Geopolymer Camp – Introduction

Geopolymer Camp

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 9th Geopolymer Camp: 2017, July 10-12, 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  GPCamp 2016

Mark your calendars and plan on being in Saint-Quentin, France, on Monday 10-Wednesday 12. July 2017 for the ninth 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 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 2016

Go to GPCamp 2016 to watch Keynotes conferences and photos of the last GeopolymerCamp in July 4-6, 2016.


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 (including French VAT).
Upon request, we will also deliver a certificate of attendance if your organization asks for it.

The detailed final program is in progress (see above in “The rules at Geopolymer Camp”).

The GeopolymerCamp spans 3 days:

Special topics of interest:
– Tutorial Workshop (short courses) for Newcomers, on Monday;
– Focused Session on Reinforced Geopolymer Composites, on Tuesday afternoon:
Monday, July 10: Tutorial
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 3 standard recipes.
15:30-18:00: Registration to GEOPOLYMER CAMP

Tuesday, July 11 :GEOPOLYMER CAMP
9:00-10:00 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.
10:00-11:00: Prof. Joseph Davidovits Keynote: State of the Geopolymer R&D, 2017, with special emphasis on recent developments.
11:30-13:00:- First session
Themes:geopolymer molecular chemistry; scientific investigations;
Keynote: Prof. W. Kriven, Universty of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA:The geopolymer route to high-tech ceramics.
13:00: Free Sandwich Lunch
Focused Session : Reinforced Geopolymer Composites
– 2 Keynotes:
Dr. Peigang He, Harbin Institute of Technology, China: Recent development of in-situ reduced graphene reinforced geopolymer composites.
Prof. W. Kriven, Universty of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA: Natural fiber reinforced geopolymer composites.
Second session
Themes: industrial applications (foamed panels, ceramics, high temperature, binders, composites, toxic and radioactive waste containment)
 Ancient Technologies : Geopolymeric make-up of Ancient Cements; geopolymer binders and mortars for Cultural Heritage.

Wednesday July 12 :
9:00 – 11:00:
– Keynote by  program in progress

– 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


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.


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 80 participants.

Register form (Registration starts on Feb. 01, 2017): FEES PAYMENT


  • € 360 EUROS (including French VAT), Payment in advance
  • € 500 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 any fees (write us before any cancellation or if you have a valid motive, e.g. no visa).
You may also pay on site, cash, at a higher cost, namely € 100 EURO, to get the entire services.

Deadline for advance payment:

– Credit Card July 07, 2017
– Bank transfer, June 30, 2016


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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