting molecular systems
- enzyme responsive materials
- non-equlibrium self-assembly
- translational applications in biomedicine
- translational applications in detection systems
- translational applications in nanotechnology

Invited Speakers

Cameron Alexander (University of Nottingham)
POLYMER BIOPROBES AND THERAPEUTICS

Serena Coiai (Istituto di Chimica dei Composti OrganoMetallici - UOS Pisa)
FUNCTIONALIZED POLYMERS BY NITROXIDE RADICAL COUPLING REACTION

Seth Cohen (University of California, San Diego)
POLYMOFS: A NEW PARADIGM FOR INORGANIC POLYMER HYBRID MATERIALS

Luis Campos (Columbia University)
PHYSICAL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY APPROACHES TO MATERIALS CHEMISTRY

Filip Du Prez (Ghent University)
AUTOMATED SYNTHESIS OF SEQUENCE-DEFINED, MULTIFUNCTIONAL PRECISION POLYMERS

Robert B. Grubbs (Stony Brook)
BUILDING RESPONSIVE BLOCK-COPOLYMER-BASED MATERIALS

Kamil Godula (University of California, San Diego)
FUNCTIONAL GLYCOPOLYMERS FOR ENGINEERING CELLULAR FUNCTIONS

Eva Harth (Vanderbilt University)
CONTROLLED PHOTO- RESPONSIVE GROWTH OF NANOPARTICLES

Craig Hawker (University of California Santa Barbara)
LARGE SCALE SYNTHESIS AND UTILITY OF DISCRETE AND FUNCTIONAL POLYMERS

LaShanda Korley (Case Western Reserve University)
UTILIZING CONCEPTS OF MECHANICS, TRANSPORT, AND ASSEMBLY IN NATURE – TOWARDS RESPONSIVE

Michele Laus (University of East Piemonte, Italy)
TOWARD DETERMINISTIC DOPING: A BOTTOM-UP APPROACH

Shiyong Liu (University of Science and Technology of China)
ORTHOGONAL “DOUBLE CAGING” LINKER FOR AND-TYPE FLUOROGENIC CONSTRUCTION OF FUNCTIONAL PROTEIN/ANTIBODY BIOCONJUGATES

Darren Lipomi (University of California, San Diego)
VIRTUAL TOUCH: SMART POLYMERS FOR HUMAN-MACHINE INTERACTION

Kris Matyjaszewski (Carnegie Mellon University) 
NANOSTRUCTURED Functional Hybrid Materials by ATRP

Moon Jeong Park (POSTECH)
LOW-POWER, SUPERFAST SOFT ACTUATORS

Melissa Pasquinelli (NC State University)

Elisa Passaglia (Istituto di Chimica dei Composti OrganoMetallici-UOS Pisa)
CONTROLLED RADICAL POST-REACTOR FUNCTIONALIZATION OF POLYMERS

Emily Pentzer (Case Western Reserve University)
A NEW APPROACH TO OPTICAL DATA STORAGE: USING THE QUATERNARY CODE OF 0, 1, 2, 3

Darrin Pochan (University of Delaware)
BIOMOLECULES FOR NON-BIOLOGICAL THINGS: 1-D and 2-D POLYMER CONSTRUCTION THROUGH PEPTIDE DESIGN AND SOLUTION ASSEMBLY

Theresa Reineke (University of Minnesota)

Daniel Savin (University of Florida)
SELF-ASSEMBLY AND RESPONSIVENESS OF POLYPEPTIDE-BASED STAR AND TRIBLOCK COPOLYMERS

Marek Urban (Clemson University)
LEAF-INSPIRED SELF-HEALING COPOLYMERS

Karen Wooley (Texas A&M University)
FUNCTIONAL POLYMER MATERIALS DESIGNED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION AND SUSTAINABILITY

Tanja Weil (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research)

 

Sponsors

Prices

All registration fees include 3 nights accommodation and meals during the conference period. Exact inclusions are detailed below.

Early Bird Full
Price
Additional
Adult
Additional
Child
Extra Night
Adult
Extra Night
Child
Academic €1,453.00 €1,543.00 €633.00 Free €152.00 Free
Industry €1,453.00 €1,543.00 €633.00 Free €152.00 Free
Student €1,288.00 €1,378.00 €633.00 Free €152.00 Free

Additional night prices are per person, per night. Accompanying persons are not permitted access to the conference.

