Geopolymer Camp – Introduction

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Geopolymer Camp

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Geopolymer Camp: 2015, July 06-08, with TUTORIAL (short courses for Newcomers)

The Geopolymer Institute organizes a “GeopolymerCamp” on every second Monday of July, every year, at Saint-Quentin, north of Paris, France.

The first Geopolymer Camp (GPCamp 2009) was held on July 1-3, 2009. See the reports and watch videos of keynotes conferences and photos of the last Geopolymer Camps here:

GPCamp 2009 GPCamp 2010 GPCamp 2011 GPCamp 2012
GPCamp 2013 GPCamp 2014 GPCamp 2015

Mark your calendars and plan on being in Saint-Quentin, France, on Monday 06-Wednesday 08. July 2015 for the seventh Geopolymer Camp.


GeopolymerCamp Introduction



To get geopolymer fans together, learn from each other, figure out the future of geopolymer applications and chemistry, and have a good time. You’ll have 2 days for learning, presenting, sharing, chatting, at super saver-cost of 55 € (excluding fees for TUTORIAL). We have decided to break down the infernal spiral of costs that is undermining the exchanges between the scientific communities. Conferences with registration fees of 800-1000 dollars (600-700 euros) are non-sense. Apparently this is what some scientists are ready to pay because of the infamous publish or perish request from their administration. We want to change this trend into learn OR perish. It is now so easy to make a publication in a regular journal, because there are so many, that it becomes no longer accurate to spend these enormous fees just to see his conference presentation on a simple CD (Proceedings), not on paper.

Let start a new era, return to what it was, 50 years ago, when conferences and gatherings were affordable. COME TO THE GEOPOLYMER CAMP.

GeopolymerCamp: What’s this all about?

GeopolymerCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions and interactions from participants.

It is not a conference, neither a congress based on extravagant high registration fees and luxus lodging costs. It is a casual, informal meeting between anyone who has something to share, to communicate, and anyone with the desire to learn, to interact, and to meet with people. Everybody is welcome and invited to join.

Introducing the Tutorial Workhop for Newcomers

The TUTORIAL WORKSHOP FOR NEWCOMERS should serve as a focal point for scientists, engineers, academicians, graduate and undergraduate students, fellows, professionals and associates who want to start R&D projects on geopolymer science and technologies. The TUTORIAL will be led by the founder of geopolymer science, Prof. Joseph Davidovits, assisted by experienced technicians. It is aimed at providing a dedicated introduction to geopolymer technology and is illustrated with appropriate laboratory demonstrations. Participants will learn how to make 2 standard recipes, one for ceramic like application and the second for cement like use (you will be given the list of raw materials and chemical ingredients with the name of their suppliers). Fees: € 300 EUROS per participant (including French VAT).
Upon request, we will also deliver a certificate of attendance if your organization asks for it.

Who shall attend?

Students, scientists, researchers, engineers from public and private organizations, curious or long-term experienced people in their fields of expertise, professionals involved in a wide range of development, including managers, finance specialists, R&D, marketing, business decision makers, technology and products development specialists, etc.

When you come, be prepared to share with geopolymer “campers”.
When you leave, be prepared to share it with the world.

Agenda or framework?

There is no pre-established agenda or program scheduled for discussion, but there is a framework. The framework consists of short lectures (max. 15 minutes) and panels proposed and scheduled each day by attendees, mostly on-site, typically using white boards or paper taped to the wall. Language is English.

Last year GPCamp 2014

Go to GPCamp 2014 to watch Keynotes conferences and photos of the last GeopolymerCamp in July 7-9, 2014.


The GeopolymerCamp 2015 spans 3 days:

Special topic of interest on Monday:
– Tutorial Workshop (short courses) for Newcomers

Monday July 06
08:30-10:00: Registration to TUTORIAL
10:00-12:30: Short Courses + Workshop
12:30-13:30: Sandwich Lunch
13:30-15:30: Workshop with Laboratory demonstrations involving 2 standard recipes.
15:30-18:00: Registration to GEOPOLYMER CAMP

Tuesday July 07:
9:00-10:15: Individual introduction; each GP Camp participant introduces himself: affiliation, main interest, project involvement, etc. (2 min. per person). Preparation of the sessions schedule, groups of interests, themes.
10:15:11:00: Prof. Joseph Davidovits Keynote: State of the Geopolymer R&D, 2015, with special emphasis on recent developments.
11:30-13:00:- First session
Themes:geopolymer molecular chemistry; raw materials, scientific investigations.
13:00: Free Sandwich Lunch
– Keynote by Dr. Henk Nugteren, TU Delft, Netherlands: “Geopolymer coating of bacteria-containing granules for use in self-healing concrete.”
Second session
Themes: industrial applications (foamed panels, ceramics, high temperature, binders, composites, toxic and radioactive waste containment)
Focused Session on Ancient Technologies : Geopolymeric make-up of Ancient Cements; geopolymer binders and mortars for Cultural Heritage.

Wednesday July 08:
9:00 – 11:00:
– Keynote:  Dr. N.P. Rajamane /Dr. N. Jeyalakshmi, SRM University, India:”Development of Geopolymer cements/concretes in India”. 

