GPD issues Call for 2019 Special Award in public Candidate Nomination

Date: 29 January 2019
GPD issues Call for 2019 Special Award in public Candidate Nomination
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The next Glass Performance Conference in June 2019 will announce the recipient of the second Jorma Vitkala Award of Merit (JVAM) at its Opening Ceremony.

For this purpose, the international Nomination Committee has established a nomination path that starts in January 2019, results in a screening of candidates by March 17, 2019 and ends with the Award Ceremony on June 26 th , 2019. The JVAM prize was established at GPDs 25 th Anniversary Conference in 2017 and will now be awarded for the second time.

This special Award was introduced to honor and reward individuals who have made outstanding personal contributions to the progress and development of the international glass industry over the years. Such contributions may represent e.g. product /process development, new innovations, systems, construction, design, architecture, ambitious research initiatives and advanced learning. The Prize offers an opportunity to extend both recognition and visibility for achievements that enjoy broad-based appreciation within the industry.


Open and transparent nomination

The candidates nominated for the Award through an Open Call ( ) will be screened by the Nomination Committee by the end of the First Quarter 2019. A listing of top candidates will follow and be made subject to a public vote in the Second Quarter 2019. The recipient of the Award will be published at GPD in June 2019.

- While the highlighting and personification of the Award is a very concrete and effective publicity step we wish to underline that it is for the common good and progress of the glass industry that the Award is instituted, says Jean-Paul Hautekeer of Dow Europe, Chairman of the Nomination Committee.

Continued innovative progress and bold new solutions will keep the applications of glass at the forefront for designers, industries and research institutions and provide us with effective competitiveness in the choices of materials and solutions for building, automotive and interior decorating. The Award is our special tribute to leading contributors to the development of the glass industry.

For additional information about the Award and the selection process, please contact the coordinator of the nomination procedure Jorma Vitkala at , mobile +358 40 553 2042.

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Jean-Paul Hautekeer
Nomination Committee Chairman
Jorma Vitkala
GPD 2019 Organization Committee Chairman
Recipient of the 1 st JVAM Award and Coordinator of the 2019 JVAM nomination process
e-mail: , mobile +358 40 553 2042

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