8th International Workshop on Crystallization in Porous Media

About Cryspom

The biannual international workshop Crystallization in Porous Media (CRYSPOM) focuses on fundamental research of crystallization in porous materials. It unites researchers from geoengineering, geology, physics, chemistry, mechanics and conservation interested in crystal nucleation, growth and transport in porous media and its related consequences.

The idea is to bring together leading researchers and Ph.D. students to provide for a constructive and open dialogue. Also, it seeks to incite collaborations between theorists, modelists and experimentalists on an international level.

CRYSPOM results from a long-standing tradition. The workshop was founded by Prof. Noushine Shahidzadeh in 2008 in Paris, and subsequently took place in: Brienz (Switzerland, 2010), Troia (Portugal, 2012), Amsterdam (The Netherlands, 2014), Toulouse (France, 2016), Hamburg (Germany, 2018) and Pau (France, 2021). The eight in the series will be held in Ghent (Belgium), 13th – 15th of June, 2023.

CRYSPOM VIII is a co-organization of Ghent University, Antwerp University and the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA).

The topics include but are not limited to:

  • Fundamentals of salt and ice crystallization in porous or confined media
  • Advances in imaging of crystallization in porous media
  • Crystallization in the built environment
  • Crystallization in geosciences and energy applications
  • Crystallization in industrial and environmental processes

Organizing committee

  • Veerle Cnudde (UGent),
  • Tim De Kock (UAntwerp),
  • Julie Desarnaud (KIK IRPA),
  • Sebastiaan Godts (KIK IRPA),
  • Maxim Deprez (UGent),
  • Gulce Kalyoncu (UGent),
  • Dulce Valdez Madrid (UGent)


Scientific committee

  • Noushine Shahidzadeh (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
  • Michael Steiger (Universität Hamburg, Germany)
  • Leo Pel (Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands)
  • Rosa Espinosa-Marzal (University of Illinois, USA)
  • Teresa Diaz-Goncalves (Consulting, Portugal)
  • Hannelore Derluyn (UPPA, France)
  • Marc Prat (IMFT, France)


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Registration Fee


  • Early Bird €200
  • Late €250


  • Early Bird €300
  • Late €350

All fees are expressed in Euro and are inclusive of 21% VAT.
The conference dinner and excursion are included in these prices and will not be reimbursed.

Conference Venue

The conference will be held at convention center Het Pand, a former hospital and Dominican monastery from the 13th century in the heart of Ghent (Onderbergen 1).

You can also find more information about this location on the 'Gent Congres' website.

Courtyard Onderbergen, Het Pand (North Wing)
Courtyard Onderbergen, Het Pand
Rear facade of 'Het Pand' seen from the Leie River (known as 'Klein Pand or Priorie')
Rear facade of 'Het Pand', seen from De Leie River