History of ETOPIM

A Brief History of ETOPIM

ETOPIM  - International Association for the science of electrical, transport and optical properties of inhomogeneous media - is the premier international society for scientists researching all aspects of the science of Composite Materials. Eleven ETOPIM conferences have been organized since 1977, with a regular triennal basis since ETOPIM3. The list of past venues is as follows.

ETOPIM11, Krakow, Poland, July 15-20, 2018

ETOPIM10Neveh Ilan, Israel, June 21-26, 2015

ETOPIM9, Marseille, France, 2012

ETOPIM8, Crete, 2009

ETOPIM7, Sydney, Australia, 2006

ETOPIM6, Utah, USA, 2002

ETOPIM5, Hong Kong, China, 1999

ETOPIM4, St. Petersburg - Moscow, Russia, 1996

ETOPIM3, Guanajuato, Mexico, 1993

ETOPIM2, Paris, France, 1987

ETOPIM1, Columbus, Ohio, USA, 1977

These conferences have provided a unique forum for experimentalists and theorists to get together and advance our understanding of the electrical transport and optical properties of inhomogeneous media.


The Ying-Yang symbol has come to symbolize ETOPIM meetings. A variant of it, with a ribbon around it, first appeared during ETOPIM 2 in France. The traditional symbol was adopted by the organizers of ETOPIM 3 in Mexico, and was then used in subsequent meetings.

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