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The topics the award organizers want to consider for the awards are the refractory-based subjects of raw materials, materials and components, application technologies, as well as topics concerning the study of materials under the terms of “high temperature materials“ or “the modern refractory.“ The awards will be offered for dissertations and independent research work with a scientific content. The scientific content can be related to doctorates or post-doctoral work. The work should have been completed not more than two years ago. Eirich Awards will be presented to three candidates based on their presentation of environmental aspects, energy and other resources; the potential for significant impacts in the industry, design and modeling for practical application; and the processing aspects of the development. First prize will be EUR 3000, second prize will be EUR 2000 and third prize will be EUR 1000. The awards will be presented at the Annual International Colloquium on Refractories in Aachen in Germany, 19–20 September 2012. The top three award winners will also present their papers as an invited lecture at this annual meeting. The organizers say that to be considered, interested individuals must submit an abstract by 31 May 2012 meeting the following guidelines: o Curriculum description on a single page o The abstract may be a maximum of three printed pages o Two additional figures may be included to complete the abstract o Text will be Arial font, size 10 and formatted with 1,5 line spacing o Printed on A4 paper with margins of 2,5 cm. The abstracts will be evaluated by prominent members of the refractory industry. The “economy jury“ is composed of: Manuel Miranda Martinez, Fundación ITMA, Spain; Adam Molin, REFRASIL s.r.o., Czechia and Christopher Parr, Kerneos Alumina Technologies, France. The “science jury“ is composed of: Christos Aneziris, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany; William Lee, Imperial College London, Great Britain and Jacques Poirier, Ecole Polytechnique de l’Universitě ďOrlěans, France. The organizers of this award are Stephan Eirich, Maschinenfabrik Gustav Eirich GmbH & Co KG/DE and Peter Quirmbach, ECREF European Centre for Refractories GmbH/DE. Further information available at: www.eirich-award.eu Contact: info@eirich-award.eu

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