A journal has published a special issue dedicated to women in glass.

The International Journal of Applied Glass Science (IJAGS) issue has highlighted a group of outstanding women researchers developing their careers in academia, government laboratories and industry in different countries and across a wide range of topics related to glass.

The issue includes 17 original articles with 53 authors coming from 12 different countries (including the US, Europe, Japan, Korea and China) contributed to this effort.

Among the co-authors are PhD students, junior and senior researchers that give rise to a globally representative issue with 17 articles on topics that span basic science on glass structure and crystallization mechanisms, to atomic simulation of structure and properties of glasses.

These authors report on many different cutting-edge applications of glass, ranging from sealing glasses and glass-ceramics to components for batteries, phosphate glasses, fibres or biomaterials, with an emphasis on glasses for optics and photonics.

Some of the papers are individual but most are co-authored-articles written by women from different institutions and countries enabling increased networking, an essential tool to build and expand the stated goals of mainstreaming and equality.

The issue is now available online and the link allows accessing the complete Special Issue (Women in Glass special issue), with the possibility of consulting and downloading, the articles that will be free until the end of July 2020 for increased promotion.

The guest editors are: Alicia Durán, Lili Hu and Kathleen A. Richardson.

Prof Duran, President of the International Commission of Glass, said: “To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that a scientific journal in material science has dedicated a full issue to women researchers.

"We are thrilled to be the first and expect this is only the beginning of a new culture of integrating gender equality in the core of science world.

"Educating companies and institutions in managing diversity, creating an engine for innovation and creativity, is the best route to a brighter future. Gender matters.

“Women are half of the world and must become half of the glass world. We hope we have laid the first brick towards this challenging but realizable goal.”