One of the first industrial initiatives of the Republican Government was to establish of the glass industry. Having been established in 1925 with a view to meeting the requirement for basic glassware on national level, Şişecam has expanded its field of interest and influence since then and succeeded in becoming a global corporation in addition to being the leader of national glass industry. In that regard, Şişecam initiated Corporate Research and Development Activities in 1976 due to its firm conviction as to the necessity of producing information and technology rather than just using them.
Şişecam organized its first symposium in 1985 simultaneously with the annual meeting of International Commissions on Glass (ICG) in order to announce the 50th anniversary of the corporation to the world based on the principle that "information grows when shared" and it has continued to undertake such information and skills sharing activities in a resolute and respectable manner for 34 years.
A review into the 34-year history of glass symposiums reveals that it has not only ensured sharing development activities which might be regarded as communication of technical information but also turned out to be a meeting platform for all the administrative and technical staff of a technology-focused company.
It has turned into a platform where R&D vision of glass world is shared with national and international experts since 2010, 75th anniversary of the corporation. 28th Symposium was further enriched in terms of sharing and synergy since Universities were also invited to participate as audience in addition to inviting a number of invaluable lecturers.
Şişecam Glass Symposiums that has been growing steadily and strongly for 34 years has hosted joint meetings with the International Commission on Glass (ICG) three times in this process. The 11th Symposium was organized in cooperation with International Commission on Glass (ICG), a directing and regulating body for glass world, in 1996. The symposium turned out to be highly popular among stakeholders owing to the fact that Şişecam played an increasingly active role in the organization to which it became a member in 1981. The last of these was held at the Haliç Congress Center in 2017 with 417 participants in 5 parallel sessions for three days and 171 presentations in 3 panels.
The 33rd Şişecam Glass Symposium was welcomed 525 participants from 28 university and research institutions along with 49 participants form other institutions together with Şişecam personnel, in 6 parallel sessions with 78 presentations.
In 2019, Şişecam Glass Symposiums had the pleasure of hosting “Şişecam International Glass Conference combined with the 34th Şişecam Glass Symposium” with 500 participants from 26 countries in Istanbul.
In 2020, 35th Şişecam Glass Symposium was transformed into an online event and it reached to 758 participants from 39 countries on 5 continents.
We are pleased to welcome you to the “36th Şişecam Glass Symposium”, which shall bring together academics and experts working or having a special interest in glass, on November 12, 2021 as a fully virtual event for this year.
Reha Akçakaya, PhD.
Chief R&D and Quality Officer