Electroceramics Summer School in Limoges, FR coming soon! 3 weeks left to register!

As announced before, the ElectroCeramics XV conference will take place in Limoges, FR soon! (27-29th of June 2016)

What you may not know is that a Summer School dedicated to electroceramics will also be taking place in Limoges before the conference, from the 23th to the 26th of June.

Hot topics, such as :

  • low temperature synthesis
  • shaping and innovative technologies (3D printing)
  • microstructureproperties relationships in heterogenous ceramics
  • functional ceramics (ferroelectric, piezoelectric, multiferroic)
  • industrial issues

will be discussed.

The school will propose lectures given by internationally recognized experts and round tables between PhD students/young searchers and lecturers about the thesis topics. It will be limited to 50 participants and the registration deadline is on April the 1st so be quick!


So, if you are interested, you can find the entire program and all the remaining details here and download the registration file under that link.

See you soon!

Future Lights Competition is on again!

This original competition involves everyone in touch with ceramics, not only researchers and industrials. We are proud to announce its return this year with an original theme described below!


The theme for Future Lights 2016 is "Incorporating the qualities of hand-crafted work into industrially produced ceramics."


Contemporary consumers are looking for objects which, although mass produced, appear to be unique.

Qualities associated with handmade items (e.g. irregular forms, maker’s marks, etc.) are held in high esteem and can add value to industrially produced ceramics. This trend can be seen to great effect in the work of Masahiro Mori.

What are the judges looking for?

In 2016, the Future Lights judges want to discover early career professionals with knowledge (practical or research) of craft and studio processes that could be successfully applied to industrial production.

Who can apply?

People in the early stages of a career in ceramics including but not restricted to:

• Artists
• Designers
• Historians
• Art Historians
• Curators
• Scientists/researchers

Applicants should be EU residents at the time of applying and have graduated from their main full time studies within the last 5 years. Applicants should have expertise, experience or innovative ideas that respond to the theme, as described above.

Further information as well as all requested documents can be found here!

Deadline is on the 31st of March 2016
They are looking forward to receiving your application!

The new Electroceramics XV conference will be held in Limoges, FR!

It is now announced, the last conference on electroceramics, Electroceramics XV, will be held in Limoges from June, the 27th to June, the 29th 2016 at the European Ceramics Centre!

The conference will cover, for both bulk materials and thick / thin films, a broad range of topics in the field of electroceramics: dielectrics, piezoelectrics, ferroelectrics, multiferroics, thermoelectrics, photovoltaics, ionic, mixed and electronic conduction phenomena, heterostructures, nanomaterials and their specific properties... The discussions will highlight the most recent innovations in electroceramics theory, synthesis, characterization, modeling and applications (sensors, tunable devices, MEMS, energy harvesting devices...).

A summer school will also be conducted at the same time as the conference and will focus more precisely on some these topics!

More information here!

Exclusive! The French Ceramic Engineering School (ENSCI) is launching a free online course!

You read it well, ENSCI (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Céramique Industrielle) located in the European Ceramics Centre (CEC) is opening a free online course in English called "High Performance Ceramic Materials".

This course will aim at introducing the meaning behind these materials and their wide range of applications in science and engineering. It will then mainly focus on one type of Ceramic materials: the "refractories".

The course will be open to any curious people, students or professionals. The toughest chapters require materials science notions from a L2 level (2d year of university).

The course starts officially on the 25th of January!

You can register here by clicking on "S'incrire à High Performance Ceramic Materials". You will then have to fill out a form to create an account if you are not registered yet to the system.

Future Lights Competition

Early career professionals and recent graduates working in ceramics as art historians, designers and artists are invited to take part in an annual competition around the theme of "International cultural influences in ceramics".

Future Lights can apply with new ideas about a topic pre-set by the jury. 18 applicants will be shortlisted and invited to present their ideas at the BCB festival in September 2015 in Stoke-on-Trent, England.

The 6 best participants will then have the opportunity to carry out their projects during a one month residency at one of the universities or museums participating in the Ceramics & Its Dimensions programme.

The completed projects will be presented at the BCB festival in 2017 and will form part of the Shaping the Future exhibition. In addition, each Future Light in Ceramics is expected to act as an ambassador, promoting ceramics to young people.

Applicants can be of any nationality as long as they were recently studying at a European institution. There is no formal age limit but the applicants must not have been outside of education for more than 2 years, or are those at the formative stage of their career. Target groups are post-graduate level and above such as Start-ups and professionals starting their career in the field of either ceramics, art-history or other scholars, as well as craftspersons and designers.

The competition will promote multidisciplinary working but it is not necessary that applicants have worked in this way already to qualify.

There will be three categories of people who can apply:

  • Art Historians (This could be historians, classicists, social historians, philosophers etc.)
  • Craftspersons (This could be engineers, ceramicists, woodworkers, glassmakers etc.)
  • Designers (this could be 3D design, graphics, comic book, animators, surface pattern, fine art etc.)
The Participation is free. The Jury is allowed to see the curricula of the participants during the selection process for the final step of the competition. The winners are not allowed to take part in the next competition.

Deadline is the 15th of September!

General information here and Application form here.