European Ceramics Society membership

The Ceramics Society
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20 Dec 2016

Prof Jon Binner, current President of  The European Ceramics Society and a former President of the IOM3 and Chair of The Ceramics Society, writes to remind IOM3 members of the benefits of membership of the European Ceramics Society.

You may not be aware of this, but if you have selected The Ceramics Society as your primary technical division within the IOM3 then you are automatically also a member of the European Ceramics Society, ECerS. You can be a member of TWO major, international Societies for the price of one! ECerS 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 27 other full members from across Europe, a full list can be found at https://ecers.org/en/membership/full-members.html. In addition, Morocco and Iran are Associate 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 in all aspects of ceramics, both within the individual nations and also between them.
  • To consult with and bring together individuals and representatives of academic bodies, research establishments, companies and Government institutions, including the Commission of the European Union, to their mutual benefit.
  • To collect, disseminate and exchange information between and with other organisations.
  • To promote planning, promotion and organisation of conferences, meetings, training events and workshops.
  • To procure the planning, printing, publication and circulation of technical papers.
  • Recently it has been agreed to foster strong links with other international Ceramic Societies; so far Memoranda of Understanding have been signed with both the American Ceramic Society, ACerS, and the Korean Ceramic Society, KCerS. Discussions are ongoing with other Ceramic Societies worldwide.

There are many benefits to be gained from ECerS membership and much can be learnt by investigating their website, https://ecers.org/en/home.html, but a brief summary is also provided here. Benefits include, but by no means limited to:

  • Discounts on attendance at ECerS-organised conferences, for example:
    • Every two years, in the odd-numbered years, ECerS organises a major, international conference that is held in one of the member countries. ECerS members get a discount on the cost of registration and hence attendance.
    • In addition, ECerS organises or co-organises many other conferences across a range of technical subjects, including additive manufacturing of ceramics, electroceramics, bioceramics and many other topics. A conference calendar, including those of other organisations, can be found at https://ecers.org/en/events/conferences-calendar.html
  • Attendance at workshops on topical research areas, which are open to all but aimed particularly at students, early career researchers and high school teachers amongst others.
  • 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.
  • On behalf of the Journal of the European Ceramic Society (and, very recently, the new journal Open Ceramics) since 2007 Elsevier has contributed quite substantial sums of money to a Trust known as the JECS Trust. This provides funding that ECerS members can access, which includes YOU if you are a member of the Ceramics Society. The funding may be sought for activities including:
    • Visits by individual researchers to other laboratories within Europe to learn new techniques or access equipment not available in their lab;
    • Contributions to the organisation and running of events, such as conferences, workshops and training events;
    • Activities coming from ECerS Working Groups, which currently include: R&D; Art, Design & Tradition; Industrial; Electroceramics; Bioceramics; Additive Manufacturing and the Young Ceramists Network (YCN).
    • Attendance at the ECerS Summer School and ACerS Winter School.

There are two Calls for proposals every year, with deadlines of 31st May and 30th November. So far, well over 200 individual projects have been funded with a total value in excess of €2M. See https://ecers.org/en/jecs-trust.html?cmp_id=42&news_id=14&vID=3 for more information on the JECS Trust.

  • In addition, there is a separate Call for funding for Frontiers of Research. Open to early stage researchers from the countries affiliated to ECerS, the scheme aims to promote frontier research in the field of materials, devices and processes related to all application areas of ceramics. The competition scope is to run seed projects that could lead to larger research programme in the case of achieving positive outcomes. Submissions (on the downloadable form) can be submitted at any time of year and further information can be found at https://ecers.org/en/frontier-of-research.html?cmp_id=42&news_id=13&vID=3.

If you haven't already done so, you can select your preferred technical group by logging in and editing your IOM3 profile in the "interests and preferences" section.

I hope that you have found this article useful and look forward to seeing you at future events!

Professor Jon Binner, CEng, FIMMM, FECerS, FACerS