May 23-26, 2021 | Baeza, Spain


The Second Edition of VitroGeoWastes is in progress. This year the conference about Vitrification, Geopolymerization, Wastes Management, Green Cements and Circular Economy will take place in a beauty location in Southern Spain called Baeza.


Congress can be followed in presentially or virtually. In the event that it is online, the platform used will be Blackboard.


Download here the Congress brochure

abstract submissionONLINE REGISTRATION

About VitroGeoWastes

The Conference about VitroGeoWastes will take place in a beauty location in Southern Spain called Baeza. One of the main tasks to be addressed today by the scientific-technical community in the field of materials is the resolution of one of the energy and environmental problems caused by the massive production of Portland cement. The search for new alternative or green cements is necessary to limit the emissions of CO2. The most promising green cement is alkaline cement or geopolymeric cement due to its properties and low environmental impact, being considered the cement of the future. One of the advantages of geopolymers with respect to traditional cements and ceramic materials from an environmental perspective is largely associated with CO2 emissions, since in the geopolymer manufacturing process the emissions are much lower. This is mainly due to the absence of the high temperature calcination stage in the synthesis process.

Alkaline activated materials (AAM), inorganic polymers or geopolymers constitute a new class of synthetic inorganic polymeric materials generated by alkaline activation of aluminosilicates characterized by a mainly amorphous three-dimensional network structure. These materials can be used in multiple applications: cementitious material, catalytic support and even as a reinforcing matrix for composite materials with fibers.

In the frame of a widespread and ever-increasing emphasis on sustainability, AAM have attracted attention among researchers because are materials that can be obtained from different precursors rich in Si-Al minerals, including waste and industrial by-products, with a low temperature production process, therefore implying great environmental benefits compared with traditional cementing materials due to the ongoing emphasis on sustainability.

In addition to this, it will be reviewed and discussed the main structural and microstructure aspects of glasses, glass-ceramics and geopolymers obtained from both processes of vitrification and geopolymerization of all types of industrial wastes for best characterization for best knowledge and improving of final properties.

Another topics covered will be basic principles for immobilization of wastes by sintering (ceramization), characterization of ceramic materials made by recycling of wastes, fundamentals of vitrification process for immobilization of wastes and subsequent crystallization and their full characterization and fundamentals of geopolymerization of wastes for their immobilization and characterization (microstructure and technological properties).

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Meet Our Speakers

Ángel Palomo
Ángel Palomo


Angeliki Christogerou
Angeliki Christogerou

University of Patras, Greece

Rafael Andres Robayo
Rafael Andres Robayo

University of Valle, Colombia

Michele Dondi
Michele Dondi


Pavlo Krivenko
Pavlo Krivenko

Kiev National University of Construction and Architecture, Ukraine

Arnaldo Moreno Berto
Arnaldo Moreno Berto

University Jaume I, Spain

Joao A. Labrincha
Joao A. Labrincha

University of Aveiro, Portugal

Valentina Medri
Valentina Medri


Yiannis Pontikes
Yiannis Pontikes

KU Leuven, Belgium

Jesús María Rincón
Jesús María Rincón

Miguel Hernández University, Spain

Michael Ojovan
Michael Ojovan

Imperial College London, UK

Ángeles G. De la Torre
Ángeles G. De la Torre

University of Málaga, Spain

To register please use the on-line form
Sylvie Rossignol
Sylvie Rossignol

University of Limoges, France

Paolo Colombo
Paolo Colombo

University of Padova, Italy

Isabella Lancellotti
Isabella Lancellotti

University of Modena, Italy

Alexander Karamanov
Alexander Karamanov

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria

Manuel Torres Carrasco
Manuel Torres Carrasco

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

Jannie S.J. van Deventer
Jannie S.J. van Deventer

Zeobond Pty Ltd and Carbosync Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Australia

Enrique Rodríguez Castellón
Enrique Rodríguez Castellón

University of Málaga, Spain




The registration fees will be 158 euros and will be the same in all cases (presentially or virtual assistance). On the website we will inform the approximate cost of eating and sleeping in Baeza, but it will not have to pay any amount for these concepts until there is a full guarantee that the planned activity is going to be carried out in person and in any case it would be paid by whoever attend in person. The authors fees allow submit two communications oral and/or poster.

