July 2 - 6, 2017 | İstanbul / TURKEY


Dear Colleagues and Partners

On behalf of the Organising Committe, I would like to warmly welcome you to the beatiful and historical city of Istanbul for the 15th Conference & Exhibition of the European Ceramic Society (ECerS2017), between 2nd and 6th of July, 2017, organized under the auspices of the Turkish Ceramic Society (TSD) and the European Ceramic Societies.

After having hosted the 8th Conference & Exhibition of the European Ceramic Society in 2003, it is a great pleasure and a great honour for us to be part of this prestigious event once again.

Since the first ECerS conference in 1989, the tremendous growth in interest and participation from ceramic communities has made the ECerS Conference a globally very popular venue for scientists, artists, students and industrialists willing to have a direct access to one of the largest community of international experts of ceramic art, science and technology.

We would like to promote in the next ECerS2017 a multi-disciplinary atmosphere, mixing ceramics, materials science, chemistry, physics, art, design, archeology, dentistry, electronic, energy departments and industry and universities as well as young scientist with the experienced to discuss the developments in the ceramic art, science and technology under 12 different topics from the latest energy applications to traditional ceramics, from the latest additive manufacturing technologies to cultural heritage and art, from high temperature production to geopolymers.

All in all, our goal is to organize a truely unforgettable event for all attending as students, scientists, artists, craftsmans, industrialists and so on.

Servet Turan
On behalf of the ECerS 2017 Organisation Committee

Servet Turan
On behalf of the ECerS 2017 Organisation Committee



Past President, ECERS

President, Turkish Ceramic Society


Servet TURAN


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Austria R. Danzer, K. Reichmann
Belgium O. V.D. Biest, F. J. Cambier
Czech Republic M. Pibyl, O. Jankovský
Denmark K. A. Nielsen
Finland T. Kronberg, E. Levänen
France A. Leriche, J.-A. Alary
Georgia Z. Kovziridze
Germany J. Heym, D. Nicklas
Greece A. Tsetsekou, C. Argirousis
Hungary J. Szepvolgyi, C. Balazsi
Ireland S. Hampshire, E. De Barra
Italy P. Zannini, M. Dondi
Latvia L. Berzina-Cimdina,K. Salma-Ancane
The Netherlands E. Brinkman, L. Winnubst
Norway K. Wilk
Poland Z. Pedzich, M. Szafran
Portugal C.M. Da Silva Rodrigues, J.C. Almeida
Romania A. Volceanov, A. Ianculescu
Russia V. Shevchenko, L. Mezentseva
Serbia B. Matovic, V.V. Srdic
Slovak Republic P. Sajgalik, Z. Lences
Slovenia S. Pejovnik, D.Suvorov
Spain M.C. Vilanova, C. Baudín
Sweden L. Bergström, E. Carlstrom
Switzerland T. Graule, M. Menet
U.K J. Binner

International Scientific Programme Committee (ISPC) members

  • Pavol Sajgalik (ECERS President)
  • Anne Leriche (ECERS Immediate Past President)
  • M. vonWitzleben (ECERS President Elect)
  • Carmen Baudin (Last ECERS Conference Organiser)
  • Paulo Zanini (Next ECERS Conference Organiser)
  • Mrityunjay (Jay) Singh (President, American Ceramic Society)
  • Chris Berndt (President, Australian Ceramic Society)
  • Egon T. Berg (President, Brazilian Ceramic Society)
  • Yong‐Mo Xu (President, Chinese Ceramic Society)
  • A. K. Chattopadhyay (President, Indian Ceramic Society)
  • Farhad Golestani‐Fard (President, Iranian Ceramic Society)
  • Danilo Suvorov (President, International Ceramic Federation)
  • Keiji TOKUUE (President, Japanese Ceramic Society)
  • Young Jei OH (President, Korean Ceramic Society)


TOPICS Co-Chairs
New Developments in Processing and Synthesis with a Special Focus on Additive Manufacturing Ender Suvacı Farid Akhtar
High Temperature Processes and Advanced Sintering Lutfi Ovecoglu Diletta Sciti
Advanced Structural Ceramics Cengiz Kaya Zoltan Lences
Electroceramics and Optical Materials Macit Ozenbas Danilo Suvorov
Ceramics for Novel Energy Production and Storage Servet Turan Pierre-Marie Geffroy
Ceramics and Glasses for Healthcare Abdullah Ozturk José M.F. Ferreira
Challenges and Opportunities in Industrial Ceramics Alpagut Kara Maria Chiara Bignozzi
The Ceramics Genome: Modelling, Simulation and In-situ Experimentation Cleva Ow-Yang Saso Sturm
Developments on the Boron Based Ceramics Onuralp Yucel Mathias Hermann
Cultural Heritage Ali Issi Philippe Colomban
Refractories Suat Yılmaz Jacek Szczerba


TOPIC Co-Chairs
Art and Ceramics Beril Anılanmert (Işık Univ.) Wilhelm Siemen (Germany)


ECerS Awards

Richard Brook Award:

This award honours Sir Richard Brook, distinguished fellow of ECerS and past editor of the Journal of ECerS, in recognition of all he has contributed to the Society. This award is given to a ceramist belonging to a country outside Europe for outstanding contribution to ceramic science or technology and for enhancing understanding and collaboration within the international ceramic community.

