The first Formula Conferences were initiated and organized by the French Chemical Society (SCF). Later, Formula Conferences expanded and became larger events, with the incorporation of various European Societies, namely the Formulation Science and Technology Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FSTG/RSC, United Kingdom), DECHEMA - Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology e.V. (DECHEMA, Germany), SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden AB (SP, Sweden), and the Spanish Group of Colloids and Interfaces of the Royal Societies of Chemistry and Physics (GECI/RSEQ-RSEF, Spain). Moreover, several companies (Akzo Nobel, BASF, Bayer, Evonik) also joined the organization, ensuring a truly and deep dialogue between Industry and Academia.
Formula Conferences were first organized in France (Formula I, Nice, 1987, and Formula II, Toulouse, 1990). After the second edition, Formula Conferences have acquired a full European dimension with Formula III (La Grande Motte, 2001, France) and the following sessions which took place in United Kingdom (London, 2005), Germany (Berlin, 2007), Sweden (Stockholm, 2010), France (Mulhouse, 2013) and Spain (Barcelona, 2016). Since Formula III, selected papers from oral or poster presentations have been published in special issues of international journals (Polymer International in 2003; Colloids and Surfaces A in 2006, 2008, 2014 and 2017; Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology in 2011). Finally, during Formula VII in Mulhouse and Formula VIII in Barcelona, the Formula Pierre Fillet Prize was awarded (to Gordon Tiddy and Conxita Solans, respectively), acknowledging an excellent career in and inspiring contributions to formulation, both in industry and academia.