2022 United Nations International Year of Glass: Welcome to the Glass Age

Event organised by Apice

Conversations on Glass is streaming on the YouTube Channel of The Venice Glass Week.

Moderator: Vanessa Cutler, Academic and glass artist

Alicia Duran, Chair, UN International Year of Glass 2022, Research Professor SCIS, President of ICG, Istituto de Ceramic y Vidrio
Dino Zandonella Necca, President, GIMAV & VITRUM
Fabrizio Cattaneo, CEO, VITRUM
John M Parker, Emeritus Professor of Glass Science and Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Sheffield
Teresa Medici, Chair, GLASS - ICOM International Committee of Museums and Collections of Glass

The Conference is in English.
Professor Vanessa Cutler is a glass artist, educator, advisor and curator specialising in using abrasive water-jet and digital technology in her glasswork. Her work has been exhibited internationally and in this UN International Year of Glass her work has been selected for TG Transitions in kiln-formed glass, the Coburg Glass Prize and was the inaugural solo artist show “Journeys and Horizons” for newly opened Stourbridge Glass Museum. She works very closely with industry to sustain her research interests and has helped numerous artists apply technology to their practices. Her book “New Technologies in Glass” Bloomsbury 2012 is the textbook for those wishing to add technology to their creative toolkit. 2022 also saw her gain through the Worshipful Company of Glass sellers her Freedom of the City of London.

Dr. Alicia Durán obtained a degree in Physics from the National University of Córdoba in Argentina and a PhD in Physical Sciences from the UAM, developing her professional career at the Institute of Ceramics and Glass of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC). Research Professor of CSIC and the responsible of the GlaSS group (http://glass.icv.csic.es), with more than 250 publications in WOK, she was President of the International Commission on Glass (ICG) in the period 2018-2021. She received the Phoenix Award from the international glass industry, being named Glass Person of the Year 2019 and was recently bestowed with the Otto-Schott Award 2022. She is the chair of the International Year of Glass 2022, approved by the GA of United Nations on May 18th 2021.

Teresa Medici received a Ph.D. in Archaeology. After a career in Italy as a contract archaeologist and as a civil servant, in 2002 she moved to Portugal. Joining the Research Unit VICARTE, Lisbon, she conducted original investigation on archaeological glass in Europe, with a special focus on the Iberian Peninsula. From 2015 Teresa is back in Italy, working at the accreditation scheme for museums of the Regional Government of Lombardy. She serves as the Chair of ICOM Glass IC, as a board member of the Italian Committee of the AIHV - Association Internationale pour l'Histoire du Verre, and as the Chair of the IYOG 2022 Museums, Art, Archaeology and History Group. Currently her main interests are provenance studies of medieval and early modern glass found in Portugal and glass as heritage.

Emeritus Professor Parker spent 8 years at Cambridge before moving to the Materials Science and Engineering department at Sheffield. His interests ranged from optical fibres, dental cements, defects in glass making, to optical absorption and glass structure. Although formally retired he still teaches and is Curator of the Turner Museum of Glass. He is involved in the Society of Glass Technology and is an honorary member of the Deutsches Glastechnische Gesellshaft. For 21 years he was secretary of the Coordinating Technical Committee of the International Commission on Glass, receiving both the ICG Turner Award and the ICG President’s Award. He still assists with their Winter (China) and Summer (France) Schools. He helps administer the UN International Year of Glass 2022. He has published over 200 books, technical articles and reviews and enjoys writing on the History of Glassmaking.

Dino Zandonella Necca attended the University of Padua, UCLA and the Italian Naval Academy, where he focused on mechanics, naval engineering and management. He was Project Manager at FIAT AUTO as well as R&D manager for Body and Trim within the FIAT Group. He is currently responsible for the Glass, Stone and Mechanics departments within the Surfaces Technological Abrasives Group of companies, in particular: President of ADI Srl, President of RBM Srl and CEO of Vincent Srl. He is President of VITRUM as well as being President of GIMAV. He continues to write on technical matters both internationally and domestically.

Fabrizio Cattaneo graduated in Economics and Commerce from the Università Cattolica di Milano with full marks. He has many years of experience in CONFINDUSTRIA where he has held managerial roles in the main associations of the capital goods sector (UCIMU machine tools, UCIMA packaging and packaging, ASSIOT power transmission). He took an active part in the establishment of FEDERTEC - the association born from the merger of ASSIOT and ASSOFLUID which represents the entire chain of technologies and skills for the automation and control of industrial processes and products. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of VITRUM Srl and Director of GIMAV.

Event Timings

Wednesday 21 September From 11:30 am to 12:30 pm