ICG 2013 opens in Prague

The 23rd International Congress on Glass (ICG) event has opened in Prague. The opening day proceedings included the traditional awards ceremony, a plenary talk and a round table discussion.

The five day event lasts until Friday 5th July and includes 331 presentations of which 17 are invited talks and 12 are key talks in TC sessions.There are a further four presentations from student project outcomes of the ICG summer school.

ICG President Prof Peng Shou handed out four President’s awards to people who have made a lifetime’s contribution to the glass industry. He said each of the recipients had brought and enthusiasm and dedication to the global glass community. 
The four recipients were Bulgarian Ivan S Gutzow, America’s Delbert E Day, the Czech Republic’s Josef Matousek and Japan’s Sumio Sakka, a Prof Emeritus at Kyoto University.

The Otto Schott Institute’s Lothar Wondraczek became the first winner of both the Gottardi Prize and the Woldemar A Weyl International Glass Science Award in the same year for his contributions to glass science. 
Award presenter Manoj Choudhary said there had been previous winners of both awards but never in the same year.

Meanwhile there were two winners of the Turner Award, which recognises those who have made a noteworthy contribution to the ICG Technical Committees. The winners were Sisecam’s Research and Technology Director Gulcin Albayrak and Saint-Gobain Recherche’s Charles Anderson, who is Chairman of the ICG’s TC10.

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