Report on ECerS XV Conference in Budapest

The 15th Conference & Exhibition of the European Ceramic Society (ECerS2017) was held in Budapest, between July 9 and 13, 2017.

For the first time, the Conference was organised jointly by two member societies namely the Turkish Ceramic Society and the Hungarian Scientific Society of the Silicate Industry.

Since the first ECerS Conference in 1989, the tremendous growth in interest and participation from ceramic communities has made the ECerS Conference a globally popular venue for scientists, artists, students and industrialists willing to have a direct access to one of the largest community of international experts of ceramic art, science and technology.

The ECerS2017 Conference has been organised around 12 general themes that cover most aspects of ceramics science and technology: New developments in processing and synthesis with a special focus on additive manufacturing; High temperature processes and advanced sintering; Advanced structural ceramics; Electroceramics and optical materials; ceramics for novel energy conversion, storage and use; Ceramics and glasses for healthcare; Challenges and opportunities in industrial ceramics; The ceramics genome: modelling, simulation and in-situ experimentation; Boron-based ceramics; Cultural heritage; Refractories; and Art and Ceramics.

The Conference Satellite Events have been organized on 6 scientific themes focusing on Advanced ceramics for dentistry; Smart manufacturing systems for industry; Ceramics and composites in harsh nuclear environment; New frontiers on ceramic characterisation techniques; the Young Ceramists Network; and the Student Speech Contest.

This year we had about 800 participants from more than 50 countries. The extensive scientific program consisted of 2 plenary lectures (Pavol Sajgalik and Mrityunjay Singh), 90 invited and 300 oral presentations divided into 6 parallel sessions. 330 posters have been presented in two poster sessions.

The prestigious ECerS Society Awards have been presented during the ECerS Award Ceremony to:
  • Rodrigo Moreno, JECS Trust Award
  • Haibo Zhang, JECS Best Paper Award
  • Anne Leriche, Stuijts Award
  • Kathleen Richardson, Richard Brook Award
  • Joachim Heym, Industrial Award
  • David Salamon, Young Scientist Award
This year we also had participants from 20 countries to the Student Speech Contest. Awards have been presented to:
  • Urska Gabor from Slovenia: "Formation mechanism of PLD-derived Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 thin films"
  • Manuel Gruber from Austria: "Mechanical characterization of LiTaO3 and LiNbO3 single crystals for smartphone applicationsv"
  • Chang Shu from United Kingdom: "A phase diagram study of (Ba,Ca)(Zr,Ti)O3 piezoceramics from combining structural and functional measurements"

ECerS Fellowships Ceremony has been organized during Gala Dinner where new fellowships has been awarded. Download the folder presenting the 2017 Fellows of ECerS.

The big success of the ECerS 2017 is due to the many people from member national societies who have collaborated with us in planning and organizing this prestigious event. We believe that participants used this opportunity not only to advance their research, but also to discover the beauties of the city of Budapest and its surroundings.

More pictures of the Conference can be downloaded on the Conference website:

Servet Turan
Conference Chair
Anadolu University, Turkey

Csaba Balázsi
Conference Chair
Centre for Energy Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary

Alpagut Kara
Conference Co-Chair
Anadolu University, Turkey

Katalin Balázsi
Conference Co-Chair
Centre for Energy Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary