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Hummers, Specialists, and Explorers—It’s what’s ahead for ceramics and glass in 2014

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img_5555Registration at the January 2013 International Conference and Expo on Advanced Ceramics and Composites. Credit: ACerS.

Last Friday I did a photo review of 2013 ACerS highlights. What a year! However, the coming year looks to be just as exciting for our patch of the materials science world. We look forward to being there to tell you all about them, and we hope to meet many of you at these events. From biomaterials to bricks to glass to business, and everything in between, ACerS has an event in the works.

In my mind, these meetings break  out into a few categories that I call Hummers, Specialists, and Explorers. Allow me to explain.

Hummers: These are the familiar conferences that ACerS organizes regularly, often annually. These well-tuned meetings hum along and have longevity because they consistently deliver high value content and opportunity for attendees. The continuation of symposia, expos, and networking from year to year provides a continuum for building relationships and business. These include EMA, ICACC, MCARE, St. Louis/RCD, GOMD, MS&T, and GPC.

Specialists: These conferences and technical meetings tend to be smaller, but that’s because their focus is narrow and specific. Generally, only those working in the same field come. These are great meetings for diving into the details and really digging into topics with people who are right there with you. These include the IMAPS, Advances in Cement-based Materials, Electrospinning, Structural Clay Products Division meeting, and the ACerS/NSF PI workshop.

Explorers: These conferences break the mold or explore new topics. This year’s explorers—Ceramic Leadership Summit and Innovations in Biomedical Materials— are not completely new. However, this year’s CLS breaks the mold of previous CLS editions and has an incredible lineup of C-level executives to deliver on its theme, “Where Business and Manufacturing Meet Strategy.” This year is only the second edition of the Biomedical Materials meeting, and organizers are structuring the meeting to maximize interaction between attendees and speakers, while expanding the scope of awareness of how ceramics and glass are used in biomedical applications. 

Here is a quick look at what’s cooking for 2014 in chronological order.  I’ve included locations, important deadlines, and links to conference pages when available. The ACerS meetings website will always have the most recent information.

January 22 – 24

Electronic Materials and Applications – EMA 2014

DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at Sea World®

Orlando, Florida USA

January 26 – 31

38th International Conference and Expo on Advanced Ceramics and Composites – ICACC’14

Hilton Daytona Beach Resort/Ocean Walk Village

Daytona Beach, Florida USA

February 17 – 20

Materials Challenges in Alternative and Renewable Energy – MCARE 2014

Hilton Clearwater Hotel

Clearwater, Florida USA

Register by January 16th to save $150.

March 3 – 5

ACerS Structural Clay Products Division Meeting, in conjunction with NBRC Spring Executive Committee & Membership Meeting

Hilton Knoxville Hotel

Knoxville, Tennessee USA

Register by February 7th to save $150.

March 25 – 27

St. Louis Section/Refractory Ceramics Division 50th Annual Symposium

Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel

St. Louis, Missouri USA

April 7 – 9

4th Ceramic Leadership Summit – CLS 2014

Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel

Baltimore, Maryland USA

Register by March 7th to save $150.

April 14 – 16

IMAPS/ACerS 10th International Conference and Exhibition on Ceramic Interconnect and Ceramic Microsystems Technologies (CICMT 2014)

Hotel Hankyu Expo Park

Osaka, Japan

May 25 – 29

Deutsche Glastechnische Gesellschaft and the Glass & Optical Materials Division Annual Meeting – DGG-ACerS GOMD Joint Annual Meeting, including the 10th International Conference on Advances in Fusion and Processing of Glass (AFPG)

Aachen, Germany

June 17 – 18

ACerS/NSF Principal Investigator Workshop

Hyatt House Falls Church

Fairfax, Virginia

July 9 – 11

5th Advances in Cement-based Materials: Characterization, Processing, Modeling and Sensing

Tennessee Technological University

Cookeville, Tennessee

July 30 – August 1

Innovations in Biomedical Materials: Focus on Ceramics

Hilton Columbus Downtown

Columbus, Ohio USA

Call for posters—Abstracts due March 26th.

August 4 – 7

3rd International Conference on Electrospinning – Electrospin 2014

Westin San Francisco Market Street

San Francisco, California USA

Call for papers—Abstracts due March 17th.

August 17 – 21

5th International Congress on Ceramics

Beijing International Conference Center

Beijing, China

Call for papers—Abstracts due February 1st.

October 12 – 16

MS&T14 – Materials Science & Technology Conference and Exhibition, combined with ACerS 116th Annual Meeting

David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA

Call for papers—Abstracts due March 15th.

November 3 – 6

75th Conference on Glass Problems

Greater Columbus Convention Center

Columbus, Ohio USA

Call for papers—Abstracts due January 27th.