– Third session
Themes: building applications, eco-construction, LTGS, bricks, cements, concretes, CO2 mitigation, Global Warming.
11:30-15:00: Panels – Groups – Discussions + Free Sandwich Lunch
– Materials Sciences + Products
– Materials Technology & Engineering (+ civil engineering)
– Cements – Concretes (+ raw materials, adjuvants)
– Sustainable / Eco Construction

The rules at GeopolymerCamp:

While loosely structured, there are rules at GeopolymerCamp. All attendees are encouraged to present or facilitate a short lecture or a panel (a panel is a small session of a few lectures on the same topic). Everyone is also asked to share information and experiences gathered at the GeopolymerCamp, either live or after the event, via public web channels including (but not limited to) blogging, photo sharing, social bookmarking, forum, wiki, and chat. You can record videos, take photos, write a lecture transcript and put it on the web. This open encouragement to share everything about the event is in deliberate contrast to the “off the record by default” and “no recordings” rules at many private invite-only participant driven conferences.

Be ready to participate – come with an idea for a session you can lead. You do not have to be an expert at your topic. You can also contribute to the discussion during a session. This is a great way to participate, since it spreads knowledge from everyone, instead of just coming downwards from the leaders.

Main purposes of GeopolymerCamp:
– (1) get several workshops gathering people having same field of interests(from fundamental science up to industrial applications: composites, cements, bricks, binders, fire-resistance, waste management, molecular makeup, raw-materials, sustainable development, CO2 mitigation, geology, fly ashes, clays, metakaolin, waterglass, user-friendly systems, quality control, organo-mineral geopolymer, silicones, phospho-silico-geopolymers, foamed geopolymer, etc.)

– (2) Standardization
There is a need for standardization. Industrial manufacturing of geopolymer products must rely on standards, to compare with. When scientists are working on this field, they use their own standards or copy someone else’s process. The aim of this session is to create Technical Committees, like in any other international technology driven institution, to publish standards that technicians, engineers and scientists will follow and refer to in science, applications and manufacturing. For example, present codifications and standards ruling organic-matrix fiber composites are inefficient for fire-resistant and heat-resistant geopolymer-matrix fiber composites. Same for Geopolymer cements and concretes. They are better than Portland cement and concrete and should get specific standards. The world needs this standardization to witness and measure the real progress accomplished by the geopolymer community. We must stop empirical processing. Geopolymer is a science, not witchcraft. Any new development in geopolymer technology should follow these standards or create new ones. Everyone may give his opinion, talk about his experience; it is a very open session. We will collect, review and publish these standards every year during or after the GeopolymerCamp.

– (3) Update the knowledge on geopolymers:
The GeopolymerCamp is the opportunity to prepare the new edition of the book Geopolymer Chemistry & Applications. Indeed, the Geopolymer Institute wishes to publish regurlarly a new revised edition with the most up to date information. During this GeopolymerCamp, participants will propose subjects or issues that are worthwhile to be edited or added, and the assembly will discuss about it. Prepare your arguments if you want to see your last research, data, applications be added to this reference book.


If you would like to show your support for GeopolymerCamp and/or announce to everyone that you’re attending, consider adding the following images and link to your own blog, website, social bookmark, wiki, forum, chat, …

GeopolymerCamp logo


Coffee, drinks, sandwiches, and parties for close to 100 people costs real money, and so we are more than happy to accept donations in-kind or financial gifts to help pull this off. If you would like to help out, please contact us.

In return for helping out, expect to see your company’s logo in this page, and also expect to hear profuse praise coming from the podium during announcements and much cajoling to patronize your company as one who made GeopolymerCamp a reality.

Groovy companies support GeopolymerCamp, helping us to have food, coffee, sandwiches, renting conference rooms – the essentials in life. Please visit their sites, check out their products, and give them your money.

We will be pleased to send you a formal invitation to get a visa. However, because we do not want to have any problems with the immigration authorities, you will have to book your hotel and show proof of reservation (they need to know where you will stay the first nights), and if we don’t know you or your organization, you will have to introduce yourself and give some references. We are sorry about this constricting procedure. If you have any question, do not hesitate to ask.



Note: new location for 2015! Our traditional place of meeting at the IUT is now under construction, we temporarily change the GeopolymerCamp location for this year 2015. It is now at the city center.
INSSET, Université de Picardie, 48 rue Raspail, 02100 Saint-Quentin. Bus nr 1, 2, 5 and 6, stop “Raspail”.

Does all that sound like fun? We sure hope it will be. Register soon before all the seats are gone. We can only welcome a maximum of 150 participants.

Register form (Registration starts on Feb. 01, 2015): FEES PAYMENT


  • € 360 EUROS (including French VAT), Payment in advance
  • € 600 EUROS (including French VAT), Cash on site


  • € 55 EUROS, Payment in advance
  • € 100 EUROS, Cash on site

Please note: no registration will be definitive until we receive the full payment. It means that, we will not expect your coming, you will not get your name tag, your free lunch and other gratuities during the GeopolymerCamp. This is why it is mandatory to pay your registration before coming to France. However, there is no reimbursement for the advance fee.
You may also pay on site, cash, at a higher cost, namely € 100 EURO, to get the entire services.

Deadline for advance payment:

– Paypal (Credit Card) July 04, 2015.
– Bank transfer, June 22, 2015



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