Payment must be made by bank transfer free of charge or by deposit to the account:

Banking Institution: LA CAIXA

Office: Isla de La Cartuja (Sevilla)


NIF – Q7350007F

IBAN: ES78 2100 9166 75 2200074348


Additionally, accommodation can be hired at the Congress venue. It is a university residence located in a Renaissance palace.  Click here for details


April 30, 2021, deadline for abstract submission
May 05, 2021, abstract acceptance
May 09, 2021, Deadline for authors to register

Welcome to the 2nd VitroGeowaste Conference to behave and discuss last research on VITRIFICATION and GEOPOLYMERIZATION of industrial wastes for their IMMOBILIZATION and/or RECYCLING. May 23-26, 2021 – Baeza, Spain.

You can find information about hotels in the section ACCOMMODATION



    Baeza is an Andalusian town in southern Spain. It lies perched on a cliff in the Loma de Úbeda, the range separating the Guadalquivir River to its south from the Guadalimar to its north. It is now principally famed for having some of the best-preserved examples of Italian Renaissance architecture in Spain. Along with Úbeda, it was added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 2003. The former Visigothic bishopric of Baeza remains a Latin Catholic titular see.



    The International University of Andalucía (UNIA) is a university in Andalusia, set up in 1994. It has campuses in four Andalusian provinces: Huelva, Baeza, Málaga or Seville. II VitroGeoWastes take place in the UNIA building in Baeza, 16th-century construction.  


    The best VITROGEOWASTES 2020 papers will be published after evaluation in a two Special Issue of MATERIALS LETTERS (ELSEVIER, Impact Factor (2018): 3.019) (Editor:  Aldo BoccacciniGuest Editors: L. Pérez-Villarejo, D. Eliche-Quesada, J.S. Bueno). The title of this Special Issue is: Waste and by-products for alkali-activated materials, ceramics, glass and glass-ceramics materials: An approaching to Circular Economy.

    Submission deadline to MATERIALS LETTERS: July 23, 2021.

    The best VITROGEOWASTES 2021 papers will be published after evaluation in a two Special Issue of INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF APPLIED CERAMIC TECHNOLOGY (WILEY, Impact Factor (2018): 1.074).



    Authors are invited to submit an abstract. To be accepted for the Conference, the submissions must report work that is novel, well described, and suited to the Conference themes. Submissions must contain original data and meet international ethical standards. Selection criteria include high technical quality, relevance to the conference themes, and significant information content. Abstracts that are deemed commercial in nature will not be accepted. 
    Additionally, authors who wish may send an extended summary, using this template, for consideration to be published in the special issues programmed in the MATERIALS LETTERS and INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF APPLIED CERAMIC TECHNOLOGY.
    Each author can submit two communications either oral or poster.

    To submit your abstract please follow the steps outlined below:

    1. Enter the corresponding author details.
    2. Enter the type of presentation that is preferred (oral or poster).
    3. Enter the title of your abstract.
    4. Enter the conference topic that is most appropriate for your abstract.
    5. Enter Keywords (3-5)
    6. Enter the details of authors and nominate presenting author.
    7. Please name the file  VITROGEOWASTES 2020_Your surname» e.g. VITROGEOWASTES2020_Smith.pdf.
    8. Upload your abstract as doc or docx document.


    • Alkali-activated materials-geopolymers.
    • Waste and by-products management applied to ceramic materials.
    • Vitrification and Circular Economy.
    • Waste-based cements.


    All abstracts must be in English.

    Submitted abstract should be original.

    Abstracts must be submitted as Word DOC or DOCX formats.

    Extension between: 200- 300 words approximately including aim and most relevant results and conclusions.

    Please, use the following template: link.

    Send it directly to the Conference secretary by online form.


    Abstract submission:

    Deadline for sending of TITLE and ABSTRACTS of the scientific/ technical communications: April 30, 2021.

    Acceptance of communication: May 05, 2021

    Submission deadline to MATERIALS LETTERS: July 23, 2021.



    Size: 84.1 x 118.9 cm (A0) and they will be showed in the available poster-area.


