The European Ceramic Society


Jul 21, 2023

Report on Lyon 2023 ECerS Conference and Exhibition

The 2023 XVIIIth Conference and Exhibition of the European Ceramic Society – ECerS – ended already 2 weeks ago and we would like to express our most grateful thanks to all the people that contributed to organise or participated to the huge success of this event!

After 2 years of pandemic and despite tensions in some regions of the world, it can be said that there was a strong need of our community to meet again considering the impressive participation of colleagues from all around the world to the conference: 1300 participants were registered (including 400 students) coming from 56 countries, 2023 Lyon edition being the biggest success in terms of participation to the ECerS conferences so far!
And in terms of science too: this 2023 conference offered a unique opportunity to participate to an international event covering the development and applications of ceramic-based systems and share the latest discoveries in ceramic science and technology and to connect with colleagues from around the world in a convivial conference atmosphere.
A selection of pictures of the event are now available online, please check it here.
Again, we would like to deeply acknowledge all the colleagues that helped us to prepare the congress, symposium organizers, keynotes and highlights and all of those who participated in the success of this edition. A special thanks should also be given to the great international team of 80 volunteers who did an amazing job and created contacts that hopefully will grow within the ECerS Young Ceramists Network (YCN) in the future.
As for previous editions, a School was organized the two days preceding the conference at INSA Lyon with 50 participants registered, this time the theme ‘Advanced Characterization Techniques’ and with practical demonstrations on state-of-the-art microscopy and tomography equipments.
The traditional Student Speech Contest was organized on Sunday and Monday: congratulations to the 22 students who competed and in particular to the 3 winners! The 2023 ECerS Awards and new Fellowships were also delivered on Wednesday and the change of Presidency of ECerS was also officially set in the evening: Thomas Graule is now the 2023-2025 ECerS President.

During the conference, there were 800 oral and 300 poster presentations performed during 16 symposia, divided in 140 sessions over 4 days: in addition to the now traditional symposia dealing with innovative processing, thermo-mechanical properties, modelling and ceramics for different high-tech applications, emphasis was given to new themes, such as the place of ceramics in a necessary sustainable development, advanced characterization techniques, glass-ceramics and glasses, silicate-based ceramics and materials for building applications.
Satellite symposia have been organized in connection with dental clinicians, experts and artists in the field of ceramics, glass and glass ceramics dealing with cultural heritage, traditional technologies and art, up to cutting-edge technologies. A fourth satellite symposium was dedicated to highlight existing or future collaborations between members of ECerS and ACerS.
The exhibition, at the heart of the conference, was also a great outcome with more than 50 industrial companies, which acted as sponsors and/or as exhibitors! The exhibition was a good opportunity for researchers and engineers to see the latest technological developments on ceramic processing from powders to additive manufacturing and sintering, towards ceramic characterization equipments, etc., and to discuss future opportunities.
Thanks to the large participation of companies, we were also proud to organize, for the first time during an ECerS conference, a Career Fair with 200 participants taking part to the event and a Technological Workshop on additive manufacturing with demonstrations at the congress centre and hands-on-training in the premises of INSA-Lyon. The large assistance to the demonstrations during lunch breaks and to the hands-on-training confirmed the strong interest of the ceramic community to additive manufacturing technologies. 

We would also like to deeply acknowledge our academic, institutional, and industrial sponsors and the exhibitors for their strong support. Thanks to their support, we were able to keep registration fees at a reasonable price, especially for students, without compromise on the services and contents.
We hope that those of you who attended the conference enjoyed it in general as well as all the scientific sessions, the satellite events, the Gala dinner and that you had some time left to make nice visits and taste good food in the ‘French Capital of Gastronomy’.
Once again, thank you for participating to the 2023 ECerS conference!
We hope that the 2025 edition of the ECerS conference that will be held in Dresden in 2025 will be as or even more successful as this 2023 edition.
See you in August 2025 !
The Organising committee
Jérôme Chevalier
General Chair ECerS 2023
University of Lyon

Francis Cambier
2021-2023 President European Ceramic Society

Jacques Poirier
President French Ceramic Society (Groupe Français de la Céramique)

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