Welcome to the 93rd Annual Meeting of the German Society of Glass Technology (DGG) taking place from 13th to 15th May, 2019, in the city of Nürnberg. Like before, this conference is a binational meeting, this time held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the French Union for Glass Science and Technology (USTV) chaired by Prof. Daniel Neuville. A reciprocal event will take place in 2020 in the city of Orléans. A special welcome goes to our French partners and to all international participants.
140 oral contributions arranged in seven topical sessions and more than 40 posters cover a wide scope of topics reaching from the fundamentals of the glassy state and amorphous materials, atomistic modeling, issues related to the glass surface, to glasses for health care, medical, biological, and optical applications, and finally to energetic and environmental issues and glass production technology. For the first time, a full program strain specifically addresses our students. It comprises, the annual students workshop “Glas?Klar! – Clear as Glass” as a vital part. Beside this, a technological workshop in German language is offered. It has been designed for the needs of industry personnel.
The Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (the cities of Erlangen and Nürnberg together constitute a large urban area) is a major site for education in science and engineering in Germany with approx. 40,000 students. It hosts a faculty of engineering comprising a department devoted to glass science and technology. It is lead by Prof. Dominique de Ligny, chair of this conference and local academic host. His department is a vital part of a Bavarian glass network comprising the Fraunhofer Institute of Silicate Science, Würzburg, as well as other universities and universities of applied science in, Nürnberg, Regensburg, Deggendorf, Coburg, Hof, the Glass School in Zwiesel, and the Center of Technology in Spiegelau. These institutions from a vital part of the so-called Glass Road extending throughout Eastern Bavaria.
Nürnberg was one of the most important cultural centers of Germany during the periods of renaissance, humanism, and the reformation, with an impressive development of craftsmanship and long-range trade. Sadly, it also played a key role during the dark period of the III. Reich. The city of Nürnberg is just within walking distance from the conference venue. It has so much to offer that it is virtually impossible to list all details. A simple stroll through the city is already most rewarding. Do not miss the rich offer of excellent local Franconian food. Many museums may be visited, among which the Railway Museum (just around the corner) is especially recommended. So there is plenty to enjoy after work.
Last not least, the organizers want to express sincere gratitude to the manifold contributors to this event, and to the numerous sponsors. Special thanks go to the symposia chairs who did their very best in composing and organizing the symposia programs.
On behalf of Deutsche Glastechnische Gesellschaft (DGG)
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Conradt Dr. Thomas Jüngling
President Managing Director