Teaching Glass Better 10th Anniversary of the ICG Summer School
Akira Takada, John Parker, Alicia Durán, Klaus Bange
This volume celebrates ten years of ICG Summer Schools that have taken place annually since 2009 in Montpellier, France. It captures the historical development and the philosophy of the schools, it explains the lessons learned and offers a framework for others wishing to follow. It also recognises the invaluable input of the many glass scientists and technologists who have contributed their time and energy freely; they have all helped to make these events both an effective teaching aid and an important international networking tool, linking together future generations of glass scientists and technologists. Space prevents the inclusion of extended articles from all the contributors to the course; the volume does include though detailed reviews of those central themes that are presented annually on glass formation, structure and properties; we include these in the hope that they will be a useful teaching aid for glass studies everywhere. There are also summaries of the technical programmes run in parallel with the main stream for the last four years.
The lecturers on the course also wish to acknowledge how much they have enjoyed the opportunity to teach the many interested and interesting students who have participated in the schools. As the next generation these are the people who can influence the health of academic glass research and stimulate an efficient and productive glass industry in the face of global concerns such as sustainability, global warming, health issues, energy shortages and population growth. The International Commission of Glass appreciates from the success of these schools that this future is in good hands.