united nations International year of glass 2022 opening ceremony

Celebrating the past, present and future of glass for a sustainable, equitable and better tomorrow!

A historic event for the glass industry

A 2-day opening event will take place at the Palace of Nations in Geneva and will also be streamed live online. Featuring 30 world-class speakers, talks will highlight the latest thinking on how Glass can aid the development of more just and sustainable societies alongside the most recent scientific and technical breakthroughs. A recording will be available soon after.

10 February

Welcome and presentations

11 February

Presentations and Press Conference

maximum attendance

world-class speakers Inspiring presentations from global experts

Over 2 days, these international speakers will impart their unrivalled knowledge of glass. Experts in their fields, they will delve into the past, current and future developments in glass, and point towards a better future for humankind.

Alicia Duran

Research Professor CSIC, President of ICG and Chair of the IYOG2022

Ian Freestone

Professor of Archaeological Materials and Technologies, University College London

Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk

Director of the Glasmuseum Hentrich, Museum Kunstpalast

James Carpenter

Founder, James Carpenter Design Associates

Emmanuelle Gouillart

Scientific Director, Saint Gobain Research

Kathleen A. Richardson

Professor of Optics, Materials Science and Engineering at CREOL/College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central FL

topics Discover the world of glass

International speakers and glass industry experts discuss some pertinent topics at the opening ceremony of the International Year of Glass 2022

Glass & Humankind

Glass Living

Optics & Photonic Technology

Glass reaching out

Towards a sustainable world

SDGs: The case of life science and energy

Important Information for travel

Participants attending in person will need to register at Indico.UN so that they can receive a badge granting admission to the site using this link https://indico.un.org/event/37050/

Concerning Covid-related travel restrictions, Switzerland maintains up-to-date instructions for entry at https://travelcheck.admin.ch/home

Form required before taking the flight Switzerland: Click here

sponsors Event Partners

This historic ceremony and gathering would not be possible without the support of our partners. A heartfelt thank you from the IYOG2022 community.


Diamond Sponsors

Don't miss this historic event! Watch the opening ceremony online

Due to COVID-related capacity restrictions, there are limited seats for the physical event. However, no matter where you are across the globe, you can stream the opening ceremony live online, starting 10th February 2021 at 8:30 AM (GMT+1) using the link below.