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What is SPSJ ?

The Society of Polymer Science, Japan (SPSJ), a non-profit organization authorized by the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture is mainly composed of polymer scientists, engineers and managers in academia, industries and governmental institutions. Its primary roll is to contribute to the development of polymer science and technology in Japan and the world as well.

Established in 1951 and having around 12,000 members from Japan and all the world over, SPSJ is now one of the oldest and largest organizations dedicated to polymers(macromolecules) and cerebrated its 50th anniversary in 2001. SPSJ organizes 8 regional chapters from Hokkaido to Kyushu and a special chapter for management people in polymer industries in Japan(Kobunshi Doyukai: The Federation of Technological Management in Polymer Industries, Japan).
SPSJ sponsors 4 Major Meetings a year, the Annual Meeting at the end of May, the Summer College in July, the Symposium on Macromolecules at the end of September and the Polymer Materials Forum in November. It also sponsors 8 Lecture Meetings every year discussing current topics on polymer science and technology or relevant general issues.
SPSJ now has 22 research groups covering various fields of polymer science and technology, such as Polymer Gels, Polymer Surface & Interface, Plastic Films, Biomedical Polymers, Adhesion and Coatings, Super Molecule, etc. Each research group is very active with study and lecture meetings for the purpose of information exchange in each research area.
SPSJ monthly publishes its organ "Kobunshi: High Polymers, Japan" which is delivered to every member and two journals "Kobunshi Ronbunshu: Japanese Journal of Polymer Science and Technology" and "Polymer Journal(in English)" which is circulated among polymer scientists worldwide.
Internationally, SPSJ is a founding member of the Pacific Polymer Federation (PPF) together with ACS of U.S.A. and RACI of Australia, of which members are polymer societies or organizations on the Pacific Rim. PPF holds Pacific Polymer Conference every two years, in the odd year. SPSJ also sends its representing people to IUPAC, Macromolecular Division as titular or associate members.
SPSJ itself has organized International Polymer Conference (IPC) every two or three years since 1984 with the aim of contributing to international scientific exchange among the countries worldwide.
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