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8th International Workshop on Crystal Growth Technology (IWCGT-8)
Berlin/Germany   ·   new date: June 13-17, 2021

The IWCGT-8, originally scheduled for June 2020, had to be postponed due to the worldwide spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. However, things seem to gradually recover, and so we have shifted the workshop to June 13-17, 2021.

The SARS-CoV-2 is still a world-wide threat, and no one knows how this thread will affect the future of scientific meetings and collaborations. We are confident that face-to-face workshops with a lot of space for personal interaction and individual meetings "off the record" will remain essential for our scientific business. Also, crystal growth will remain utmost important, continuing to shape the foundation of major advances in technology. Anyway, we will continue to monitor the situation and have to balance this need with both health security and climate change issues. But we have to try: Things can only get better if we avail us of the opportunities we have.

Welcome Message - About IWCGT-8

The workshop - the eighth of its series initiated by Hans Scheel in 1998 - is devoted to Crystal Growth Technology, which also covers industrial scale technologies and equipment. The focus lies on the preparation of bulk and substrate crystals.

The workshop aimed to provide links between R & D and actual production, besides bridging science and practice. International experts will present topical lectures with additional time allotted for discussions and debate. Attendees present their research at the evening poster sessions.

Topics of the workshop include for example:

We are very pleased to invite you to this important workshop and experts gathering! Please save the date and share this information with interested colleagues.

Please find the tentative program and the list of confirmed speakers below. Abstract submission and preregistration for the workshop are postponed. We look forward to your contributions and attendance!

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Bickermann and
Priv.-Doz. Dr. R. Radhakrishnan Sumathi
for the IWCGT-8 organizing committee

Meet the experts in crystal growth technology at IWCGT-8!

The workshop is organized by
IKZ Berlin
Leibniz-Institut für Kristallzüchtung (IKZ)
Max-Born-Str. 2, 10489 Berlin, Germany

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Workshop Details

Conference Time

The conference begins on Sunday 13. June 2021 with a welcome reception starting around 4 pm and ends on Thursday 17. June 2021 after lunch at about 2 pm; see the tentative schedule.

Conference Venue

The Conference will be held at the Pentahotel Berlin-Köpenick, Grünauer Str. 1, 12557 Berlin. The venue can be easily accessed from the city by public transport using the local trains (S-Bahn) to stations "Köpenick" or "Adlershof" and then with the tramway (lines 61, 63 or 68) to station "Köllnischer Platz".

Important dates
Scope of the Workshop

Crystal growth has contributed to and enabled a substantial part of modern technology development, from piezoelectric, optical, and laser applications to today’s overwhelming photovoltaic market and booming use of electronic devices in information technology, communication, system control and power conversion. Producing crystals of higher perfection and at a lower cost is a prerequisite for their applications in any new functionalities, and efficient devices are the drivers of a rapidly changing world. Crystal growth technologists address these demanding requirements, and this workshop is where they meet.

Since its initiation in 1998 by Hans Scheel, the workshop is being perceived as a meeting of experts in crystal growth technology, in which invited renowned speakers give an in-depth presentations about a particular problem or challenge in the application-oriented crystal growth, and with lots of space for discussions and networking opportunities.

This approach has been proven very successful over these years and is continued at IWCGT-8 as well. The retreat-type of scenery and surroundings of the venue, long enough coffee breaks for refreshing and the relaxed barbecue dinner, not to forget, the two evening poster sessions are means to stimulate deeper discussions and to set the stage for a lively networking atmosphere among the participants. All attendees and in particular, young researchers, are asked to prepare abstracts and to present their own work as posters.

Steering Committee:

Program / Invited Speakers

The schedule is still tentative and the listing does not reflect the final program yet.

Program Schedule (Tentative)

Time Sun, Jun 13 Mon, Jun 14 Tue, Jun 15 Wed, Jun 16 Tue, Jun 17
08:30 1 9 15 23
09:20 2 10 16 24
10:10 Coffee Coffee Coffee Coffee
10:30 3 11 17 25
11:20 4 12 18 26
12:10 Break Break Break Closing
12:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
14:00 5 13 19
14:50 6 14 20
15:40 Coffee Coffee Coffee
16:10 Registration 7 21 Excursion
Gala Dinner
17:00 Welcome 8 22
17:50 Break Break Break
18:00 Dinner Dinner Dinner
19:10 Get together Poster1 Poster2
20:00 Panel
22:00 End End End


Invited Speakers (pre-confirmed, alphabetical order)

How to Register

Please register here.

The link goes to ConfTool which will handle all registration, abstract submission, and payment matters. All data is handled securely and according to EU regulations.

Final registration and payment will open soon. The regular conference fee (including all meals with beverages and the conference dinner) will be 720 EUR for payments made on or before 01. May 2021.

How to Submit an Abstract

Abstract submission is open! Please register here to immediately access the submission form. Every participant may submit up to two abstracts. Abstract submission deadline has been adjusted to 01. March 2021.

As the lectures are by invitation only, regular participants will have the possibility for poster presentations subject to abstract submission and acceptance by the conference organizing committee.

The abstract size is one A4-page in PDF format. Please take care to save your document in PDF/A format so that all fonts are embedded; e.g. in Word, Export (rather than Print) to PDF and in the options dialog available during saving, check the "PDF/A compatible" option.

The author should include figures, tables, and references within the one page limit. The title should be placed at the top of the abstract, followed by the authors' names, affiliations, and e-mail address of the presenting author, a blank line, and the main text (optionally with figures). Acknowledgements and references might be added at the end of the abstract.

The abstract should have the following format:

A book of abstracts will be available at the workshop.

Contact the Organizers

For any question or suggestion in regard to the IWCGT-8, please contact us at iwcgt-8@ikz-berlin.de.

Matthias Bickermann
Phone: (030) 6392-3047
Fax: (030) 6392-3003
Email: matthias.bickermann@ikz-berlin.de

R. Radhakrishnan Sumathi
Phone: (030) 6392-3127
Fax: (030) 6392-3003
Email: radhakrishnan.sumathi@ikz-berlin.de

The workshop is organized by
IKZ Berlin
Leibniz-Institut für Kristallzüchtung (IKZ)
Max-Born-Str. 2, 10489 Berlin, Germany

IKZ WebsiteLegal noticePrivacy Policy