The presidents of the five PACRIM partner societies signed a Memorandum of Understanding to continue the conference collaboration through at least 2031. Credit: ACerS.
“The ‘average’ level of the talks is much higher than usual,” says Miran Gaberscek from the National Institute of Chemistry in Slovenia. I’ve heard similar comments from many other attendees, and, judging from the breaktime networking and business card exchanges I’ve seen, this PACRIM is a huge success.
The good news is that the future of the PACRIM series is solid. The partner societies signed a Memorandum of Understanding ensuring that PACRIM conferences will continue at least through 2031. Signatories pictured above (from left to right) are Hai-Doo Kim, The Korean Ceramic Society; Takashi Goto, The Ceramic Society of Japan; Christopher Berndt, The Australian Ceramic Society; Richard Brow, The American Ceramic Society; and Cewen Nan, The Chinese Ceramic Society.
“The American Ceramic Society is delighted by this opportunity to continue to work with our partner societies to ensure that the PACRIM Conference remains one of the key meetings of the international ceramic science and technology community,” says Brow, ACerS president.
ACerS’ Glass and Optical Materials Division is holding its annual meeting and symposium here at PACRIM, which has led to some great cross-fertilization of symposia and ideas, and also is providing extra visibility for the GOMD awards. This year’s GOMD award lectures—Morey, Kreidl (for students), and Stookey—were all outstanding. Today’s Stookey Award lecture, for example, traced the development of the glass fusion process and the 54 years it took to find a lucrative market—Gorilla Glass. It is unlikely that the engineers who first developed the process could have imagined the devices the glass would be used in—smartphones, tablets, and touchscreen devices—let alone the massive success of the market! The product’s current success is a testimony to their vision and tenacity.
I could go on, but let’s let the pictures tell the story. I also hope you are following the reports of student blogger, Ling Fei. Besides being a perceptive reporter, she is able to provide an attendee’s perspective and comment on the science she is hearing about in the technical sessions.