6th International Conference on Glass Science in Art and Conservation 2020

7-9 September 2020

6th International Conference on
Glass Science in Art and Conservation 2020
7th-9th September
Incorporation of Society of Glass Technology History and Heritage Session
History and Scope

GLASSAC is an international meeting that involves the chemical, physical and biological sciences with art, archaeology and history of glass artefacts.

A successful conference was organised in Portugal in 1999 under the title "Glass, Art and Science". As noted by the participants at the time, the conference demonstrated a need for the international glass community to share knowledge and insight across the barriers which all too easily separate science and technology from art, conservation and design.

In 2005 the first “Glass Science in Art and Conservation” congress took place in Lisbon, aiming to create a focus on the applications of glass science in two areas: art and conservation.
The second “Glass Science in Art and Conservation”, congress took place in Valencia (Spain) in 2008. The congress explored a wide spectrum of issues in this field, examined significant developments in the science of glass that could show the art and conservation communities about innovative possibilities, and provided an opportunity to discuss practical problems and the ethical dilemmas of intervention facing conservators.

In cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research in Wuerzburg and the Bronnbach Monastery, the International Convention Centre for Cultural Heritage Preservation IZKK, the third GLASSAC-Conference was held in the Bronnbach Monastery near Wuerzburg, Germany, in 2011. The central theme was: "Innovative technologies in glass art, design and conservation from the 19th to the 21st century - the role of the sciences", and again it represented an international forum, where glass experts exchanged their latest trends, state-of-the-art experiences, and solutions for certain problems.

In 2014, GLASSAC and SGT conferences joined their forces in Durham and York, England. This conference, like previous conferences in the GLASSAC series, was dedicated to breaking down barriers, building bridges, and allowing us to share our glassy passions with experts from other strands. Professionals met one another in mutual respect and talked to one another in plain language, so that together all could learn.
For the conference of 2014, David Martlew wrote:
"The glass community world wide embraces many diverse strands of glass expertise. This conference in September 2014 is designed to weave together those diverse strands to create a web of knowledge and experience which transcends barriers and divisions.
We are so different. Scientists and Art Historians, creative Artists and inspired Designers, Archaeologists and gritty Industrialists, Engineers and Conservators of historic glass artefacts - the list is seemingly endless. But we are united by our obsessive fascination with glass.
Sadly our community is blighted by the legendary Curse of Babel. Each strand of glass expertise develops its own jargon, method of speaking, circle of knowledge. Unconsciously we form inward-facing groups. It’s hard to cross over these artificial barriers and share our enthusiasms and perplexities with colleagues from other strands. All too often, we don’t understand one another. Our creativity and our achievements are thereby diminished.
This conference, like previous conferences in the GLASSAC series, is dedicated to breaking down barriers, building bridges, and allowing us to share our glassy passions with experts from other strands. For once, let’s meet one another in mutual respect and talk to one another in plain language, so that together we may learn.
So the scope of GLASSAC14 embraces all strands of glass knowledge, celebrating those occasions when one area of glass expertise has collaborated with and been of help to another different area. And we invite Authors to contribute posters and exhibitions from the growing points of their particular strand of glass passion. Don’t wait for your endeavours to become stale and old - bring work-in-progress as well as finished achievements, experiences which raise questions as well as those which provide answers."

In 2017 GLASSAC returned to Lisbon were once again glass was approached from different angles in different areas: Technical art history, Glass in architecture, Art, Archaeology and Archaeometry. There was also a special meeting dedicated to Post Roman Glass in the Iberian Peninsula.

In 2020, the 6th International Conference on Glass Science in Art and Conservation – GLASSAC – will take place in Cambridge in a joint venture with the SGT annual conference and awaits to become another successful experience, and to bring together works-in-progress as well as finished achievements, experiences which raise questions as well as those which provide answers, to the reward of all the glass community in Science, Art and Conservation fields. As in previous years, we could not neglect the rich and varied history of glass and the heritage of historic glass artefacts which generate such insight into the life and work of our forebears. Therefore we hope to create a meeting of minds concerning the study of glass materials not only in the art field, but also for technological applications, and concerning the heritage we enjoy – its appreciation, conservation, understanding and presentation to today’s audience.

The scope of GLASSAC 2020 embraces all strands of glass knowledge, and invites authors to submit their contributions to a wide range of fields of interest around glass.

email to: glassac@campus.fct.unl.pt

Abstract Submission
We invite authors to submit their contributions to a wide range of fields of interest around glass until 15th of May. The topics will include but are not restricted to:

• Archaeology/Archaeometry
• Art
• Glass in Architecture
• Conservation
• Technical Art History
• History

Artists will have the opportunity to exhibit their glass artworks at GLASSAC 2020.

Submission of artwork's information will be also be accepted until 15th of May
For submitting your artwork to be exhibited at GLASSAC 2020, you will need to send us pictures and a description to glassac@campus.fct.unl.pt