Glass Reflections
Glass in the Year of Light
7th to 9th September 2015

University of Cambridge
Murray Edwards College

article posted 30 Sep 2014
The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, 2015 (IYL 2015) is a United Nations observance that aims to raise awareness of the achievements of light science and its applications, and of its importance to humankind. To see the IYL2015 Fact Sheet please click  here. 

For further information about the International Year of Light please visit the IYL website at


Conference Scope and
Call for Posters

article posted 10 Mar 2015
We invite all who are engaging with glass (whatever the perspective or point of view of that engagement might be) to join us in our reflections upon it.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is now passed, and we have a rich programme of oral presentations for all three days of the conference, covering a wide range of topics and featuring speakers from many different countries. A truly international event! Now we would like to invite authors to submit material for presentation as posters.

Posters on all facets of glass studies will be welcomed - scientific or artistic, historical or industrial, analytical or creative, educational or technological. Glass might be the object of study, or glass might be an essential part of the method used to study something else. Either way, glass and its interaction with light will inevitably provide a linking thread, contributing to our further enlightenment.

For more details about submission of material for poster presentation, please click  here. 

An invitation to you
from SGT President
Professor Russell Hand

Professor Russell J Hand
Come to the Society of Glass Technology Annual Conference in Cambridge 2015 where we will celebrate the fundamental interactions of glass with light – from novel glass telecommunication fibres and technologies through windows and artistic applications to the use of high intensity light to probe the very structure of glass. The Society of Glass Technology has been a shining beacon in the study of glass for 99 years – this conference will be your opportunity to meet with a unique community of people all focussed on understanding and producing that most important of materials in our modern life – glass. We look forward to welcoming you in Cambridge.

Conference structure
The excellent facilities of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, do lend themselves to a conference running as two synchronised parallel sessions. Research in Glass Science and in its application to the production and application of glass in the modern world forms one of the conference streams. The other stream will focus on the History and Heritage aspects of this material which has captured our imagination, spanning science and art, archaeology and conservation, museology and the importance of raising the public profile of historic glass artefacts.

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Invited Guest Speakers
article posted 4 Feb 2015
There will be a number of invited presentations by eminent researchers across the spectrum of light related topics. These encompass changing the appearance of glass with visible and UV light, determining the atomic structure of glasses with X-rays, molecular structure as inspiration for glass art, and so on.
Confirmed guest speakers include:

 Professor Alexis Clare 
Alfred University
GlassArtEngineering; Unique Points of View Working Together

 Professor Stephen Elliott 
University of Cambridge
Optical- and electrical-induced changes in chalcogenide glasses

 Professor Animesh Jha 
University of Leeds
Interaction of near-IR pulsed Lasers with Biomineral Gels for Enamel Restoration

 Professor Jonathan Knight 
University of Bath
Hollow-core Microstructured Optical Fibres: reflections on tiny bits of glass

 H Tom Küpper 
Lincoln Cathedral
'Preparing a Poultice' - Stained Glass Conservation

 Professor John Parker 
University of Sheffield
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall ...

 Dr Matt Tucker 
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
XPDF and a step towards complex modelling

 Cate Watkinson 
University of Sunderland
From stained glass to solar; designing public artwork with glass and light

In addition, Glass Reflections will be hosting the Mellor Memorial Lecture on behalf of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. The guest speaker is:

 Professor Bob Newport 
Glass: Out of History and Art and into Tissue Regeneration.

We would like most cordially to invite you to submit an abstract: there are to be a number of sessions and we welcome abstracts from all fields of glass studies.