Call for Proposals – ICT 2015


Dear Prospective Conference Organizer for ICT-2015,


The International Thermoelectric Society (ITS) is soliciting organizations interested in hosting its 34th Annual International Conference on Thermoelectrics (ICT) in the year 2015.  In 2015 the European Thermoelectrics Society (ETS) the ITS will hold a joint ITS-ETS International Conference on Thermoelectrics.  Given the aspect of the joint ITS-ETS Conference a site in Europe will be given preference over other international venues.


In many respects the ICT is considered 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 over the years with attendance at our most recent meetings typically exceeding 500 – 600 attendees.


The ITS typically holds a three year rotation for conference sites between Europe, Asia and the Americas, where most of the activities in thermoelectrics research are located.  In 2015, the ICT is scheduled to return to Europe and as stated earlier held in conjunction with the ETS meeting.  Thus, the ITS Board’s preference is for candidate organizations, especially universities and national laboratories, located in Europe to host ICT2015.  However, that does not preclude the 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, as soon as possible, a brief notice of intent to propose hosting the 2015 ITS Conference Proposals Committee Chair, preferably by e-mail.  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, but no later than May 15, 2013, preferably by e-mail, to Professor Jihui Yang ( and cced to Dr. Harold Boettner ( and Dr. Thierry Callait (


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 your organization; describe accommodation facilities and expected hotel costs, travel connections, plans for accompanying persons, the possibility of holding short courses, evening events; and last but not least, the expected registration costs for regular participants, students and accompanying persons.


The ITS Board plans on reviewing the proposals prior to the annual ITS Board Meeting that is held in conjunction with the beginning of the ICT-2013 on Sunday June 30, 2013 and award the organization of the conference at the 2013 ICT in Kobe, Japan (June 30 – July 4, 2013).  You may be invited to give a brief presentation on your proposal to the ITS Board on Sunday June 30, 2013 at the conference in Japan.


On behalf of the International Thermoelectric Society, we are looking forward to your conference proposals for ITC 2015.


Best regards,

Jihui Yang, Ph. D.


Chair ITS 2015 Conference Proposals Committee