ICG International Congresses On Glass

Held every three years, the ICG Congresses are an important way of disseminating information on glass science and technology and provide valuable opportunities for glass scientists and technologists to meet. Since the late 1980s ICG Congresses have expanded significantly. They now attract 700 - 1000 attendees and up to 900 papers and posters. Their special features include:

  1. Invited lectures reviewing major achievements not only in the traditional fields of glass science and technology, but also on new glass applications such as optics, photonics, electronics, nanotechnology, coating technology, biotechnology, and composites
  2. and sessions organised by Technical Committees to review key aspects of their work.

The next ICG Conference is in Istanbul, Turkey on 22-25th October 2017. A list of previous Congress venues is given below.

WARNING: Another site on the web is advertising an ICG glass conference in Prague this year. Please be aware that this has no connection with the International Commission on Glass and you should be very wary of making any contact with the organisers.

ICG Annual Conferences and other events in the Glass Field

In the years between its Congresses ICG organises an Annual Conference. Although shorter than the Congresses, several Technical Committees will organise sessions based around their key activities and a full programme of papers will be presented.

Many other organisations also organise conferences on Glass. To add an event to our list please contact: j.m.parker@sheffield.ac.uk. Just ask to add electronic posters and a press release after the event to the 'Other News' section of this web site.

Below is a list of those conferences we know about. Please help us to keep this list complete.

  • XI BRAZGLASS 13-16th July, Curitiba, PR. The 11th Brazilian Symposium on Glass and Related Materials. 
  • The 9th International Conference on Borate Glasses, Crystals and Melts will be held in Oxford on 24-26 July 2017
  • The 2nd International Conference on Phosphate Materials will be held in Oxford on 26-28 July 2017 
  • Linking the redox state of silicate melts to magmatic processes - a theme at the next Goldschmidt conference in Paris, 13-18 August 2017. Send your abstracts by 26th March
  • The 7th International Festival of Glass featuring over 300 artists takes place 25-28 August in Stourbridge UK. 
  • The 19th Annual Sol-Gel Conference will be held in Liege, Belgium from 3-8 September 2017
  • Glassman Europe is returning to Lyon, France, 6-7 September, 2017
  • Glass Defects, Refractory & Technology Training by GS Group & Masso September 4 - 8, 2017 – Lyon, France
  • SGT's annual conference, entitled Aspects of Glass, will be held in Cambridge, UK on 4-6 September 2017. It will include special sessions on: 1) Stained Glass: Art at the Surface and 2) A Fragile Heritage. Aspects of Historic Glass.
  • The Crystallization 2017 conference will be held in Segovia (Spain) on 10-13 September, 2017. ICG's TC05 will follow this with an event reporting the latest research on vitrification and geopolymerisation of industrial wastes for immobilisation/recycling at University Miguel Hernández, Elche,  Alicante, Spain.
  • AEM2017 (www.aem2017.com), an international conference on Energy Materials, Nano Materials, Graphene Materials, Solar Energy and Hydrogen Energy will be held at the University of Surrey, UK from 11 to 13 September, 2017
  • 5-day CelSian-NCNG Glass Technology course  runs again from 18-22th Sept 2017 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
  • X International Conference on Surfaces, Materials and Vacuum September 25 to 29, 2017 / Ciudad Juarez, Chihuaha, Mexico.
  • 3rd International Conference on Rheology and Modeling of Materials, Miskolc-Lillafüred, Hungary in October 2-6, 2017
  • Vitrum 2017 in Fiera Milano Rho, Italy from 3-6th October 2017 is a newly revampled trade fair covering innovative technologies in the glass processing machinery, special products and accessories industries.
  • “Processing & Performance of Materials Using Microwaves, Electric & Magnetic Fields, Ultrasound, Lasers, & Mechanical Work – Rustum Roy Symposium”, MS&T17, 8-12 Oct 2017, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • The next ICG annual meeting will be held in Istanbul, Turkey on 22-25 October 2017
  • The 78th Conference on Glass Problems including 11th Advances in Fusion and Processing of Glass symposium will be from 6-9 November 2017 in the Greater Columbus Convention Centre. 
  • The next ICG Winter School in China is planned for 13-17 November 2017
  • ICG's TC20 will run their 7th International Workshop on Photoluminescence in Rare Earths: Photonic Materials and Devices (PRE'17) from Nov 30 to Dec 2, 2017 in Rome, Italy.
  • Glassman Asia will be held from 24-25 January 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Glassman Latin America 2018 will be held 21-22 March, in Jalisco A, Expo Guadalajara,Guadalajara, Mexico.
  • The Glass Art Society (GAS) will hold their 47th Annual Meeting in Murano, Italy from 16-20 May, 2018
  • 7th International Congress on Ceramics (ICC7), June 17-21, 2018, in Foz do Iguaçu, State of Paraná, Brazil. A key subject will be Frontiers of Glass Science.
  • The 10th ICG Montpellier Summer School will be held on 4-8 July 2018 and will include a birthday celebration.
  • 15th International conference on the Physics of Non-Crystalline Solids will combine with the 14 European Society of Glass conference in Saint-Malo, France from 8-12 July 2018. Their web site is: www.ustverre.fr
  • The 2018 ICG annual meeting, entitled Innovations in Glass and Glass Technologies (contributions to a sustainable society), will take place in Yokohama, Japan from 23-26 September, 2018
  • Glasstech - an International Trade Fair for Glass Production, Processing and Products - will celebrate its 25th anniversary from 23-26th October 2018 in Düsseldorf
  • The 25th ICG Congress will be held in Boston USA from 9-14 June 2019 and organised by the GOMD of ACerS. This coincides with their centenary celebrations.
  • The next ESG meeting will take place in Krakow, Poland in September 2020
  • Provisional date for SGT Annual Meeting in Cambridge, 7-9 September 2020
  • ICG XXVI will be held in in Berlin, Germany on 3-8 July 2022 on the occasion of their centenary celebrations.

Venues for Congresses

XXV ICG Congress Boston, USA 2019
XXIV ICG Congress China 2016
XXIII ICG Congress Prague, Czech Republic 2013
XXII ICG Congress Salvador, Brazil 2010
XXI ICG Congress Strasbourg, France 2007
XX ICG Congress Kyoto, Japan 2004
XIX ICG Congress Edinburgh, Scotland 2001
XVIII ICG Congress San Francisco, USA 1998
XVII ICG Congress Beijing, China 1995
XVI ICG Congress Madrid, Spain 1992
XV ICG Congress Leningrad, Russia 1989
XIV ICG Congress New Delhi, India 1986
XIII ICG Congress Hamburg, Germany 1983
XII ICG Congress Albuquerque 1980
XI ICG Congress Prague, Czechoslovakia 1977
X ICG Congress Kyoto, Japan 1974
IX ICG Congress Versailles, France 1971 
VIII ICG Congress London, England 1968 
VII ICG Congress Brussels, Belgium 1965
VI ICG Congress Washington DC, USA 1962
V ICG Congress Munich, Germany 1959
IV ICG Congress Paris, France 1956
III ICG Congress Venice, Italy 1953
II ICG Congress London-Sheffield, England 1936
I ICG Congress Venice, Italy 1933

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