This conference has had great success as the premier conference bringing together the polymer community and fuel cell scientists. Our objective is to engage a broad spectrum of the polymer community in meeting the needs of this technology. We will schedule talks that present the vision of the funding agencies and industry to provide perspective followed by talks from leading researchers in proton-conducting electrolyte synthesis, characterization, processing and application. We will maintain our historical key focus on polymer membranes for fuel cells but have broadened our interests to include anion exchange membranes, lithium and flow battery membranes, water electrolysis membranes, hydrogen electrolysis membranes, photoelectrochemical cell membranes and related areas. Extensive poster sessions will present an opportunity for students and newcomers to ‘show their stuff’ to the community. The poster sessions have historically been an extremely active part of the conference.