Cambier-photoFrancis J Cambier was born in Belgium in 1949, he is Director General of the Belgian Ceramic Research Centre (BCRC – about 100 employees), in Mons (Belgium).

He received his MSc degree in 1971 and achieved his doctorate thesis in 1978 in industrial chemistry. He joined the BCRC in 1979 to perform research on traditional ceramics and changed towards technical ceramics the year after to become rapidly team leader carrying out research on bioglasses (1980-84). In November 1984, he was appointed Research Manager of the BCRC, in charge of a staff of 30. He occupied this position until the end of April 1996 when he became CEO of the BCRC. In the period 1986-89, Dr. Cambier spent half of his time as a consultant in order to assist the starting of a company producing ceramic pumps. From 1991 to 2004, he took some teaching duties at the University of Valenciennes (France). From 2001 to August 2014, he was in charge of ceramic courses at the Polytechnic Faculty of Mons University.

Dr. Cambier is involved in the management boards of several companies and societies and has received distinctions in Belgium: Officer of Leopold II Order (2005), Honorary Dean of Work (2008).  He is also active in ceramic societies: member of ACerS since 1983, of GFC (France) since 2005, member of WAC (1999), treasurer and past-president (2001-06) of BCerS (Belgium), secretary of JECS Trust, secretary and fellow (2013) of ECerS, receiving the “Stuijts” award from this society in 2011.

Dr. Cambier is member of various scientific advisory boards and acts as referee for several scientific journals. He has published more than 200 papers, 8 patents and has given more than 250 communications (> 50 as KN or invited).