What's Included in our Registration Fees?

Our registration fees are inclusive of the following during the conference period only:

- Conference registration
- 3 Nights’ fixed accommodation (07, 08, 09 July 2017) on a single basis for academics and industry, on a shared basis for students
- Buffet Breakfast with a selection of hot beverages and fresh juices
- 2 Course Buffet Lunch with a selection of free flow soft drinks
- 3 Course Buffet Dinner with a selection of free flow soft drinks and wine
- Gala Night entry (with a selection of free flow soft drinks and wine)
- Complimentary WIFI in both conference rooms and your guest room 

What's Included in our Accompanying Adult Fees?

Our accompanying adult fees are inclusive of the following during the conference period only:

- 3 Nights’ fixed accommodation (07, 08, 09 July 2017) on a shared basis with a conference participant 
- Buffet Breakfast with a selection of hot beverages and fresh juices
- 2 Course Buffet Lunch with a selection of free flow soft drinks
- 3 Course Buffet Dinner with a selection of free flow soft drinks and wine
- Gala Night entry (with a selection of free flow soft drinks and wine)
- Complimentary WIFI in both conference rooms and your guest room 

Important Note: Accompanying persons are not permitted access to the conference.

What's Included in our Accompanying Child Fees?

Our accompanying child fees are inclusive of the following during the conference period only:

- 3 Nights’ fixed accommodation (07, 08, 09 July 2017) on a shared basis with the parent/s (roll out bed supplied)
- Buffet Breakfast with a selection of hot beverages and fresh juices

Important Note: Accompanying child fees are applicable for children aged 10 years and younger. Children aged 11 years and older will be charged a €30 supplement per night. Children will be charged on consumption for all food and beverage (a supplement of €20 per child, per meal will be charged if you wish them to join conference lunches and dinner).

What's Included in our Extra Night Fees?

Additional nights are inclusive of one night’s accommodation and buffet breakfast only (applicable for adults and children aged 10 years or younger). 

Speakers

Invited Speakers

  • Karen Wooley
    Prof. Karen Wooley
    Texas A&M University
  • Shiyong Liu
    Prof. Shiyong Liu
    Univ. Sci. & Technol. China
  • Cameron Alexander
    Prof. Cameron Alexander
    School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham
  • Michele Laus
    Prof. Michele Laus
    University of East Piemonte
  • Filip Du Prez
    Prof. Dr. Filip Du Prez
    Ghent University
  • Serena Coiai
    Dr. Serena Coiai
    CNR ICCOM SS Pisa
  • Krzysztof Matyjaszewski
    Prof. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski
    Carnegie Mellon University
  • Elisa Passaglia
    Dr. Elisa Passaglia
    CNR ICCOM SS Pisa
  • Melissa  Pasquinelli
    Prof. Melissa Pasquinelli
    North Carolina State University
  • Craig Hawker
    Prof. Craig Hawker
    University of California
  • Emily Pentzer
    Prof. Emily Pentzer
    Case Western Reserve University
  • LaShanda Korley
    Prof. Dr. LaShanda Korley
    Case Western Reserve University
  • Moon Jeong Park
    Prof. Dr. Moon Jeong Park
    Pohang University of Science and Technology
  • Darren Lipomi
    Prof. Darren Lipomi
    University of California, San Diego
  • Kamil Godula
    Prof. Kamil Godula
    University of California, San Diego
  • Daniel Savin
    Prof. Daniel Savin
    University of Florida
  • Seth Cohen
    Prof. Seth Cohen
    U.C. San Diego
  • Darrin Pochan
    Prof. Darrin Pochan
    University of Delaware
  • Robert Grubbs
    Prof. Robert Grubbs
    Stony Brook University
  • Theresa Reineke
    Prof. Theresa Reineke
    University of Minnesota
  • Marek Urban
    Prof. Marek Urban
    Clemson University
  • Eva Harth
    Dr. Eva Harth
    Vanderbilt University
  • Sankaran Thayumanavan
    Prof. Sankaran Thayumanavan
    UMass Amherst
  • Tanja Weil
    Prof. Dr. Tanja Weil
    Max Planck Institut for Polymer Research

