The organizers have received a record number of abstracts totaling 180 and up some 30 per cent from the previous conference.In total the number of abstracts and workshops including the special high-rise seminar reaches 220-230. The high-rise event will be arranged in conjunction with the Aalto University in Helsinki. Future trends, R & D focus, new product innovations and applications such as smart glass and thin glass applications are at the focus of attention. The concepts of Smart Buildings and Smart Cities invite exciting new contributions and visions from glass developers and providers.
The Final Program will be put together and ready for publication by early March 2019. Abstracts approved by the Program Committee will be posted on the GPD web page www.gpd.fi within the next few weeks.
Spectacular new format continues
The 18th GPD Conference will continue in its world-leading practices and spectacular new format. The successful concept of 2017 brought sessions together in one arena with audiovisual points of focus and “no-closed-doors” policies. This format was highly appreciated by participants and will continue. Easy transfer between sessions, one venue and a compact program support an entirely new type of togetherness and involvement. As Conference Chairman Jorma Vitkala puts it:
- The engaging format received very favorable feedback in 2017. It prevents normal conference or exhibition practices of taking time off for side activities. Such deviations would be time badly spent at a summit like this anyway. After all, this is the leading conference in its field and it runs an intense but effective program saving on executive time and travel expenses, Vitkala says. It is a hub and a melting point for the global glass industry that anyone who is anybody in the business just cannot afford to miss.
With the benefit of experience from 17 past GPD Conferences Chairman Jorma Vitkala offers participants some special pointers:
- Early registration opens opportunities for first class accommodation and savings in travelling expenses at this summit for the world´s foremost glass experts. Much of the Conference benefit is derived in personal contacts and interaction between formal sessions. Creating the right prerequisites for this may be the best the Conference can provide. We have seen that our high level decision makers really want to make the best out of this unique opportunity to meet their peers and we urge you to do the same. Perhaps the finest contribution of the GPD is its dedication to information sharing within the industry and through the professional media. Speeches, reports and papers are freely available and thus accessible for all who have an interest in promoting the global glass industry.