Call for papers

With your participation we look forward to discussing the most important issues in the field of advanced ceramics for gaining new knowledge and for identifying future trends in ceramic science and industry.

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Conference topics

S1) Synthesis and ceramic processing

This symposium will focus on the whole processing chain of ceramic components including pre-processing steps, e.g. granulation, feedstock or slurry preparation, filament drawing, etc., shaping methods, and subsequent debinding and sintering. Special focus is laid on Additive Manufacturing technologies as stand-alone shaping methods or in combination with other processes for development of hybrid components. Beside single-material parts, multi-material approaches for functionalization of components are welcome. The symposium will provide an international forum for scientists, engineers and technologists to discuss and exchange ideas. Advanced characterization methods associated with processing and synthesis are also eligible. We welcome people from industry, academia, research centers and laboratories to share how their forefront research can help addressing technological challenges faced by the industry and especially the issues linked to process reliability.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Preparation of powders
  • Preparation of granulates, feedstocks, suspensions, inks, pastes, and filaments
  • Novel shaping methods: shaping of ceramic suspensions, soft chemistry and sol-gel, gel casting, ice-templating, temperature-induced forming, direct foaming
  • Additive manufacturing and hybridization technologies: new feedstock materials and innovative methods for the production of AM ceramic parts/components with enhanced reliability, functionality and performance, including multi-material systems, multi-scale architectures and smart materials, hybrid manufacturing technologies
  • Digitalization, process monitoring and control, characterization technologies and data mining for every step in the ceramic process chain, data handling, data processing, data evaluation
  • Advanced and conventional sintering processes including cold sintering
  • Process monitoring and control, characterization technologies and data mining for every step in the ceramic process chain, data handling, data processing, data evaluation

Symposium chairs

  • Dr. Tassilo Moritz (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany)
  • Prof. Jens Günster (Clausthal University and BAM, Germany)
  • Prof. Richard Todd (Oxford University, UK)

Symposium organizing committee

  • Dr. David. G. Calatayud (Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio, CSIC, Spain)
  • Dr. Frank Clemens (EMPA, Switzerland)
  • Dr. Begoña Ferrari (Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio, CSIC, Spain)
  • Prof. Thomas Graule (EMPA, Switzerland)
  • Prof. Suk Joong Kang (Korea Advanced Institutte of Science & Technology, South Korea)
  • Dr. Andraz Kocjan (IJS, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  • Prof. Sylvain Marinel (Univ of Caen Basse-Normandie, France)
  • Dr. D. Salamon (CEITEC, Brno, Czech Republic)
  • Dr. Martin Schwentenwein (Lithoz GmbH, Austria)
  • Dr. Manfred Fries (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany)
  • Dr. Mathias Herrmann (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany)
  • Uwe Scheithauer (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany)

S2) Modeling, characterization and digitalization of materials and processes

Advanced ceramics deliver significant contributions to a wide range of industrial sectors. New and existing applications continuously demand improved performance, higher reliability as well as cost reduction of components and processes in increasingly shorter time periods. Accelerating material and process development, requires significant progress in the field of analytical methods, modelling, digitalization of production processes, and data-driven methods like machine learning. Thus, the symposium focuses on:

  • Development and applications of new analytical methods for the characterization of ceramic materials and processes
  • Modelling of ceramic processes like shaping, sintering, microstructure formation as well as the behavior of materials
  • New monitoring and control concepts for the digitalization of processes for the improvement of quality and reliability
  • Use of data-driven methods for the improvement of ceramic materials and processes
  • Collaborative approaches bringing together the physics and data world in the field of ceramics


Symposium chairs

  • Dr. Mathias Herrmann (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany)
  • Dr. Tanja Lube (University of Leoben, Austria)

Symposium organizing committee

  • Prof. Davide Bigoni (University of Trento, Italy)
  • Prof. Silke H. Christiansen (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany)
  • Dr. Peter Neumeister (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany)
  • Dr. Christian Wunderlich (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany)

S3) Structural ceramics / Ceramic coatings / Porous ceramics

Based on processes of high reliability and robustness, the use of ceramics in structural applications, even in larger dimensions and complex and complicated shapes, are gaining more and more interest. New applications as well as the need for increased reliability in the existing ones have stimulated the pursuit of new materials with improved properties. Alumina, zirconia, silicon nitride, silicon carbide or other structural ceramics can be fabricated by various processes with high accuracy for applications in mechanical engineering or for niches from aerospace to subsea technology. Functionalized coatings, transparent components as well as porous and cellular ceramic materials and components are essential in many applications. Filters, adsorbers, catalyst carriers and coatings, heat exchange and storage, sensors and lightweight structural components are key components for the processing industry.

