UCL ceramics conference attracts 100 delegates
18 April 2008
A conference reviewing developments in structural, functional and bioceramics attracted over 100 leading ceramics experts to UCL from as far afield as Europe, the US and Japan last week.
The meeting marked the 70th birthday of Professor Sir Richard Brook, Director of the Leverhulme Trust and Emeritus Professor of Materials at the University of Oxford. Professor Brook has been a leading figure in engineering ceramics in the UK and has mentored and collaborated with many of the leading names in the field.
The meeting was opened by Professor Malcolm Grant, Provost and President of UCL. The talks were varied and ranged from the medical applications of bioceramics to the processing techniques used to incorporate ceramics into micro electromechanical systems (MEMS). Heated discussion during the breaks highlighted the activity of this field and potential avenues for future research. One delegate said: "We heard talks from many of the leading figures in the ceramics world and the meeting was a fitting tribute to [Professor Sir Richard Brook's] contribution to ceramic science over the years".
The meeting was organised by the Centre for Materials Research at UCL and sponsored by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Elsevier. A special edition of the 'Journal of the European Ceramic Society', guest edited by Professor Mohan Edirisinghe, accompanied the meeting,.
The meeting ended with a banquet for Professor Sir Brook and guest speakers at the Royal Society, London, where Professor Sir Brook was presented with a signed copy of the JECS special issue.
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Professor Brook and guests at the Royal Society banquet. From left to right: Professor Manfred Ruhle (Max Planck Institute for Metals Research); Professor and Mrs Arthur Heuer (Case Western Reserve University); Professor Sir Richard Brook and Lady Elizabeth Brook (Leverhulme Trust); Professor David Price (UCL); Mr David Clark; Professor Nicos Ladommatos (UCL); Professor Julian Evans and Mrs Jo Evans (UCL)