Stuijts Award:

In memory of Prof. A. Leo Stuijts (1922‐1982), who contributed considerably to the development of the science and technology of magneto‐ and electro‐ceramic materials. This award is given to ceramists belonging to a member country of the Society for outstanding contributions to ceramic science, technology and educational activities or production.

Gian Nicola Babini Award:

This award honours Gian Nicola Babini, who served as President of the European Ceramic Society for two terms (1993/1995 and 2001/2005). The Gian Nicola Babini Award (ECerS industrial award) shall be given every second year to a person who contributed to the development of the European Ceramic Industry by an outstanding technical achievement. The achievement must represent an innovative technology or product successfully developed into a viable commercial item that demonstrates a gain to society through its diffusion and availability. The person, normally, shall have been a member of a national ceramic organization that is affiliated to the European Ceramic Society at least two years continuously at the established nomination deadline date when nominated.

ECerS Young Scientist Award:

The early career award shall be given every second year to a person under 40 years of age (at the date of the nomination) by reason of outstanding contributions to the ceramic sciences. The person shall have performed the majority of the work in a European research institution and been a member of a national ceramic organization that is affiliated to the European Ceramic Society at least two years continuously at the established nomination deadline date when nominated.

Fellows of ECerS:

Fellows shall be persons of good reputation and who shall have been a member of a national ceramic organization that is affiliated to the European Ceramic Society at least five years continuously at the established nomination deadline date when nominated. They shall prove qualified for elevation to the grade of Fellow by reason of outstanding contributions to the ceramic arts or sciences; through broad and productive scholarship in ceramic science and technology, by conspicuous achievement in ceramic industry or by outstanding service to the Society. Not more than 20 fellows will be awarded on a biennale basis.

The details and how to apply or nominate to all these awards would be find at

JECS Trust Awards

The JECS Best Paper Award:

This award is made at the biennial ECerS conferences to the best paper published in the Journal in the two years immediately preceding the year of the conference. Papers are nominated by the Editors and the best paper is chosen by the Board of the JECS Trust

The JECS Trust Award:

This award is made to a ceramist of international reputation who has contributed to the development of the Journal of the European Ceramic Society by publishing high quality papers in the Journal. The winner is chosen by the Board of the JECS Trust, the body which oversees the development of the Journal. It is awarded biennially at the ECerS conference.

Student Speech Contest
Best Poster Prizes
Bursaries for Students


2 July 2017, Sunday
09:00-20:00 ECERS PEC & Council Meetings
16:00-19:30 Student Speech Contest
20:30-22:00 Welcome Cocktail
3 July 2017, Monday
08:15-09:45 Opening Session
09:45-10:45 JECS Trust Awards Ceremony
10:45-11:15 Coffee Break
11:15-13:00 Oral Sessions Student Speech Contest
13:00-14:30 Lunch
14:30-16:30 Oral Sessions Student Speech Contest
16:30-17:00 Coffee Break
17:00-19:00 Oral Sessions
4 July 2017, Tuesday
08:30-10:30 Oral Sessions
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break & Poster Session
11:00-13:00 Oral Sessions
13:00-14:30 Lunch
14:30-16:30 Oral Sessions
16:30-19:00 Coffee Break & Poster Session
5 July 2017, Wednesday
08:30-10:30 Oral Sessions
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break & Poster Session
11:00-13:00 Oral Sessions
13:00-14:30 Lunch
14:30-16:00 Poster Session
16:00-19:30 ECERS Award Ceremony
20:30 Gala Dinner
6 July 2017, Thusday
08:30-10:30 Oral Sessions
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break & Poster Session
11:00-13:00 Oral Sessions
13:00-14:30 Lunch
14:30-16:30 Oral Sessions
16:30-17:00 Coffee Break
17:00 Closing Ceremony


Will be opened after 17th of August 2016


Registration Type Early Bird Until 17 April 2017 Regular between 18 April 2017 29 May Late & Onsite from 30 May 2017
Member € 600 € 750 € 850
Non-Member € 750 € 850 € 950
Student € 250 € 350 € 400
Accompanying Person € 125
Gala Dinner Fee € 100


