Nordic Rheology Conference & Nordic Polymer Days
Espoo, August 18-20, 2021


In 2021, the Nordic Rheology Conference will be organized jointly with the Nordic Polymer Days (NRC&NPD2021). The special theme of the conference is 'Sustainable Chemistry and Materials', but oral and poster contributions from all areas of rheology and polymer research are warmly welcome.



The NRC&NPD2021 conference will take place at Aalto University, located in the city of Espoo. The university is conveniently located about 10 kilometers from the center of Helsinki, and it can be easily reached by public transportation (metro/buses).

The conference organizers are closely following the development of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the moment, the conference is expected to take place in a hybrid format (both physical and online participation possible).



Minna Hakkarainen is a Professor of Polymer Technology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. Her research interest is sustainable polymers including biobased, degradable and/or recyclable polymers.

Anne-Marie Hermansson is a Professor of Structured biomaterials and Food Science at the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. Over the years, her research has focused on biopolymers and biomaterials related to food.

Kiyohiko Igarashi is an Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo, Japan, and a Visiting Professor at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. His research focuses on the biodegradation of cellulose, as well as on the microbiology of wood-rotting fungi.

Robert Luxenhofer is a Professor of Soft Matter Chemistry at the University of Helsinki, Finland. His research interests are novel drug delivery systems for highly hydrophobic drugs as well as proteins and RNA/DNA.

Tiina Nypelö is an Assistant Professor at the Division of Applied Chemistry at the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. Her research interests are in lignocellulosic materials and their utilization in engineered products.

Bernhard A. Wolf is a Professor of the Physical Chemistry of Polymers at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany. His main scientific interests lie in the field of rheology, thermodynamics and polymer fractionation.



Helsinki Airport has connections with various European major airports. From the airport you can get to Helsinki city center with both train and bus. More information can be found on the airport's website. You can reach the conference venue at Aalto University campus by metro from Helsinki city center (10-15min).



The conference is co-organized by Aalto University, the Nordic Rheology Society and the Society for Wood and Polymer Chemistry in Finland. The core organizing committee consists of:
Michael Hummel, Aalto University
Olli-Ville Laukkanen, RWTH Aachen University
Sami Hietala, University of Helsinki
Sami-Pekka Hirvonen, University of Helsinki





  May 14, 2021
Abstract submission
  June 14, 2021
Manuscript submission for the Annual Transactions of the Nordic Rheology Society



NRC&NPD postponed until summer 2021
We regret to inform you that the NRC&NPD conference has been postponed until summer 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The exact conference dates will be announced later on the conference website and in the LinkedIn and Facebook groups. The delegates who have already registered for the conference and/or submitted an abstract will be contacted by email in the coming weeks. We apologize for the inconvenience and we are eager to see you in 2021!

At the same time, we are pleased to inform you that a virtual rheology meeting is planned for August 2020! Further details will be announced later on the NRS website and social media groups. ;