Programme

FRIDAY 7TH JULY 2017

14:00 – 14:45

Registration & Reception

14:00 – 14:45

Group Welcome Lunch

Session #1
Session Chair: Brent Sumerlin

14:45 – 15:00

Opening Comments

15:00 – 15:30

Krzysztof Matyjaszewski

Carnegie Mellon University

NANOSTRUCTURED FUNCTIONAL HYBRID MATERIALS BY ATRP

15:30 – 16:00

Shiyong Liu

Univ. Sci. & Technol. China

ORTHOGONAL “DOUBLE CAGING” LINKER FOR AND-TYPE FLUOROGENIC CONSTRUCTION OF FUNCTIONAL PROTEIN/ANTIBODY BIOCONJUGATES

16:00 – 16:30

Elisa Passaglia

CNR ICCOM SS Pisa

CONTROLLED RADICAL POST-REACTOR FUNCTIONALIZATION OF POLYMERS

16:30 – 17:00

Seth Cohen

University of California, San Diego

POLYMOFS: A NEW PARADIGM FOR INORGANIC POLYMER HYBRID MATERIALS

17:00 – 17:30

Refreshments

Session #2
Session Chair: Nathan Gianneschi

17:30 – 18:00

Tanja Weil

Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research

HYBRID POLYMERIC MATERIALS INSPIRED BY NATURE

18:00 – 18:30

Cameron Alexander
University of Nottingham

POLYMER BIOPROBES AND THERAPEUTICS

18:30 – 19:00

LaShanda Korley

Case Western Reserve University

UTILIZING CONCEPTS OF MECHANICS, TRANSPORT, AND ASSEMBLY IN NATURE – TOWARDS RESPONSIVE, FIBROUS MATERIALS

19:00

Group Dinner & Free Time

SATURDAY 8TH JULY 2017

07:00 – 09:00

Group Breakfast

Session #3
Session Chair: Thomas Epps

09:00 – 09:30

Craig Hawker

University of California

LARGE SCALE SYNTHESIS AND UTILITY OF DISCRETE AND FUNCTIONAL POLYMERS

09:30 – 10:00

Robert B. Grubbs

Stony Brook University

BUILDING RESPONSIVE BLOCK-COPOLYMER-BASED MATERIALS

10:00 – 10:15

Tamar Segal-Peretz

Technion- Israel Institute of Technology

TUNABLE INORGANIC SEPARATION MEMBRANES TEMPLATED BY BLOCK COPOLYMERS     

10:15 – 10:45

Refreshments & Group Photo

Session #4
Session Chair: Michele Laus

10:45 – 11:15

Jaime Grunlan

Texas A&M University

POLYELECTROLYTE MULTILAYER NANOCOATING EXHIBITING SUPER OXYGEN BARRIER AND FAST HEALING IN HUMID ENVIRONMENT

11:15 – 11:30

Jinming Hu

University of Science and Technology of China

ENGINEERING SUPERPARAMAGNETIC IRON NANOPARTICLE-LOADED PHOTO-RESPONSIVE MICELLES AS THERANOSTIC NANOVECTORS

11:30 – 12:00

Melissa Pasquinelli

North Carolina State University

DESIGN OF FUNCTIONAL POLYMER MATERIALS THROUGH MOLECULAR SIMULATIONS

12:00 – 16:30

Group Lunch & Group Activity

Session #5
Session Chair: Daniel Savin

16:30 – 17:00

Filip Du Prez
Ghent University

AUTOMATED SYNTHESIS OF SEQUENCE-DEFINED, MULTIFUNCTIONAL PRECISION POLYMERS

17:00 – 17:30

Serena Coiai
CNR ICCOM SS Pisa

FUNCTIONALIZED POLYMERS BY NITROXIDE RADICAL COUPLING REACTION

17:30 – 18:00

Refreshments

18:00 – 18:30

Darrin Pochan
University of Delaware

BIOMOLECULES FOR NON-BIOLOGICAL THINGS: 1-D and 2-D POLYMER CONSTRUCTION THROUGH PEPTIDE DESIGN AND SOLUTION ASSEMBLY

18:30 – 18:45

Scott Kimmins

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

SYNTHESIS OF POLYMER GRAFTED BRUSHES FROM POLYHIPES FOR BIOCONJUGATION OF LECTINS

18:45 – 19:45

Poster Session & Refreshments  

19:45

Group Dinner

SUNDAY 9TH JULY 2017

07:00 – 09:00

Group Breakfast

Session #6
Session Chair: LaShanda Korley

09:00 – 09:30

Karen Wooley
Texas A&M University

