Jérôme Chevalier, France

Born in 1970, Jérôme Chevalier is currently full Professor at the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA‐Lyon), in France. After receiving his PhD in 1996 (Mechanical properties of biomedical grade zirconia), Jérôme Chevalier first became Ceramic Engineer in Saint‐Gobain Group, on biomedical applications of ceramics. In 1997, he joined INSA‐Lyon, in Villeurbanne, as assistant Professor, then full Professor in 2004. He is currently Director of the Carnot Institute Ingenierie@Lyon, which gathers 13 academic laboratories and 2 technical centers (more than 1300 researchers). His research activity is focused on ceramics, from their processing to their mechanical and functional properties. He is especially recognized for his work on the mechanical and fatigue behavior of ceramics, on zirconia‐based ceramics and composites, and more generally on bio‐ ceramics. He has published more than 220 international papers with a review process, 8 review papers in journals and encyclopedia, 4 book chapters. He is co‐author of 10 patents and his research has led to the commercialization of 6 medical products. More than 12.000 papers have cited his work according to Google Scholar (h factor equal to 50). Jérôme Chevalier has been member of the ‘Institut Universitaire de France’ from 2009 to 2014, and he is Senior Editor of the Journal of the European Ceramic Society. He was awarded in 2015 by the CNRS with the prestigious ‘Innovation Medal’ and by the French Society of Materials with the ‘Sainte Claire Deville’ medal in 2017. He is Fellow of the European Ceramic Society and Member of the Academy of Ceramics.



Bikramjit Basu, India

Bikramjit Basu is currently a Professor at the Materials Research Center, with joint appointments at the Interdisciplinary Center for Energy Research and Center for Biosystems Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, Karnataka, India. He also serves as Visiting Professor at University of Manchester, UK (2018‐2023) and at the European Centre for Functional and Surface Functionalized Glass, Alexander Dubček University of Trenčín, Slovakia (2020‐2021). A Metallurgist by academic training and a distinguished alumnus of National Institute of Technology Durgapur, Bikramjit earned his PhD in the area of Engineering Ceramics at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, in March, 2001. Following a brief post‐doctoral stint at University of California; he served as Assistant Professor, followed by Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (2001‐2011) and moved to IISc, Bangalore in May, 2011. His contribution to Engineering Ceramics spans across transformation toughened zirconia, in situ toughened S‐phase SiAlON ceramics, ultrahigh temperature ceramics for aerostructural and nuclear reactor applications, and bioceramics for clinical applications.He has published over 300 peer‐ reviewed research papers in leading journals (total citations: > 11,000 and H‐index: 56), authored 10 books with five textbooks and holds 7 Indian patents. Bikramjit’s contributions in Engineering Science have been globally recognised. He received Government of India’s most coveted science and technology award, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in 2013 for his significant contributions to the field of Biomaterials Science. A Chartered Engineer of the UK, he is an elected Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (2020), International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (2020), Indian Academy of Sciences (2020), American Ceramic Society (2019), American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (2017), Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining, UK (2017), National Academy of Medical Sciences, India (2017), Indian National Academy of Engineering (2015), Society for Biomaterials and Artificial Organs (2014) and National Academy of Sciences, India (2013). He was the recipient of the ‘Robert L. Coble Award for Young Scholars’, from the American Ceramic Society (2008). Over last two decades, Prof. Basu has developed a fruitful collaboration with several European countries, including Belgium, Germany, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, and UK, as well as bilateral collaborations with USA. In 2019, he was instrumental in signing MoU between the European and Indian Ceramic Societies. He currently serves on the International Advisory board of European Ceramic Society.



Franco Stefani, Italy

Franco Stefani is the founder of System Ceramics SpA, Modula SpA, System Logistics SpA and Laminam SpA. Thanks to the foresight and business acumen of their founder, these companies hold positions of leadership at international level in their sectors, from the ceramics industry to intra‐ logistics. In over 50 years in the field, Franco Stefani has built up an industrial group of companies that have become undisputed protagonists of Made‐in‐Italy success. At the age of 21, Franco Stefani set up his own business with the establishment of COEMSS Costruzioni Elettroniche Meccaniche Stefani Sassuolo. The activities and successes obtained in industrial automation with a mechatronics approach led to the creation, in 1970, of System SpA (since 2019 identified with the name of System Ceramics SpA). In 2000 Franco Stefani presented the Lamina industrial process, a new production method able to produce the largest and thinnest ceramic slabs, for the first time at the Ceramitec international trade fair in Munich in Bavaria. It is a cutting‐edge system that has revolutionized the traditional concept of ceramic production, giving new life to the material. Franco Stefani was the first industrial entrepreneur to produce large ceramic surfaces through the creation of a dedicated company with the name of Laminam SpA. With the Lamina technology, Franco Stefani developed a unique industrial process for the sector, personally taking on the business risk of entering into unexplored territory. His forward‐looking managerial skills led Franco Stefani to be elected in 1999 as a member of the board of the employers’ association of Modena (Confindustria Modena). Among the founders of ACIMAC (Associazione Costruttori Italiani Macchine Attrezzature per Ceramica – Association of Italian Manufacturers of Machinery and Equipment for Ceramics), he has been on the board of governors since 13 June 1993 and was president from 2000 to 2004. He has received numerous awards and acknowledgements: 2001 : Innovation Prize by the International Academy of Ceramics ‐ 2022: Honorary degree in electronic engineering from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia ‐ 2005: nomination as Cavaliere del Lavoro (highest Italian honor for an industry manager) ‐ 2008: Italian Mechatronics Prize by the Employers’ Association of Reggio Emilia ‐ 2011 : Premio internazionale alla Libertà (International Freedom Prize) in the economic section awarded by the Società Libera di Lucca and the Premio internazionale Aldo Villa (Aldo Villa International Prize) awarded to him by the Società Ceramica Italiana ‐ 2012: Honorary Citizenship of Fiorano Modenese ‐ 2014: Honorary Citizenship of Prignano sulla Secchia ‐ 2006: businessman of the year by Ernst & Young in 2006 for the Innovation category, in 2007 for the Global category and in 2017 in the Digital Transformation category. Since 2016 Franco Stefani has implemented an important development plan characterized by the continuity of the industrial group that he created, with the aim of guaranteeing further strengthening of the companies at international level, choosing the best possible business contexts for System Logistic SpA, System Ceramics SpA and Laminam SpA.



