The Conference and exhibition of the European Ceramic Society - ECerS (Federation of 20 national ceramic societies from European member and Associated States) is organised every two year. It rotates from one country to another as the presidency of the Society. This event is the highlight of the ECerS members activities (field of ceramic materials) and is now recognised as one of the most important opportunities in the Ceramic and technology calendar in Europe and in the World. It is mainly a scientific event that gathers around 600 participants and in majority (about 80%) participants from universities and research institutes in Europe (member and Associated States). It represents a unique meeting opportunity for European scientists interested by ceramics. The broad topic of the conference is encompassing analyses of archeological ceramics, traditional ceramics, as well as advanced ceramics (either functional materials with special electrical, magnetic, thermal and optical properties for applications such as hardware for information and communication technology, electronics or materials for structural applications e.g. wear parts, high temperature components and coatings).
The next event in the series will be organised in Belgium (Brugge) in September 2001 during 5 days and will offer to the participants the possibility to shortly present their work (orally or by poster), to attend invited lecturers (mostly key-note), speech and poster competition of young researchers, the different social events (welcome party and banquet) and the educational session, to visit the exhibition, to meet other European Scientists working in similar field and to see their contributions published in the registered proceedings of the Conference. The Conference proposes 15 scientific sub-sessions introduced by one to 3 well-known scientists (key-note lectures) as well as a plenary session with at least one plenary lecture given by a senior scientist.