CACerS Workshop-01 Announcement

CACerS (Composites and Advanced Ceramics Society) is a scientific society whose aim is to contribute to the promotion and development of teaching and research in the fields of ceramic materials and the valorisation of natural resources in Central Africa. To this end, CACerS initiates and manages research and development projects in the field of ceramic materials in collaboration with national and international partners. It participates in efforts to equip scientific research laboratories and support researchers. On an operational and strategic level, CACerS organises scientific and technical meetings as well as thematic workshops, including an annual international conference: CGCA (Ceramics and Geomaterials in Central Africa), which provides a forum for exchanges between scientists from academia and industry, and a showcase for African and international activity in the field of ceramics. With the aim of contributing to innovative research in the field of natural resource development in Africa, CACerS is organising a biannual workshop with partner institutions. The first edition of this workshop will take place in Cameroon from 23 July to 01 August 2024. The host institutions are MIPROMALO (Local Materials Promotion Authority), Faculty of Science of the University of Yaounde 1 and the IFA (Institute of fine Arts of University of Dschang at Foumban).

This first edition is placed under the theme “Innovations in ceramic and geomaterial production process: Appropriate techniques and exploitation of research results”. This Workshop has been planned firstly to revisit traditional methods of heat treatment of mineral materials and to examine the possibilities of making them more sustainable and adapted to local contexts, and secondly to raise awareness among young researchers, artists and artisans of innovative methods of elaborating ceramic products, the search for funding and the valorisation of results through publications in appropriate journals.

Workshop objectives

The general objective of this Workshop is therefore to contribute to the development of the ceramics and geomaterials sector in Africa. Specifically, it will aim to :

  • Bring together all the stakeholders in the field of traditional and technical ceramics, catalyse exchanges and develop scientific and technological collaboration;
  • Enabling researchers, students, artisans and artists working in fields involving the valorisation of local materials and secondary ceramic resources to acquire appropriate techniques for artisanal processing and valorisation of the results;


Date Host institution(s) Site
23 – 25 July 2024 MIPROMALO / FS-UY1
30 July – 1st August 2024 IFA-UDs

The choice of the theme of innovations in ceramic and geomaterial production processes in relation to the exploitation of research results is linked to the development of exchanges of experience between the various players in the ceramics sector in Cameroon, and the strengthening of the capacities of local georesources research teams.

Detailed programme and registration


MIPROMALO is a Scientific, Technical and Professional Public Establishment under the technical supervision of the Ministry of Scientific Research (MINRESI) and the financial supervision of the Ministry of Finance (MINFI). Its purpose is to promote the use of locally manufactured materials in order to reduce the cost of building national equipment. Its missions include

  • to study the various techniques and methods for exploitation, transformation and implementation of local materials and innovative materials, and then to promote them to the general public and national economic operators;
  • developing and implementing projects using local materials and innovative materials for the benefit of third parties;
  • training in the use of local materials and innovative construction materials;
  • setting up incubators for local materials and innovative construction materials;

The Institute of Fine Arts of the University of Dschang at Foumban hosts the Centre for Research in Arts and Materials Technology (CRATDEM), whose main objective is to promote the use of traditional and non-conventional materials in artistic production and the development of the cultural industry. The CRATDEM is made up of multi-disciplinary and complementary teams including researchers, engineers, artists and artisans. A network of national and international partnerships has been set up and is gradually being developed. The CRATDEM’s main activities include

  • Promoting fundamental and applied research in the field of materials technology;
  • The diffusion of research results through the organisation of scientific events
  • The development of cooperation links with other national and international research organisations;

The Faculty of Science of the University of Yaoundé 1 is responsible for promoting fundamental sciences in general and applied sciences through professional training, and for supporting development and social and cultural advancement.

IRCER is a laboratory of the University of Limoges which is structured around a number of strong points that constitute its main activity and contribute to its visibility. The multi-disciplinary nature of materials science and process engineering, and the combination of fundamental and applied approaches, aim to understand, characterise, control and model the various processes involved in obtaining an object or a deposit with one or more properties for a given use. In addition to IRCER’s ability to innovate, it is also in its genes to make the most of its results in the socio-economic world.