Welcome to the

Young Polymer Researchers Austria Meeting (YPRA)

to be held in Weiz, Austria from September 18-20, 2024

The meeting aims to bring together undergraduate and graduate students as well as early career postdoctoral researchers in the field of polymer science from Austria, but is also open to participants from other countries and later career stages. The meeting provides a forum for the presentation of research in the form of oral and poster presentations, with ample time for networking and some input from senior researchers.

Set in the beautiful surroundings of Weiz, the meeting will include social activities such as summer curling and enjoying local specialties, allowing you to meet your future colleagues from polymer-related industries in the heart of Europe.

The YPRA meeting, if successful, will continue as a meeting series complementing the Polymer Meetings, a biennial conference series organized by the polymer communities of Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia. The next Polymer Meeting, number 16, will take place in Prague in Sept. 1-4, 2025.

Organization team: Larissa Donner, Lena Hofbauer, Johanna Lang, Zuzana Reuter, Matthias Steiner, Peter Weiss, Gregor Trimmel and Christian Slugovc

Advisory board: Alexander Bismarck (Univ. Wien), Oliver Brüggemann (JKU), Wolfgang Kern (MUL), Robert Liska (TU Wien), Christian Paulik (JKU), Sandra Schlögl (PCCL), Christian Slugovc (TU Graz), Gregor Trimmel (TU Graz)


The meeting will begin on Wednesday, September 18, 2024 at 10h00 and end on Friday, September 20, 2024 in the afternoon and will take place in Weiz/Krottendorf at the Garden of Generations. A tentative schedule is provided below. Please note that this schedule may change depending on the number of participants. However, the start time is fixed.


Registration fees include access to the scientific sessions, all coffee breaks, snack lunches, two evening events, and the Book of Abstracts. Accompanying persons are welcome, but no reduction in the conference fee can be granted. The fees for academic participants and delegates from competence centers are:

  • € 250 (Early Bird - for those who register by June 10, 2024)
  • € 300 (regular fee valid until Sept. 17, 2024)
  • € 350 (for those registering on site - cash only!)

The event is also open to industry delegates, in which case the registration fee is € 700.

Please download the registration form (.pdf), fill it out and return it via e-mail to ypra@tugraz.at. You will then receive an invoice (see general information below).


  • Start of abstract submission: Jan. 1, 2024
  • Start of registration: Jan. 1, 2024
  • Abstract submission 1st round ends: June 1, 2024
  • Notification on abstract acceptance until June 5, 2024
  • Early bird registration fee ends: June 10, 2024
  • Abstract submission 2nd round ends: Aug. 10, 2024
  • Notification on abstract acceptance until Aug. 15, 2024
  • Notification of final program: Sept. 5, 2024
  • Cancellation fee € 70 until Sept. 10, 2024 - afterwards 100% of the registration fee
  • On-site registration fee: Sept. 18, 2024


  Payment is possible by bank transfer or on site (only in cash). All payments for the school are made in Euro. After successful registration you will receive a confirmation by email to the address you specified in the registration process containing your registration number and an invoice.
  Cancellation and refunding - Requests for cancellation made prior to Sept. 10, 2024 will be subject to a € 70,- administration fee. Cancellation after Sept. 10, 2024 will result in forfeiture of the registration fee. All cancellations and changes must be submitted in written form - with indication of full name, invoice number and bank details for reimbursement to: ypra@tugraz.at
If the meeting is cancelled for whatever reason, fees paid will be refunded. Further recourse is excluded.
  VAT is not levied because the Graz University of Technology is not an entrepreneur in accordance with § 2 Abs. 3 ÖUStG (Austrian VAT law) and Art 9 of the European VAT Directive for the services rendered in this case. For this reason no VAT and no VAT identification number is stated on the invoice.
  Liability - The Organizer does not accept liability for the correctness and completeness in respect to conference documentation and content. The Organizer will not assume any responsibility whatsoever for any damage or injury to persons or property during the conference.
  Passport and Visas: All non-residents of the EU are required to have a valid passport. Participants should check regarding visa requirements for travel to Austria. Applications should be made to the nearest Austrian Embassy or Consulate as soon as possible. Citizens of member states of the European Union, the USA, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Israel, Canada or Brasil (incomplete and non-committal list) do not need visas.
  Photographs, video-streaming, etc. during the conference – The Organizer may free of charge and without the further consent of the participants use and release pictures and shots taken of the participants and/or their works (such as posters, excerpts of presentations or lectures) during YPRA for the purpose of reports of YPRA and public relation work. Attendees who do not wish to give permission please email to ypranoSpam@tugraz.at before the commencement of the conference.

 Abstract Submission

Please prepare your abstract according to the template (.docx) that you can download here. Please limit the abstract to one page. The abstract should be submitted in .docx format via e-mail to slugovc@tugraz.at. Please indicate in the e-mail whether you prefer a contributed talk or a poster presentation. Please note that the number of contributed talks is limited and a selection will be made on the basis of the abstracts submitted (requesting a talk).

Abstracts submitted by June 1, 2024 will be reviewed and accepted abstracts and accepted presentation type will be notified by June 5, 2024. A second round for late abstract submissions will be open until August 10, 2024, in which case decisions will be communicated by August 15, 2024.

The compilation of the abstracts will be published as an electronic open access publication by the publishing house of the Graz University of Technology.



We kindly ask you to book your accommodation on your own. A limited number of rooms of all types (1-4 persons) have been prereserved at the following hotels (in order of distance from the venue):

  • Hotel Allmer (available from 18.09. to 20.09.) - prereservation until 15. 06. 2024
  • Der Ederer (available from 17.09. or 18.09. to 20.09.) - prereservation until 15. 06. 2024
  • Jufa Weiz (available from 17.09. or 18.09. to 20.09.) - prereservation until 31. 05. 2024

Please make your reservations by e-mail and use the code "YPRA" at the time of booking.

A list of other available accommodations in Weiz can be found online (tourismus-weiz) and bookings can also be made through this portal.

Travel information

The meeting will be held at the Garten der Generationen (see google-maps).

Weiz can be reached