Program committee / Competitions and topics

Chairmen - Programme Committee

Prof. Dr. Antje LIERSCH

Hochschule Koblenz, WesterwaldCampus,




Chairman - Poster Exhibition and Poster competition

Participation requirements:

  • All participants of CERAMICS 2024 with a poster submission accepted by the program committee are eligible to participate in the poster competition.
  • Not eligible - Participants in the Hans-Walter-Hennicke Lecture Competition.

PD Dr. Guido FALK

Universität des Saarlandes,


Chairmen - Hans-Walter-Hennicke Lecture Competition

In remembrance of Prof. Dr. Hans-Walter Hennicke, the DKG has been awarding the Hans-Walter Hennicke Lecture Competition Award since 1995. With this prize, we honor the best lectures of young ceramists and academics on the topics of their final theses.

Participation requirements:
Participation is open to all alumni / alumnae who have completed a bachelor's, master's, diploma or comparable degree (no doctorate) in the field of raw materials / ceramics at a college, academy or university no more than one year ago.
Not eligible - Participants in the poster competition and/or speakers at CERAMICS 2024.

Dr. Michael ROZUMEK

Morgan Advanced Materials
Haldenwanger GmbH, Waldkraiburg

Prof. Dr. Dietmar KOCH

Universität Augsburg,




Program committee


Advisory Board


TOPIC 01 - Raw materials

Subtopics: raw materials, raw material processing, supply chains, recycling, powder synthesis, powder processing, precursor ceramics

The selection of suitable raw materials and processes for their production are of increasing importance for the development of modern ceramics. Structural ceramics, for example, require the use of very fine raw powders, functional ceramics require the most homogeneous distribution of dopants in the raw material and silicate ceramics require the targeted extraction and suitable conditioning of naturally occurring raw materials to ensure optimized processing properties. Topic 1 covers all aspects from obtaining raw materials to their processing and recycling options. The following topics, among others, are in focus:

  • Approaches for the synthesis of ceramic nanoparticles and nanofibers
  • Natural resources for the production of silicate ceramics
  • Innovative processes for homogeneous raw powder preparation
  • Correlation between raw material characteristics and processing properties
  • Surface functionalization of nanoparticles
  • Targeted synthesis, modification and ceramization of preceramic polymers
  • Raw material recycling


Dr. Christoph PIRIBAUER

Stephan Schmidt Gruppe,

Dr. Angelika PRIESE
Imerys Fused Minerals Murg GmbH,

Prof. Thomas GRAULE
Dübendorf, Switzerland

Dr. ir. Ronny LUGTENBERG


TOPIC 02 - Ceramic processing                 

Subtopics: thermal processes, sintering, energy efficiency, coatings, green machining, injection molding, additive manufacturing, automation, digitization

Recent developments of the cornerstone policy of the Emissions Trading System (ETS), the planned introduction of the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), the conversion of the energy supply from fossil fuels to renewable alternatives to achieve industry´s climate neutrality by 2050 as well as the potential supply risk of critical material resources enforces the ceramic industry to further developments of resource- and raw material-saving processes and profound adaptations and technical innovations of ceramic process technologies.

The session Ceramic Technology is a forum for promoting these technical innovations at the interface of materials science, process engineering and application. Leading scientists in their field will report on current findings and the latest process engineering developments along the ceramic process chain (ceramic shaping, green body processing, thermal processing and sintering techniques, and finishing) as well as on current results in the fields of additive manufacturing, process automation and digitization.

Below you will find a list of all the planned lecture series divided into the specialist topics of Ceramic Process Engineering.

