National Symposium on "Ceramics : Energy and Environment"
A National Symposium on "Ceramics : Energy and Environment" was jointly organized by the Kolkata Chapter of the Indian Ceramic Society, Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute and Tata Refractories Limited on the occasion of 74th Annual Session of the Indian Ceramic Society, 62nd Annual Session of All India Pottery Manufacturer?s Association and 36th Annual Session of Indian Institute of Ceramics during 11-13th January, 2011 at Hotel Taj Bengal, Kolkata. For CGCRI , the Symposium has a special significance that it is being organized as a part of its Diamond Jubilee Year.
Energy and Environment are two interrelated but critical subjects for sustainable development. Traditionally, ceramic operations in the industry are energy intensive. They influence our natural environment and there is always a need for evolving strategies for striking symbiosis between energy and environment. With such a preamble, the symposium focused on severe global energy crisis and environmental problems particularly in the ceramics which are threatening the sustainable development of the ceramic industry as a whole. The symposium addressed a wide range of topics which spanned from raw materials, waste utilization and processing to the finished products such as glass, refractory, cement, traditional ceramics etc utilizing the approaches of advanced ceramics science & engineering giving due importance to the related basic science and the education issues. The concerns in the traditional ceramics to advanced ceramics which received major attention were mainly around the field of refractories, clays and potteries, electro-ceramics, solid oxide fuel cell, sensors, bio-ceramics etc.
Swami Atmapriyananda, Vice-chancellor, R.K. Mission Vivekananda University, Belur, West Bengal acted as the Chief Guest and inaugurated the event while Honorable Mayor, Kolkata Municipality Corporation, Mr. Sovan Chattapadhyay was the Guest of Honour in the inaugural session.
About 250 delegates from India and abroad participated in the symposium. The Keynote address was delivered by Prof. S. Zhang of University of Sheffield, UK . Mr. Turpin Rosenthal of Rosenthal Groups, Germany delivered the M.G. Bhagat Memorial Lecture and Mr. T.K. Banerjee of Saint Gobain Glass India Ltd.,Tamil Nadu delivered the K.D. Sharma Memorial Lecture. There were around 12 invited papers among which the major speakers were Prof. I. Manna, Director, CGCRI , Dr. Antonio Licciulli of University of Salento, Italy ; Prof. P.K. Sarkar of Curtin University of Technology, Australia ; Dr. V.K. Pujari of Saint Gobain Ceramics & Plastics Inc., USA. The whole technical programme was divided into six technical sessions which had a couple of parallel sessions also. There were 20 contributory papers and around 40 poster papers presented. Three posters were awarded.
The symposium provided a common platform to researchers, academicians and industry personnel to exchange ideas and views to acquaint themselves with the cutting edge technologies of today?s ceramic and the underlying deep rooted science to combat the future problems and issues related to energy and environment in the field of ceramics.