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Horizons symposium: Polymers at the human interface

19 - 20 November 2024, 100190 Beijing, China



Join us for this exciting in person symposium hosted by Materials Horizons and Nanoscale Horizons.
The symposium will showcase a wide variety of cutting-edge work at the intersection of polymers and polymer nanoparticles with the human body, including sensors, wearable technologies and biomedical applications.
We warmly invite you to join us in November 2024 and look forward to welcoming you to the discussion.

About the symposium

Leading researchers and emerging investigators from a broad range of backgrounds will come together to explore and celebrate the theme of the 2024 Horizons symposium: Polymers at the human interface.

Oral and poster presentation opportunities are available to researchers of all career stages and we invite you to submit an abstract to make your contribution. The conference promises to be a great forum for researchers across materials and nanoscience to network with and build strong collaborations, with ample opportunities to engage with members of the Materials Horizons and Nanoscale Horizons Editorial Boards.
Join us for some exciting discussions and to share your ideas with key members of the materials and nanoscience community.

This symposium will feature research over a range of topics, including polymers and polymer nanoparticles for: 
  • Sensors and theranostics
  • Wearable technologies
  • Bioelectronics
  • Drug delivery
  • Tissue engineering
  • Novel therapeutic approaches
Abstract Submission

Oral abstracts

Submit your oral abstract by 19 August 2024

Poster abstracts

Submit your poster abstract by 9 September 2024. Posters are displayed throughout the meeting with a dedicated poster session and refreshments on the first evening of the symposium. If your poster is accepted for this event, you will receive an email from us with further information. 

Additional information

All abstracts will be reviewed and authors will be notified of the outcome of the review process within about 4 weeks of the submission deadline. The abstracts should be no longer than one A4 page in portrait layout. Please ensure you provide the details of the presenting author. 

Planning your trip

We encourage delegates who are planning to attend events in person to arrange suitable travel and accommodation insurance, which should include cover for the postponement or cancellation of travel caused by regulations and guidelines relating to Covid-19. We also recommend considering flexible travel and accommodation booking options where possible. 

Registration includes:
  • Attendance at all scientific sessions
  • Live interaction with delegates
  • Attendance at the poster session
  • Refreshments throughout the meeting
Please note accommodation is not included in the in-person registration fee.

Registration fees are as follows (subject to VAT at the prevailing rate):
Early bird
(before and on 30 September)
(after 30 September and on-site)
RSC Member 1000 RMB+VAT 1200 RMB+VAT
Non-member 1200 RMB+VAT 1400 RMB+VAT
Student RSC member 500 RMB+VAT 700 RMB+VAT
Student non-member 600 RMB+VAT 800 RMB+VAT
All prices quoted do not include VAT, which is added during registration at the prevailing rate in the UK

RSC members and student RSC members

If you are a Royal Society of Chemistry member and wish to register for this meeting, please select the member option on the online registration page. You will need to enter your membership number.

Non-member and student non-members

For non-member registrants, affiliate membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry until July 2025 is available, the affiliate membership application will be processed and commence once the registrant has attended the event. 

Student delegates

In order to encourage undergraduate or postgraduate students to attend the Discussion, a reduced conference fee is available for students. This fee applies to those undertaking a full-time course for a recognised degree or a diploma at a university or equivalent institution.


The Royal Society of Chemistry is keen to encourage and enable as many people as possible to attend our events, to benefit from the networking opportunities and the chance to hear talks from leaders in the field. If you would like to discuss accessibility, please contact us to discuss your requirements so that we can enable your attendance.
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National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST)

National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST), No.11 ZhongGuanCun BeiYiTiao, 100190 Beijing, China

Zhiyong Tang (Co-chair), National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China

Prof. Zhiyong Tang, the Director-General of NCNST, was elected as Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2023. He earned his Ph.D. from the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in 2000 and his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Wuhan University in 1993 and 1996, respectively. Following six years of experience as a postdoctoral fellow at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Michigan, he joined NCNST as a Principal Investigator in November 2006. His research interests primarily focus on the fabrication, assembly, and applications of inorganic nanomaterials in energy and catalysis.

  • Katharina Landfester (Co-chair) Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany
  • Martina Stenzel (Co-chair) University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Materials Horizons Editorial Board United Kingdom
  • Nanoscale Horizons Editorial Board United Kingdom
  • National Center for Nanoscience and Technology China

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