Plenary speakers

Round Table
Topic: Artificial intelligence, modelling and Circular Economy in material science in Africa


Prof. William G. FAHRENHOLTZ

Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Ceramic Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Missouri University (USA) of Science and Technology and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society.

Title of the lecture:

Ultra-HIgh Temperature Ceramics for Energy applications

Prof. Philippe BLANCHART

Emeritus Professor, Limoges University (France). Expert with the French Ministry of Research for the validation of major industrial research and development programs. Research activities at IRCER are in collaboration with the laboratory activities of the universities of Ouagadougou and Yaoundé, and are linked to some other laboratories in the West African zone.

Title of the lecture:



 Professor at the University of Yaoundé I, Cameroun

Title of the lecture:

Artificial Intelligence: state of the art, applications, and Impact


Prof. Carmen Baudín is staff researcher at Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio, CSIC (Ceramics and Glass Institute, ICV-CSIC, Spain) since 1989. She leads and participates in Spanish and European R+D+i projects, most in collaboration with the ceramic industry. Since 2000 she is advisor of producers and users of refractories, mainly in the areas of structural integrity and corrosion. She has worked for the European association of manufacturers of refractories (PRE) on standardization issues. Since 2002 she has participated in European networks (Marie Curie, Erasmus, COST), especially on bioceramics, and built an Ibero-American CYTED network on refractories.
Carmen is an Honorary member of the Spanish Society of Ceramic and Glass (Sociedad Española de Cerámica y Vidrio, SECV), where she has been active since 1996, as elected officer of the Refractory and Basic science sections, Vice-Secretary and General Secretary, and currently President of the Technical Ceramics section. She has been Chief Editor of Boletín de la Sociedad Española de Cerámica y Vidrio (BSECV, Journal of the Spanish Ceramics and Glass Society) and is currently Associate Editor. Carmen is Fellow of the European Ceramic Society (ECerS) were she has been active since 2007, as member of the Council and of the Permanent Executive Committee and as Treasurer of ECerS and of the Journal of the European Ceramic Society Trust.

Scopus Author ID: 7005270843


Title of the lecture:

Tricalcium phosphate-diopside ceramics for bone regeneration


Dr Fabrice ROSSIGNOL obtained his PhD from the University of Limoges (France) in the field of ceramic processes and surface treatments.

Formerly, F. ROSSIGNOL was the head of the Ceramic Processes team at IRCER (UMR CNRS 7315). Since 2018, he has held the position of Deputy Director of IRCER. His research work covers two main aspects in strong
relationship with companies:

– The shaping of nanostructured ceramics (top-down/bottom-up approaches),

– The development of additive manufacturing technologies

He is currently Editor of the Journal of the European Ceramic Society and Director of the Partnership Foundation of the University of Limoges


 Professor at the University of Yaoundé I, Cameroun

Prof. Abdelatif IMAD

Professor at the University of Lille, France EcoMat – AFRICA

Prof. Philippe BLANCHART

Emeritus Professor, Limoges University (France).

Keynote speakers


Deputy Director of IRCER.
Editor of the Journal of the European Ceramic Society
Director of the Partnership Foundation of the University of Limoges

Dr. Zoila Luz EPOSSI NTAH epouse KROLL

Head of the Section of Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, University of Yaounde 1/ Cameroon Dr Zoila Epossi  epse Kroll is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Arts and Archaeology in the Faculty of Arts, Letters and Social Sciences in the University of Yaounde 1.
She is chemist and holder of a PhD Degree in Archaeometry. She specialized on the technology and provenance study of archaeological artefacts mainly ceramics but also slags and lithic by using X-ray fluorescence, X-ray diffraction, FT-Infrared spectroscopy, thermal analyses DTA/TG and polarized optical microscopy. Her lectures are focused on the application of natural sciences for the understanding of the cultural heritage

Prof David HOUIVET

Professor at the University of Caen (France) and Head of the “Storage and Materials” team at LUSAC UR 4253.
Expert in powder mixing and grinding processes, powder syntheses, ceramic processes, characterizations.
Major themes: Materials for hydrogen production and storage; Ceramic materials for electronic applications (microwave resonators, multilayer capacitors, temperature and humidity sensors, etc.).

Prof. Cécile PAGNOUX

University Professor, University of Limoges (France). Director of ENSCI from 2009 to 2013 and currently member of CNU section 33 (Chemistry of materials). Main research topic: Application of fundamental principles of colloid science to ceramic processes.

Dr. André NJOYA

Leading Lecturer of the research team in Ceramic Arts and Clay Technology (ACTA) and the Research Unit in Arts and Materials Technology of the Center for Study and Research in Spaces, Arts and Humanities (CEREAH) and the Center for Studies and Research in Arts and Materials Technology – CERATEM at the University of Dschang (Cameroon). ”From land to utility”: valorization of clayey soils and other silico-aluminous and carbonate minerals in the field of  ceramics and composites, from the exploration of exploitable sites to the future of Products From Raw Materials Local (PIMPL)

Prof. David HUGHES

Associate Dean (Research & Innovation), Teesside University, UK
David is a Professor of low carbon materials and the Associate Dean for Research and Innovation within the Department of Engineering and has worked at the University since 2013. David works closely with local trusts and industries. David is the Chair of the national IOM3 Polymer Group. He coordinates the University Circular Economy and Recycling Innovation Centre (CERIC) with TWI.

Prof. Jean – Eudes BOULINGUI

Professor – Geologist – (SVT-ENS LIBREVILLE – GABON), CAMES Geomaterials, Exploration and valorization of Mineral Resources.

 Prof. Hervé GOURE DOUBI

Associate Professor at Péléforo Gon Coulibaly University (Ivory Coast)


Director of research at the Mission for the Promotion of Local Materials (MIPROMALO, Cameroon). Head of the Research and Scientific and Technical Services Division

Prof. Abdelatif IMAD

Professor at the University of Lille, France ; President of the EcoMat – AFRICA society

Prof. Rose YONGUE

Asociate Professor, University of Yaoundé I (Cameroun)


Asociate Professor, University of Yaoundé I (Cameroun)

Dr Wilfried Arsène Letah Nzouebet

Lecturer, University of Maroua (Cameroun)

Dr. Jean-Bosco JOUDA

School of Chemical Engineering and Mineral Industries, University of Ngaoundere (Cameroon)

Prof Gustave KENNE DEDZO

Associate Professor at the University of Yaoundé I (Cameroun). His research interests include materials chemistry (clay minerals and lignocellulosic materials modification, with applications in catalysis and pollution control) and applied analytical electrochemistry (preparation of electrochemical sensors and molecular electrochemistry.