Over 500 researchers and industry professionals from 26 different countries attended the first Sisecam International Glass Conference held in Istanbul, Turkey in November.

The Conference was combined with the 34th Şişecam Glass Symposium, which had the main theme of “Glass in the Sustainable Future: Achieving What is Possible”.

The conference consisted of 10 thematic parallel sessions, 111 oral presentations, and 12 poster presentations, which attracted researchers and industry professionals from all around the world.

Professor Şener Oktik, Chairman of the conference, opened proceedings.

The symposium has been growing steadily and strongly for the last 33 years, hosting the three joint meetings with the International Commission on Glass (ICG).

The first joint of ICG Annual Meeting with Şişecam Glass Symposium was in 1985, which was the 50th anniversary of the Şişecam Group.

The second was in 1996 and third one was in conjunction with the 32nd Şişecam Glass Symposium in 2017.

Following these developments, the Şişecam Group decided to establish a sustainable platform by organising the “Istanbul International Glass Conference” every two years following the first one in 2019.”