Ondrej Jankovsky, Czech Republic

Assoc. Prof. Ing. Ondrej Jankovsky, Ph.D. was born in Prague in 1987. His education is closely related to the UCT Prague (Czech Republic). He successfully defended his master’s degree theses in 2011 at the Department of Inorganic Chemistry. Four years later, he defended his Ph.D. thesis. His thesis was focused on mixed cobalt oxides. In the same year, he started as an assistant professor in the same department. The main focus of his research shifted towards carbon‐based materials with a layered structure. In 2018, he was awarded by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. During his research stay in Freiberg (TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany), he applied various nanomaterials in Al2O3‐C refractories. Ondrej Jankovsky defended his habilitation thesis and became an associate professor in 2019. Nowadays, he is a leader of the research group Advanced Composite Materials at UCT Prague. Ondrej Jankovsky is an applicant of many projects of both basic and applied research. According to the Scopus, he is the author or co‐author of 180 publications, his h‐index is 29, papers were cited more than 2600 times. He is also an author of 21 national patents. Ondrej Jankovsky is a member of the Czech Ceramic Society since 2013. In 2018, he became a vice‐ president of the society. He also represented The Czech Ceramic Society at ECERS conferences in Toledo 2015 and Budapest 2017. He has authored or co‐authored 12 articles in the Journal of the European Ceramic Society.



Ralf Riedel, Germany

Prof. Riedel studied chemistry and got a PhD degree in Inorganic Chemistry in 1986 at the University of Stuttgart and completed a habilitation in Inorganic Chemistry in 1992 at the same university. After a PostDoc period at the Max-Planck Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart (1986 – 1992), he became Full Professor at the Institute of Materials Science at the Technical University of Darmstadt in 1993. Professor Riedel has authored/coauthored more than 450 peer-reviewed papers and holds 7 granted patents. His papers were cited more than 16.000 times and his H-index is 63 (as on February 18, 2022 in Web of Science). His current research interest is focused on two areas, namely i) molecular synthesis of advanced structural and functional ceramics for ultra-high temperature and energy-related applications as well as ii) ultra-high-pressure materials synthesis. He is an elected member of the World Academy of Ceramics, Fellow of the American Ceramic Society as well as Fellow of the School of Engineering at The University of Tokyo in Japan. Prof. Riedel was awarded with the Gold Medal for Merits in Natural Sciences and with a honorary doctorate of the Slovak Academy of Science as well as with the Gustav Tammann Prize of the German Society of Materials Science (DGM). He received honorary Professorships at the Tianjin University in Tianjin, China in 2009 and at the Xiamen University in in Xiamen, China in 2021. Recently, Prof. Riedel was awarded with the Innovation Talents Award of Shaanxi Province, China at the Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi ́an. He was honored by a JSPS Guest Professorship at the University of Tokyo in the group of Prof. Ikuhara, Japan in 2019 and was awarded with the International Ceramics Prize 2020 for “Basic Science” of the World Academy of Ceramics. Prof. Riedel is Editor in Chief of the Journal of The American Ceramic Society and of Ceramics International. Prof. Riedel is Fellow of the European Ceramic Society. He served as guest editor of 5 special issues of the Journal of the European Ceramic Society.



Kathleen Richardson, USA

Prof. Prof. Kathleen Richardson is a Trustee Chair and Pegasus Professor of Optics and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Central Florida. A graduate of the NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University (PhD 1992), she is a recognized international expert in the design, processing and characterization of infrared optical materials. Most recently, these efforts have extended to the integration of chalcogenide glass materials onto silicon-based and flexible microphotonic platforms, evaluating multi-material radiation-induced structure/property modification mechanisms and the creation of optically functional components based on gradient index nanocomposites. As a result of more than 30 years in the processing of infrared optical materials, Dr. Richardson has published more than 350 peer-reviewed publications, proceedings and book chapters, 14 patents in process or issued and over 13000 citations (Google Scholar). In 2022, Prof. Richardson received the Varshneya Frontiers in Glass Science award from the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) and became an ACerS Distinguished Life Member (DLM) in October 2021. She is a prior recipient of the George W. Morey Award from (ACerS) and the Sir Richard Brooks award from the European Ceramic Society (ECerS) based on her sustained efforts in research and education in ceramics and glass science and engineering. She is a Past-President of the ACerS and the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers (NICE), a past member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), and the Coordinating Technical Committee (CTC) of the International Commission on Glass (ICG). Most recently she has been appointed to the ICG’s Advisory Board. Dr. Richardson has previously served on the External Advisory Board (EAB) for the U.S. DoE’s Savannah River National Laboratory, and was a founding Trustee of the Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation (CGIF) which aims to enhance education and training opportunities for the next generation of ceramic and glass engineers and scientists. She is a Fellow of ACerS, the Society of Glass Technology (UK), SPIE and the Optical Society of America (OSA – now Optica) and in 2019 received an honorary Fellowship from ECerS. Since 2006, she has served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Alfred University.

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