Final Conference

About the conference

We are optimistic that the Covid-19 travel restrictions will be relaxed by the end of the year 2020.
Hence, the announced final conference of the projects ERICA and CASH II will be held as originally planned in Heidelberg, Germany, on January 24-27, 2021. It will start on Sunday, January 24, with a joint dinner, and it will end on Wednesday, January 27, around lunch time. 
Please be assured that we are taking all governmental and health recommendations very seriously. In the hopefully unlikely case that travel restrictions are still active or will be re-activated, the final conference will be held as an online meeting. The final decision will be communicated in due time.
If we finally have to organize an online meeting, the registration fees will be lowered accordingly. Already paid fees will be fully refunded according to the modified registration fee.

Inorganic hydrates such as calcium-silicate-hydrate, abbreviated C-S-H, are “wonder” materials exceedingly rich in terms of potential applications that can be produced in almost any shape or form, cheaply and in large quantities right across the world from local and sustainable resources. C-S-H is the “glue” of cement, itself the glue of concrete, material with enormous economic impact. But C-S-H and other hydrates are also used as a filler in paper and in polymer composites, as dental filling materials, for waste water treatment in fertilizers and as insulation and encasement materials including for nuclear waste.
C-S-H is the main phase controlling the performance of cement-based materials. These materials are so widely used that their production is the leading industrial source of greenhouse gases, contributing about 8% of global CO2 emissions despite very low emissions per kg. Engineering C-S-H growth for faster strength development and for improved performance, such as water transport that affects C-S-H durability, is key to further lowering the CO2 impact of construction.

The conference is co-sponsored by 

The ERICA -CASH II final conference will be held from January 24 to January 27, 2021, in Heidelberg (Print Media Academy), Germany.  At this event, the ERICA and CASH II projects will be presented along with invited and contributed talks.

ERICA, a project funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 – Marie Skłodowska-Curie – Innovative Training Network programme, is an innovative, five-nation project straddling materials science and engineering, physics and chemistry in diverse areas of experimentation and computational modelling.
The overarching aim of the ERICA project is to understand how to engineer hydrates at the nanoscale and to enable improved engineering applications. Read more…


Another way to reduce CO2 emissions is to partially replace Portland cement by Supplementary Cementitious Materials (SCMs) such as blast furnace slag, fly ash, silica fume or calcined clays. However, these SCMs cause changes in C-S-H composition.
CASH II is a Swiss-Danish research project investigating the effect of aluminum, potassium and sodium on the structure and solubility of C-S-H, using innovative experimental methods and computational modelling. Read more…

Scientific Committee

Mohsen Ben Haha, HTC, Germany
Villiam Bortolotti, UNIBO, Italy
Paul Bowen, EPFL, Switzerland
Paola Fantazzini, UNIBO, Italy
David Faux, USurrey, UK
Christian Hellmich, TU Wien, Austria
Barbara Lothenbach, EMPA, Switzerland
Peter McDonald, USurrey, UK
Bernhard Pichler, TU Wien, Austria
Karen Scrivener, EPFL, Switzerland

Preliminary programme

Sunday, January 24, 2021

18:00-19:30 Registration at NH Hotel
19:30 Dinner at NH Hotel

Monday, January 25, 2021

08:00-18:00 Conference at PMA
18:30 Dinner at Level12 (PMA)

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

08:00-17:00 Conference at PMA
17:00 Visit of old town of Heidelberg & University


Dinner at Heidelberg Old University 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

08:00-12:00 Conference at PMA
12:00 Farewell

Invited Speakers

Jürgen Adolphs (Porotec GmbH, Germany)
Natalia Alderete (Ghent University, Belgium)
Jean-François Barthélémy (Centre d’études et d’expertise sur les risques, l’environnement, la mobilité et l’aménagement (CEREMA), France)
Jean-Francois Dufrêche (Université de Montpellier, France)
Christopher Hall, (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Ippei Maruyama (Nagoya University, Japan)
Aslam Kunhi Mohamed (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Leo Pel (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands)
Matthieu Vandamme (Ecole des Ponts-ParisTech, France)
Colin Walker (Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Japan)
Mateusz Wyrzykowski (Empa – Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Switzerland)

Call for Abstracts

If you are interested in giving an oral or poster presentation, please submit an abstract no shorter than 100 and not longer than 150 words online. The abstract should present a concise statement of the scope, principal findings, and conclusions of the presentation.


Deadline to submit your abstract: June 30, 2020 May 20, 2020

Notification of acceptance of your abstract: July 20, 2020

After acceptance of your abstract, you will be asked to submit a two-page abstract according to the template (word file)

Deadline to submit your two-page abstract: October 31, 2020

Registration and registration fees

Interested participants are requested to register online:


Registration fees

Up to August 31, 2020
Early bird registration fee      590 €

After August 31, 2020
Regular registration fee         650 €

Deadline to register: October 31, 2020

Registration fee includes

  • Sunday, Monday and Tuesday Dinner
  • Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday coffee breaks, lunch and Conference room rental
  • Sightseeing tour of Heidelberg Tuesday evening.

Cancellation policy

Cancellations must be submitted in writing

Up to October 31, 2020         full refund
Up to December 18, 2020     50% of fee
After December 18, 2020      no refund possible


The organizers have made pre-reservations at the following hotels for the period January 24-27, 2021. Participants are kindly requested to make their hotel reservations directly with the hotel.

Holiday Inn Express (

Address: Kurfuerstenanlage 23, 69115 Heidelberg

Please return filled-in reservation Form to

Single room incl. breakfast:

  • Night Jan 24: 94 €
  • Night Jan 25: 114 €
  • Night Jan 26: 124 €

Deadline for reservation: Dec 12, 2020

NH Hotel Heidelberg (

Address: Bergheimer Str. 91, 69115 Heidelberg

Please use the following link: or send an email to (reference 58321434)

  • Single room incl. breakfast: 134 €
  • Double room incl. breakfast: 150 €

Deadline for reservation: Nov 28, 2020

Qube Hotel Heidelberg (

Address: Bergheimer Str. 74, 69115 Heidelberg

Please send an email to (code: Final ERICA conference)

  • Single room incl. breakfast: 140 €
  • Double room incl. breakfast: 170 €

Deadline for reservation: Dec 23, 2020

Important dates


  • Submission of 150 words abstracts     June 30, 2020
  • Notification of acceptance                     July  20, 2020
  • Submission of two-page abstract        October 31, 2020



  • Early registration deadline                   August 31, 2020
  • Registration deadline presenters       October 31, 2020
  • Conference dates                               January 24-27, 2021

Conference Management

  • Martina Pöll (TU Wien, Austria)
  • Ute Klötzer (HTC, Germany)
  • Marie-Alix Dalang-Secretan (EPFL, Switzerland)

Further Information and contact

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