    Scientific Committee

    Georges N. Angelopoulos, University of Patras, Greece
    Jesús María Rincón López, University Miguel Hernández, Spain
    Juan Bautista Carda, University Jaume I, Spain
    Guillermo Monrós, University Jaume I, Spain
    Manuel Miguel Jordán, University Miguel Hernández, Spain
    Manuel Torres Carrasco, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
    Eduardo Garzón Garzón, Universidad de Almería, Spain
    Ana Andrés Payán, University of Cantabria, Spain

    Aldo Boccaccini, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
    Arnaldo Moreno Berto, University Jaume I, Spain.
    África Yebra Rodríguez, University of Jaén, Spain.
    Francisca Puertas Maroto, Eduardo Torroja Institute for Construction Sciences (IETcc-CSIC), Spain.
    Jannie S.J. van Deventer, Zeobond Pty Ltd and Carbosync Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Australia.
    Francisco Muñoz Fraile, Institute of Ceramics and Glass (ICV-CSIC), Spain.
    Ashutosh Goel, Rutgers University, NJ, USA.
    Ángeles G. De la Torre, University of Málaga, Spain
    John L. Provis, The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
    Elisa Rambaldi, Centro Ceramico, Bologna, Italy.
    Konstantinos Komnitsas, Technical University Crete, Greece.


    Organizing Committee

    Luis Pérez Villarejo, University of Jaén, Spain
    Dolores Eliche Quesada, University of Jaén, Spain
    Salvador Bueno Rodríguez, University of Jaén, Spain
    Eulogio Castro Galiano, University of Jaén, Spain
    Pedro José Sánchez Soto, Materials Science Institute (ICMSE-CSIC)
    Yolanda Luna Galiano, University of Seville, Spain
    Sergio Martínez Martínez, University of Jaén, Spain.
    Jesús María Rincón López, University Miguel Hernández, Spain.
    Ana Andrés Payán, University of Cantabria, Spain
    Bartolomé Carrasco Hurtado, University of Jaén, Spain.
    Eduardo Garzón Garzón, University of Almería, Spain
    Almudena García Díaz, University of Jaén, Spain.
    Miguel Ángel Gómez Casero, University of Jaén, Spain.
    Donato Palomares Herrera, University of Jaén, Spain.


    You can ask for accommodation in UNIA, the same place where the Conference will take place. International University of Andalusia in Baeza, has fully equipped facilities for carrying out all kinds of academic activities and for making the student’s stay comfortable and fruitful: residency hall, function room, library, computer room, reading and television room, café, gym, multi-sports court, gardens, press room and main hall with modern simultaneous interpreting booths.

      Bookings: residencia.baeza@unia.es
      The price of the 3 nights (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) accommodation will be 45€ for a stay in a one-person room.


      TRH Ciudad de Baeza Hotel

      The TRH Ciudad de Baeza Hotel is a historic hotel in Baeza, a 4-star accommodation with all the charm of an old Carmelite convent. This totally refurbished hotel with all type of services is ideal for resting and enjoying the Renaissance city by excellence in Andalusia.


      1 Adult Bedroom: 40 €
      2 Adults Bedroom: 45 €/pax

      Breakfast not included.

      Puerta de la Luna Hotel

      Near Baeza, only 20 minutes you could play golf in Countryside “ La Garza”

      1 Adult Bedroom: 69 €
      2 Adults Bedroom: 82,5 €/pax

      Breakfast included.

      Please, tell to Reception Personnel you are registred in our Conference.

      Campos de Baeza Hotel

      Hotel Campos de Baeza is a 4-star hotel ideally situated near a number of area attractions including Plaza de Los Leones, the Baeza Cathedral and Plaza de Toros.

      Guestrooms of this luxury hotel are en suite and well equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, WiFi Internet access, direct-dial telephones, in-room safes and mini bars.

      Prices coming soon!


      Get in Touch

      8 + 10 =

      Department of Environmental, Chemical and Materials Engineering
      Polytechnic School of Linares (Technical-Scientific Linares Campus)
      University of Jaén
      Avenida de la Universidad s/n
      23700 Linares, Jaén (Spain)

      Congress Secretariat,
      Almudena García Díaz
      Email: agdiaz@ujaen.es
      Sergio Martínez Martínez

      Head of the Organizing Committee,
      Dr. Luis Pérez Villarejo
      Email: lperezvi@ujaen.es