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

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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National Day of Glass ARCHIVE

April 5, 2022 - April 7, 2022
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…

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

May 22, 2022 @ 8:00 am - May 26, 2022 @ 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…

ACerS 124th Annual Meeting with Materials Science & Technology 2022 ARCHIVE

October 9, 2022 @ 8:00 am - October 12, 2022 @ 5:00 pm EDT
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh, PA United States

ACerS annual meeting will take place at MS&T22 in Pittsburgh, PA, USA, October 9-12. New and exciting changes are coming to MS&T22. The Materials Science and Technology (MS&T) Partnership and…

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ACerS resources on glass

Learn more about glass through several of ACerS resources!

International Journal of Applied Glass Science

The International Journal of Applied Glass Science (IJAGS) endeavors to be an indispensable source of information dealing with the application of glass science and engineering across the entire materials spectrum.

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ACerS-Wiley books

ACerS and Wiley co-publish books and proceedings that will assist you with research & development, ceramic and glass processing, and educational advancement in materials science.

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