A prerequisite for these progresses in upscaling and complexness is the knowledge about the processing/microstructure/property relationships as well as an accurate process control. The aim of this symposium is to highlight the newest achievements on the design, development and manufacture and application oriented testing of structural ceramics, coatings and porous/cellular ceramics. New applications in the field of tribology, energy conversion, optical measurement, engines and others are discussed in combination with the material’s properties and process parameters.


Symposium chairs

  • Dr. Michael Zins (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany)
  • Prof. Raul Bermejo (University of Leoben - Austria)
  • Prof. Paolo Colombo (University of Padova, Italy)

Symposium organizing committee

  • Dr. Michael Cinibulk (Air Force Research Lab, USA)
  • Dr. William G. Fahrenholtz (Missouri University of Science & Technology, USA)
  • Dr. Emilio Jimenez (Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, Spain)
  • Dr. Jacques Rennotte (BCRC, Mons, Belgium)
  • Dr. Antonio Javier Sanchez-Herencia (Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio, CSIC, Spain)
  • Prof. Vincenzo Sglavo (Univesrsity of Trento, Italy)
  • Jörg Adler (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany)
  • Dr. Sabine Begand (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany)
  • Christian Berger (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany)

S4) HT materials / Refractories / Composites

Structural ceramics, composites and refractories are strategic materials in a wide range of fields, from the basic industries of material and energy production to automotive, aerospace and medical applications.

The main requirements are enhanced mechanical and thermo-physical properties and chemical inertness under demanding conditions. New applications as well as the need for increased reliability in the existing ones have stimulated the pursuit of new materials with improved properties.

In general, key properties are strength, reliability and crack growth resistance in abrasive or corrosive environments at high and variable temperatures. The symposium aims to bring together materials science and engineering scientists and technologists for discussing the main challenges for advanced structural ceramics, composites and refractories.

The symposium will deal with a wide range of advanced structural ceramics, composites and refractories, such as: oxide ceramics, non-oxide ceramics, ceramics and composites for ultra-high temperature applications, monolithic and layered composites and coatings, bioinspired microstructures, nanostructured ceramics and composites, thermal barrier coatings, ceramics for machining, oxide-carbon refractories, castables.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Microstructural design
  • Advanced processing and its relationship with microstructural development
  • Machining, joining and near-net shaping
  • Mechanical properties and fractography
  • Processing-microstructure-properties-performance in use relationships
  • Thermo-mechanical and tribological behavior at room and high temperature
  • Corrosion/ablation/oxidation testing and analysis
  • Self-healing capability
  • Applications


Symposium chairs

  • Dr. Hagen Klemm (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany)
  • Prof. Christos Aneziris (TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany)
  • Prof. Pavol Sajgalik (Slowak Acadamy of Sciences, Slovakia)

Symposium organizing committee

  • Prof. Csaba Balazsi (Centre for Energy Research, ELKH, Hungary)
  • Dr. Carmen Baudín (Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio, Spain)
  • Prof. Monica Ferraris (Polytecnico di Torino, Italy)
  • Prof. Dietmar Koch (Universität Augsburg, Germany)
  • Prof. Walter Krenkel (University of Bayreuth, Germany)
  • Prof. Victor Pandolfelli (Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil)
  • Prof. Jacques Poirier (Université Orléans, France)
  • Dr. Diletta Sciti (ISTEC-CNR, Italy)
  • Prof. Jacek Szczerba (AGH University Poland)
  • Prof. Gerard Vignoles (Université de Bordeaux, France)
  • Dr. Eric Wuchina (US Naval Surface Warfare Center, USA)

S5) Ceramics for energy and environmental technology / Membranes

Topics like climate change, environmental protection, availability of raw materials and cycling economy are gaining more and more importance and public awareness. Ceramic materials and technologies contribute to reduce or even master these global challenges. They offer potential for higher efficiency in power generation, clean power generation from renewables, efficient energy conversion and storage, treatment and recycling of water, cleaning of exhaust gases and efficient separation in chemical process engineering.

