Call For Proposals ICT 2017

Dear Prospective Conference Organizer for ICT-2017,

The International Thermoelectric Society (ITS) is soliciting organizations interested in hosting its 36th Annual International Conference on Thermoelectrics (ICT-2017) in the year 2017.  In 2017 the ITS and the local committee in the American region will hold in the International Conference on Thermoelectrics.

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 2017, the ICT is scheduled to return to Americas.  Thus, the ITS Board’s preference is for candidate organizations, especially universities and national laboratories, located in Americas to host ICT-2017.  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 2017 ITS Conference to 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 1, 2015, preferably by e-mail, to Dr. Ryoji Funahashi (funahashi-r@aist.go.jp) and copied to Professor Jeffrey Snyder (jeff.snyder@northwestern.edu) and Dr. Jan König (Jan.Koenig@ipm.fraunhofer.de).


Proposals should include relevant details including: host organization, location, conference facilities, 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-2015 on Sunday June 28, 2015 and award the organization of the conference at the ICT-2015 in Dresden, Germany (June 28 – July 2, 2015).  You may be invited to give a brief presentation on your proposal to the ITS Board on Sunday June 28, 2015 at the conference in Germany.


On behalf of the International Thermoelectric Society, we are looking forward to your conference proposals for ICT-2017.


Best regards,

Ryoji Funahashi, Ph. D. 

Chair ITS-2017 Conference Proposals Committee