Left to right: ACerS executive director Mark Mecklenborg, ACerS president Sylvia Johnson, MCARE 2019 chair Yoon-Bong Hahn, KIChE representative D-Heyoung Kim.

Left to right: ACerS executive director Mark Mecklenborg, ACerS president Sylvia Johnson, MCARE 2019 chair Yoon-Bong Hahn, KIChE representative Do-Heyoung Kim. Credit: ACerS

WESTERVILLE, Ohio, March 6, 2019—The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) and the Korean Institute of Chemical Engineers (KIChE) have signed a memorandum of understanding to co-organize the Materials Challenges in Alternative and Renewable Energy (MCARE) annual conference, held alternately in Korea and the United States, through 2030.

MCARE addresses emerging materials for a sustainable global society and brings together leading global experts from universities, industry, R&D laboratories, and government agencies. The conference provides a unique opportunity for communication and collaboration essential to propel a multi-disciplinary dialogue on innovative and sustainable solutions in the field of alternative and renewable energy. MCARE features plenary, keynote, and invited lectures, thematically-focused technical sessions, and poster presentations, enabling delegates to network and exchange ideas with their professional peers and acclaimed experts.

ACerS President Sylvia Johnson, MCARE 2019 chair Yoon-Bong Hahn, and KIChE representative Do-Heyoung Kim attended the signing ceremony in Daytona Beach, Florida, on January 29, 2019. ACerS and KIChE previously signed a five-year agreement in 2016, with successful meetings alternating between Korea and the U.S.

“The MCARE meeting is very important to address needs and advances in emerging materials for a sustainable future for everyone,” Johnson said. “I am proud to sign this agreement on behalf of The American Ceramic Society to continue this partnership with our Korean friends at KIChE that will help MCARE thrive into 2030 and beyond.”

“We signed an MOU five years ago and had paved the way for mutual benefits and cooperation,” Hahn said. “Based on our mutual trust, we opened chapter two today. We are very excited to continue this partnership for closer and more cooperative relationship between ACerS and KIChE.”

ACerS president Sylvia Johnson signs the memorandum of understanding with Do-Heyoung Kim (left) and Yoon-Bong Hahn. The MOU will extend the MCARE partnership through 2030. Credit: ACerS

This year’s meeting will be held at the Lotte Hotel Jeju, Jeju Island, South Korea, August 19–23. It will return to the U.S. In 2020, August 16–21, at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, Bellevue, Washington.

About ACerS

Founded in 1898, The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) is the leading international professional membership organization for ceramic, glass, and materials scientists, engineers, researchers, manufacturers, sales professionals, educators, and students. ACerS publishes refereed journals, periodicals, and books; organizes meetings and expositions; and offers technical information through web and print outlets. ACerS’ website (www.ceramics.org) provides online access to its journals, Ceramic Tech Today news blog, ACerS Bulletin membership magazine, videos, student and young professional career resources, and specialized technical knowledge. The Society serves over 11,000 members from more than 70 countries.

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