The symposium addresses recent progress in materials, components, systems and application of ceramics for energy and environmental technology. We encourage you to submit papers in particular but not exclusively to the following topics:

  • Ceramics for power generation
    • High-temperature coatings
    • Ceramic matrix composites
    • Materials for nuclear fission and fusion reactors
  • Ceramics for energy storage
    • Batteries for mobile and stationary storage of electricity
    • Materials and systems for heat storage
  • Ceramics for energy conversion
    • Solid oxide fuel cells
    • Molten carbonate fuel cells
    • Solid oxide electrolysis cells
    • Photovoltaics, photosynthesis
    • Concentrated solar power
    • Thermoelectrics
  • Ceramic filters and membranes
    • Micro-, ultra-, nanofiltration membranes for water treatment and OSN
    • Gas separation membranes (microporous membranes, ion conductors, mixed conductors)
    • Pervaporation and vapor permeation membranes
    • Membranes for membrane distillation, membrane extraction
    • Membrane reactors


Symposium chairs

  • Prof. Ingolf Voigt (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany)
  • Prof. Olivier Guillon (University of Aachen & Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany)
  • Dr. Anne Julbe (Institut Européen des Membranes, Université de Montpellier, France)

Symposium organizing committee

  • Dr. José Carlos Almeida (CICECO, Aveiro, Portugal)
    Dr. Eva Chinarro (Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio, CSIC, Spain)
  • Dr. Pierre-Marie Geffroy (University of Limoges, France)
  • Dr. Rosa Isabel Merino (Instituto de Materiales de Aragón, CSIC, Spain)
  • Dr. Jadra Mosa (Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio, CSIC, Spain)
  • Dr. Tae Ho Shin (Korea Institute of Ceramic Engineering & Technology, South Korea)
  • Dr. Mihails Kusnezoff (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany)
  • Dr. Mareike Wolter (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany)

S6) Functional ceramics

This symposium will cover functional single-phase or multi-phase ceramics and single crystals as well as all aspects of their manufacturing, processing, properties characterization, modeling and application. A particular focus will be laid on novel and environmentally friendly materials and processes, as well as in-situ characterization techniques. The symposium will  concentrate on three strategic areas: electrical, optical, and magnetic applications (materials for energy applications will be considered in Symposium 5).

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Conductors and resistors (semiconductors, superconductors, magnetoresistors, piezotronics)
  • Dielectrics (capacitor materials, microwave dielectrics, LTCC, high-temperature dielectrics)
  • Ferroelectrics, pyroelectrics and piezoelectrics (lead-containing and lead-free, high-temperature piezoelectrics, electrocalorics)
  • Active transparent ceramics (phosphors, scintillators, Q-switches and laser gain-media)
  • Hard and soft magnetic, magnetostrictive and magnetocaloric ceramic or single-crystal materials
  • Coupled phenomena (multiferroics, electromagnetic wave absorption materials)
  • Simulation
  • Characterization of properties
  • Sintering, chemical interactions and ageing


Symposium chairs

  • Dr. Mihails Kusnezoff (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany)
  • Prof. Jürgen Rödel (Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany)
  • Prof. Marlies Van Bael (University of Hasselt, Belgium)

Symposium organizing committee

  • Dr. Harvey Amorín (Instituto de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC, Spain)
  • Prof. Vincenzo Buscaglia (ICMATE-CNR, Genoa, Italy)
  • Prof. Michael Hoffmann (Karlsruhe Institut für Technologie, Germany)
  • Dr. Robert Pullar (University of Venice, Italy)
  • Prof. Clive Randall (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
  • Prof. Michael Reece (Queen Mary University of London, UK)
  • Dr. Fabrice Rossignol (Université de Limoges, France)
  • Prof. Federico Smeacetto (Politecnico di Torino, DISAT, Italy)
  • Prof. Jörg Toepfer (Ernst-Abbe-Hochschule Jena, Jena, Germany)
  • Dr. Uwe Partsch (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany)
  • Dr. Holger Neubert (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany)