  • Official Opening of Web Page: July 17, 2016
  • Abstract Submission System Opens: August 17, 2016
  • Deadline for Abstract Submission: February 17, 2017
  • Confirmation for Abstract Acceptance: March 17, 2017
  • Early BirdRegistration Deadline: April 17, 2017

  • Conference Dates: 2-6 July 2017



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  • Student Speech
  • Art Exhibition
  • Exhibition
  • Tech Transfer Market


  • New Frontiers on the Ceramic Characterisation Techniques (together with Student WG)
  • Implementation of Smart Manufacturing Systems (Industry 4.0) for Industrial Ceramics (together with Industrial WG)
  • Ceramic Art School (together with Art & Design WG)


Student Speech Contest

The student speech contest at the biennial ECerS conference is an event where young research students, representing each of the ECerS member countries, are able to give an oral presentation that is evaluated by a jury. The presentation duration will be 15 minutes, followed by questions from the jury and the audience.

  • Each member country of ECerS can send one (PhD, MSc, BSc) research student as the candidate of their country for the ECerS student speech contest.
  • The oral presentation at the contest should be based on research work that the candidate has performed himself/herself at a research institution in the country he/ she is representing.
  • Graduate representatives must be within their first five years of full time research at the time of the speech.

If the representative is a PhD student, the candidate can participate in  the competition if he/she defends (or will defend) his/her thesis after September 1, 2016. 

The national society will inform the ECerS educational working group as well as the conference organisers not later than April 15, 2017 who will be the representative of their country*

*The following data should be sent by e-mail (before April 15):

  • Name of the candidate
  • Name and address of university/institute
  • E-mail address
  • Date of birth
  • (Expected) date of defence of BSc, MSc or PhD thesis
  • Title of presentation

e-mail for the educational working group:

e-mail for the conference organizers:

The contest at ECerS 2017 in Istanbul is scheduled on Sunday afternoon July 2 and Monday morning and afternoon, July 3. The detailed schedule can be found on programme. The winner will be announced and be given the opportunity to present at the Awards plenary ceremony on Wednesday afternoon. The winner will be awarded by Prof. Louis Winnubst.

Gursoy Arslan & Louis Winnubst


Welcome Cocktail Sunday July 2

Venue: Istanbul Congress and Exhibition Center

Student’s Evening Tuesday July 4

Venue: To be decided by the students WG

Banquet Wednesday July 5

Venue: To be decided


Istanbul Lütfi Kırdar Convention & Exhibition Centre ICEC

Istanbul Lütfi Kırdar - ICEC is located at the center where the business, culture and art worlds meet. The venue has been rendering its services to its guests since 1996 with its experienced staff, up to date technologic infrastructure and with catering options from Turkish and world cuisines.

Istanbul Lütfi Kırdar - ICEC, in the heart of the Congress Valley, has the capacity to host all kinds of organizations from conventions to fairs, from concerts to exhibitions with its halls in daylight and a view of the Bosphorus at its location of the cross section of Istanbul’s elegant restaurants, luxury brands and fashion district.

In a metropolitan city as Istanbul, it is very significant to what extent the location and transportation facilities can be used. There are many three-, four- and five-star hotels within walking distance to Istanbul Lütfi Kırdar - ICEC and its location provides easy and fast transportation to the important historical places of the city.

Main Building

The Main Building has been designed for various organizations. The halls, having different capacities, a wide foyer area with daylight and state of the art technological equipment, enable the Main Building to meet all kinds of needs and requests.

The "Boğaziçi Borsa” Restaurant in the Main Building unites the unique Bosphorus view of "Istanbul Lütfi Kırdar", ICEC with the flavors of the Turkish and world cuisines and renders its services to the guests for 7 days.

Rumeli Building

The two-level Rumeli Building has a total area of 7.000 square meters, foyers with daylight, separable halls and its own private entry. The Rumeli Building can also be used with the Main Building for larger events.

Maçka Terrace

The Maçka Terrace, located between the Main and Rumeli Building, connects two buildings to each other.
In addition to the unique Bosphorus view of Istanbul, the Terrace is a preferred alternative for dinners, cocktails, weddings and other outdoor activities with its own menu choices.

How to reach?

