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
DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at Sea World®
Orlando, Florida USA
January 26 – 31
Hilton Daytona Beach Resort/Ocean Walk Village
Daytona Beach, Florida USA
February 17 – 20
Hilton Clearwater Hotel
Clearwater, Florida USA
Register by January 16th to save $150.
March 3 – 5
Hilton Knoxville Hotel
Knoxville, Tennessee USA
Register by February 7th to save $150.
March 25 – 27
Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel
St. Louis, Missouri USA
April 7 – 9
Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel
Baltimore, Maryland USA
Register by March 7th to save $150.
April 14 – 16
Hotel Hankyu Expo Park
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)
June 17 – 18
ACerS/NSF Principal Investigator Workshop
Hyatt House Falls Church
July 9 – 11
5th Advances in Cement-based Materials: Characterization, Processing, Modeling and Sensing
Tennessee Technological University
July 30 – August 1
Hilton Columbus Downtown
Columbus, Ohio USA
Call for posters—Abstracts due March 26th.
August 4 – 7
Westin San Francisco Market Street
San Francisco, California USA
Call for papers—Abstracts due March 17th.
August 17 – 21
Beijing International Conference Center
Call for papers—Abstracts due February 1st.
October 12 – 16
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA
Call for papers—Abstracts due March 15th.
November 3 – 6
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio USA
Call for papers—Abstracts due January 27th.