26th International Congress on Glass (ICG) Opening Ceremony took place on the 4 July, at the Marriot Hotel in Berlin, Germany.

During the ceremony, Joachim Deubener, ICG 2022 Congress President, revealed that the conference had received 850 participants from 33 countries.

From the 3-8 July, there will be 460 presentations, 130 posters and 11 exhibitors.

The event also celebrates 100 Years of the German Society of Glass Technology (DGG) as well as the International Year of Glass (IYOG).

Mr Deubener thanked everyone for their attendance despite the terrible situation in Ukraine as well as Covid restrictions.

He added that he appreciated the strong commitment from the industry in spite of the rapid change in energy sources, such as the transition to renewable fuels.

The Opening Ceremony was followed by the Otto Schott Awards, presented by Dr Matthias Muller, Executive Vice President of R&D at Schott AG.

The Otto Schott Research Award promotes innovation and achievements in glass science. This year, the awardees were nominated by the Board of Trustees of the Ernst Abbe Fund.

The winners were Prof Alicia Durán (bottom right), research professor at Instituto de Cermaic y Vidrio, former ICG president and IYOG Chair, and Prof Daniel Neuville (left), research professor at Institut de physique du globe de Paris Université.

It was felt that both winners not only supported the primary objective of celebrating innovative glass, but also sustained contributions to fields beyond their own careers.

Prof Durán was also presented with the ICG President’s award by current President Reinhard Conradt.

Mr Conradt commended Prof Durán for her intense dedication to ICG, outstanding lifetime contribution to science and technology, inspiring others and her role in IYOG.