The European Ceramic Society



Eco-Design of Refractories : E for Ecological, Economic, Eco-energetic

School for students and industrialists

Tuesday 28th to Thursday 30th June 2022 - Aachen, Germany

Welcome to Aachen (Germany)

It is a great pleasure to invite you to take part at the 2022 FIRE-ECerS Summer School: Eco-Design of Refractories which will be held at the RWTH Aachen University, Germany from June 28th to June 29th. A visit of Tata Steel plant in  Ijmuiden, The Netherlands is planed on June 30th. This Summer School aims to promote cooperation on educational programs in refractories among the major institutions and companies of the sector. This  school will favour networking between young scientists and experimented professors and experts. It will create links between different scientific communities (ceramics, refractory manufacturers, metallurgy, mechanics, thermodynamics, instrumentation, sustainable development) and between industrial and academic research.

Face to face and virtual training course

Integrating 3 aspects : fundamental approach, industrial needs, new approaches on innovations 

Proposing a good balance between : the courses, an industrial tour, exchanges and conviviality



SuperC Building RWTH Aachen University - Templergraben 57, 52062 Aachen








Deadline for registration: 15/05/2022



Tuesday, June 28th 

Refresher of basic knowledge

  • Raw materials
  • Shaped refractories
  • Monolithic refractories : LCC, ULCC, NCC

The Fundamentals : Corrosion and thermo-mechanics

  • Thermodynamic and kinetics
  • Reactive transportation
  • Fracture and creep

Exhibition Cerami°k

Poster session and video session


Wednesday, June 29th

Industrial and economic needs

  • Refractory values in use
  • How to innovate ?

Future challenges for refractories

  • Sensors, instrumentation and refractory needs
  • Challenges for data mining and machine learning in the refractory industry and end-users
  • Circular economy

Refractories for Steel Making

  • Critical wear factors and optimum choice
  • Improvement of steel cleanliness

Departure to Ijmuiden

Thursday, June 30th

Refractories for Steel Making

  • The new face of the steel industry
  • Management and production of iron by H2 – consequences for refractories

Visit of Tata Steel Plant

Discussion, Brain Storming

End of the FIRE-ECERS School (16h30)

Download the full program here!   



  • Dr. Andus Buhr – ALMATIS, Germany
  • Dr. Erwan Guéguen – RHI MAGNESITA, Austria
  • Dr. Bruno Touzo – CALDERYS, France
  • Dr. Hong Peng – ELKEM
  • Prof. In-Ho Jung – Seoul National University, South Korea
  • Dr. Thorsten Tonnesen – RWTH Aachen University, Germany

  • Prof. Harald Harmuth, Dr. Dietmar Gruber, Dr. Shengli Jin, – Montaniniversität Leoben, Austria
  • Dr. Chris Parr – Imerys, France
  • Dr. Chistoph Wöhrmeyer – Imerys, Germany
  • Prof. Jacques Poirier and Prof. Emmanuel de Bilbao – Cemhti / University of Orléans, France
  • Dr. Philippe Blumenfeld – Refractory expert – formerly Arcelor Mittal
  • Matheus Santos et Prof. V. C. Pandolfelli – Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil
  • Dr. Carmen Baudín – Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio, CSIC, Spain
  • Margarita  Alvarez – Alfran, Spain
  • Prof. Christos Aneziris – University of Freiberg, Germany
  • Dr. Paul van Beurden – Tata Steel, The Netherlands


The training courses and conferences will be memorized using video documents!








Special rate available using “Summer FIRE School 2022“ (Offers until 16.05.2022)

Walking distance - from 90 to 140 € per night:

  • Aquis Grana City Hotel (EUR 90,-) :  , Tel. +49 (0)241 443-0
  • IBIS Hotel Marschiertor Aachen (EUR 100,-) : , Tel. +49 (0)241 47880
  • Hotel Innside Melia Aachen (EUR 140,-) : , Tel. +49 (0)241 510 370

 Tata Steel, IJmuiden

  • Strandhotel Het Hoge Duin, Tel+31 (0) 251 374 202
  • Hotel Restaurant Zeeduin, Tel +31 (0) 251 376 161 
  • Hotel Akersloot / A9 ALKMAAR,, Tel+31(0) 251361888


Transport Aachen – IJmuiden – Aachen

Coach/Bus Transfer : 2,5 hours, 250 km


Download the folder of presentation here!

Last news

Nov 24, 2021
Next Deadline for JECS Trust Call for Projects is 30th November 2021 !

Please note that the decisions of the JECS Trust board will not be known before February 2022 and so the project submitted must not begin before 1st March 2022.

Nov 23, 2021
Best paper award announced for the YCN special issue in Open Ceramics

A Best Paper Award was launched at the beginning of 2021 by YCN in collaboration with Elsevier for articles submitted in the "Young Ceramists in the Spotlight" Special Issue of the ECerS Open Access Journal "Open Ceramics".
The awarding event took place online in the afternoon of Monday 22nd November 2021.


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