FUNCTIONAL POLYMER MATERIALS DESIGNED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION AND SUSTAINABILITY

09:30 – 10:00

Marek Urban

Clemson University

LEAF-INSPIRED SELF-HEALING COPOLYMERS

10:00 – 10:15

T. N. Trang Phan
Aix-Marseille University

FROM NEUTRAL TO SINGLE-ION BLOCK COPOLYMER ELECTROLYTES FOR LITHIUM METAL BATTERY

10:15 – 10:45

Refreshments

Session #7
Session Chair: Robert B. Grubbs

10:45 – 11:15

Theresa Reineke
University of Minnesota

ENABLING FUNCTIONAL BIOMATERIALS THROUGH CONTROLLED POLYMER SYNTHESIS

11:15 – 11:30

Ye-Zi You
University of Science and Technology of China

SELF-ASSEMBLY NANOMICELLES FOR HIGHLY DNA-BINDING AND GENE DELIVERY

11:30 – 12:00

Daniel Savin

University of Florida

SELF-ASSEMBLY AND RESPONSIVENESS OF POLYPEPTIDE-BASED STAR AND TRIBLOCK COPOLYMERS

12:00 – 16:30

Group Lunch & Free Time

Session #8
Session Chair: Moon Jeong Park

16:30 – 17:00

Emily Pentzer
Case Western Reserve University

A NEW APPROACH TO OPTICAL DATA STORAGE: USING THE QUATERNARY CODE OF 0, 1, 2, 3

17:00 – 17:30

Michele Laus
University of East Piemonte

TOWARD DETERMINISTIC DOPING: A BOTTOM-UP APPROACH

17:30 – 18:00

Refreshments

18:00 – 18:30

Melissa Grunlan
Texas A&M University

SELF-FITTING SHAPE MEMORY POLYMER SCAFFOLDS BASED ON PCL-PLLA SEMI-IPNS

18:30 – 18:45

Charles-Andre Fustin
Université Catholique de Louvain

STIMULI RESPONSIVE METALLO-SUPRAMOLECULAR MICELLAR HYDROGELS

18:45 – 19:15

Andrew Pun 

Columbia University

PHYSICAL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY APPROACHES TO MATERIALS CHEMISTRY

19:15

Gala Dinner & Poster Awards

MONDAY 10TH JULY 2017

07:00 ­– 09:00

Group Breakfast

Session #9
Session Chair: Alex Adronov

09:00 – 09:30

Kamil Godula
University of California, San Diego

FUNCTIONAL GLYCOPOLYMERS FOR ENGINEERING CELLULAR FUNCTIONS

09:30 – 10:00

Eva Harth
Vanderbilt University

CONTROLLED PHOTO- RESPONSIVE GROWTH OF NANOPARTICLES

10:00 – 10:30

Darren Lipomi
University of California, San Diego

VIRTUAL TOUCH: SMART POLYMERS FOR HUMAN-MACHINE INTERACTION

10:30 – 11:00

Refreshments

Session #10
Session Chair: Kamil Godula

11:00 – 11:30

Alex Adronov
McMaster University

“CLICK” FUNCTIONALIZATION OF CONJUGATED POLYMERS BY STRAIN-PROMOTED CYCLOADDITION      

11:30 – 12:00

Moon Jeong Park
Pohang University of Science and Technology

LOW-POWER, SUPERFAST SOFT ACTUATORS

12:00 – 12:30 

Sankaran Thayumanavan

University of Amherst

PROTEIN-BASED RESPONSIVE POLYMER ASSEMBLIES

12:30 – 12:45

Closing Comments

Sponsors

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Venue

Sheraton Roma Hotel & Conference Center

Rome, Italy

Sheraton Roma Hotel & Conference Center Sheraton Roma Hotel & Conference Center Sheraton Roma Hotel & Conference Center Sheraton Roma Hotel & Conference Center

Venue Rating
4 Stars
Currency
Euro (EUR)
Address
Viale del Pattinaggio, 100
00144
Rome
Italy
Nearest Airport
Fiumicino Airport

Hotel Details

The Sheraton Roma is ideally situated in the EUR Monumental neighbourhood, between the ancient city centre and Fiumicino Airport, providing an ideal location for all conference attendees to enjoy the magnificent historical and cultural sites this ancient and beautiful city has to offer.
 
