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Welcome Evening

Sponsored by RHI Magnesita

06.00 PM – 11.00 PM, Room Horizont

After eight years, UNITECR returns to Germany. On the evening before the conference, the focus will be on reuniting and networking. Not least because of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, all participants are looking forward to this welcome evening to meet colleagues from their professional life and also friends again face to face.
The doors at Kap Europa will be open from 05.00 PM.

06.00 PM

  • UNITECR President 2023: Dr. Andus Buhr
  • UNITECR Vice President: Prof. Christos Aneziris
    Honouring of the Scientific Committee
  • Event Sponsor : RHI MAGNESITA | Constantin Beelitz
    Regional President Europe, CIS & Türkiye

08.00 PM

  • Award of FIRE diploma for the recent cohort of students

    Special tribute to the students

    Federation for International Refractory Research and Education (FIRE)
    Chairman: Chris Parr | Executive Secretary: Sido Sinnema | Chairman Education Committee: Michel Rigaud



Congress Messe Frankfurt

Kap Europa is a Messe Frankfurt location.




RHI Magnesita


Grand Opening - Keynotes

10.00 AM – 12.10 AM, Room Horizont

With our lead topic The Carbon Challenge we have defined three pillars for the UNITECR opening: political framework and customer orientation as well as resilience and sustainability.

We are glad to have Dr. Marie Jaroni representing a major customer industry with her keynote. Leading the team “Decarbonization and Sustainability” at thyssenkrupp Steel she will explain how six million tons of CO2 can be avoided by thyssenkrupp annually by 2030.

Moreover it was possible to win Ranga Yogeshwar for a keynote. With a degree in particle physics Ranga created and hosted numerous television programs and has received more than 60 awards, including honorary doctorates from the universities of Koblenz-Landau and Wuppertal as well as an honorary professorship from Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences. Today he is one of the leading independent science journalists and keynote speakers in Germany.

Parliamentary State Secretary Michael Kellner from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action will give a political perception on our lead topic via video.

10.00 AM – 10.15 AM
Ulf Frohneberg (STEULER)
Chairman of the Board Deutsche Feuerfest-Industrie (DFFI)
Global Decarbonization – Opportunities for the Refractory Industry

10.15 AM – 10.30 AM
Dr. Andus Buhr (ALMATIS)
President UNITECR 2023
The Carbon Challenge

10.30 AM – 11.15 AM
Dr. Marie Jaroni (thyssenkrupp Steel Europe)
Head Of Decarbonization and Sustainability
Steel industry on the way to a decarbonized future:
opportunities and challenges of the green transformation

11.15 AM – 12.00 AM
Ranga Yogeshwar
Science Journalist / Physicist
Emil’s World – A Society in Transition
About the urgent need of a deeper culture-shift and what it means to grow up surrounded with talking devices, artificial intelligence and changing social interactions.

12.00 AM – 12.10 AM
Michael Kellner (German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action)
Parliamentary State Secretary
Decarbonization of energy-intensive companies


Dr. Marie Jaroni

Yogeshwar_H0A1841_Copyright Klaus Görgen

Ranga Yogeshwar


PSts Michael Kellner


06.00 PM – 10.00 PM, Room Sirius

Glass ceiling or sticky floor? Get your leadership inspiration you did not know you need!

Connect and exchange with the female force of the refractory industry. Women in research, science and the industry itself are thriving and on the rise. At RHI Magnesita the share of senior leadership positions held by females is 19%.

With the “Women@Refractories” event, RHI Magnesita aims to co-create with each and every one of you a networking and exchange platform for everyone interested.

The informal event will be hosted by four of our talented female leaders with different professional and personal backgrounds. We want to share a stage with you to talk about different career paths, the highlights as well as the challenges, and experiences as a minority in the refractory industry.

The event is open to every participant of the UNITECR 2023, no matter your gender identity!

Join us and our four female hosts on the 27th September 2023 for an inspiring & empowering apéro – drinks, snacks and conversations included.


