The link between Australian and European polymer science has traditionally been a very strong one, ranging from the frequent interchange of post-doctoral researchers to joint PhDs programs between European and Australian universities (e.g. QUT/KIT) or even strategic research alliances (e.g. Monash/Warwick). The cross-continental research activities additionally include frequent conference attendances on both continents, for example at the last European Polymer Federation Congress in Dresden in June 2015, where a dedicated and highly successful Australian/European workshop was held to identify avenues to further strengthen the collaborative efforts. The 36th Australasian Polymer Symposium held in Lorne, Victoria, in November of this year will see substantial European involvement and the up-coming European Polymer Federation Conference in Lyon in 2017 will welcome a large Australian delegation in a dedicated workshop.