International Year of Glass

A United Nations International Year celebrating the heritage and importance of glass.

Celebrating the world of glass

On May 18, 2021, the United Nations General Assembly formally approved a resolution declaring the year 2022 as the International Year of Glass to celebrate the heritage and importance of this material in our lives.

On this page, learn the history of the IYOG initiative and explore the activities that are planned for 2022 in the United States and Canada.

National Day of Glass Conference

To celebrate IYOG 2022, The North American International Year of Glass Steering Committee is hosting an event on April 5–7, 2022, at The Madison Washington DC, a Hilton Hotel.

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North American Steering Committee

The North American Steering Committee for IYOG was established to coordinate activities in the U.S. and Canada with members from all the key constituencies associated with glass. Contact the committee at

International Year of Glass 2022 Announcement

Since 1959, the General Assembly of the United Nations has designated specific years as United Nations International Years to acknowledge fields of international endeavor and the importance of their contributions to global society.

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The concept for the International Year of Glass was first introduced
at the 2018 Fall Annual Meeting of the International Commission on Glass in Yokohama, Japan.

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The ACerS journal editors selected articles that have played historically critical roles in advancing glass science and technology and are setting future directions for the field.

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International Year of Glass

Calendar of Events

A list of events taking place in 2022 in the United States and Canada to celebrate the International Year of Glass.

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NGA Glass Conference: Long Beach

January 24 @ 1:00 pm - January 26 @ 4:00 pm EST
Renaissance Long Beach – Long Beach, CA

The brightest technical minds behind the North American glass and glazing industry gather twice per year at the NGA Glass Conference. It is an opportunity for NGA’s Committees to meet and discuss trends, issues and resource development related to flat glass manufacturing, fabrication processes, sustainability and performance matters, and more.

IYOG Inaugural Conference

February 10 - February 11
Palace of Nations
Geneva Switzerland

National Day of Glass

April 5 - April 7
Washington, D.C.
Washington, DC United States

The North American International Year of Glass Steering Committee is hosting the National Day of Glass event, April 5-7, 2022 at The Madison Washington, DC, a Hilton Hotel. The event will feature technical programming and talks from some of the largest companies and biggest minds in the North American glass industry, art community, government agencies,…

GlassArt 22

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - May 1 @ 4:00 pm EDT
The Galleria
15 Innovation Boulevard
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 2X8

For over 30 years, members of the Saskatoon Glassworkers Guild have showcased many glass creations, including stained glass, fused glass, and blown glass at this free annual event. A wide variety of styles is presented by Guild members. As well, demonstrations on various aspects of glass work such as cutting, assembly and design are presented.…

2022 Glass and Optical Materials Division Annual Meeting (GOMD 2022)

May 22 @ 8:00 am - May 26 @ 5:00 pm EDT
Hyatt Regency Baltimore
300 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202 United States

    Abstract Deadline: January 7, 2022. SUBMIT ABSTRACT Join the Glass & Optical Materials Division (GOMD) for its annual meeting May 22-26, 2022, in Baltimore, Md. The 2022 GOMD meeting is special because 2022 has been declared the “International Year of Glass” by the United Nations. We will have a number of special events…

SGAA 111th Annual Summer Conference

June 26 @ 8:00 am - June 29 @ 5:00 pm EDT
Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel
444 N. Summit St.
Toledo, 43604 United States

Toledo is known as “The Glass City” and offers a unique opportunity to combine art, industry, research, and science to build forward momentum for North American stained glass. The city is home to Owens-Corning, the Libbey Glass Company, and Pilkington North America and is also home to the world-renowned Toledo Museum of Art which includes…

International Congress on Glass and German Glass Society centennial recognition

July 3 - July 8
Berlin, Germany
Berlin Germany

Interdisciplinary Conference/Workshop and Celebration

July 13 - July 17
Alfred, New York
Alfred, NY United States

American Glass Guild Annual Conference

July 14 - July 17
Corning Museum of Glass
Corning, NY United States

AGG Annual Summer Conference @ Corning Museum of Glass

July 14 @ 8:00 am - July 17 @ 12:00 pm EDT
Corning Museum of Glass
Corning, NY United States

The AGG will host their Annual Summer Conference and IYoG 2022 celebration at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning NY. CMoG is the worlds largest space dedicated to the display of contemporary art and design in glass. Hosting a conference at Corning offers a unique opportunity to bring together glass luminaries from art, industry,…

RBC Award for Glass 2022 Prix du verre RBC

September 24, 2022 - January 8, 2023
The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery
25 Caroline Street North
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 2Y5 Canada

The RBC Award for Glass 2022 Prix du verre RBC is a national award for emerging glass artists. Thanks to the ongoing partnership between RBC and the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, this award is presented annually to a practising emerging glass artist who works professionally and is in the early stages of their career.…

ACerS 124th Annual Meeting with Materials Science & Technology 2022

October 9 @ 8:00 am - October 13 @ 5:00 pm EDT
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh, PA United States
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