Ceramics Vision 2017

January 17–18, 2017 | At the tenth “Ceramics Vision” symposium, 110 participants discussed new ceramics developments and application trends in energy and environmental technology, medical engineering, and micro- and nanotechnology in Hermsdorf, Thuringia. The event was especially dedicated to Dr. Bärbel Voigtsberger and her visionary contributions to Fraunhofer IKTS, the ceramics location of Hermsdorf, and Deutsche Keramische Gesellschaft e. V. (DKG). Voigtsberger was awarded the Fraunhofer Medal for her life’s work.


ICC6 | 6th International Congress on Ceramics

August 21–25, 2016 | More than 650 international ceramics experts from 47 countries met at the 6th International Congress on Ceramics (ICC6) in Dresden to discuss the latest innovations and scientific achievements in the field of high-performance ceramics. For the first time, the congress took place in Dresden organized by Fraunhofer IKTS and the Deutsche Keramische Gesellschaft (DKG) on behalf of the International Ceramic Federation (ICF).

Researchers‘ Night Dresden

June 10, 2016 | Approx. 2000 interested people strolled “marveling through the night” and visited our 12 stations related to high-performance ceramics. Exhibits and experiments informed about 3D printing, filter membranes, implants and fuel cells, and a laboratory tour invited to experience research at first hand. Children could build a battery from homewares and test screen printing.


June 1–2, 2016 | The determination of materials parameters is considerably more complex at high temperatures than room temperature measurement. The Industry Day “Characterization of mechanical properties at high temperatures” introduced current developments in measurement engineering and measurement processes particularly for high-temperature applications.


Opening of tape casting pilot plant

May 2, 2016 | In the presence of Thuringia’s Minister of Economic Affairs Wolfgang Tiefensee, Fraunhofer IKTS in Hermsdorf opened Europe’s most modern center for tape casting technology. The pilot plant offers all possible processes regarding tape production and deposition as well as a wealth of technologies for drying and post-processing the tapes. One million euros were invested in the development and acquisition of tape casting equipment.

Dresden Battery Days

September 22–24, 2015 | Fraunhofer IKTS held the first “Dresden Battery Days“ in 2015, drawing 85 participants from research and industry to discuss low-cost, optimized materials and components, efficient production of electrodes, production-optimized cell and module designs, and improved product yield in the manufacturing of Li-ion batteries. In 2016, the Battery Days will be held in Graz, Austria. In 2017, the series will be continued in Dresden.


September 17–18, 2015 | Piezoelectric ceramics and their integration into various matrix materials were in the focus of the 6th International Symposium on Piezocomposite Applications. 80 experts and 11 exhibitors from 9 different countries exchanged views on scientific and technological developments, market requirements and future trends in Dresden. The successful conference series will be continued in Dresden in 2017.

Fraunhofer IKTS hosted Czech Prime Minister

June 12, 2015 | Bohuslav Sobotka informed himself about developments in environmental and energy research at Fraunhofer IKTS in the context of Saxonian-Czech inter-governmental talks. Sobotka was accompanied by Minister President of Saxony Stanislav Tillich, the Saxon Minister of Economic Affairs Martin Dulig and the Czech Minister of Transport Dan Tok.


May 20–24, 2012 | At invitation of Fraunhofer IKTS and the Deutsche Keramische Gesellschaft (DKG), 600 experts from 50 countries discussed the latest research results and trends in context of the first International Symposium on Ceramic Materials and Components for Energy and Environmental Applications in Germany.