SGT Annual Conference Cambridge 2020 incorporating GLASSAC

Once again the Society of Glass Technology is to hold its Annual Conference this coming September in Cambridge at Murray Edwards College and we would like to invite you to enjoy a 'Changes and Challenges'  with us in that delightful venue as we mull over the many-faceted world of glass studies.

Science Session – Monday 7th  September – Wednesday 9th September     <<register here >>

As ever, the theme of glass science is well to the fore and we would warmly welcome the submission of abstracts for the conference.   We are looking for a meeting of Challenges & Changes  concerning the development of the science of the glassy state and its application to the world of glass manufacture and the application of glass in the very diverse world of today.  For such a fascinating field it is almost impossible to be prescriptive about topics.  We will consider carefully any aspect of glass science or technology which you wish to communicate.

Industry Session –  Tuesday 8th September

The Industry Session at the 2020 SGT Conference in Cambridge will focus on Energy and Decarbonisation and how it will be delivered to and used by glassmakers worldwide.

GLASSAC incorporation our own History and Heritage Session – Monday 7th - Wednesday 9th September <<register here >>

GLASSAC is an international meeting that tries to involve the chemical, physical and biological sciences with art, archaeology and history of glass artefacts.

As in previous years, we could not neglect the rich and varied history of glass and the heritage of historic glass artefacts which create such insight into the life and work of our forebears. Therefore we would be delighted to receive abstracts for the conference stream under the title ‘Yesterday and the Past’. We hope to create a meeting of minds concerning the heritage we enjoy – its appreciation, conservation, understanding and presentation to today’s audience.  As ever, the subject area is so interesting and diverse that it defies verbal delineation; if you are active in any field which intersects with the revealing the human history or the ancient technology which has woven glass into the fabric of human society through the ages, we’d love to see your abstract. 

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For four millennia, glass has occasioned the meeting of minds.

Obsidian and glassy fulgurites excited the imagination of our remote ancestors, who found artistic and practical applications for this most magical of substances. Alchemists gloried in the glass which allowed them to see the transformation of base substances within their alembics.

Without glass, advances in medical science would have been unattainable. The mystical fusion of colour and light stimulated the spirituality of those who knelt in mediaeval cathedrals, impacted by the glorious stained glass windows.

And today?
Changes & Challenges still go on.

In Cambridge, this coming September, the Society of Glass Technology hosts it Annual Conference at Murray Edwards College. Beginning on Sunday 6th September, an opportunity for four days to experience a modern confernce, centred on the semi-infinite variety of glass studies.

Molecular scientists are welcome to share their insights at the atomistic level – artists will show how glass excites their creative juices. Businessmen and engineers will ponder how modern techniques can help glass bring enlightenment to our everyday world. Glass chemists will explore how glass can bring protection from toxic and radioactive waste. Historians will speak of past triumphs in glassy endeavours, and archaeologists interpret the tangible evidence of our vitreous heritage.

Changes & Challenges– we invite authors and presenters from any and all fields of glass creativity to send us their abstracts. If you are interested and would like to know more, please send us an email:
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Put the dates in your diary –
these special days in Cambridge promise to be interesting, futuristic and challenging.

Society of Glass Technology

9 Churchill Way, Chapeltown, Sheffield S35 2PY, Telephone 0114 2634455