PDDG Conference – Malta 2019


Welcome to the Polymer Degradation Discussion Group

The 33rd Polymer Degradation Discussion Group Conference
(PDDG-2019) will be held during 1st - 5th September 2019 at:

Hilton Malta Hotel
Portomaso, St. Julian PTM01, Malta

Topics of the Conference

  1. Polymer ageing: thermal-, photo-, hydrolytic-, environmental and bio-degradation.
  2. Polymer stabilisation: strategies for different applications.
  3. Polymer modification: including long-term performance.
  4. Polymer Nanocomposite.
  5. Modelling: at the material, multi-material and system level for ageing and life assessment.
  6. Characterisation: including detection and analysis of polymer systems.


The PDDG Chairperson, and on behalf of the PDDG Committee, would like to invite you to participate and to share your latest scientific findings with colleagues in the field that will make the 33rd PDDG Conference a significant and enjoyable meeting. Looking forward to welcoming you to the meeting at Malta.

Professor S. Al-Malaika
Chairperson of PDDG


The PDDG venue and conference is to be held at the Hilton Hotel which is located in the Portomaso Yacht Marina, just 15 minutes away from UNESCO World Heritage Capital City Valletta. This Malta hotel features three restaurants, four bars, four outdoor pools, two children's pools and a heated indoor pool area. Relax in stylish and spacious guest rooms with year-round Mediterranean sunshine and an abundance of outdoor activities from a Maltese hotel designed with guest, business meetings and conferences in mind. It is located in the St. Julian’s area just 20 minutes taxi drive from Malta International Airport. http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/malta/hilton-malta-MLAHITW/index.html Delegates wishing to stay at this Hotel should look at booking web-sites or holiday sites for special rates as the standard 5* rates are high.

Hotels in Vicinity of Hilton for Delegates

  • Rokna Hotel : Rate approx. £75 pn
  • Onyx Suites : Rate approx.. £102 pn
  • Valentina Hotel: Rate approx.. £140 pn
  • Cavalieri Hotel: Rate approx. £72 pn
  • Alexandra Hotel: Approx. £70 pn

There are a number of other hotels in the vicinity of St. Julian’s Bay area close to the Hilton Hotel many within walking distance of up to 500 metres or further afield.


Public Transport

Bus Service Malta Public Transport is the company set up in 2014 to operate the bus services in Malta and Gozo. Bus services on the Maltese islands generally operate daily between 5:30 and 23:00hrs. Bus no. 222 operates on the Island to the Hilton Hotel. Route Information There are a total of 80 different routes that link the different localities in Malta to either major hubs such as Valletta, Mater Dei Hospital and the Airport or to other destinations. Meanwhile 15 different routes operate in Gozo primarily from the central hub of Victoria Bus Station to various localities on the island. Generally, one or two digit routes (Eg. 1, 2, 3, ... 12... 34... 94) denote mainline routes that operate to and from Valletta from various localities. Express routes are designated with an "X". These routes have limited stops and operate to and from the Airport from different localities. Three digit routes link different localities together. In most cases these routes do not serve Valletta, but might serve other interchanges such as University and Mater Dei Hospital. Reaching the airport in Malta by bus is very straightforward thanks to four express lines designated X1, X2, X3 and X4. They are fully air-conditioned and have extra space for luggage and passenger comfort. Jump on any one of these and you’re either heading towards Malta International Airport or away from it. Visit the website here for detailed information about these services and other bus routes to and from the rest of Malta. Car & Coach Hire  Renting a car is a good option if you want to get to the farther reaches of the island. All the road signs are in English and driving is on the left. Major international brands and local car hires are located on Malta and Gozo with daily rates of €16 - €28. International and national driving licenses are acceptable. A number of internationally based car hiring firms, as well as local companies, also offer the services of chauffeur-driven cars, minivans and coaches. Taxis  The white taxi service can pick up passengers from anywhere, except bus-stops. Taxi services from the Malta International Airport to all localities in Malta are based on a fixed tariff and usually displayed in the terminal. Remember: It's always better to enquire and agree on a fare before you enter a taxi.

Important Dates
Abstract Submission Deadline
30th June 2019
Acceptance Notification:
15th July 2019
Payment deadline for delegates accepted for oral or poster presentations:
22nd July 2019
(see notes in registration form)
Payment deadline for invited / plenary lecture speakers:
26th July 2019

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