Prof Jon Binner, chair of The Ceramics Society, writes to remind IOM3 members of membership of the European Ceramics Society.
If you have selected The Ceramics Society as your primary technical division, you are automatically also a member of the European Ceramics Society (http://ecers.org/), which is a confederation of national ceramic societies each representing the ceramists of a member country. IOM3 is the member body for the UK and there are 26 other full members. The European Ceramics Society (EcerS) was established in 1987 and its key aims are to co-ordinate and promote the study of ceramics and in particular:
- To encourage education, training and research
- To consult with and bring together individuals and representatives of members, research establishments, academic bodies and institutions of governments and other bodies including the Commission of the European Union
- To collect, disseminate and exchange information with other organisations
- To promote planning, promotion and organisation of conferences and meetings
- To procure planning, printing, publication and circulation of technical papers
Benefits to be gained from ECerS membership include:
- Every two years the ECerS organises a general Conference, held in one of the member countries. ECerS members get a discount on the cost of registration. For information, in 2017 the next ECerS conference will be held in Budapest from July 9 – 13; see http://ecers2017.akcongress.com/ for more details.
- The Journal of the European Ceramic Society has created a Trust (JECS Trust) that provides funding that ECerS members can access for activities including:
- Funding visits by individual researchers to other laboratories within Europe to learn new techniques or access equipment not available in their lab.
- Attendance at certain American Ceramic Society Workshops.
- The running of workshops aimed at students / early career researchers / high school teachers.
- The running of workshops on topical research areas. Note: Elsevier are always interested in possible JECS Special Issues based on such meetings.
- The activities of the Young Ceramists Network (YCN) – a network for young people (under 40 years old and in industry or academia, including Masters and PhD students) conducting research in the field of ceramics. The YCN also co-ordinates Summer Schools, Training Actions, Researcher Mobility and Exchange Programmes.
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Professor Jon Binner, CEng, FIMMM, FECerS, FACerS