Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Clay Science Society (Turkey) and The Clay Minerals Society (USA), it is our great pleasure to announce the co-hosting of the 17th International Clay Conference 2021 (17th ICC 2021) in İstanbul, Turkey.

İstanbul is Turkey’s most populated and unique city spanning the continents of both Europe and Asia. Separated by the Bosphorus waterway, İstanbul is culturally diverse, easily navigated, and historically fascinating. As the business and financial hub of Turkey, it is well oriented to hosting large international meetings of all types, especially scientific conferences.

The scientific program of the 17th ICC 2021 will bring together, as it does every four years, scientists from different disciplines related to clays and clay minerals. The program will consist of technical sessions of oral and poster presentations and keynote speakers. In addition to thematic sessions, there will be pre-conference workshop(s), including a 2-day AIPEA – ASYS and a 1-day CMS Workshop. Post Conference field trips will be organized to visit Turkish clay deposits and their industrial applications. The social program will include visits to historical sites, shopping for traditional items, and sharing the richness and diversity of Turkish cuisine.

Conference extended abstracts will be published as a dedicated volume. Publication of special issues hosted by high impact clay journals will be planned and announced prior to the Conference. The workshops will be offered by CMS for publication via their lecture series, with topics to be announced prior
to 17th ICC 2021. Exhibitors will be present, including leading clay industries, media representatives, and publishers in related fields of clay science.

The Conference will take place in the Hilton Hotel İstanbul Maslak. The Hotel has a convenient location, next to the İstanbul Technical University Ayazağa campus in Maslak. A metro station on the M6 line provides fast and reliable access to all of İstanbul’s extensive transit system and main tourism areas.
The conference venue is accessible to/from İstanbul’s new world hub airport. We promise a technically and socially stimulating Conference along with warm Turkish hospitality.

As the bridges span the Bosporus connecting cultures and continents, we hope you will join us at the17th ICC 2021 to bring together new ideas from people and countries from around the world. We look forward to seeing you in Istanbul!


Selahattin Kadir

Conference General Chair


Paul A. Schroeder

Conference Co-Chair


Asuman Günal Türkmenoğlu

Representative of 17th ICC 2021


Dear Colleagues,

The Clay Science Society (Turkey) and The Clay Minerals Society (USA) have the great pleasure to announce co-hosting of the 17th International Clay Conference 2021 in Istanbul, Turkey July 12-16, 2021 ( Proposals are invited for Thematic Sessions. To propose a Thematic Session, please send an e-mail with “Thematic Session ICC 2021” in the subject line and include the following information:

(1) Title, a short description of the thematic section, potential journal(s) for paper publication, and keywords (max. 150 words),

(2) Name(s), Title, afilliation, and contact information of the organizers with a brief academic CV and statement of syngestic activities leading to the rationale and enthusiasm for the proposed theme.

The Scientific Committee will assess and select proposals relevant to the Conference theme “NEW INTERFACES: BRIDGING CONTINENTS AND CULTURES WITH CLAYS.” The deadline for the submission of thematic session proposals is July 31, 2020. The scientific committee will review the proposals and announce the decisions on September 2020.

Please submit your proposal to the ICC chairs e-mail ( on the conference homepage: Following the announcement of the sessions, abstracts can be submitted within each of the thematic sessions. The call for abstract submission will open October 15, 2020.

Note: Thematic Session Organiser(s) must attend the 17th ICC and will serve as the Chair for their Thematic Session and help for student judgement. All Thematic Session will be required to pay their 17th ICC registration fees. The conference organizers do not have financial resources to waive fees.

Please, help us on by spreading this call in your network and among your colleagues!

Kind regards,

Prof. Dr. Selahattin Kadir

Conference General Chair

Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Eskişehir, Turkey

Prof. Dr. Paul A. Schroeder

Conference Co-Chair

University of Georgia, Athens, GA, United States

Prof. Dr. Asuman Günal Türkmenoğlu

AIPEA Conference Representative

Middle East Technical University , Ankara, Turkey


March, 2020

Call for thematic sessions

August 31, 2020   

Close call for thematic sessions

September, 2020 

Announcement of thematic sessions

October 15, 2020

Opening of abstract submission

January 15, 2021

Abstract submission ends

February 28, 2021

Abstract acceptance

March 15, 2021

Early Bird registration ends

April 30, 2021

Announcement of final program

July 1, 2021

Late registration

July 10-11, 2021

Pre-conference workshop (ASYS, CMS)

July 12-16, 2021

Conference and one day social program

July 17-18, 2021

Post-conference one and/or two days field trips