[Image above] The International Congress on Ceramics attracts hundreds of ceramic and glass engineers, materials scientists, and students. Credit: Victor Pandolfelli

This is a good year to expand your ceramics and glass knowledge.

At Ceramics Expo 2018, you can learn about emerging trends in advanced ceramics and technologies. Toward the end of May, the Glass & Optical Materials Division hosts GOMD 2018 to provide an open forum for exchanging findings on advances in glass science and technology.

And now, you can add another event to your list of must-attend ceramics conferences—the 7th International Congress on Ceramics (ICC7), June 17–21 in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil.

ICC7, hosted by the Brazilian Ceramic Society on behalf of the International Ceramic Federation, is a biennial event that bills itself as “an international high-level platform for gathering researchers and students in the ceramics field to discuss the scientific progress in all R&D areas of conventional and modern synthesis, processing and applications of ceramics,” according to the ICC7 website.

Coorganizer and ACerS Fellow Victor Pandolfelli predicts a huge turnout for ICC7. “We expect around 1,500 attendees,” he writes in an email. “We have already registered 1,090 presentations, including talks and posters.”

That’s a lot of technical knowledge in just a few days.

ICC7 draws nearly 1,500 attendees from around the world. Credit: Victor Pandolfelli

Plenary talks

The four plenary talks offer a range of subjects from a variety of speakers, all of whom are ACerS members.

Martin P. Harmer, Alcoa Foundation Professor of Material Science and Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Lehigh University and ACerS Fellow and Distinguished Lifetime Member, will discuss strategies for controlling grain boundaries in his talk, Boundaries for better ceramics.

Mike Murray, chief technology officer for Morgan Advanced Materials, will explain how understanding the building blocks of materials science will help drive innovation and growth, ultimately leading to a productive and profitable manufacturing company in his lecture, Materiomics and emerging manufacturing technologies for sustainable development.

Masahiro Yoshimura, Distinguished Chair Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, professor emeritus at Tokyo Institute of Technology, and ACerS Fellow and Distinguished Lifetime Member, will discuss implications of soft processing for the environment in his talk, Why soft processing (=low-energy production) of advanced  materials is difficult but necessary for sustainable society.

Edgar D. Zanotto, professor of materials science and engineering at the Federal University of São Carlos in Brazil, director of the Center for Research, Technology and Education in Vitreous Materials, and ACerS Fellow, will discuss the fundamental questions of glass and the glass transition in his talk, Glasses and glass transition for ceramists.

18 symposia topics

The symposia promise to enlighten attendees on a wide range of ceramics and glass topics. How can researchers use the inspiration of biological design found in nature to develop new strategies to produce ceramics and ceramic composites? Learn more about this research in the Bioinspired Ceramics and Composites symposium.

What are some of the burning issues and problems in glass science? Get the answers to your questions in the Frontiers of Glass Science symposium.

And what does the future look like for conventional and new processing technologies, characterization, modeling, and applications for high-temperature ceramics? ACerS Fellow and past president Bill Fahrenholtz will discuss this topic and more in one of the scheduled talks in the High and Ultra High Temperature Ceramics symposium.

These are just three of the 18 general symposia topics you can expect to see at ICC7. And a conference isn’t complete without a cocktail party, networking, and other entertainment. Check out the social activities here.

The beautiful Recanto Cataratas Thermas resort provides the perfect backdrop for ICC7. Register before the end of today (April 17) and save up to $140 in registration fees.

Visit this link to register now!

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