Throughout the conference period you will enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast, followed by lunch served by the pool (weather permitting) and will round off the day with a delectable buffet dinner. The themed Gala Night takes place on the third evening of the conference with a mouth-watering feast exclusively designed by the head chef and entertainment provided by a live band.  We welcome all delegates and their accompanying persons to the Gala Night – a truly fun filled night not to be missed!
 

Hotel Facilities:

  • AQVI Pool Restaurant & Bar
  • Gymnasium
  • Putting green
  • Garden pathway - Walk, race, jog, sprint, dash or run in the circular garden pathway that surrounds the hotel
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Squash courts
  • Outdoor pool (seasonal)
  • Golf courses nearby
  • Laundry/valet service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Cash machine (ATM)
  • Air conditioned facilities
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Bus service to downtown (limited)
  • Car rental desk
  • Shopping arcade in Hotel
  • Business Center
  • Parking Available

Location

Sheraton Roma Hotel & Conference Center

Rome, Italy

Venue Rating
4 Stars
Currency
Euro (EUR)
Nearest Airport
Fiumicino Airport

Location Details

The Sheraton Roma is ideally situated in the green EUR Monumental neighbourhood, between the ancient city centre and Fiumicino Airport, providing an ideal location for all conference attendees to enjoy the magnificent historical and cultural sites this ancient and beautiful city has to offer.

Just a short taxi or bus ride, no more than 6 miles,  will take you to the majestic Colosseum, Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Spanish Steps and the numerous wondrous museums and gardens. 

Fiumicino Airport is just 13 miles (21km) from the Sheraton Roma and Ciampino Airport 11.8 miles (19km) with the drive time approximately 20 minutes.

Transport

Fiumicino Airport is just 13 miles (21km) from the Sheraton Roma and Ciampino Airport 11.8 miles (19km) with the drive time approximately 20 minutes. Both airports are easily accessible from almost every country in the world with many major international airlines providing direct or interconnecting flights on a daily basis. 

Private Airport Transfers

RydeItaly are a reputable and trustworthy transportation company based in Rome. The RydeItaly team will be available 24/7 to provide a seamless transfer service to and from both Fiumicino and Ciampino Airports. To arrange transportation please contact RydeItaly directly via email or phone as they will manage and confirm all transfers.  

RydeItaly offer a private transfer service for those travelling outside of the available shuttle times mentioned below. The private transfer service vehicles can accommodate a maximum of 8 persons, plus luggage.

Car - €48 each way (excluding taxes)

7 Seater Minivan - €75 each way (excluding taxes)

8 Seater minivan - €85 each way (excluding taxes)

Payment is required on arrival and RydeItaly are able to accept both card and cash payments (Euro’s). In the event of any delays or cancellations, please ensure you contact RydeItaly at least 24hours in advance; if RydeItaly are not informed within 24hours full cancellation charges will apply.

Upon arrival at the airport, please exit the terminal and you will find a member of the RydeItaly team handling a greeting sign with the Fusion logo at the "meeting point column".

Telephone: +39 388 69 87 391
Email: fusionconferences@rydeitaly.com

** Please note Fusion Conferences accept no responsibility for any bookings made with RydeItaly or any other transportation supplier **

Hotel Shuttle Service

Sheraton Roma has a convenient bus service from and to Fiumicino Airport which will run at scheduled times. The Sheraton Roma shuttle schedule can be found below.

Arrivals (Fiumicino Airport – Sheraton Roma) Please note that this service cannot be pre-booked, seats are based on availability.

7.45, 9.15, 12.15

Departures (Sheraton Roma – Fiumicino Airport) Please note an advanced reservation must be made with reception, seats are based on availability.

7.00, 8.30, 11.30

€7 per person, each way.

Upon arrival at the airport, exit the arrivals terminal, turn right and follow the “Polo Bus” signs. Look for bus stop number 29.

Taxis

For those who do not wish to make a reservation in advance there are taxi ranks outside both airports and also just outside the front of the hotel.

If arriving at Fiumicno Airport the taxi ranks can be found at Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 Arrival areas.

If arriving at Ciampino Airport the taxi rank is at the arrivals terminal.