Distances from the congress venue

AIRPORT: 45 minutes (Shuttle bus every 30 minutes - 4 Euro)
ZONE A: Downtown, Congress Venue – Walking distance
ZONE B: Old Town, Sultanahmet area – 10-15 min. by car

Transportation to İstanbul Lütfi Kırdar - ICEC

Istanbul Lütfi Kırdar - ICEC is in the heart of the Congress Valley and is easy to reach with car and public transport. It is in the following distances to:

  • Taksim Square - 1000 meters
  • Nişantaşı - 200 meters
  • Atatürk Airport - 23 km
  • Sabiha Gökçen Airport - 50 km

More information about public transportation can be found at

Istanbul Lütfi Kırdar Convention & Exhibition Centre
Harbiye 34267 Istanbul / TURKEY

Phone: (+90 212) 373 11 00
Fax: (+90 212) 224 08 78



  • In the morning visit of Hagia Sophia Museumbuild by Emperor Justinia in the early 6th century as a church in Sultanahmet district.
  • Afterwards our tours continues with the visit of Blue Mosqeu built by Sultan Ahmet 1 in the early 17th century and designed by pupil of Sinan, the greatest of Ottomans architects.
  • Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of theold city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius andGerman Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome.
  • Grand Bazaar, most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir.
    (Art demonstration of handmade Turkish carpets)
  • In the afternoon we will continue our tour at Topkapı Palacerecidence of Ottomans Sultans for centurys. Visit of Imperial Treasury and exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy sections.
  • The last visit of the day is Rüstem Pasha Mosque, completed in 1563 designed by Sinan the Magnificent.

*On Mondays, when Saint Sophia is closed, we visit the Chora Church, famed for its mosaics.
*On Tuesdays, when Topkapı Palace is closed, this tour is not offered.



  • Our visit to Pricess Islands is the best way to escape the bustle of Istanbul. Enjoy cool breezes and charming sights along the way to Büyükada, the largest Island in the chain. Famous for their mild climates, lush vegetation, and ornate Ottoman houses, all the islands are  unspoiled by traffic. Instead of cars there are carriages, called phaetons, which we will use to tour the island and its beautiful scenery studded with elegant mansions draped with purple bougainvillea, reminiscent of a more leisured and graceful era. We will enjoy our lunch at the best of one of the many excellent fresh fish restaurants that line the waterfront, gazing across the Asian shore of Istanbul, so close -  though it feels worlds away.

*On Mondays, when Saint Sophia is closed, we visit the Chora Church, famed for its mosaics.
*On Tuesdays, when Topkapı Palace is closed, this tour is not offered.



  • For our visit to Ephesus first we will catch an early flight to Izmir then drive to the antique city of Ephesuswich is
  • Ephesus is one of the world's richest and most rewarding archaeological sites with impressive ruins dating from the Classical Greek, Hellenistic, Roman and early Byzantine periods. It is also closely associated with the beginnings of the Christian faith. In addition to being the city to which the Letters to the Ephesians were written, St. John and St. Paul both visited the city, and theVirgin Mary herself is said to have spent her last days nearby.
  • Among the highlights of our tour of Ephesus will be the antique theatre, the famed Library of Celsus, the brothel, the vast Basilica of St. John, the Mosque of Isabey,  and the Temple of Artemis.
  • Finally we will make a short pilgrimage to the House of the Virgin Mary, which stands high on a mountainside overlooking the Aegean Sea and the Greek island of Samos.
Minimum of 8 people is required

*For arranging flight tickets, advanced reservation is required.



Istanbul is a city of unparalleled social and cultural richness. It is as fascinating and historical as it is dynamic and modern. Serving as the capital of two mighty empires incessantly for sixteen centuries, Eastern Roman or Byzantine and Ottoman, and set squarely between two continents, Istanbul has cultures and traditions that blend East with West and Mediterranean with Anatolian. Each civilization that has made Istanbul its home has left its mark in sublime and splendid ways, and the result a city that gives one the feeling of universal history at every step.

With a definitely multicultural touch and a vibrant atmosphere rooted deep in the past experience of humanity while facing toward the future, Istanbul is truly as much a crossroads of ideas and cultures today as ever. For how many cities in the world is home to ages old churches, mosques, and synagogues in such a close proximity, showing us the possibility of a community formed of different cultures living in a state of peace and tolerance that stems from a shared human past and belief in the future?



In its south stretches the Marmara Sea and in its north is the Black Sea. Its western part is in Europe and eastern in Asia. The strategic and aesthetic strait that separates the two coasts of Istanbul together with the two continents is the Bosporus which is the first gate from the Black Sea to the Aegean and then onto Mediterranean. Being a port city and having many major trade paths pass through itself is what has given ultimate significance to the city for thousands of years





DEKON Congress & Tourism
Sultan Selim Mah. Eski Büyükdere Cad. Hümeyra Sok. No.12
34415 Şirintepe/Kağıthane – İstanbul

Telephone: +90 212 347 63 00
Fax: +90 212 347 63 63


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