International Shellac Symposium in Mainz (ISSM) 2023

Shellac is currently experiencing a tremendous renaissance as biogenic material for various modern applications. This represents the first international symposium on shellac in Europe!

Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany
17th and 18th of October 2023

Why Mainz

Mainz as venue has several reasons: On one side, shellac has played in past a huge importance in this town for the production of furniture. Therefore, Mainz was a major place where shellac was processed for almost 150 years. The venue is the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, which is among the big 15 universities in Germany and located close to Frankfurt Airport – the largest airport hub in Germany. Mainz itself is a lovely town with a history dating back more than 2000 years which can be easily seen by many ancient remains, e.g. the Roman theatre.

Registration Information

Registration is free of charge. There is no conference fee. Poster presentation slots are still available. Please send abstracts to until the 5th of October, if you are giving an oral or poster presentation.




Tuesday, 17th October

10:00 a.m. : Registration
11:00 a.m. : First presentation, end at 6:45 p.m.
07:30 p.m. : Dinner for invited guests only.

Wednesday, 18th October

08:30 a.m. : Registration
09:00 a.m. : First presentation, end at 5:00 p.m.
07:30 p.m. : Dinner for invited guests only.


Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research Ackermannweg 10 55128 Mainz Germany
Room: Hermann-Staudinger-Hörsaal

Transportation Information

Here you can find information how to get to the location by public transportation, by car or by plane.