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International Commission on Glass Instituto de Ceramica y Vidrio

C/ Kelsen 5, Campus de Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid

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glasstec 2018 hall map (Hall 11): stand G04

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Technical Committees

The greater part of the continuing activity of the ICG is carried out by its Technical Committees (TCs). Created at the initiative of the member organisations, the TCs cover vital topics in glass science and technology, listed below. Their operating procedures are described in a set of guidelines, that explain the different roles and responsibilities of Council, the Steering Committee, the Coordinating Technical Committee (CTC), TC chairs and TC members.

The members of the TCs have access to resources and facilities which are contributed freely to the pursuit of the technical objectives defined by the individual TCs. Meetings of the TCs are held regularly to discuss the results of inter-laboratory experiments and surveys. In addition to advancing glass science and technology, the TCs are also concerned with the definition of standards. Many scientific publications originate from the work of TCs.

The TCs are organized into groups according to their R&D activity fields, and are supported by coordinators (CTC members). But cooperation between the TCs is not limited to these R&D activity fields, since ICG has a broad understanding of its role in providing an R&D platform. The work of the different TCs is related to the various R&D activity fields described below.

TC members are experts in their particular fields and are selected from universities, institutions and industry; the figure shows the distribution. They are proposed by their member organisations.

Each year the CTC publishes an Annual Report of the activities of the Technical Committees. For a more complete description of their activities please download a pdf version of these reports (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014). The latest Annual Report is available using the link below.

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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:

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
and sessions organised by Technical Committees to review key aspects of their work.
Every three years ICG organises an International Congress on Glass. The XXV CONGRESS (2019) will be in Boston, USA. A list of previous Congress venues is given below.
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.

The next ICG Conference is in Yokohama, Japan on 23-26th September 2018 at the Venue: PACIFICO Yokohama. Abstract Submission for the Meeting 2018 (ICG2018) opened on January 4 with a Submission Deadline for Abstracts of March 1, 2018.

 ICG 2018 is organized by the Ceramics Society of Japan (CerSJ), and they have started preparing the meeting to welcome many glass researchers, engineers and related professionals from all over the world. ICG2018 presents as its main issue “Innovations in Glass and Glass Technologies: Contributions to a Sustainable Society” which is of great importance in the field of glass science and technology to protect the global environment. ICG 2018 is also managed in strong collaboration with the Glass Industry Conference of Japan (GIC).

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ICG: Opportunity to experience a new culture

Are you keen to attend one of our Summer/Winter Schools and also experience a new culture at the same time??

If so you might be interested in the grants advertised below. Please send an e-mail to the conference organisers at the addresses given below if you wish to apply.

1) Financial support has been offered by China Triumph Engineering for the 2018 Winter and Summer Schools in Wuhan and Montpellier to allow up to 7 European students to attend the next planned ICG Winter School in Wuhan, China (2018) and for a similar number of students from Asia to attend the next Montpellier School, France (2018).

2) This support provided will cover half the travel and accommodation costs plus half the school fees, subject to the prior agreement of the conference organisers.

3) Applicants should be in the early stages of research for a PhD in the glass field or have only recently taken a research position in the glass industry.

4) To apply students should submit to the conference organisers a CV, a brief statement of how they hope to benefit from the experience, a supporting letter from their Supervisor and their anticipated costs. They will be expected to submit a statement of what they gained from the experience after the event and to provide a detailed account of their expenses with receipts before they will be re-imbursed.

5) Because we expect considerable competition for these grants, students should not commit themselves to any expenses before their support has been confirmed.

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About us

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The ICG (International Commission on Glass) is a non-profit international Society of national scientific and technical organisations with particular interests in glass science and technology. It was founded in 1933 and has grown to become the recognised world-wide organisation in the field of glass with presently 37 member organisations bringing together the world’s most respected universities, scientific institutions, companies of the glass industry and allied organisations.

The aim of ICG is to promote and stimulate understanding and cooperation between glass experts in the fields of science and technology as well as art, history and education.

The ICG achieves these objectives by organising Technical Committee work (e.g. laboratory round robins, comparative studies, topical meetings), compiling information on glass (e.g. publishing scientific and technical papers, reports and books) and by sharing and disseminating knowledge on glass in advanced educational courses and workshops. A further major role is to organise international meetings. Every three years the ICG holds an International Congress on Glass while Annual Conferences take place during the intervening period often in conjunction with national society meetings.

The ICG is financed by subscriptions from Member Organisations set in proportion to the annual glass output of the respective countries. Additional income arises from Associate Member Organisations, the sale of publications and royalties.

ICG also gains considerably from contributions ’in kind’ from individual members of the administrative team and technical committees who give freely of their time and effort. 

The International Commission on Glass has operated successfully for 8 decades.  During this period it has welcomed many new member organisations. Numerous well-known glass scientists and technologists are involved in its organisation and it is run by a committed and experienced administration. Participating organisations in the ICG enjoy hands on experience and achievement through involvement in TC activities. Major benefits are gained from direct association between international glass experts in the fields of science and technology, art and education and through liaisons with related fields of technology such as optics, photonics, electronics, nanotechnology, coating technology, biotechnology, polymers and composites. An example of this interaction has been the recent development of research road maps for several key areas of interest. 

The ICG is determined to continue its high standards of quality and performance.

For the future, it wishes to encourage:
  • More national institutions to join as members,
  • More individuals to serve on ICG committees,
  • Proposals for the establishment of new technical committees on pertinent topics,
  • Continue its work on road mapping to help focus future research activities.

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