RHI Magnesita


Poster Session

Poster Walk

Submitted posters are mounted on pinboards in the poster exhibition (1st floor, poster area) and can be viewed all day.

Poster Slam

WEDNESDAY, 27th September 2023
4.40 PM

At the SLAM,  registered authors will present the main technical features of their work in one minute and invite visitors to visit their own poster in the poster area.

Award Ceremony

WEDNESDAY, 27th September 2023
6.00 PM

The jury will evaluate the 3 best presentations in terms of their successful short presentation. After a round of evaluation, the AWARD ceremony will take place at 6.00 PM.

The poster WALK will start directly after the AWARD ceremony. Refreshments and pretzel snacks will be served during the tour of the poster exhibition.

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Christos G. Aneziris and Dr. Christian Dannert

The jury: Chris Parr (Imerys, Chair), Jens Sperber (STEULER), Karin Scharrer (refractories WORLDFORUM)





refractories Worldforum

Göller Verlag /
refractories WORLDFORUM

Young Professionals

09.00 AM – 05.00 PM, Room Komet, REFRAup Lounge

Invitation to the participating students to meet with representatives of the sponsor in the REFRAup Lounge and to discuss the latest developments, e.g. virtual reality.

There you will find info, games, fun, snacks, and an invitation to the Conference Dinner in the Palmengarten at the exclusive REFRAup table.

You will be able to collect a few first impressions of the Refratechnik world, and with a bit of luck and skill you might even win the latest console.




Refratechnik Group

Gustav Eirich Award

11.00 AM, Room Meridian

The aim of this award is to promote ideas and, at the same time, to support young talents in technical disciplines.The Gustav Eirich Award is a contribution to the long-term success of companies in the refractories production and application industries.

The Gustav Eirich Award is presented for the three best dissertations (Ph.D. theses) or equivalent work in the field of refractories that have been completed no longer than two years ago.

During the session, the three winners will present their work in 20 minute lectures.


Maschinenfabrik Gustav Eirich

Conference Dinner


06.30 PM – 00.00 AM, Gesellschaftshaus Palmengarten
Palmengartenstraße 11, 60325 Frankfurt am Main

On Thursday, a very special dinner will take place in Frankfurts Palmengarten. A fantastic location, with excellent food, delicious drinks and a music program worth hearing guarantee a lasting impression for all participants.

It is not held as a well seated Gala Dinner but rather as a dynamic meet and greet, so that there is the opportunity to maintain contacts and make new ones at many tables.

After a casual reception with an aperitif on the terrace, the historic ballroom with its magnificent ornaments from the Neo-Renaissance invites you to linger. Besides impressions of the congress day and the official welcome of the UNITECR hosts, a creative buffet with regional and seasonal delicacies awaits you.

The special setting in this building is underlined by the award of the UNITECR certificates to the three nominated Distinguished Life Members (DLM). A second highlight is the presentation of the next UNITECR location for the year 2025.

The Conference Dinner is always a main highlight at UNITECR events – in addition to the scientific lectures, of course. Here, too, is room for debate about what has been heard so far. Speakers, poster exhibitors and guests can engage in discussions with each other.

From 09.00 PM., as an exclusive highlight, the legendary Palm House Terrace will be available for dancing. Surrounded by beautiful Wilhelminian time plant stands and to the sounds and tunes of a Frankfurt scene DJ, the evening guarantees a very good mood.

The doors of the Palmengarten will be open from 06.30 PM.



06.30 PM
Opening Palmengarten

07.15 PM

  • Opening Address – Dr. Rainer Gaebel, Managing Director Refratechnik Holding, Event Sponsor

  • Words of Welcome – Dr Andus Buhr, UNITECR President 2023
  • Certificates to DLM – Dr. Andus Buhr, Tom Vert, UNITECR President 2022,  Genaro F. Cueva, UNITECR President 2025
  • Invitation to UNITECR 2025 – Mauro Cueva, UNITECR President 2025


swing to go and djing



Refratechnik Group