S7) Ceramics and glasses for healthcare, Bioceramics

The requirements for materials, processes and parts for the next generation of dental and orthopedic ceramic and glass implants, bone substitutes and scaffolds, biosensors with glass or ceramic components and associated technologies have increased dramatically in recent years. This is driven on the one hand by the expectations of society and patients and on the other hand by newly developed manufacturing processes, new regulations and our new scientific understanding of the interaction between these materials and living materials. Multidisciplinary research in the field of ceramics and glasses have a synergic effect with the rapid developments of related areas, e.g., tissue engineering, nanotechnology, drug delivery, sensors, smart materials, and structures. The symposium will cover ceramic- and glass-based materials relevant for various healthcare sectors, with particular attention to implants, substitutes, protein-, cell- and tissue-interaction with ceramics and glasses, medical applications and personalized therapies. The symposium will particularly focus on classical and new ceramic implant materials, innovative nanoparticles, bioactive ceramics, as well as on new concepts and approaches for the design and production of 3D biomimetic devices. The symposium will also focus on smart materials enabling remote activation of specific functions, such as drug delivery, imaging, diagnosis and targeted local therapies. Additive manufacturing processes are experiencing an increasing interest in the manufacture of individual implants, which can be expected to show a better integrability into living tissue through customized dimensions and surface structures. Also coating processes of metal implants with bioactive glasses and glass ceramics are of interest, as they are also expected to improve the ingrowth behavior. In vitro and in vivo studies of advanced ceramic- and glass-based devices are also a topic of great interest in the symposium. The scope of the symposium is to bring together researchers and engineers from all over the world to a multidisciplinary discussion of recent scientific developments and applications of ceramics and glasses in medicine and to gain innovative ideas and strategic development for next generation ceramics and glasses for healthcare applications.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Alumina- and zirconia-based silicon nitride ceramics
  • Calcium phosphates
  • Bioactive ceramics, glasses and composites
  • Material for bone and dental regeneration
  • Functional bioactive nanoparticles
  • Reinforced bioceramics for load-bearing applications
  • Injectable biomaterials
  • Functionalization methods
  • Drug delivery systems
  • Mechanical and biological testing and characterization
  • New processes for 3D bioceramic and -glasses fabrication


Symposium chairs

  • Dr. Sabine Begand (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany)
  • Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Institute of Biomaterials, Germany)
  • Prof. Jérôme Chevalier (INSA Lyon, France)

Symposium organizing committee

  • Dr. Erik Adolfsson (Swerea, Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Prof. Iulian Antoniac (Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania)
  • Prof. Marc Bohner (RMS Foundation, Switzerland)
  • Prof. Maria-Pau Ginebra (Polytecnic Univ of Catalonia, Spain)
  • Prof. Corrado Piconi (University of Roma, Italy)
  • Prof. Eduardo Saiz Gutierrez (Imperial College London, UK)
  • Dr. Jörg Opitz (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany)
  • Dr. Juliane Spohn (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany)
  • Dr. Jochen Schilm (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany

S8) Silicate ceramics, Art + Design

Haptics, design and strength, and durability are the important properties by which silicate ceramics have always been measured. Ceramic tiles, sanitary ware, dishes, building materials and refractories still have their permanent place. In terms of tonnage and component size, silicate ceramics are far superior to other ceramic materials and are therefore subject to particular price and competitive pressure. European companies assert themselves in international competition through consistent research and development in close cooperation with research institutions. On the one hand, it is about improved and new product properties themselves, which are increasingly achieved through the integration of functional properties, e.g. can be achieved by combining them with functional ceramics. On the other hand, the further development of ceramic process engineering, in particular the inline monitoring and control of production processes, is playing an increasing role in order to guarantee consistent product properties and low rejects with very high quantities. At the same time, inquiries about more product individuality are increasing, which are met with methods of additive manufacturing, processing and decoration. As an energy and raw material-intensive branch of industry, aspects of energy saving and sustainability continue to gain in importance.

This symposium aims to present and discuss the latest advances in the products, processes and equipment of silica-based ceramics. In addition, papers about design and art in combination with silicate ceramics are welcome.


