Geopolymer Camp – Introduction

Geopolymer Camp

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15th Geopolymer Camp: 2023, July 10 to 12th, with TUTORIAL (short courses for Newcomers)


Registration starts end of February 2023

The Geopolymer Institute organizes a “GeopolymerCamp”, 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 2009GPCamp 2010GPCamp 2011GPCamp 2012
GPCamp 2013GPCamp 2014GPCamp 2015GPCamp 2016
GPCamp 2017GPCamp 2018GPCamp 2019GPCamp 2020
GPCamp 2021GPCamp 2022



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 70 € (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 webpage (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.

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. Upon request, we will also deliver a certificate of attendance if your organization asks for it.

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

Main purposes of GeopolymerCamp:

The GeopolymerCamp is at the opposite of a classical scientific conference: diversity of backgrounds, variety of topics, easy exchanges and connections, yet with up-to-date high quality, high-tech knowledge.

  • Meet with people from all over the world and build a network: 50% are from the industry at large, 35% are academic, 15% are independent,
  • Show your work and your results, whether there are scientific, technical or pragmatical,
  • Share your experiences with a special focus on practical use and real world applications,
  • Present a problem that a geopolymer application may solve,
  • Ask for help from the experienced people,
  • Introduce your company, products or commercial applications, looking for new customers and partners,
  • Submit your proud achievements if you are a gifted handyman !

Because the attendance embraces a large range of backgrounds (technical, scientific and experienced people), be prepared to get unexpected feedbacks.

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.

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. 20 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.

Videos at GPCamp 2022

Go to GPCamp 2022 to watch the 2022 Programme, Keynotes conferences and photos of the last GeopolymerCamp.

THE PROGRAMME IN 2022 was (see below):

Tutorial Workshop 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 3 standard recipes for ceramic like application and for cement like use. You will be given the exact step by step recipes, the list of raw materials and chemical ingredients with the name of their suppliers. You are allowed to take photos and videos for you personal usage.
Fees: € 360 EUROS per participant.
Upon request, we will also deliver a certificate of attendance if your organization asks for it.

The GeopolymerCamp spans 3 days: last Programme 2022.

Tutorial Workshop (short courses) for Newcomers, on Monday;
3 Focused Sessions:
1- Conductive Geopolymers: Breakthrough in Renewable production of Electricity in Large Scale Microbial Fuel Cells.
2- Geopolymer concrete for Solar Electrical Power Generation.
3- Geopolymer science applied to Archaeology: Update related to the research carried out on the manufacture of Easter Island statues with artificial geopolymer technology.



09:00-10:00: Registration to TUTORIAL
10:00-14:00: Workshop and tutorial with laboratory demonstrations (Groups A + B) involving 3 standard recipes.
12:00-13:00: Free Sandwich Lunch Group B
13:00-14:00: Free Sandwich Lunch Group A
14:00-17:00: Short Courses and Q&A

15:30-17:30: Registration to GEOPOLYMER CAMP


8:30: Registration

9:00-9:30: Individual messages from the participants (1minute)
9:30:10:15: Keynote by Joseph Davidovits: State of the Geopolymer R&D, 2022 with special emphasis on recent developments.; and  William Hoff, Geopolymer International, USA: Study Guide and Book Cover of the reference book Geopolymer Chemistry and Applications.

10:20-10:45: Coffee break

10:45 First session:

Themes: geopolymer molecular chemistry; raw materials, scientific investigations.

10:45 – Joerg Lind, Wöllner GmbH, Germany: Geosil – ready to use alkali silicates for Geopolymers.
11:05 – Carine Lefèvre, Xatico Performance Materials, Luxembourg: Metakaolins and minerals fillers in Geopolymers.
11:25 – Pierre Naproux, Sibelco, France: Minerals for Geopolymer applications.
11:45 – Milan Bouša, Lucie Svobodová, Petr Louda, Piotr Łoś, Baturalp Yalcinkaya, Vojtěch Růžek, Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic: Use of Plasma Incineration Slag as a Filler in Geopolymer Composites.
12:00 – Artem Sharko, Su Le Van, Nguyen Van Vu, Petr Louda, Katarzyna Buczkowska, Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic: Influence of Biomass Ashes from Selected Heat and Power Plants fillers on Geopolymer Properties.

Focused Session at 12:15: Conductive Geopolymers: Examples of applications. 
Keynote paper: Breakthrough in Renewable production of Electricity in Large Scale Microbial Fuel Cells, by Neven Ukrainczyk, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany.

13:00 Free Sandwich Lunch

14:00 Second session

Themes: industrial applications, foamed panels, ceramics, high temperature, binders, composites, toxic and radioactive waste containment.

14:00 – Celine Boulet and Jutta Maaßen, Framatome GmbH, Germany: Waste conditioning and treatment for nuclear waste.
14:20 – Alex Neymark, Becq High-Performance Radiation Shielding Materials, USA: Metakaolin-based Geopolymer as Filler Material for Dual Purpose Canisters (DPCs).
14:40 – Israa Alhameedawi, Mazaya university College, Iracq: lnvestigation on Geopolymer Concrete Performance for High-Temperature Applications.
15:00 – Jose Vitorio Emiliano and Sergio Graniero Echeverrigaray, National Univ. of Singapore, Challenges and perspectives of graphene-geopolymer composites.
15:20 – Liliya Dubyey, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany: Role of carbon nanomaterials properties in improving geopolymers strength.

