Ceramic societies will establish joint award, joint symposium, and continue student event collaborations.

WESTERVILLE, Ohio—Leaders of The European Ceramic Society and The American Ceramic Society signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining cooperative activities between the two societies when officials from both organizations met recently at the International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites in Daytona Beach, Fla. ACerS president Tatsuki Ohji signed on behalf of ACerS, and ECerS president Jon Binner represented ECerS.

The societies will establish a joint award to recognize people who foster international collaboration between ACerS and ECerS. In addition, the societies will establish a joint ECerS-ACerS symposium at each other’s primary meetings to promote the international exchange of ideas. The symposium will alternate between ACerS Annual Meeting at MS&T and the ECerS biennial conference. The MOU formalizes existing collaborations on activities for students, including the ECerS Summer School and ACerS Winter Workshop.

“This agreement provides a strong foundation for growing our relationship in the future,” says Tatsuki Ohji, ACerS president. 

The European Ceramic Society is a federation of 28 member national ceramic societies and two associated national ceramic societies. The American Ceramic Society has five international chapters in Europe. The agreement calls for ACerS International Chapters to work closely with the national societies in their respective countries to complement each other’s activities, promote mutual membership, and advance ceramic and glass science and industry across Europe.

“We have many members in common, and we certainly have the interests of the field of ceramic materials science in common. This agreement provides a framework for communication and exchange of ideas,” says Jon Binner, ECerS president.

Ohji says, “ACerS values its solidarity with ECerS, and we look forward to working together to serve the international community.”

About ACerS

Founded in 1898, The American Ceramic Society is the leading professional membership organization for ceramic and materials scientists, engineers, researchers, manufacturers, plant personnel, educators, and students. The Society serves more than 11,000 members from more than 75 countries. www.ceramics.org

About ECerS

The European Ceramic Society is a nongovernmental, nonprofit federation of 28 national ceramic societies and two associate member ceramic societies, each representing the ceramists of their respective member country, academic and industrial. ECerS was established in 1987 to coordinate and promote the study of ceramics. Amongst other activities, ECerS runs technical networks, including a Young Ceramists Network, training schools, and offers travel, exchange, and other grants. www.ecers.org

(L-R) ACerS president Tatsuki Ohji and ECerS president Jon Binner