[Image above] Picture of a statue in JeJu Statue Park, JeJu Island, Korea. Credit: Thomas Park, Wikipedia CC BY SA 3.0 

The 11th International Conference of Pacific Rim Ceramic Societies (PACRIM 11) is happening in JeJu Island, Korea Aug. 30–Sept. 4, and provides a global forum for the latest emerging ceramic technologies.

ACerS executive director Charlie Spahr is on location in JeJu Island and reported highlights from a successful meeting, as political and weather-related challenges abated and allowed the conference to be held as planned at the International Convention Center JeJu overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

The meeting drew more than 1,100 abstracts submitted from individuals in more than 35 countries. At least 1,000 attendees are expected to turn out at the event by the end of the week, including about 300 students. Most attendees hail from Korea, followed by Japan, China, the U.S., France, and Germany.

Several ACerS officers and members are also in attendance, including ACerS president Kathleen Richardson, president-elect Jay Singh, and past president Dick Brow.

Members of ACerS Board of Directors H.T. Lin and Tatsuki Ohji are also at the conference, as well as past BOD members Michael Hoffman, Ivar Reimanis, and Raj Bordia. Mario Affatigato, co-editor of ACerS International Journal of Applied Glass Science, and Dileep Singh, PACRIM 12 chair, are representing the ceramics and glass community at the event, among many other attendees from the field.


Pictured: ACerS president Kathleen Richardson (center) and president-elect Mrityunjay Singh (left) present a handmade painted vase to Hae-Doo Kim, PACRIM 11 chair, during the PacRim partners’ dinner on Sept. 1, congratulating the Korean Ceramic Society on a successful event. Credit: ACerS

The conference schedule is jam-packed, with four plenary sessions kicking off the week’s events on Sept. 1 and 38 symposia planned throughout the rest of the week. (Check out the program at a glance.)

Planning for PACRIM 12 is already underway in Hawaii for 2017. ACerS announced the revival of the Samuel Geijsbeek PACRIM International Award, endowed by ACerS, which will be presented at the 2017 event. Stay tuned for more details as they unfold!