15:45-16:15 Coffee break:

16:15 – 17:30 Third Session: Geopolymer science applied to Archaeology:

– Joseph Davidovits: Update related to the research carried out on the manufacture of Easter Island statues with artificial geopolymer technology. 
– William Fiset, independant researcher, Canada: Architecture / Masonry of the ancient sites in Peru (a field report).


Fourth session 9:00 -13:15

Themes: building applications, eco-construction, LTGS, bricks, cements, concretes, CO2 mitigation, Global Warming.

9:00 – Baturalp Yalcinkaya, Milan Bouša, Petr Louda, Piotr Łoś, Katarzyna Buczkowska, Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic: Eco-Impact and Carbon Footprint of Geopolymers (Concrete vs. Geopolymer).
9:15 – Lateef Assi, Mazaya university College, Iracq: Review of availability of source materials for sustainable concrete.
9:30 – Francesco Volpintesta, Università di Camerino, Italy: Comparison between Geopolymer and Portland cements for Construction and Demolition Waste (CDW) upcycling.
9:45 – Corbin Enz, Lorena Cifuentes, DBI, Denmark: Upcycling construction and demolition waste into new building materials.
10:00 – Aida Predam, Padrabrick, Ispahan, Iran: Geopolymer Bricks from Waste Materials.
10:15 – Mouhamadou Amar and Ali Alloul, IMT Nord Europe, France: High performance geopolymer mortar using waste products and calcined clays.

Focused Session: 3D printing of Geopolymer concrete
10:30 – William Hoff, Geopolymer International, USA: a recorded 16 min. video on the 3D printing presentation at the Wold of Concrete 2022 exhibition, Las Vegas, USA.
10:50 – Marina Dudnikova, Alex Reggiani, Andrey Dudnikov, RENCA Inc., Russia, Italy: Renca 3D Printing Factory – the world’s first industrial 3D printing with geopolymer concrete.

11:10-11:30: Coffee break

11:30 – Willy Jin, Navier Laboratory, École des Ponts ParisTech, France: Design strategy of a geopolymer-based mortar for sustainable 3D printing.
11:50 – Patrick Sonnleitner and Bruno Knychalla, Additive Tectonics GmbH, Germany: Geopolymers for the novel additive-manufacturing-method “SCA” .
12:00 – Nicolò Verardi, ReHouseit SRL, Italy: Ferrosialate geopolymer binder and 3D printing.

other papers:
12:20 – Jean Claude Gress, Ingénieur Civil des Ponts et Chaussées, Use of Geopolymer techniques for Public Works.
12:40 – Simon de Weerdt, SeahorseHummingbird Productions, Canada: A sunlit, south facing glass, Geopolymer concrete structure, within an enclosing solarium and garden.
13:00 – Nguyen Van Vu, Su Le Van, Artem Sharko, Petr Louda, Katarzyna Buczkowska, Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic: Railway noise barriers made of environmentally friendly materials.

13:15 – 15:30 Free Sandwich Lunch
– Groups – Discussions
– Materials Sciences + Products ; – Materials Technology & Engineering (+ civil engineering)
– Cements – Concretes (+ raw materials, adjuvants); – Sustainable / Eco Construction.


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, …

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Geosil®: Silicate binders and hardeners for geopolymeric systems

The Geosil® product line are the first aqueous silicate solutions specifically designed for geopolymerization. In addition, Woellner supplies a wide range of additives to help you achieve your desired properties.

Pyromeral Systems: High-temperature resistant composites 

Pyromeral Systems develops and manufactures advanced materials and composite parts for applications requiring resistance to high temperatures or fire barrier. Our unique technologies based on innovative geopolymers are designed for continuous exposure to temperatures as high as 1000°C. They provide convenient, lightweight and durable solutions for industrial processes, motorsports and aerospace applications. Pyromeral Systems brings a smart alternative when conventional composites, metals or ceramics fail to deliver the desired performance.

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.


Campus Universitaire de Saint-Quentin
Campus Universitaire de Saint-Quentin (former IUT de l’Aisne), University of Picardie, 48 rue d’Ostende, 02100 Saint-Quentin, France.

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 95 participants.

Registration form: start end of February, 2023.

As of March 2022 official sanitary instructions, vaccination, wearing a mask and social distance rules are mandatory. These rules may evolve with time.
Because of this exceptional situation, you will get a full refund if we have to cancel the event or if you are forbidden to travel to France at the last minute.


TUTORIAL WORKSHOP FOR NEWCOMERS (max. 45 participants) :    Start end of February 2023.

  • € 360 EURO, Payment in advance (by credit card or bank transfer, write us for other mean of payment)

GEOPOLYMERCAMP (max. 95 participants): Start end of February 2023.

  • € 70 EURO, Payment in advance (by credit card or bank transfer, write us for other mean of payment)

Please note: no registration will be definitive until we receive the full payment within one week. It means that, WE WILL REFUSE YOUR ADMISSION IF ALL SEATS ARE BOOKED AND SOLD OUT, 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 any fees (one exception only: if you get no visa, you may receive a refund).

How to pay:

– Credit Card: immediate payment, registration is immediately secured and valid.
– Bank transfer: you must place your order and proceed to immediate payment. Registration will be cancelled if no payment is received within one week.


Notice. The Workshop fees DO NOT include the GeopolymerCamp registration. You have to register both, if you want to attend both sessions.

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