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.
In 1999 a group based in the Universities at Lisbon organised a conference under the title Glass, Art and Science.
It was a huge success, and participants agreed that this conference highlighted a need for the international glass community to share knowledge
and insights across the barriers which all too easily separate science and technology from art, conservation and design.
Clearly the time was right for another congress of this kind. And so the concept of the GLASSAC conferences was born.
So the first conference in that series took place at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal, on 19th - 21st September 2005. As well as the lecture programme, the delegates went to the historic glassmaking centre at Marina Grande to see the museum there and to visit the centre where today's glassmakers were being trained.
The conference as a whole had a clear focus on the applications of glass science in two areas: art and conservation. The intention was to deal with a wide spectrum of issues in this field, embracing on the one hand the leading edge developments in the science of glass which can inform the art and conservation communities about what might be possible, and on the other a discussion of the practical problems facing the conservators and the ethical problems of intervention.
Sadly the GLASSAC05 website is no longer available on line, but some fragments of it are still extant and may be seen here. The home page carries links to the history of the conference, and also to a page giving some photographs of delegates.