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The tenth Pacific Rim Conference on Ceramic and Glass Technology wrapped up last Friday at midday. The general consensus among attendees that I asked was that the technical program was outstanding. The meeting seemed to have served its mission of advancing the exchange of technical ideas, as well as helping researchers find new collaborators.

Thursday evening 650 attendees and guests enjoyed the conference banquet on the beach outside the Hotel Del Coronado. Attendees connected with new friends and old and enjoyed delicious Mexican food while music by a local mariachi band added to the festive ambiance. The beach is in the flight path of a local US Navy airbase, so a few helicopters and airplanes flew overhead, which the locals refer to as the “sound of freedom.”

PACRIM organizer H.T. Lin said in an email, “While I was walking around the tables to greet friends and colleagues from around the world during the banquet, seeing everyone’s face filled with smiles and great satisfaction was the one of the highlights for me.  Also, I was able to meet and chat with so many young students and researchers exchanging thoughts and ideas about the needs and challenges of ceramic technologies to overcome the barriers for achieving sustainable energy resources with a cleaner environment. That is definitely also one of the highlights for me as well.”

The 950 attendees, like me, have returned home, unpacked their bags, and are working their way through a mountain of email. Here is a final photoblog from PACRIM 10–GOMD 2013. Don’t forget to read student blogger LIng Fei’s reports on the meeting. She was charged with telling us about the talks she attended and her general impressions. Her fly-on-the-wall reports confirm the quality of the technical program.

See you in two years in Jeju, Korea!

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Taking a break on the patio. Credit: ACerS.

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The Hotel Del Coronado gardens provided a lush setting for collaborations to blossom. Credit: ACerS.

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A speaker in the Ceramics by Genome symposium. Credit: ACerS.

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Coffee break networking. Credit: ACerS.

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PACRIM organizer H.T. Lin welcomes guests to the conference banquet with the Del’s iconic cone-shaped red roof in the background. Credit: ACerS.

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Hai-Doo Kim of The Korean Ceramic Society chats with ACerS executive director Charlie Spahr. Credit: ACerS.

Ling Fei, New Mexico State University PhD candidate and PACRIM–GOMD student blogger. Her activities were sponsored by Battelle Memorial Institute. Credit: ACerS.

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Brazil’s Edgar Zanotto with his wife and two friends with the Pacific Ocean in the background. Credit: ACerS.
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Perhaps these guys know—is the glass half empty or half full? Credit: ACerS.

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A mariachi band entertained 650 guests at the conference banquet. Seated (left–right) ACerS president Richard Brow, Sanjay Mathur, Tatsuki Ohji, H.T. Lin, and Jay Singh. Credit: ACerS.

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Two fellows with the right idea for a beach banquet. Any guesses as to whose feet those are? Credit: ACerS.

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The beach at twilight. Beautiful. Credit: ACerS.