Challenges in identifying and delivering essential ceramic educational initiatives

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07-009 Richard Bowman Bowman, R.(Intertile Research); Ceramic engineering education is particularly challenging due to the breadth of the materials involved, their diverse characteristics, the potential scope of their applications, and the evolving opportunities their development present within a wide range of industries. This is exacerbated by the rapid pace of change and intrinsic and extrinsic technological developments. Each organisation must identify its unique circumstances and what growth is required to secure or maintain worthwhile competitive advantages. Productive high performance requires currency and relevance of knowledge, but depends on acquiring and maintaining the necessary skills. Efficient execution depends on forming the right skills and developing, refining and applying the appropriate techniques. The preparation of bespoke course material that fits user needs has its own life cycle and cost challenges. 
This presentation will consider some quasi academic situations and tailored solutions. For instance, what could ceramic tile manufacturers do to overcome recurrent ceramic tiling system failures? We need walkway surfaces that will be safe at the end of economically reasonable life cycles. Why are politically correct bureaucratic processes frustrating the adoption of sensible public health practices? Given the challenges of funding research, should we rely on citizen science and internet promotions to initiate worthwhile projects? The best-intentioned research needs a viable development pathway to market. One public educational exercise, use of the world’s first ceramic postmarker, effectively spread the word about the potential of ceramics, but we may soon have to explain to our grandchildren what a postage stamp was. Effective educational initiatives must be timely and refocused to fulfil changing needs.
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