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…

FUN GLASS DAYS

May 17 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Virtual

As part of the FunGlass project we have planned a series of talks on 2 continents and 5 university sites that will cover the latest developments in photonics and applications ranging from lighting to neuroscience. Every Tuesday afternoon, you can attend these lectures in person or by videoconference for free. 5 themes are addressed and…

2022 Annual Glass Art Society Conference: Between Here and There

May 18 - May 21
Tacoma, Washington

Help us celebrate 50 years of Glass Art Society! Join us for an adventure in south Puget Sound and discover everything that Tacoma’s thriving glass community has to offer. The 2022 GAS Conference marks the 50th Anniversary of the Glass Art Society, and we’re celebrating by bringing together the international glass community in Tacoma, Washington.…

Paperweight Collectors Association (PCA) Biannual Convention

May 18 - May 21
Red Lion Hotel Appleton and Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass
165 N. Park Avenue
Neenah, WI 54956 United States

Multiple days of Glass paperweight expert talks on antique and contemporary glass paperweights, artist exhibitions, marketplace, artist demonstrations taking place at both Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center in Downtown Appleton and Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass in Neenah, Wisconsin. In-person and virtual presentations.

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

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

ACerS is pleased to announce the addition of a hybrid option for GOMD’22 to allow participation by individuals who cannot attend in-person due to travel restrictions.  We will provide a hybrid option that will incorporate recorded talks from virtual attendees into the live on-site programming.  All live sessions will be recorded  for all attendees to…

FUN GLASS DAYS

May 24 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Virtual

As part of the FunGlass project we have planned a series of talks on 2 continents and 5 university sites that will cover the latest developments in photonics and applications ranging from lighting to neuroscience. Every Tuesday afternoon, you can attend these lectures in person or by videoconference for free. 5 themes are addressed and…

FUN GLASS DAYS

May 31 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Virtual

As part of the FunGlass project we have planned a series of talks on 2 continents and 5 university sites that will cover the latest developments in photonics and applications ranging from lighting to neuroscience. Every Tuesday afternoon, you can attend these lectures in person or by videoconference for free. 5 themes are addressed and…

FUN GLASS DAYS

June 7 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Virtual

As part of the FunGlass project we have planned a series of talks on 2 continents and 5 university sites that will cover the latest developments in photonics and applications ranging from lighting to neuroscience. Every Tuesday afternoon, you can attend these lectures in person or by videoconference for free. 5 themes are addressed and…

FUN GLASS DAYS

June 14 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Virtual

As part of the FunGlass project we have planned a series of talks on 2 continents and 5 university sites that will cover the latest developments in photonics and applications ranging from lighting to neuroscience. Every Tuesday afternoon, you can attend these lectures in person or by videoconference for free. 5 themes are addressed and…

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
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