The Workshop intends to present ongoing as well as planned polymer research within the two geographic entities. This should set the scene for mutual exchange of knowledge and novel ideas that could develop into wider dissemination of research advances, industrial innovation and professional networking. Also possible exchange of students and post-docs beyond existing alliances could be fostered. New collaborations will be favoured, which could eventually help to envision international polymer research consortia. Strong international consortia with solid industrial support seem presently necessary in order to obtain substantial funding, e.g. from EU.