Call for ICT/ECT-2018 Organizers

Dear Prospective Conference Organizer for ICT/ECT-2018,

The International Thermoelectric Society (ITS) and the European Thermoelectric Society (ETS) are soliciting organizations from the European region interested in hosting its 37th Annual International Conference on Thermoelectrics (ICT 2018) as well as the annual 16th European Conference on Thermoelectrics (ECT 2018) as a joint conference in the year 2018. 

The ICT/ECT 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 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 2018, the ICT is scheduled to return to Europe.  Thus, the ITS and ETS Board’s preference are for candidate organizations, especially universities and national laboratories, located in Europe to host ICT/ECT-2018. It is also expected that the proposing organizations must be or have strong connections with a well-known thermoelectric group.

Interested parties should first send, as soon as possible, a brief notice of intent to propose hosting the 2018 ITS/ETS 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 April 15, 2016, preferably by e-mail, to Dr. Jan König (jan.koenig@ipm.fraunhofer.de ) and copied to Professor Jeffrey Snyder (jeff.snyder@northwestern.edu ) and Professor Juri Grin (juri.grin@cpfs.mpg.de).

Proposals should include relevant information about 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/ETS for awarding the conference organization to your institution; describe accommodation facilities and expected hotel costs, travel connections, plans for accompanying persons, the possibility of holding short courses, evening and satellite 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-2016 on Sunday May 29, 2016 and award the organization of the conference at the ICT-2016 in Wuhan, China (May 29-June 2, 2016).  The candidates will be invited to give a brief presentation on your proposal to the ITS Board on Sunday May 29, 2016 at the conference in Wuhan.

On behalf of the International Thermoelectric Society and European Thermoelectric Society, we are looking forward to your conference proposals for ICT/ECT-2018.

Best regards,

ITS/ETS-2018 Conference Proposals Committee

Jan König, Jeff Snyder and Juri Grin