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56th Annual St. Louis Section / Refractory Ceramics Division Symposium on Refractories – CANCELED


September 8 @ 8:00 am CDT
September 10 @ 5:00 pm CDT
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Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel
St. Louis, MO United States + Google Map

Important notice from meeting organizers:

We have been monitoring daily guidance from WHO and CDC, as well as monitoring what’s going on with other meetings and large gatherings around the country. With a high emphasis in the near term for “social distancing,” as well as considering the fact most U.S. states are now restricting social gatherings to under 100 people, we are postponing the St. Louis Section and Refractory Ceramics Division Symposium on Refractories meeting until September 8-10, 2020. This is the week that our contracted hotel, the Hilton St. Louis Airport had available and was willing to switch to at no penalty to us. This date is tentative; we will provide additional information once available.

If you have submitted an abstract for this conference please know that the technical committee will contact authors separately to address submitted manuscripts and potential participation in the rescheduled symposium. If you want to reach out directly to let them know your availability, you can inform the co-chairs, Kelley Wilkerson (krowb4@mst.edu) and Jeff Smith (jsmith@mst.edu), if you will be unable to attend the new proposed date.

The hotel has agreed to cancel all reservations under the group code SAC. If you are able to attend the conference in September, you will be able to rebook your room at the negotiated rate. Questions about your registration should be directed to Patty Smith (psmith@mst.edu).

We know this is a trying time for everyone and please know that we have made this decision to keep in mind the health and welfare of our staff and attendees.

The St. Louis Section and the Refractory Ceramics Division of The American Ceramic Society will sponsor the 56th Annual Symposium on Refractories on the theme “Properties and Performance of Refractory Ceramics – A Tribute to Richard C. Bradt” on September 8-10, 2020 (tentative). A kickoff event will held the evening of September 7, 2020. The meeting will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel.

Co-program chairs

  • Kelley Wilkerson, Missouri University of Science &Technology  (krowb4@mst.edu)
  • Jeff Smith, Missouri University of Science &Technology  (jsmith@mst.edu)

Purchase a 6-foot table to display products and literature. The charge is $300, which will be used to cover the cost of the Expo Hall and provide an open two hour bar during the “Meet and Greet” for the attendees prior to the dinner buffet on Wednesday evening.

If you are interested in participating in the Tabletop Expo, contact Patty Smith at (573) 341-6265 or psmith@mst.edu.

ASTM International C-8 Committee on Refractories

Postponed date TBD. Check back here for updates.  Contact Melissa Marcinowski at mmarcinowski@astm.org  for more information on this meeting.

Need more information?

Contact Patty Smith at Tel: (573) 341-6265, Fax: (573) 341-2071 or email: psmith@mst.edu


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