The forthcoming Pacific Rim Conference on Ceramic and Glass Technology in Vancouver, is the eighth in a series of international conferences that provide a forum for the presentations and information exchange on emerging ceramic and glass technologies. The conference series began in 1993 and was last held in 2007 in Shanghai, China, under the organization of the Chinese Ceramic Society and the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. ACerS organized PACRIM6 in Maui, Hawaii. Over the years, PACRIM conferences have established a strong reputation for state-of-the-art presentations, information exchange on the latest emerging technologies and facilitating global dialogue and discussion with leading world experts.
PACRIM8 is organized into eight major thematic areas and 27 symposia. A plenary session entitled Global Megatrends: Challenges and Opportunities for Ceramics is also planned. The technical program of PACRIM8 covers wide ranging topics and identifies global challenges and opportunities for various ceramic technologies. The program will generate important discussion on where the particular field is heading on a global scale. It will also provide a forum for knowledge sharing and the opportunity to make new contacts with peers from different continents.
The International Commission on Glass (ICG) will host their 2009 Annual Meeting, and ACerS Glass and Optical Materials Division (GOMD) will host their Spring Meeting during PACRIM8. Don’t miss the Glass Plenary Session June 1, featuring ICG & GOMD Award Lectures. ICG will also sponsor a tutorial entitled Clear As Glass. The tutorial addresses Master level or first year PhD students with a focus on glass science and technology.
I am excited to have very active and strong participation of the ICG, as well as the GOMD, Basic Science, Engineering Ceramics, Nuclear & Environmental Technology, and Electronics Divisions of The American Ceramic Society.
An International Fulrath Symposium on the role of new ceramic technologies for a sustainable society is planned. This symposium is organized in honor of Professors Noboru Ichinose and Richard C. Bradt, who have made tremendous contributions to the Richard M. Fulrath award program and tirelessly promoted the friendship among Japanese and U.S. researchers.
I would like to invite all of you to take advantage of this opportunity to visit the great city of Vancouver and actively participate in this conference. This conference provides an excellent forum for interactions and friendships with participants from various continents, who are involved in research, development, engineering, manufacturing, and the application of ceramic materials.
Ohio Aerospace Institute
Cleveland, OH (USA)
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