The European Center for Refractories gem.GmbH acts as European competence center to promote and support science and research, as well as education and vocational training in the field of refractories on a Europe-wide level.
Founded in March 2009, the ECREF focuses on the needs of the SMEs from the refractory industry by supporting or carrying out fundamental and practice-oriented research and development for them. Further actions of the ECREF encompass:
- The organisation and management of scientific seminars, workshops, congresses
- Grant of fellowships and prizes for gifted students in the field of the refractories
- Support of the standardization activities