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The Waterborne Symposium

Environmentally Friendly Coating Technologies

Mission Statement:

To administer the preeminent educational/technical forum in the United States directed to the science and technology of surface coatings and  to provide revenue to support and advance the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at The University of Southern Mississippi.



Coatings Formulators


    Research & Development

    Applicators /  Technicians

    Technical Managers

    Corporate/Executive Management / Marketing

    Raw Materials Suppliers

Market Segments Representedat Conference:

Who typically attends Waterborne? 

Waterborne attendees typically include: coatings formulators, research and development scientists/chemists, technical managers or technical sales managers in the coatings or related fields, management or marketing executives, owners of small paint companies, coatings end users, coatings applicators/technicians, academicians and students in chemistry/polymers/coatings.  The vast majority (75-85%) of Waterborne attendees are employed in private industry, the balance are academic/government.

2017 Short Courses Offered

February 19 - 21, 2017

Reformulating to Waterborne Coatings – 2 Day Class
Dr. Robson F. Storey

Who should attend:  This shortcourse is a specialized course covering waterborne paint types only, it is designed for all levels of formulators who are specifically interested in waterborne coatings.

Fundamentals of Coatings – 1 Day Add-on Class

The Science of Formulating – 2 Day Class (can be bundled with 1 Day Class)
Dr. Shelby F. Thames

Who should attend:   This short course is a general course covering major paint types, presented at a fundamental technical level, and is designed for entry-level chemists to the coatings industry.

NEW FOR 2017

Statistical Design of Experiments – 2 Day Class
Dr. Sarah Morgan and Dr. Les Goff

Who should attend: The course is designed for coatings chemists, formulators, and product developers interested in improving efficiency and effectiveness of the design process.