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Winnipeg Welcomes World Polymer Congress

When the 49th World Polymer Congress comes to Winnipeg in July, it will mark the first time Canada has hosted this congress since it became a biennial event in 1998.  Over 300 delegates from polymer science communities in over 30 countries will share their knowledge and experiences either in person or by recordings that will be available on demand.

Previously held in such destinations as South Korea, Australia, Turkey, Thailand, UK, USA, Chinese Taipei, Brazil, France, China and Poland — the question you might be asking is why Winnipeg? The answer is why not!

Not only does Winnipeg have a strong research and development environment making our city a perfect fit to assemble, network, collaborate, and further develop polymer science research, Winnipeg also has a team of dedicated community leaders who stepped up years ago and said it’s time to bring it home.

The “Bring it Home” program is a targeted initiative within Economic Development Winnipeg (EDW) that is designed to work with community leaders, especially those who sit on a board or committee and has been extremely successful in the past for securing numerous national and international conventions. As local hosts or ambassadors, these leaders often represent academia, research, or work in specialized areas and are well positioned to use their influence and direct connection within their group to advocate for Winnipeg as their next convention destination.

“Back in 2016, a lead generator based in Australia presented us, along with our partners at EDW, with a potential international convention opportunity and the name of a local contact,” said David Chizda, Director, Sales and Business Development, RBC Convention Centre. “Dr. Song Liu, a Professor of Polymer Chemistry, Biomaterials Synthesis and Polymer Surface Engineering from the University of Manitoba was identified as our first point of contact.”

Seen as an opportunity to highlight the polymer science research communities in Canada in a global setting, Dr. Liu along with co-chair Lena Horne, Senior Scholar, Department of Biosystems Engineering Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences from the University of Manitoba immediately went to work.

With the assistance and support of Tourism Winnipeg, Convention Centre, and Travel Manitoba, presentations and promotional materials were created for Horne who presented at meetings in Brazil, Australia, Korea and France to raise awareness of Winnipeg’s capabilities to host an international conference.

“Bringing an international conference to a city can take years of coordinating and planning the perfect program. With various incentives, resources and tools as part of the Bring it Home program, we work closely with our local champions every step of the way to make it as easy as possible,” added Chizda.

“Since we reserved Winnipeg as the host city back in 2017, we’ve been working hard to plan a congress with input from scientists from many countries to build a strong program that reflects the innovative polymer research that contributes to the betterment of society,” said Horne. “For delegates who will be visiting our province for the first time, they will have ample opportunities to explore our city and all its amazing attractions like the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Qaumajuq at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Diversity Gardens at Assiniboine Park, and Journey to Churchill at the Assiniboine Park Conservancy during Winnipeg’s beautiful summer months”.

MACRO 2022 will be an invaluable forum for polymer research communities in Canada to connect and share knowledge and professional experiences with the worldwide polymer research community and we can’t wait to show the world that it’s been worth the wait!

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