Call to Host ICT2014

Dear Prospective Conference Organizer,

The International Thermoelectric Society (ITS) is soliciting organizations interested in hosting its 33rd annual International Conference on Thermoelectrics (ICT) in the year 2014.

The ICT is the most important annual meeting for scientists, engineers, and industry in the field of thermoelectric research, development of new materials and applications in power generation, refrigeration, thermal management, and sensing equipment. The international prestige of this conference has continued to grow with attendance at the 2010 ICT at Shanghai, China and the 2011 ICT at Traverse City, MI both exceeding 500.

ITS typically holds a three year rotation for conference sites between Europe, Asia and the Americas, where most of the activities in thermoelectrics are located. In 2014, the ICT is scheduled to return to Americas. Thus, ITS's preference is for candidate organizations, especially universities and national laboratories, located in Americas to host ICT2014. However, that does not preclude ITS from entertaining strong proposals from other parts of the world and other types of organizations. It is also expected that the proposing organizations must be or have strong connections with an active thermoelectric group.

Interested parties should first send, preferably by e-mail, a brief notice of intent to propose hosting, to the ITS Conference Proposals Committee Chair. Upon receipt of the notice, details will be provided relative to anticipated conference organizers responsibilities, guidelines and other ITS expectations. Full proposals should be sent, as early as possible as but no later than May 1st 2012, preferably by e-mail to Professor Terry Tritt (ttritt@clemson.edu).

Proposals should include relevant details including host organization, location, preliminary dates, Conference Chairperson, projected sponsors and prospects for financial support, and accessibility; briefly state the expected advantages to the ITS for awarding the conference organization to you; describe accommodation facilities, travel connections, plans for accompanying persons, the possibility of holding short courses, evening events; last but not least, the expected registration costs for regular participants, students and accompanying persons.

The ITS Board plans on reviewing the proposals at the annual ITS Board Meeting immediately prior to ICT2012 and award organization of the conference at the 2012 ICT in Aalborg, Denmark. You may be invited to give a brief presentation on your proposal to the ITS Board at the conference in Denmark.

On behalf of the International Thermoelectric Society, we are looking forward to your proposals.

Best regards,

Terry M. Tritt
Chair ITS 2014 Conference Proposals Committee