  • Shaping
  • Machining, green and hard machining
  • Thermal processes, sintering
  • Digitization, automation,
  • Additive manufacturing

PD Dr. Guido FALK

Universität des Saarlandes,

Prof. Dr. Ralf GOLLER
Technische Hochschule Augsburg,

Dr. Volker UHLIG

Prof. Dr. Michael STELTER
Fraunhofer-Institut für Keramische Technologien und Systeme IKTS,


Dr. Tassilo MORITZ
Fraunhofer-Institut für Keramische Technologien und Systeme IKTS,

Prof. Dr. Jens GÜNSTER
Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM),



TOPIC 03 - Characterization, Modelling, Simulation

Subtopics: materials and process diagnostics, simulation and modelling, characterization of porous materials

This topic covers the characterization, modelling and simulation of porous and dense ceramic materials in the entire process chain from manufacturing to application. The topic equally addresses the establishment and use of new as well as existing testing and characterization methods as well as the use of simulation and modelling methods from material to (micro-)structure and on to processes and applications.

Examples may include:

  • New and established testing as well as methodological characterization procedures for physical properties and in-process testing in the processing of ceramic materials.
  • New methods for characterization and determination of the microstructure and its structural description and properties of porous ceramic materials
  • New approaches in material modeling and use of process and application simulation in the value chain of ceramic materials
  • New methods for the determination and optimization of thermomechanical properties of ceramic materials.
  • New methods and processes for increasing the reliability of ceramic components

PD Dr. Tobias FEY

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU),

Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM),




TOPIC 04 - Silicate ceramics    

Subtopics: silicate ceramics, materials and technology

The oldest material group of all ceramics, is used everywhere in the fields of tableware, sanitary ware, building materials and tiles, thermal engineering, measurement and control technology, process and environmental technology, high and low voltage technology etc. Especially regarding the current demands from the areas of legal requirements, recycling, energy and supply chains, silicate ceramics are in a state of upheaval. In the symposium itself, all application areas of silicate ceramics should receive their equal consideration, therefore submissions from all application areas are highly welcome. Examples may include:

- Influence of alternative sintering technologies on product properties.
- Use of recycled materials and alternative raw materials in silicate ceramics and their influence on processing and product properties.
- Processing properties of ceramic bodies.
- Technical issues in creativity: inkjet decoration, glazing and related technologies.

Prof. Dr. Pascal SEFFERN

Hochschule Koblenz, WesterWaldCampus,

Ir. Marcel ENGELS
Forschungsinstitut für Anorganische Werkstoffe - Glas/Keramik GmbH




TOPIC 05 - Refractory ceramics

Subtopics: refractory ceramics, materials and technology

Refractories (ceramics, metals, composites) are used at temperatures exceeding 600° Celsius. They are irreplaceable for today's society and a liveable environment. Without them, electricity generation or cell phone technology would be just as impossible as the production of metals, cement, ceramics, glass, or the design of processes in the chemical industry. The goals of CO2 reduction, the use of hydrogen in metallurgical processes, or the use of oxygen in the cement industry are closely linked to developments in the field of these high-temperature materials. Their macro-and micro design opens up a broad innovation potential for new process technologies and new product qualities under challenging economic and ecological boundary conditions. Papers may include:

  • Basic Science for high temperature applications
  • Refractory products for metallurgy applications
  • Refractory products in the chemical industry
  • Refractory products for the energy production

Prof. Dr. Olaf KRAUSE

Hochschule Koblenz, WesterWaldCampus,

Dr. Christian DANNERT
Forschungsgemeinschaft Feuerfest e.V.,

PD Dr. Patrik GEHRE
TU Bergakademie Freiberg,

Herr Daniel CÖLLE


Dr. Thorsten TONNESEN
RWTH Aachen,



TOPIC 06 - Structural ceramics

Subtopics: wear-resistant ceramics, transparent ceramics, ballistic protection

The session on structural ceramics provides a focused platform where recognized experts will present the latest developments in this specialized field of high-performance ceramics. It emphasizes topics that illuminate the role of structural ceramics in sustainable practices and environmentally friendly applications. The discussion will also showcase innovations in materials and technologies of structural ceramics to promote advancements across various industries.

