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Spanish-Portuguese Local Chapter

The Spanish-Portuguese Local Chapter is celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2020, with the 13th edition of their Conference on Controlled Drug Delivery, which will take place in Santiago de Compostela (Spain) from the 22nd to the 24th of January. Founded in 1995 in Santiago de Compostela, and supported by Prof. Nicholas Peppas who had suggested it one year before, this local chapter of the Controlled Release Society began its activity under the leadership of Prof. María José Alonso, now Immediate Past President of the Society. Since then, the Spanish-Portuguese Conference on Controlled Drug Delivery has been held in numerous cities across both countries, with several reference figures of the field serving as Local Chapter Board members. In 2020, the conference goes back to where it all started, with an exciting program including plenary talks from Profs. Alexander T. Florence (University of London, UK), Mark Prauznitz (Georgia Tech, USA), Steven R. Little (University of Pittsburgh, USA), Ignacio Melero (University of Navarra, Spain) and Luis Liz-Marzán (CIC biomaGUNE, San Sebastian, Spain). The conference will cover a wide range of topics in the controlled release field, including short talks selected from abstracts, a discussion panel on “The perspective of the Industry in Nanomedicine” and a session dedicated to celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Local Chapter. In this special session, some of the past Presidents of the chapter and representatives of other European Local Chapters will provide insightful testimonies about these 25 years of developments in the field of controlled drug delivery in Spain and Portugal – a special event not to be missed! More information here: https://www.splc-crs.org/meeting-2020/


UK & Ireland Local Chapter

In June 2019, the UK & Ireland Local Chapter of the Controlled Release Society met in Liverpool for its annual Workshop & Symposium. This was another excellent opportunity for postgraduate students, industry and academic professionals working in pharmaceutical drug delivery to present their most recent work and network with others in the field. Spread over two days and hosted by Dr. Sarah Gordon at the Liverpool John Moores University, the event included a pre-symposium workshop with an inspiring keynote talk by Prof. Justin Hanes (Johns Hopkins Medicine, USA), current CRS President, as well as a panel discussion on “Life after a PhD”, with representatives from industry and academia. On the main symposium programme, the attendees could benefit from interesting plenary talks by Profs. Kostas Kostarelos (University of Manchester, UK) and Andrew Owen (University of Liverpool), as well as a selection of excellent research talks from PhD students and postdoctoral researchers from across the region. Finally, a “soapbox session” highlighted some of the hidden talents of drug delivery researchers, including singing, poetry writing and public speaking! As usual, the attendees were also able to enjoy an entertaining networking night, where surely many connections and perhaps future collaborations were established. One thing is certain – the UK & Ireland Local Chapter will meet again on 2nd-3rd June 2020 for another inspiring session of science, communication and good fun, this time at the University of Manchester – don’t miss it! Registration and abstract submission will open in January 2020, more information here: https://www.ukicrs.org/


APS PharmSci 2020

The 11th International PharmSci Conference organised by the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences will take place in Belfast (UK) in September 2020. This event, under the theme “Holistic approaches to better medicines”, provides an excellent opportunity for presenting and discussing the latest advances in the design and manufacture of medicines, covering all steps from their discovery and formulation to their commercialisation. The presence of representatives from industry and academia at the conference will provide a dynamic forum to discuss and explore new technologies, processes and developments, which will contribute to the progress of research in the scope of the Pharmaceutical Sciences. In September 2020, Queen’s University Belfast will be the gathering point for researchers from across the UK, Ireland and beyond to showcase their high-quality work and to lead the way towards an era of pharmaceutically driven healthcare. Learn more about the details of this event here: https://www.apsgb.co.uk/event/pharmsci-2020/