Innovations in Glass and
Glass Technologies:
Contributions to a Sustainable Society
ICG Annual Meeting 2018
59th Meeting on the Glass and Photonic Materials
14th Symposium of the Glass Industry Conference of Japan
Yokohama, Japan
September 23-26, 2018


January 4, 2018
Abstract Submission, open
November 21, 2017
Topics and Keywords, Registration, Committee, Exhibition, Sponsors/Donation, update
October 17, 2017
Topics and Keywords, update
September 13, 2017
Tour information, update
April 24, 2017
Website, renewal
April 1, 2016
ICG Annual Meeting 2018 website, open

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline:
March 1, 2018
Notification of abstract acceptance:
May 1, 2018
Early bird registration:
From May 1 to July 2, 2018


It is our great pleasure to announce that the 2018 annual meeting of the International Commission on Glass (ICG) will be held in Yokohama, Japan, from September 23 to 26, 2018. ICG 2018 is organized by the Ceramics Society of Japan (CerSJ), and we have started preparing the meeting to welcome many glass researchers, engineers and related professionals from all over the world. ICG 2018 presents as its main issue “Innovations in Glass and Glass Technologies: Contributions to a Sustainable Society,” which is of great importance in the field of glass science and technology to protect the global environment. ICG 2018 is also managed in strong collaboration with the Glass Industry Conference of Japan (GIC).

The 59th meeting on glass and photonic materials, which is an annual meeting with a long history held by the glass division of the Ceramics Society of Japan (CerSJ), and the 14th symposium of the Glass Industry Conference of Japan (GIC) will be jointly hosted.

CerSJ and ICG proudly invite you to Yokohama, which is the most famous city for exchanges between Japan and the world in culture, people, information, and goods. ICG 2018 Yokohama will provide the attendees with great opportunities to share ideas on glass science and technology.

Paper submissions are welcome on the topics given below, and students are especially encouraged to attend.

Yours sincerely,

Mr.Hiroyuki Inoue
Prof. Hiroyuki Inoue
Chairman, Glass Division of The Ceramic Society of Japan (CerSJ)

Mr.Manoj Choudhary
Prof. Manoj Choudhary

President, International Commission on Glass (ICG)


The main issue of ICG 2018 is

“Innovations in Glass and Glass Technologies: Contributions to a Sustainable Society”

ICG 2018 has three specific themes related to this main issue:

“Innovative Glass Materials and Products for Intelligent Living”

A variety of innovative glass and related materials have drastically changed our lifestyle through the use of light tubes, optical fibers, information displays, photovoltaic cells, and other innovations. To ensure sustainability and safety, further development of new, functional, and intelligent materials is essential. Through these developments, we will be able to access information more easily and utilize energy more efficiently. This theme focuses on the experimental and theoretical findings on new glasses and their varying functionalities including illumination, communication, energy storage and conversion, and biosensing. Reviews of the current status of innovations in glass materials belong to this category.

“Innovative Processes and Technologies for Environments and Energy Saving”

Over the last few decades, the implementation of innovative technologies (e.g., alternative heat sources, waste-heat recovery, and optimized furnace design enabled by process simulation) have helped to decrease overall energy consumption during the glass melting process. This has had a clear positive impact on the environment through reduced greenhouse gas emissions. However, the growing worldwide demand for glass products means that it is crucial to develop more sustainable glass manufacturing processes with minimal energy consumption. Therefore, in the 2018 ICG Annual Meeting, intensive sessions have been organized to focus on alternative glass-melting processes and technologies.

“Innovative Glasses and Processes for Radioactive Waste Management”

Radioactive waste treatment is a major issue in modern society. To remove this hazard from our environment, vitrification using glass is a crucial technology. A comprehensive research approach incorporating all facets of glass science and technology is vital to ensuring reliable encapsulation of radioactive waste in glass for geological periods of time. This session focuses on advanced science and technology in glass melting and evaluation of long-term glass durability for waste vitrification, including waste treatment of materials from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. A global exchange of knowledge on glass materials and processing for waste management is necessary for the safety of future generations.

Official language of the meetings and of related correspondence is English.