International Year of Glass

A United Nations International Year celebrating the heritage and importance of glass.

Celebrating the world of glass

On May 18, 2021, the United Nations General Assembly formally approved a resolution declaring the year 2022 as the International Year of Glass to celebrate the heritage and importance of this material in our lives.

On this page, learn the history of the IYOG initiative and explore the activities that are planned for 2022 in the United States and Canada.

North American Steering Committee

The North American Steering Committee for IYOG was established to coordinate activities in the U.S. and Canada with members from all the key constituencies associated with glass. Contact the committee at NAIYoGSC@ceramics.org.

International Year of Glass 2022 announcement

Since 1959, the General Assembly of the United Nations has designated specific years as United Nations International Years to acknowledge fields of international endeavor and the importance of their contributions to global society.

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The concept for the International Year of Glass was first introduced
at the 2018 Fall Annual Meeting of the International Commission on Glass in Yokohama, Japan.

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The ACerS journal editors selected articles that have played historically critical roles in advancing glass science and technology and are setting future directions for the field.

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In celebration of the International Year of Glass, ACerS is coordinating several special features through its various publications.

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International Year of Glass

Calendar of events

A list of events taking place in 2022 in the United States and Canada to celebrate the International Year of Glass.

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International Year of Glass 2022 Opening Ceremony

February 10 - February 11
Palace of Nations
Geneva Switzerland

INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF GLASS 2022 OPENING CEREMONY Celebrating the past, present and future of glass for a sustainable, equitable and better tomorrow! A historic event for the glass industry A 2-day opening event will take place at the Palace of Nations in Geneva and will also be streamed live online. Featuring 30 world-class speakers, talks…

The Resurrection of Mary Magdalene

March 31 - August 15
Il Museo at the Vancouver Italian Cultural Centre
3075 Slocan St
Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 3E4 Canada

This is a solo exhibition of a series of monumental mosaics made of Venetian glass tesserae. The series comprises 7 mosaics, each, 79in x 48in, along with their respective framed, under glass cartoons. A catalogue is planned as well as a documentary “Mary Magdalene in Conversation with Lilian Broca” reflecting the creative process of the…

National Day of Glass ARCHIVE

April 5 - April 7
The Madison Washington DC, a Hilton Hotel
1177 15th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005 United States

  The American Ceramic Society hosted the National Day of Glass Conference last week, April 5–7, 2022, in Washington, D.C., to kick off North American-based celebrations of the United Nations International Year of Glass. The opening ceremony for this international year was held in February at the United Nations Palace of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.  Learn more about the…

2022 Glass and Optical Materials Division Annual Meeting (GOMD 2022)-ARCHIVE

May 22 @ 8:00 am - May 26 @ 5:00 pm EDT
Hyatt Regency Baltimore
300 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202 United States

ACerS Glass & Optical Materials Division held its 2022 annual meeting and conference in Baltimore, Md., May 22–26, 2022.  The conference, which is always excellent, gained added luster from the United Nations declaring 2022 the International Year of Glass (IYOG). About 215 people attended the conference in person, and 59 provided prerecorded presentations. Student participation was…

Iberoamerican Year of Glass Summer 2022: Glass Science + Art Webinar Series

June 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT
Virtual

Welcome!  Our CaliBaja Webinars are back for Summer 2022! We have scheduled a series of talks for students, researchers, and the general public, as part of a collaboration between the UC San Diego CaliBaja Center for Resilient Materials and Systems, the University of Nevada–Reno, and FUNCDEVI. The webinars have no cost for participation. Some sessions…

SGAA 111th Annual Summer Conference

June 26 @ 8:00 am - June 29 @ 5:00 pm EDT
Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel
444 N. Summit St.
Toledo, 43604 United States

Toledo is known as “The Glass City” and offers a unique opportunity to combine art, industry, research, and science to build forward momentum for North American stained glass. The city is home to Owens-Corning, the Libbey Glass Company, and Pilkington North America and is also home to the world-renowned Toledo Museum of Art which includes…

Iberoamerican Year of Glass Summer 2022: Glass Science + Art Webinar Series

June 28 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT
Virtual

Welcome!  Our CaliBaja Webinars are back for Summer 2022! We have scheduled a series of talks for students, researchers, and the general public, as part of a collaboration between the UC San Diego CaliBaja Center for Resilient Materials and Systems, the University of Nevada–Reno, and FUNCDEVI. The webinars have no cost for participation. Some sessions…

International Congress on Glass and German Glass Society centennial recognition

July 3 - July 8
Berlin, Germany
Berlin Germany

Iberoamerican Year of Glass Summer 2022: Glass Science + Art Webinar Series

July 5 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT
Virtual

Welcome!  Our CaliBaja Webinars are back for Summer 2022! We have scheduled a series of talks for students, researchers, and the general public, as part of a collaboration between the UC San Diego CaliBaja Center for Resilient Materials and Systems, the University of Nevada–Reno, and FUNCDEVI. The webinars have no cost for participation. Some sessions…

Iberoamerican Year of Glass Summer 2022: Glass Science + Art Webinar Series

July 12 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT
Virtual

Welcome!  Our CaliBaja Webinars are back for Summer 2022! We have scheduled a series of talks for students, researchers, and the general public, as part of a collaboration between the UC San Diego CaliBaja Center for Resilient Materials and Systems, the University of Nevada–Reno, and FUNCDEVI. The webinars have no cost for participation. Some sessions…

AGG Annual Summer Conference @ Corning Museum of Glass

July 14 @ 8:00 am - July 17 @ 12:00 pm EDT
Corning Museum of Glass
Corning, NY United States

The AGG will host their Annual Summer Conference and IYoG 2022 celebration at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning NY. CMoG is the worlds largest space dedicated to the display of contemporary art and design in glass. Hosting a conference at Corning offers a unique opportunity to bring together glass luminaries from art, industry,…

Iberoamerican Year of Glass Summer 2022: Glass Science + Art Webinar Series

July 19 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT
Virtual

Welcome!  Our CaliBaja Webinars are back for Summer 2022! We have scheduled a series of talks for students, researchers, and the general public, as part of a collaboration between the UC San Diego CaliBaja Center for Resilient Materials and Systems, the University of Nevada–Reno, and FUNCDEVI. The webinars have no cost for participation. Some sessions…

Iberoamerican Year of Glass Summer 2022: Glass Science + Art Webinar Series

July 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT
Virtual

Welcome!  Our CaliBaja Webinars are back for Summer 2022! We have scheduled a series of talks for students, researchers, and the general public, as part of a collaboration between the UC San Diego CaliBaja Center for Resilient Materials and Systems, the University of Nevada–Reno, and FUNCDEVI. The webinars have no cost for participation. Some sessions…

Iberoamerican Year of Glass Summer 2022: Glass Science + Art Webinar Series

August 2 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT
Virtual

Welcome!  Our CaliBaja Webinars are back for Summer 2022! We have scheduled a series of talks for students, researchers, and the general public, as part of a collaboration between the UC San Diego CaliBaja Center for Resilient Materials and Systems, the University of Nevada–Reno, and FUNCDEVI. The webinars have no cost for participation. Some sessions…

Iberoamerican Year of Glass Summer 2022: Glass Science + Art Webinar Series

August 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT
Virtual

Welcome!  Our CaliBaja Webinars are back for Summer 2022! We have scheduled a series of talks for students, researchers, and the general public, as part of a collaboration between the UC San Diego CaliBaja Center for Resilient Materials and Systems, the University of Nevada–Reno, and FUNCDEVI. The webinars have no cost for participation. Some sessions…

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