The laboratory for "Aggregates, Interfaces and Materials for Energy" of the Institute Charles Gerhardt, is a joint CNRS-University Montpellier 2 research unit, labelled as a Carnot Institute by the French Ministry of Research in recognition of its very high quality level collaborative research with industry. Since the early days of the European JOULE projects this group, currently comprising 12 staff members and 10 post-docs and doctoral students, has contributed to novel approaches to intermediate and high temperature fuel cell membranes, and to the development of new concepts for hybrid and composite membranes, as well as to the understanding of degradation mechanisms leading to membrane and MEA failure. The group has participated in FP6 IPHE-GENIE and Autobrane and the CARISMA European Coordination Action on High Temperature Membrane Electrode Assemblies, which was initiated and led by CNRS Montpellier. The group is a partner in French national projects on polymer, composite, and proton ceramic membranes, and their ageing phenomena. The division of Polymer & Materials Chemistry at Lund University has been active in the area of proton and ion conducting electrolytes during the last 10 years. Expertise and experience have been developed in preparing and characterising different complex polymer systems for both ion and proton conducting electrolytes directed towards use in different energy-related devices. Activities include polymer synthesis via controlled polymerisations and functionalisations, structural characterisation, electrolyte membrane preparation, and characterisation of material properties using a wide variety of advanced techniques. The division has taken part in the European projects Autobrane and Carisma. Presently the division is active in the Swedish Mistra fuel cell research program, the Danish research program New Macromolecular Architectures and Functions for Proton Conducting Fuel Cell Membranes, and a number of national projects related to fuel cell membranes. Other active research areas, in addition to polymer electrolytes, are free volume and transport properties of polymers, polymer nanocomposites and blends, membranes for gas separation and water purification, biopolymers and medical polymers. The Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research as host institute is part of the Max Planck Society (MPG). The institute was founded in 1984. The aim of the institute is to develop new methods to synthesise, characterise, and better understand soft matter, and apply this to macromolecular materials. The MPI-PF forms an interdisciplinary environment where chemists, physicists, biologists and engineers work closely together. Six directors lead the divisions: Theory (K. Kremer), Synthetic Chemistry (K. Müllen), Solid State Chemistry (K. Landfester), Spectroscopy (H.W. Spiess), Polymer Physics (H.-J. Butt) and Materials Science (N.N). The ongoing research is extremely interdisciplinary and, in numerous fundamental and applied projects, combines the broad expertise of the institute within materials sciences (synthesis, characterization in solution, bulk and on surfaces, application and theory). Of particular interest is the relation between the chemical structure, the order and dynamics at different length scales, and the resul¬ting physical and chemical properties of macroscopic materials. On average, 550 staff (36% female, 64% male) are working at the Max PLanck Institute for Polymer Research: 110 permanent scientists (professor or with a PhD, about 20% international), up to 150 international visiting scientists (postdoctoral staff and guest scientists), 130 graduate students (>40% international) working towards a PhD in chemistry or physics and 20 undergraduate students. Per year about 30 students receive a PhD degree. 60 scientists have received a professorship at universities all over the world. 2009 it was ranked by the German Science Council among the 5 best German institutes for chemistry. It publishes per year more than 320 original papers. Among the total 635 publications in 2008-2009, 55 papers appeared in JACS (23) and Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (22) and 2 in Nature. The Max PLanck Institute for Polymer Research has participated in several national and international project focusing on the development of new membrane materials for fuel cell, and in EC projects Autobrane and CARISMA. The CNR-ITAE Institute, located in Messina, belongs to the Italian National Council of Research, Department of Energy and Transportation. The CNR-ITAE has a long and proven experience (around 30 years) in all categories of fuel cells having contributed to the penetration of fuel cell technology into Europe since the early 80s. In 1984, CNR-TAE inaugurated the first MCFC station in Europe following an agreement with IGT. CNR-ITAE has built and successfully run the only phosphoric acid fuel cells operating at 180 °C (PAFC) stack ever manufactured in Europe (1989). The fields of PEFC and DMFC have been actively investigated. CNR-ITAE has coordinated previous European programmes (e.g. JOU2-CT93-0290, "Theoretical and Experimental Studies for a Compact H2 Generator, via Catalytic Selective Partial Oxidation of CH4, integrated with second generation Fuel Cells". 