The organizing committee is building up the program for the 18th Glass Performance Days (GPD), which will be held June 26-29, 2019 in Tampere, Finland. A record number of 180 proposed abstracts have been received. This is up approximately 30 percent from the previous conference in 2017. The total number of abstracts and workshops, including the special high-rise seminar, is 220-230. The high-rise event will be arranged in conjunction with the Aalto University in Helsinki. Future trends, research and development, new product innovations and applications such as smart glass and thin glass applications will all be covered. The concepts of smart buildings and smart cities invite exciting new contributions and visions from glass developers and providers, as well.

The final program will be ready for publication by early March 2019. Abstracts approved by the program committee will be posted on the GPD web page within the next few weeks.

New Format Continues

The 18th GPD Conference will continue the new format implemented in 2017. The concept brought sessions together in one arena with audiovisual points of focus and a “no-closed-doors” policies. Easy transfer between sessions, one venue and a compact program support an entirely new type of togetherness and involvement.

“The engaging format received very favorable feedback in 2017. It prevents normal conference or exhibition practices of taking time off for side activities. Such deviations would be time badly spent at a summit like this anyway,” says conference chair Jorma Vitkala. “After all, this is the leading conference in its field and it runs an intense but effective program saving on executive time and travel expenses. It is a hub and a melting point for the global glass industry that anyone who is anybody in the business just cannot afford to miss.”