The impacts of digitization on manufacturing processes will be thoroughly discussed to highlight efficiency improvements and technological optimizations. Another focal point is the aesthetic aspect of structural ceramics and their design possibilities. Finally, experts will delve into the use of this material group in lightweight construction and structural optimization to foster resource-efficient material solutions. This session promises insightful perspectives and current research findings that can significantly influence the future of structural ceramics.

  • Sustainability and Environmental Friendliness
  • Innovation in Materials and Technologies
  • Digitization and Industry 4.0
  • Design and Aesthetics
  • Lightweight Construction and Structural Optimization

Dr. Markus EMMEL

Forschungsinstitut für Anorganische Werkstoffe - Glas/Keramik GmbH

PD Dr. Patrik GEHRE
TU Bergakademie Freiberg,

Dr. Philipp GINGTER
Schunk Ingenieurkeramik GmbH,

Dübendorf, Switzerland


TOPIC 07 - Functional ceramics

Subtopics: ferro- and piezoelectrics, magnetic ceramics ,  thermistors, varistors,  sensors, LTCC, HF-ceramics, phosphors, photocatalysis

This symposium will discuss fundamental insights and new developments in the domain functional ceramics and composites with new or tailored properties. It will offer an interdisciplinary forum to discuss emerging trends in advanced processing of functional ceramics that open new application perspectives. Contributions from both academia and industry are welcome to highlight advances in the understanding of structure/microstructure/function relationships in applied ceramic technologies. Applications of functional ceramics, components and systems are also highly relevant for the scope.

  • Ceramics for energy storage and conversion
  • Advanced processing and circularity in ceramics
  • Dielectric, ferroelectric and piezoelectric materials.
  • Semiconductors and ionic, electronic and mixed conductors
  • Transparent optical ceramics
  • Thermoelectrics
  • Magnetic and magnetoelectric ceramic materials
  • Ceramics in sensing and catalysis
  • Defect chemistry and transport properties
  • Modelling, simulation and in situ characterization techniques 
  • Composite materials for new and tailored functionalities 

Prof. Dr. Sanjay MATHUR

Universität zu Köln,

Prof. Dr. Simone MASCOTTO
Hochschule Koblenz, RheinMoselCampus,

Prof. Dr. Jörg TÖPFER
Ernst-Abbe-Hochschule (EAH),

Prof. An HARDY
University Hasselt,


EMPA, Dübendorf,

Prof. Dina FATTAKHOVA_ROHFLING IEK-1, Forschungszentrum Jülich,


Dr. Yogendra MISHRA
SDU, Sonderborg,


Dr. Bilge-Saruhan BRINGS


Dr. Emanuel IONESCU
Fraunhofer IWKS,






TOPIC 08 -Bioceramics

Subtopics: bioceramics, bone replacement materials, bioactive materials, bio-functionalization

Bioceramics – Ceramics for applications in healthcare, pharmacy and biotechnology. The emphasis of this symposium is placed within the extended area of bioceramics, bioactive glasses and composite materials for healthcare, including medicinal, pharmaceutical and biotechnological applications. Bioceramics, in all their variants, are addressed, including bioinert ceramics for implants and prostheses, bioactive ceramics and glasses for tissue engineering and advanced applications such as medical imaging, controlled drug release and cancer treatment as well as their usage in bioreactors. The topics of the presentations may range from basic scientific research to technological aspects related to design, processing, characterisation and application of bioceramics in existing and potential future applications.

The symposium includes the following topics (among others):

  • Bioceramics for medical implants
  • Bioactive scaffolds for tissue engineering
  • Bone replacement, regeneration and reconstruction
  • Bioceramics for therapeutic ion and substance release
  • Ceramics for nanomedicine
  • Ceramics for biotechnology


Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU),

Dr. Sabine BEGAND
Fraunhofer-Institut für Keramische Technologien und Systeme IKTS,

Dr. Franziska SCHMIDT
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin,

Prof. Dr. Uwe GBURECK
Universität Würzburg,

  Prof. Dr. Jan WERNER
Forschungsinstitut für Anorganische Werkstoffe - Glas/Keramik GmbH


TOPIC 09 - History and artistic ceramics

Focus 1: How to write history?
Subtopics: Family history, preservation, accessibility

The ceramics industry can look back on a long history. But what remains of the innovations, developments and personalities? We would like to honour the achievements of our ancestors and erect a fitting monument to them.  How do you deal with the many files? What opportunities are there, where can we turn? The darker chapters require special sensitivity.

