The Carisma conferences are well recognised in the community of fuel cell research and application. They were initiated by Deborah Jones as a follow-up of a European Research Project. The conference covers all aspects of Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells but with an emphasis on HT-PEM. Previous conferences were held in La Grande Motte, France (2008 and 2010), Copenhagen, Denmark (2012), and Cape Town, South Africa (2014). The CARISMA 2017 conference is scheduled from the 9th April - 12th April 2017 at Newcastle University in Newcastle upon Tyne. Prof. Kallitsis is invited to give a keynote lecture in the area of “Polymer Development”.