Please check that the vehicle and driver are licensed and be vigilant at all times; if you are unsure about the driver or if the vehicle is unmarked wait until another taxi becomes available or telephone RydeItaly to see if they can immediately send a car.

CAUTION: Authorized Taxi vehicles are white with a “TAXI” sign on the roof. The symbol of the Municipality of reference is fixed to the front doors and the license number is located on the doors, on the back and inside the vehicle. Any other vehicle could be driven by persons not in possession of a valid taxi permit.

Activities

To add convenience to your during your stay in Rome, Sheraton Roma offers a bus to and from the city center operating daily. The city center route includes stops at Magliana Underground Station and the nearby EUR district/shopping area. The final stop is in Via del Teatro Marcello, near Piazza Venezia, in the very heart of the city

  • One way 6€
  • Round Trip 10€

From hotel to the city center

9.30, 11.00, 12.30, 14.00, 15.30, 17.00, 18.30, 20.00, 21.30, 23.00

From center to the hotel

10.15, 11.45, 13.15, 14.45, 16.15, 17.45, 19.15, 20.45, 22.15, 23.30

Admire ancient ruins at the Roman Forum

Entering the huge archeological site of the Roman Forum and strolling through the ruins, you can almost imagine the citizens of Ancient Rome walking the cobblestoned streets in togas and bringing sacrifices to the temples. Of course, it helps to have a guide who can bring the stories to life, or you might mistake Augustus’s house for Livia’s, as there are no signs within the complex indicating what’s what.

Visit the colosseum

The most internationally recognized symbol of Rome, the Colosseum has a long and bloody history. It was inaugurated in 80 A.D. with 100 days of games, including gladiatorial combats and animal fights. It was the largest amphitheater in the Roman Empire and is believed to have packed up to 50,000 people inside. Despite centuries of neglect—it was used as a quarry until the eighteenth century—it has remained intact (for the most part).

Gaze at the architectural marvel that is the Pantheon

Though the name refers to a temple for all the gods, the Pantheon is actually the burial place of Rome’s kings and other prominent figures, including Raphael. The temple was built between 118 and 128 A.D. on the site of an older temple. A feat of architectural ingenuity, it was the world’s largest dome until the modern era, has been called the world’s only architecturally perfect building, and is the best-preserved monument of Imperial Rome. Walk inside and look up—the oculus in the dome is open to the sky, letting sunlight filter in.

Transport yourself to Baroque Rome at Piazza Navona

One of the most popular public spaces in Rome, the magnificent, oval-shaped Piazza Navona is lined with restaurants, gelaterias, souvenir shops, and the Museo di Roma inside the Renaissance Palazzo Braschi. The city’s Baroque art is on full display here. Bernini’s Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi features exquisitely carved figures representing the world’s four great rivers, and legend has it that the figure with his arms extended is recoiling in horror from the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone by Borromini, Bernini’s rival.

Pay your respects to the Vatican and its Museums

You could easily spend a whole day exploring the area around the Vatican. Start at the Piazza di San Pietro, which Bernini designed to look like arms extended in an embrace. Besides St. Peter’s Basilica, the absolute must-see is the Vatican Museums, which contain Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Other highlights in the 1,400-room palace include the Raphael Rooms, old master paintings, and antique sculptures.

Visit St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica may be a pilgrimage site for Catholics, but even non-believers can appreciate the church’s architectural majesty. The original dates back to 349 A.D., when Constantine had a basilica built over the tomb of St. Peter, the first pope. That church was razed to make way for the current one, the world’s largest church at 18,000 square yards, which has been standing on this spot since 1626. Inside you’ll find Bernini’s masterful altarpiece—the great bronze baldacchino—and Michelangelo’s Pietà.

Climb the Spanish Steps

Fascinating in its contradictions, the Piazza di Spagna is both democratic and home to the city’s fanciest boutiques on Via dei Condotti, Rome’s legendary shopping street. Climb the famous steps leading to the Trinità dei Monti church to admire the piazza and Bernini’s ship-shaped fountain from above. If you’re feeling ambitious, climb to the Villa Medici for stunning views of the Centro Storico. Off to the side of the steps, you’ll find the Keats-Shelley Memorial House, one of Rome’s excellent under-the-radar museums.

