TC01. Communications

TC01 is charged with providing information on ICG activities to the wider public and also ensuring effective communications inside ICG and with outside organisations


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Activities

In 2017 TC01 was heavily involved in the process of transferring TC Annual Reports to the web, offering instructions and advice. The goal of this new approach to producing Annual Reports from the Technical Committees was to ensure the currency of the information on the web and this has proved effective, most TCs completing their updating by January 2017. To encourage the creation of more interesting sites CTC is now offering a small prize for the best site, awarded to TC04 in 2017 with TC07 and TC20 as the runners up.

As part of the process TC chairs have been asked to provide up to date lists of their members together with their e-mail addresses. This will be a significant aid in improving communications.

The updating of ICG statistics and conference lists has continued. More organisations are now informing us of their events as a mater of course. Discussions with the web providers on new developments and improving layout have taken place but have not yet resulted in many changes. To spread the load of data input the running of the Education pages had been shared with B Hehlen.  During the last year 25 Press releases and News items were created on the web and K Bange had assisted with the wider circulation of many of them. These were split roughly equally between ICG matters and articles from beyond the normal ICG circle. The plan to start regular publication of short articles in Glass International Magazine (1 on ICG, +TC04) has begun with the first article written by J Parker published in the October Issue. Another based on TC04 is in preparation.

The preparation of a Festschrift for 10th Montpellier School is well underway. This will contain teaching material based on the core subjects that have been presented regularly over the 10 years that the course has run but will also explain the developments that have taken place and give some statistics on attendance over the years.

The chair of TC01 represented ICG at the Vitrum 2017 Trade Fair in Milan. This required the creation of publicity material in the form of wall posters and single sheets that could be handed out. It was hoped that this material could be developed and improved for similar future events. At the CTC meeting in Istanbul J Parker summarised his experiences in Vitrum to allow an informed decision on future involvement of this form of advertising. In particular space has been requested at the next GlasTech exhibition in Dusseldorf, with the assistance of the German Glass Society.

Discussions on developing our Communications Strategy are being led by Gabrielle Peron of the Stevanato Glass Company.

Plans

There are a number of important actions in progress which should be completed during the next year:

1)    The web site is a major activity and continual updating is needed, including the generation of Press Releases. Particular actions needed are:

  • Continuing to filling gaps in the members database
  •  Adding council members’ details to the address book
  • Develop the ‘What is Glass’ section, with educational material in mind, such as Utube videos
  • Use Google Analytics to understand better the audience
  • Improve the appearance of the web site including more images and more links to social media such as Twitter feeds
  • Continue to encourage various committees to promote their activities by creating Press Releases
  • Complete the production of the Montpellier Summer School Festschrift
  • Increase the visibility of ICG by representation at Trade Fairs

2)    Maintain and develop links to ICG members and associate members e.g. by advertising their activities on the ICG web pages and to provide them with News items from the ICG. Encourage TCs to help us maintain the currency of the conference web page and to optimise promotion of ICG at these events

3)    Although little progress has been made on the Glass/ICG Entries on Wikipedia this area will continue to be pursued as time permits.

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Bange, Klaus (Dr)
Duran, Alicia (Prof)
Nicoletti, Fabiano
Parker, John (Prof) Committee Position: Chair
Peron, Gabriele (Mr)

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TC01. Communications
Prof J M Parker
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
The University of Sheffield


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