Call for Proposals to Host ICT2009: Due May 11, 2007

The following is an announcement from the President of the International Thermoelectric Society. Please direct your responses to:

Prof. Ctirad Uher, ITS President <cuher@umich.edu>,
Dr. Harald Böttner, ITS Treasurer <Harald.Boettner@ipm.fraunhofer.de>,
and
Prof.  Michael Rowe, ITS Secretary <rowedm1@Cardiff.ac.uk>

 

Dear prospective Conference Organizer,

The International Thermoelectric Society (ITS) is looking for organizations interested in hosting its 29th annual International Conference on Thermoelectrics (ICT) in the year 2009.

The ICT has been the most important annual meeting for scientists, engineers and industry in the field of thermoelectric research and development for application to power generation, thermal management and sensing equipment. Thanks to a renewal in the field of thermoelectrics, and a string of well organized conferences, interest in this conference increased in the last few years with attendance between 200 and 300 “thermoelectricians" (281 attended ICT2006 in Vienna, Austria and 251 attended ICT2005 in Clemson, SC USA).

ITS is now holding a three year rotation for conference sites between Europe, Asia and the Americas, where most of the activities in thermoelectrics are located. In 2008, the ICT is scheduled to return to Europe, where it was last held in 2006 in Vienna, Austria. Thus, ITS’s preference is for candidate organizations, especially universities and national laboratories, located in Europe to host ICT2009. However, that does not preclude ITS from entertaining strong proposals from other parts of the world and other types of organizations.

The ITS has been offering some small level of financial support to conference organizing committees and since 1996 has teamed with IEEE for publishing the Conference Proceedings.

If you would like to submit your application for hosting the ICT2009 conference, please write me a letter stating your interest and provide some relevant details as to host organization, location, preliminary date, Conference Chairperson, projected sponsors and prospects for financial support, and accessibility.

Also briefly state the expected advantages to the ITS by awarding the conference organization to you, and describe key associated activities such as invited speakers, the possibility of holding short courses, evening events, etc.

Prospective organizers are encouraged to look at the draft  "ICT Conference Organizer’s Condensed To-Do List" at

http://www.its.org/ict_organizers_todo


which may be of help in preparing your proposal.

We plan on reviewing the proposals at the annual ITS Board Meeting immeadiately prior to ICT2007 on Sunday June 3, 2007 and award organization of the conference at the 2007 ICT in Jeju Island, South Korea. You may be invited to give a brief presentation on your proposal to the ITS Board.

On behalf of the International Thermoelectric Society, I am looking forward
receiving detailed letters of intent from you by the May 11, 2007 deadline.

Best regards,

Ctirad Uher
ITS President
Professor Ctirad Uher
Department of Physics
University of Michigan
261 West Hall
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1040
FAX: (734) 763-9694
Phone: (734) 764-3933
Ctirad Uher

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