Explore Trastevere

Trastevere means “across the Tiber,” and once you cross the river, you’ll notice the difference. The vibe is hip and bohemian, and you’ll find plenty of boutiques selling jewelry, perfumes, and handicrafts in a neighborhood where you can stroll aimlessly through the cobblestoned streets flanked by ochre buildings and stumble upon amazing discoveries.

Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain

Any trip to Rome would be incomplete without a visit to the Trevi Fountain. Nicola Salvi’s awe-inspiring Baroque masterpiece features a marble statue of Neptune at the center, surrounded by tritons. Legend has it that anyone who throws a coin in the fountain will return to Rome.

Admire masterpieces in Galleria Borghese and stroll through Villa Borghese

Nowhere in Rome—or dare we say, the world—will you find such a magnificent collection of Baroque art. The villa itself is a masterpiece, commissioned by seventeenth-century Cardinal Scipione Borghese to house his treasures, including Antonio Canova’s sculpture of Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister as Venus Victrix, Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne, and Caravaggio’s self-portrait as Bacchus. Tickets must be reserved in advance for slotted times.

 

 

Group Activities

We have arranged two exciting group activities for the 2017 Functional Polymeric Materials participants. Please find the details, timings and approximate prices for the activities below. One of the activities falls during conference free time and the other is scheduled the day before the meeting commences. This is a great opportunity to socialise with fellow colleagues outside of the conference whilst taking in the beautiful sights of Rome.

Ancient Rome Tour – Saturday 8th July 2017

The story of an ancient civilisation, its power, mentality, ambitions, passions, organisation and mistakes expressed through an entertainment building, the palaces of the rulers and the centre of a city! We will start this voyage back in time directly from the sand, blood, dirt and the luxury of the imperial arena and we will continue in the monumental Roman Forum, the financial, economical, religious centre of the roman civilisation that create "the modern us".

This activity will include a VIP tour of the Colosseum (1hour inside) followed by a tour of the Roman Forum (1hour). A tour guide is included and headsets will be provided should the group reach 10 or more participants.

Itinerary:

  • Restricted area Colosseum Arena
  • Colosseum ground floor and first ring
  • Constantine’s Arch
  • Roman Forum
  • Palatine Hill

Price: approx. €70 per person *
Tour duration: 3 hours including travel time
Level of difficulty: easy
Starting time: 13:00 (subject to change)
Meeting Point: Sheraton Roma Hotel Foyer

*Please note the price may vary slightly depending on final numbers, we will confirm the final price 1-2 days prior to registration.

Important information: 

As walking is involved in this tour we suggest that you wear comfortable footwear and clothing, we also recommend to protect yourself from the hot Italian sunshine and wear sun cream, a hat to cover your head and bring along a plastic bottle of water to stay hydrated.

For security reasons it is strictly forbidden to enter the Colosseum with large backpacks, bulky bags and luggage/trolley. Medium and small size backpacks can be introduced and must be screened by metal detectors, as any other bag. These must be opened and visually inspected by the security. Please note there is no place to store luggage if this is not permitted by security.

Liquids are allowed, however these must be in plastic bottles and you are able to refill your bottles at the fountains inside the Colosseum or Roman Forum. 

*Minimum of 10 people required*

Please note that sign-ups are required by Friday 16th June 2017, please contact Meredith@fusion-conferences.com if you’d like to participate. Payment for the trip will need to be made to Fusion by cash (Euro’s only) during the first day of the conference at the registration desk.

Payment is non-refundable should you later change your mind and decide not to participate in the trip.

 

Splendors of Baroque Evening Tour – Thursday 6th July 2017

 

A pleasant evening walking tour in the centre of Rome shaped by the Popes Baroque ideology and style expressed through architecture, sculpture and paintings.

A tour guide is included and headsets will be provided should the group reach 10 or more participants.

Itinerary:

  • Spanish Steps & Barcaccia Fountain
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Galleria Alberto Sordi & Colonna Square
  • Di Pietra Square
  • Saint Ignazio Church and Square
  • Pantheon & Della Rotonda Square
  • Navona Square & St. Agnese Church
  • Campo dei Fiori Square (the place where Julius Caesar was assassinated)
  • Farnese Square
  • A gelato/coffee stop.

Price: approx. €65 per person *
Tour duration: 3.5 - 4 hours including travel
Level of difficulty: easy
Starting time: 17:00 (subject to change)
Meeting Point: Sheraton Roma Hotel Foyer

*Please note the price may vary slightly depending on final numbers, we will confirm the final price 1-2 days prior to registration.