Symposium chairs

  • Prof. Ingolf Voigt (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany)
  • Dr. Jana Göbel (Porzellanikon, Selb, Germany)
  • Prof. Alpagut Kara (Eskisehir Technical University, Turkey)

Symposium organizing committee

  • Dr. Michele Dondi (IRTEC, Faenza, Italy)
  • Dr. Maria Bignozzi (University of Bologna, Italy)
  • Prof. Janusz Partyka (AGH University Poland)
  • Prof. Silvie Rossignol (IRCER, University Limoges, France )
  • Dr. Gundula Fischer (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany)

S9) ACerS-ECerS Joint Symposium

Frontiers of Ceramic Technologies: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development

Sponsorship: The European Ceramic Society; The American Ceramic Society; The German Ceramic Society


Manifesting the importance of international dialogue for sustainable growth and technological advancements, this joint ECerS-ACerS symposium will present the recent developments in the development and deployment of ceramic technologies for energy and environmental applications. The main purpose of this event is to strengthen global collaboration and improve mutual research potential. Organized by two world-leading ceramic societies, this transatlantic joint symposium will bring together experts from the global ceramics community to present their ground-breaking research developments lace in the field of ceramics, leading to new functionalities, new processes and enhanced performance. This includes structural and functional ceramic materials and process development for circular economy. Special attention will be given to advanced manufacturing technologies related to energy, storage, and environmental technologies. Innovative technologies forming the focus of ecological processing and low-energy routes are critical to address the growing demand of resources and will be central to this symposium. This Symposium, which will consist mainly of invited presentations, will ask a diverse range of experts from academia and industries all over the world to present the latest progress and discuss key issues, challenges and opportunities. The aim is to engage the worldwide ceramic community in a collective effort to identify new technologies enabling sustainable advancement and improvement of societal standards.

Proposed Topics:

  • New strategies and ceramic technologies for sustainable societal development
  • Recent development in engineered ceramics and composites
  • Recent breakthroughs and future directions in advanced ceramics and composites
  • Innovative concepts for ceramic manufacturing, processing and integration
  • New functionalities and enhanced properties
  • Advanced ceramics and coatings for structural, environmental and functional applications
  • Novel ceramic processing methods and synthesis routes
  • Non-destructive testing for investigation of ceramics and composites
  • Computational materials design and machine learning approaches
  • Ceramic education, training and knowledge management
  • International collaboration in ceramics science and technology


Symposium Chairs

  • Prof. Sanjay Mathur (University of Cologne, Germany)
  • Prof. Alexander Michaelis (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany)

Symposium organizing committee

  • Dr. Katalin Balazsi (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary)
  • Prof. Pavol Sajgalik (Slovak Academy of Science, Slovakia)

SSC) Student Speech Contest

The student speech contest at the biennial ECerS conference is an event, an independent symposium of the conference, where young ceramist research students, representing each of the ECerS member countries, will give an oral presentation presenting their research achievements that is evaluated by a jury.

The presentation duration will be 15 minutes, followed by questions from the jury and the audience.

  • Each member country of ECerS can send one (PhD, MSc, BSc) research student as the candidate of their country for the ECerS student speech contest.
  • The oral presentation at the contest should be based on research work that the candidate has performed himself/herself at a research institution in the country he/she is representing.
  • Graduate representatives must be within their first five years of full-time research at the time of the speech.
  • If the representative is a PhD student, the candidate can participate in the competition if he/she defends (or will defend) his/her thesis after September 1, 2020.
  • The candidate is granted a free registration for attending ECerS XVII
  • The national ceramic societies are requested to pay the costs for travelling of their candidate student. If some societies are facing any difficulty for paying for the travelling of their candidate student, individual requests can be addressed to the ECerS secretariat asking for support.
  • Accommodation will be provided by the conference organizers with the support of the JECS Trust.
  • The national society will inform the ECerS Young Ceramists and Training working group as well as the conference organizers not later than May 31, 2021 who will be the representative of their country.

Once the national societies inform about their candidates, the conference organizers will contact the candidate to give instructions about abstract submission, registration and lodging. Please note that the candidates will be asked to register individually to the conference through the conference registration system.

For more information, please contact Andraž Kocjan, Young Ceramists and Training Working Group leader: a.kocjan[at] and/or the ECerS Secretariat: ecers[at]


Symposium organizing committee

  • Asst. Prof. Andraž Kocjan (Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
  • Prof. Alexander Michaelis (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany)
  • Prof. Christos Aneziris (Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany)
  • Prof. Walter Krenkel (University of Bayreuth, Germany)
  • Dr. Mrityunjay Singh (Ohio Aerospace Institute, USA)