FTPO conferences aim to bring together theorists, experimentalists and industrialists in the field of polymer research as well as applications. This year's conference will be held from 9th to 10th June 2022 at the Faculty of Polymer Technology (FTPO) in Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia and online, on the topic Polymer composites. We hope to provide a venue for discussions between scientists and engineers from academia and industry, bridging fundamental and applied aspects of polymer composites.

There is something new this year. We decided to invite as speakers two young doctors (finished PhD in 2020 or 2021) with outstanding achievements. The candidates should register and send a CV and motivation letter, explaining why they believe their achievements are great.

Due to the unfortunate Covid-19 situation, the conference will be organised as a hybrid conference (online and onsite). We suggest checking the status of your country and Slovenia frequently, to avoid unnecessary travelling complications. The condition for entering Slovenia and attending the conference is RVT requirement (recovered-vaccinated-tested). Organizers have the right to check the RVT requirement. The facial masks might also be mandatory.


Conference topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Manufacturing
  • Testing
  • Recycling
  • Design and modelling
  • Applications


Invited speakers

Dr. Christian Weimer
Dr. Christian Weimer

Airbus, Head of Materials, Central Research & Technology, Germany

Title: Improving life-cycle performance of advanced polymer composites

Prof. Dr. Andrea Toldy
Prof. Dr. Andrea Toldy

Budapest University of Technology and Economics Department of Polymer Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Hungary

Title: Flame retardancy solutions for carbon fibre reinforced composites

Prof. Dr. Jean-Marie Raquez
Prof. Dr. Jean-Marie Raquez

CIRMAP Laboratory of Polymeric and Composite Materials, Belgium

Title: Advances in Ionic Polymeric Materials and Related Interaction Mechanism Insights

Prof. Dr. Tony McNally
Prof. Dr. Tony McNally

University of Warwick, International Institute for Nanocomposites Manufacturing, Nanocomposites Research Group at WMG Great Britain

Title: Functionalisation of Graphene(s) for Light-weighting Automotive Components

Prof. Dr. Sabu Thomas
Prof. Dr. Sabu Thomas

Mahatma Gandhi University, Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Kottayam, Kerala, India

Title: Interfacial Modification in Rubber Nanocomposites to Tailor Functionalities

Prof. Dr. Francesca Nanni
Prof. Dr. Francesca Nanni

University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy

Title: /

prof. dr. Miran Mozetič
prof. dr. Miran Mozetič

Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana

Title: Selective removal of polymer matrix surface film for revealing the filler distribution and orientation in polymer composites

prof. dr. Pedro Camanho
 prof. dr. Pedro Camanho

Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal

Title: Virtual testing of polymer composite laminates across the scales

Invited Young researchers

We have also decided to invite two young PhDs (completion of PhD in 2020 - 2022) with outstanding PhD thesis. Candidates should register and send an abstract of PhD thesis, CV and a motivation letter ( via conference@ftpo.eu) explaining why they believe their PhD thesis in the field of polymer composites is special. Invited young lecturers will be exempted from paying the registration fee.


The program will be announced soon.

The conference will be organised as a hybrid with onsite and online lectures.

Conference dinner will be organised on Thursday, 9. 6. 2022.

Registration, paper submission and deadlines

Important dates:

  • 20th April 2022 Abstract submission Extended till 10th May.
  • 15th May 2022 Notification of the submission acceptance
  • 1st of June 2022 Final Programme
  • 9th - 10th of June 2022 Conference

Abstract submission:
Abstract should not be longer then one page. You can download the template HERE.
Send the abstract to: conference@ftpo.eu

Conference registration fee:

  • Onsite (275 EUR + VAT 22%)
  • Onsite students (150 EUR + VAT 22%)
  • Online (225 EUR +VAT 22%)
  • Online students (100 EUR + VAT 22%)


The conference fee includes all printed materials, refreshments (coffee, food and drinks) during the conference and the conference dinner for the visitors who will attend the conference in person (9th of June 2022).

The online conference fee includes all the materials in e-version and access the recorded presentations.


Authors are invited to publish their work in a special isue of peer reviewed open acces journal: Materials (IF=3.623, https://www.mdpi.com/journal/materials) by discount price. Submitted articles will be evaluated according to the usual procedure and accepted for publication if they demonstrate the appropriate quality.


Conference Polymer Composites will be held at the Faculty of Polymer Technology in Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia.

How to get there?

By car:
The easiest way is by car. Slovenj Gradec is located in a beautiful valley in north-east of Slovenia, 120 km from the capital city, Ljubljana. At the highway, Ljubljana-Maribor, take the exit ŽALEC and continue in a direction Velenje, Slovenj Gradec. Drive carefully, also because there is a stationary radar in the centre of Velenje, and police are measuring speed regularly in several places (Paka pri Velenju, Šmartno pri Slovenj Gradcu,…).

By plane:
The transport from the Ljubljana airport (Airport Jože Pučnik) can be booked by GoOpti. The other airports in the vicinity are Zagreb (Croatia) and Graz (Austria) but it might be a bit inconvenient to come to Slovenj Gradec. However, GoOpti is offering transport from those airports as well. If several of you come at approximately the same time we might help to organise transport.

By train
The nearest train station is Velenje. If you get there we will organise the transport to Slovenj Gradec, just let us know in advance.

You can book an accommodation at:
Hotel Slovenj Gradec: http://www.hotelslovenjgradec.si/
Vila Pohorje: http://vilapohorje.si/ (Hotel and hostel)
Hostel Slovenj Gradec: http://www.turizem-slovenjgradec.si/en/accommodation/youth-hostel
Hiša Ančka: https://www.hisaancka.si/home_eng/
Tourist farm Plesnik: http://www.rotovnik-plesnik.si/staying
Tourist farm Lešnik: https://www.farmtourism.si/farm/ekoloska-turisticna-kmetija-lesnik
Tourist farm Klevž: http://www.klevz.si/index.php/prenocisca

Coffee breaks
A morning, and afternoon coffee breaks will be served in the conference site.


For additional information regarding submissions you can contact us on conference@ftpo.eu



Local Organizing Committee

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Irena Pulko

Faculty of Polymer technology, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia

Silvester Bolka

Faculty of Polymer technology, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia

Maja Mešl

Faculty of Polymer technology, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia

Sara Jeseničnik

Faculty of Polymer technology, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia

Scientific Committee

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Miroslav Huskić

Faculty of Polymer technology, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia

Prof. Dr. Jean-Marie Raquez

CIRMAP Laboratory of Polymeric and Composite Materials, Belgium

Dr. Ajay Rane

Durban Univ Technol, Dept Mech Engn, Composite Res Grp, Durban, South Africa

Dr. Hanna Maria

Mahatma Gandhi Univ, Int & Inter Univ Ctr Nanosci & Nanotechnol, Kerala, India

Prof. Dr. Paola Ayala

Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna, Austria

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ivan Brnardić

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Metalurgy, Sisak, Croatia

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kovács József Gábor

Department of Polymer Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary