Reinhard Conradt is elected ICG President
The Council of the International Commission on Glass (ICG) has elected Reinhard Conradt, former Professor and Chair of Glass and Ceramic Composites of RWTH Aachen University, as the new president of the ICG for the period 2021-2024 during its hybrid meeting on 2nd December in Frankfurt, Germany.
The ICG is an international association of scientists and technologists, research centres, universities and companies, whose main objective is to promote understanding and stimulate cooperation in the field of glass science and technology, as well as glass history and art.
Founded in 1933, its activity focuses on various topics, including education, the promotion of glass to young people and a structure of 24 Technical Committees, which bring together more than 600 experts.
After his PhD at Aachen University, Reinhard Conradt became involved with the topic of glass for the first time, performing industry related research at Fraunhofer Institute of Silicate Science, Würzburg, Germany, for six years.
Then, he served for ten years as lecturer and industry consultant in Thailand. From 1997 to 2016, he was full professor at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. From 2015 to 2020, he served as president of the DGG.
Prof. Conradt’s relationship with the ICG goes back to the XIII ICG Congress 1983 in Hamburg.
He has been a member of Technical Committee 23 (TC23) Education for more than 20 years and serving within the core team of ICG Montpellier Summer School, ICG Wuhan Winter School, and ICG Kolkata Glass Tutorial.
He was part of the core team of TC18 (Properties of Glass Forming Melts) for several years.
The new President of ICG said “Taking over the presidency from Prof. Alicia Duran with her outstanding achievements, especially with respect to establishing the UN International Year of Glass 2022, means manoeuvring within the wake of a big ship. One important task will consist in facilitating and consolidating the organizational transition of ICG, especially the expansion from an association of national participating organizations to a society with individual membership.The promotion of educational activities as well as a constant support for the initiative of Young Scientists and Technologists will remain a major focus. Special attention will be paid to the reinforcement and promotion of the activities of the Technical Committees, understood as the backbone of the ICG. Here, a joint effort of TCs directed towards the challenges of the climate issue shall be implemented. ICG offers an ideal structure and a very wide basis to deal with these challenges, in specific, with the many precompetitive topics related to this issue.”
Image: New ICG President Reinhard Conradt with past-President Alicia Duran (right)