Şişecam Group hosted its International Glass Conference November 21-22, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. The event drew 500 participants from 26 countries. The conference, combined with the 34th Şişecam Glass Symposium, focused on “Glass in the Sustainable Future: Achieving What is Possible…” It included ten thematic parallel sessions, 111 oral presentations, and 12 poster presentations.

Conference chair, Prof. Şener Oktik, Şişecam Group chief research and technological development officer, noted in his opening address that glass is neither a liquid nor a solid, but an amorphous material somewhere between those two states and can flow very slowly.

Prof. Şener Oktik, Şişecam Group chief research and technological development officer

“Unfortunately, as in the journey of molecules in glass, ‘a clock speed’ of the glass industry moves slowly,” he said. “To improve [this], all possible stakeholders, scientists, engineers, technology providers, and investors from universities, research institutions, suppliers and glass manufacturers at an international scale ought to communicate more strongly in open platforms to facilitate collaborations and co-creation at pre-commercial phases.”

He explained that the Şişecam Glass Symposiums have been growing steadily and strongly for the last 33 years, hosting the three joint meetings with the International Commission on Glass (ICG), a not-for-profit glass society comprising 33 national organizations in glass science and technology.

“We hope that this initiation would be serving the glass industry from fundamentals of glass science and technology to every stage of glass production and the secondary processes starting from nearby geography to the ever-enlarging geographies covering the world and getting stronger in width and depth in coming years by the help of all stakeholders,” he added.