A well-written company history creates trust and can be a valuable marketing tool. At this conference, we want to address this exciting topic, provide encouragement and initiate a discussion.

Focus 2
Co-operation between industry and art
Subtopics: Scholarships, awards, locations

The ceramics industry has repeatedly opened its doors to artists and, with its special opportunities and specialised knowledge, made collaborations, scholarships and residency programmes possible. On the other hand, historic industrial buildings are repeatedly converted into studio buildings, residency programmes or university locations. We would like to encourage you to engage with this very fruitful exchange for both sides.

Prof. Markus KARSTIESS

Hochschule Koblenz, WesterWaldCampus,

Keramikmuseum Westerwald,

Keramikmuseum Westerwald,



TOPIC 10 - Ceramics for transformation and sustainability

Subtopics: Recycling, furnace technology, energy saving measures, hydrogen technology, processes, batteries, fuel cells, electrolysis, hydrogen, thermoelectrics, filtration ceramics, membranes, heat exchangers, catalysts, photocatalysis

  • Recycling of ceramics
  • Field-assisted treatments in ceramics
  • Fuel Cell Technologies
  • Ceramics for catalytic hydrogen production
  • Water splitting and photocatalysis
  • Decarbonisation of ceramics

Prof. Dr. Simone MASCOTTO

Hochschule Koblenz, RheinMoselCampus,

Dr. Giuseppe NOTO,
Villeroy & Boch,

Prof. Dr. Vincenzo SGLAVO,
University of Trento,

Prof. Dr. Francesco CIUCCI
Universität Bayreuth,


Prof. Dr. Alexander OPITZ 
TU Wien,

Prof. Dr. Sanjay MATHUR 
Universität zu Köln,
Prof. Dr. Maria GOULA
University of Western Macedonia,





TU Darmstadt / Fraunhofer IWKS

Prof. Dr. Olivier GUILLON
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH ,

TOPIC 11 - Ceramic Matrix Composites

Subtopics:  New manufacturing and process technologies; sustainable CMC, use of AI in material and process development; repair and recycling;

Ceramic matrix composites (CMC) are characterized by a high damage tolerance and are particularly suitable for applications at high temperatures and in corrosive atmospheres. They are used in high-temperature lightweight construction in the aerospace industry as well as in energy, combustion and process technology. This symposium will focus on current developments in this group of materials, and contributions on the following

  • New manufacturing and process technologies
  • Sustainable production of CMC
  • Use of AI in CMC material and process development; 
  • Simulation and modeling of properties and processes
  • Joining, integration, repair and recycling;
  • Resource efficiency and life cycle assessment
  • Properties of ceramic fiber composites and their components under application-relevant condit

Prof. Dr. Ralf GOLLER

Technische Hochschule Augsburg,

Dr. Florian REICHERT
Schunk Group,

Prof. Dr. Dietmar KOCH
Universität Augsburg,

Walter E. C. Pritzkow Spezialkeramik,

TOPIC 12 - Promoting young talents

Within this session various programs in the field of ceramics are introduced to guide young graduates and scientists towards an international and interdisciplinary way of operating principles. Scientific excellence only can grow out of intense exchange und communication and future-oriented kinds of promotion are fundamental for conscious progression of ceramics in science and economy.

Prof. Dr. Peter QUIRMBACH

Universität Koblenz,

PD Dr. Patrik GEHRE
TU Bergakademie Freiberg,