Important information: 

As walking is involved in this tour we suggest that you wear comfortable footwear and clothing. Although this tour is in the evening the temperatures and the sun in Rome can still be hot therefore we recommend still protecting yourself from the sun with sun cream and a hat. Also bring along a plastic bottle of water to stay hydrated, which you will be able to refill along the way.

*Minimum of 10 people required*

Please note that sign-ups are required by Friday 16th June 2017, please contact Meredith@fusion-conferences.com if you’d like to participate. Payment for the trip will need to be made to Fusion by cash (Euro’s only) during the first day of the conference at the registration desk.

Payment is non-refundable should you later change your mind and decide not to participate in the trip.

 

 

Oral Presenters

Talk Deadline: 29 May 2017

We have a number of oral opportunities available at this meeting. To be considered for a talk, please register for the conference and you will be able to submit your abstract online and monitor the status of your abstract through your Fusion account. Please use the abstract template provided and ensure your abstract is no longer than one page in length. Any abstracts exceeding this size may be cut short during print.

Please take note of the oral submission deadline: 22nd May 2017.

Please check the conference programme carefully to note your presentation time (inclusive of Q&A) should you be accepted for an oral presentation. We recommend you check our website regularly as the conference approaches. Regular programme updates will be released under the ‘Programme’ tab on the conference page.

Your Presentation on the Day

If you have prepared some slides to accompanying your talk please ensure you bring these with you on a USB or portable file saving device.

For those presenting on the first day, please email your slides to us so we can have everything prepared and ready for the first session. Please email your slides to: admin@fusion-conferences.com

On the day of your presentation please make yourself known to the AV team who will be available in the conference room. If you have any animations or videos we do advise to run through the presentation with the AV tech to make sure everything is compatible. We also advise that all speakers make themselves known to the AV tech in the conference room immediately before your session beings. The AV tech will apply your microphone and provide a laser pointer should you have an accompanying presentation. We prefer speakers to use our master laptop to run presentations from, however, if you prefer to use your own laptop, please notify us in advance.

It is important that all speakers adhere to their presentation time and respect their fellow presenters. A visual traffic light aide will be available to warn presenters and the audience as your time decreases.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to approach our AV tech or a member of the Fusion team.

Helpful Tips for Presentation Slides

Aspect Ratio: On Screen Show (16:9) and in Landscape Orientation; in any other format (i.e 4:3) your presentation will not fill our screens.
Font Size: Minimum font size used should be 24pt. 
File Type: Please safe your presentation in PPT or PPTS format. 
Video Clips: Please save these separately and do not build them into the PowerPoint. Videos will be played via the AV control desk using the master laptop.

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Posters

Poster Deadline: 29 May 2017

We have a number of poster opportunities available at this meeting. To be considered for a poster presentation, please register for the conference and you will be able to submit your abstract online and monitor the status of your abstract through your Fusion account. Please use the abstract template provided and ensure your abstract is no longer than one page in length. Any abstracts exceeding this size may be cut short during print.

Please take note of the poster submission deadline: 22nd May 2017.

Our poster boards can accommodate a maximum poster size of A0 (1189H x 841W mm), portrait in orientation. Posters exceeding this size may not fit on the poster boards provided and therefore we may be unable to display your poster, so please kindly keep to these measurements.

Displaying & Presenting Your Poster

During conference registration if you are presenting a poster please request a poster number from the registration desk. Please do not put up your poster without notifying a member of the Fusion team. Certain adhesive agents are not permitted at some venues therefore; Fusion will be the sole provider of all poster fixings.

You can display your poster from registration. Your poster can remain on display for the entire duration of the conference and we ask that posters are taken down on the final day of the meeting. The poster session is usually scheduled on Day 3, but please check the official programme for exact timings. Refreshments will be provided and the poster prizes will be awarded during the conference Gala Night that evening. 

2017 FPM Poster Prize

The conference chairs will be awarding 6 poster prizes for the best poster display and presentation. To be in with a chance of winning, submit your poster by 22nd May 2017. The winners will be selected shortly after the Poster Session and the following prizes will be awarded: Certifcate and a year’s subscription to either 'Polymer Chemistry' or 'Molecular Systems Design & Engineering' journal, both part of The Royal Society of Chemistry.

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