1993-1995) and it is presently coordinator of a National Integrated project on fuel cells. The research approach of CNR-ITAE is based on a mixture of basic and applied research, achieved by a multi-disciplinary approach, innovating the fuel cells technology with the up-to-date knowledge in materials science, catalyst preparation, micro and nano technologies, polymer science, system engineering. Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells Ltd is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of fuel cell catalysts, membrane electrode assemblies and other catalysed components to fuel cell developers worldwide. Parent company, Johnson Matthey plc, has been at the forefront of research in fuel cell technology for many years and has invested in world-class research, testing and manufacturing facilities in the UK. The company has developed and supplied a significant proportion of the fuel cell catalysts for the major alkaline, phosphoric acid (PAFC) and proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) programmes of the last thirty years. In 2002, Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells Ltd. was formed to bring together the Group’s fuel cell expertise into a separate subsidiary company. Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells employs 125 staff in the UK, and several in the US and Japan. Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells is now a leading supplier of electrodes and MEAs for both low temperature PEMFC and direct methanol fuel cell applications and high temperature phosphoric acid based fuel cell systems. Over 50% of the staff are professional technical personnel with science and engineering qualifications, working in research, product and process development. Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells has participated in, and led, a number of UK DTI/TSB, US DOE and EU funded collaborative R&D projects (including HyTRAN in FP5 and CARISMA and Autobrane in FP6), and has well-established support groups (administrative, financial and legal) within the organisation to manage the contribution to these programmes and ensure successful delivery of the contractual requirements. FuMA-Tech “Functional Membranes and Plant Technology” combines the important tasks of providing energy and water, and is a member of BWT-AG best-water-technology, the leading water technology group in Europe. At the sites in St. Ingbert (Saarland) and Vaihingen (Baden-Württemberg) in Germany, FuMA-Tech is engaged in the fields of battery and fuel cell and membrane separation technologies. The company has more than 15 years’ experience in polymer and membrane production and in membrane separation technology. FuMA-Tech's highly qualified personnel has long experience in all fields of polymer chemistry and polymer membrane manufacture. From a technological viewpoint, FuMA-Tech has comprehensive skills that range from the synthesis of raw and auxiliary materials, to their conversion to membranes and their application in industrial membrane separation plants. Polymer synthesis, manufacturing experience in membrane production as well as the operation of these membranes in industrial products have provided the know-how for the development and serial production of proton-conductive polymers and membranes for all known electro-membrane applications including electrodialysis, acid and base dialysis, electrolysis, batteries and fuel cells. The main area of FuMA-Tech’s competence lies at the heart of the fuel cell, namely the proton-conductive membrane, fumapem®. The fuel cell strategy of FuMA-Tech is to supply all fuel cell industries with (a) ionomers in bulk powder or solution, (b) membranes from fluorinated ionomers, non-fluorinated ionomers and hybrid organic-inorganic composites for electrolysis, hydrogen fuel cells and direct methanol fuel cells. Furthermore, FuMA-Tech provides coating services for production of tailored membranes and catalyst coated membranes. As the sole supplier worldwide, FuMA-Tech currently offers a range of highly efficient fuel cell membranes based on conventional fluorocarbon polymers fumion® F, as well as on newly developed, modern, recyclable hydrocarbon polymer compounds fumion® P, E, ST and S. Pretexo is a small company, France, created in 2007 by Dr Nathalie Cros. Communication and information sharing are essential to scientific projects, and time consuming, and Pretexo has developed various activities to facilitate and improve information sharing, communication and dissemination between partners and towards the public. Pretexo proposes its skills in various fields such as administrative management, reporting, implementation of a dedicated project website and internal project workspace, and meeting organisation. Pretexo's assistance allows the coordinator and each partner to focus on scientific aspects of the project. Pretexo has already been involved in the administrative management and the achievement of communication tools (web sites, internal workspaces, workshop organisations) of different scientific projects, such as: European funded projects, French National Research Agency (ANR) funded projects. Pretexo is also in charge of scientific international meeting organisations.