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European, US glass communities come together for historic first meeting in Aachen



Attendees take part in the poster session at GOMD 2012. Division members and the German Society of Glass Technology are set to meet jointly for the first time. Credit: ACerS.

There are many important “firsts” in life—first day of school, first kiss, first “big-boy/big-girl” job, and first gray hair (which may come sooner rather than later, depending on that first job).

For the German Society of Glass Technology (DGG) and ACerS Glass & Optical Materials Division (ACerS-GOMD), one important first is little more than a month away.

The two groups will come together during the 1st Joint Meeting of DGG-ACerS GOMD, May 25–30 in Aachen, Germany.

The merged annual meeting—a first—will also play host to the 10th International Conference on Advances in Fusion and Processing of Glass (AFPG), the 2nd International Glass Fiber Conference, a special symposium on nuclear waste forms, and seminar on glass trends. Organizers expect more than 400 oral and poster contributions exploring everything from the fundamentals of the glassy state to amorphous materials and energy applications of glass, making the conference “a unique opportunity for glass scientists and technologists alike.” 

(The idea for the joint conference, born out of the PACRIM 2011 meeting, is intended to strengthen the ties between the European and US glass communities. ACerS-GOMD-DGG will meet together in 2015 in the US.)

With a highly-anticipated slate of keynote lectures and invited speakers, and a host of awards to be presented, the conference at Eurogress Aachen is one you can’t miss. Among the awards to be presented:

Micoulaut Kiczenski Award_Stockey_Hayden SREphoto[3] Award_Kreidl_Lezzi

             Micolaut                        Kiczenski                                  Hayden                             Elliott                           Lezzi

Darshana and Arun Varshneyna Frontiers of Glass Science Lecture

Matthieu Micoulaut, professor of physics, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France, Reversibility in glasses.


Darshana and Arun Varshneyna Frontiers of Glass Technology Lecture

TJ Kiczenski, research associate in the Glass Research Group, Corning Incorporated, Advancing the understanding and utilization of glass relaxation in commercial applications.


Stookey Lecture of Discovery  

Joseph S. Hayden, research fellow, SCHOTT North America Inc., Overcoming technical challenges and moving into the future with laser glass.


George W. Morey Award

Stephen R. Elliott, professor of chemical physics, Cambridge University, UK, Chalcogenide phase-change materials: past and future.


Norbert J. Kreidl Award

Peter J. Lezzi, PhD student, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Strength increase of silica glass fibers by surface stress relaxation: A new mechanical strengthening method.

For more details on the lecture awards and their recipients, click here or check out the May issue of the Bulletin, set to land in inboxes by April 24. The full conference program is available here (pdf).

Summer in Aachen is a busy time for tourists, so you’ll want to make your travel plans soon, but no later than the April 25 deadline. Online registration is available at To book your accommodations in the beautiful city of Aachen, click here and use conference code “DGG-GOMD.”

(Students: Our friends at RWTH Aachen University have found lower-cost accommodations nearby the conference location, but there is limited space, so be sure to book early.)

So whether it’s your first trip to Aachen or your 21st, be sure to join us for the 1st Joint Meeting of DGG–ACerS GOMD May 25–30!

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Feature Image Credit: FuFu Wolf on Flickr (Creative Commons License).