• Proposed International Year of Glass 2022

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Proposed International Year of Glass 2022

Beginnings

Stimulated by various popular international talks on the role of glass and glass making on the wealth and health of society, senior figures from industry and academia realised that ‘glass’, with its central role in everyday life, deserved international celebration. The proposed year of celebration, 2022, is the anniversary for several significant events.

From these embryonic thoughts, organisations such as the Corning Museum of Glass, the International Commission on Glass and the American Ceramic Society came on board and an initial stream of interest quickly became a flood.

Out there

The use of glass in architecture dates to Roman times, containers have an even earlier history in Egypt and Mesopotamia (now Syria and Iraq) and glass beads were widespread throughout the Middle East, India and China with a wide-ranging international trade from the Late Bronze Age.

The development of modern science over the last millennium has been based on glass artefacts for example in science from the large scale (astronomy) to the small scale (biology); from simple lamps to the lenses for lighthouses; in communications and electronics ranging from the first valves to optical fibres.

Now in a world constrained by a variety of environmental pressures, glass is one of the most recyclable materials, it has a variety of roles in reducing greenhouse gas emissions such as energy saving coatings, double/triple glazing and solar cells, it is made from widely available materials, and has contributed to major improvements in our health.

Convinced?

Well many organisations throughout the world have been and a case is being prepared for submission to the United Nations later this year. Letters of support are being collected and more are most welcome. If approved, then a major effort will be needed but will generate many positive results throughout our international glass community.

We are still in the preliminary stages of preparation as are our communications channels.  You can expect news to appear from January 2020 when we will also start to generate Facebook, Twitter and other social media feeds. The aim is to inform 9 billion people of the value of glass as an artefact and to give them a fuller understanding of its rich history, its manufacture, its many applications, its importance in energy saving and its recyclability.

This ambitious programme will if successful require your help (administrative support, circulation of publicity, funding). It will also provide you with possibilities for expanding your profile and extending your international links. Industry, Academia, Colleges, Schools, Research Associations, Museums and Art Schools are all valuable partners.

To register your interest and to be kept informed please click here or use the button below and complete our brief registration form.

We look forward to your participation in a multifaceted event which will successfully encompass a truly international audience and empower a bright future for GLASS.

02/12/2019

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