All eyes on smarter glass

Glass performance days 2019

Workshops June 25-26, 2019, Tampere, Finland

Conference and exhibition June 26-28, 2019, Tampere, Finland

Call for papers

Submission deadline January 27, 2019

Abstract Submission Deadline January 27, 2019

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Dear colleagues

It is that time again for us to introduce and share new thoughts and concepts for the glass industry. As we issue this call for papers for GPD Finland 2019, we are sharpening our focus on the challenges the industry faces today regarding the ever-changing demands on City planning, building design, energy-efficiency and environmental fit. The buzzword out there now is smart cities and our eyes will be on how of smart glass will fit in the smart city environment.

In issuing this call, it is very important to remember that, in the GPD Spirit of sharing, we have jointly promoted our industry for the good of all users of glass globally. In 2019, our aim is to also enhance the same spirit with start-up companies through the step change program

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Welcome to Tampere in June 2019,

Jorma Vitkala
Chairman of the Organizing Committee

Speaking instructions & fees

EUR 1150
+ VAT 24%
If paper submitted before January 27, 2019

There are specific rules you have to take into consideration before preparing any material you wish to present for any of the GPD conferences. Please note the following:

  • The material you are presenting is NOT a sales pitch
  • The presentation should NOT be brand focused
  • Papers MUST BE non-commercial, industrial or industrial- scientific. They should present a product type and its use in a technical manner that is intriguing to industry experts.
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Conference sessions


  • Glass and Sustainability in Buildings
  • Smart Cities, Glazing and Factories
  • Facade Engineering
  • Complex Geometry
  • Facades from Building Concept to Completion – Risks and rewards



  • Architectural Challenges & Solutions
  • Glass in Interior Design (decorative & structural)
  • Architect Forum
  • Smart Cities Forum



  • Structural Glass Applications
  • Research and Development



  • Coatings Technology and Applications
  • IGU & Window Technology
  • Product & Process Case Studies
  • Laminated Glass
  • Tempering / Pre-processing
  • Quality Management



  • Market Trends and Future Opportunities



  • Glass in Transportation
  • Thin Glass and Applications


Abstract review process

The GPD program committee consists of experts from the glass industry and the scientific community. Together, they will review all the submitted abstracts for acceptance or rejection.

  • Abstract Submission:
    • The first review will be done during November 2018. This will be for abstracts received before or by the 11th of November 2018.
    • The second review will be done in February 2019. This will be for abstracts submitted after November 11, 2018. The deadline for submitting abstracts for the 2nd review is January 27, 2019.
  • Paper submission: from January 15th up till April 30 (final deadline).
    • After each review, the accepted abstracts will be assigned to either an oral or a poster presentation. All accepted abstracts will get the optional opportunity of publishing full papers in the GPD conference proceedings book. Manuscripts for the book must be submitted by April 30, 2019

During the review process, the scientific committee will select some abstracts and invite the authors to submit their full papers for consideration in a special issue of the Glass Structures & Engineering journal. This is a double-blind peer reviewed Springer journal. For these abstracts, an extended abstract will be published in the GPD Conference book, with a special mention that the full peer-reviewed paper is published in the journal

Should your abstract be selected for the special journal, you will be required to submit your full paper within 6 weeks after abstract acceptance. The paper review typically includes one or more rounds of commenting and paper-improvements. Final publication in the special issue is subject to a timely final acceptance of the final paper. Papers that are not timely accepted will appear in a next issue of the journal.

Presenters whose abstracts are accepted for oral presentation during the conference will be required to submit their PowerPoint presentations for review by May 31, 2019

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Workshops 25–26, June 2019

Our 4 –8 -hour workshops are intensive and focus on techniques and skills in a particular field (e.g. preprocessing, IGU, tempering, solar glass, structural glass facades, etc). The main purpose is communication and exchange of information among moderately small groups e.g. the number of participants for practical workshops will be limited from 5–15 persons and 20–50 persons for theoretical workshops.

Organizers of workshops have the freedom of choosing a topic, based on the conference overall theme, and can decide on how they would like to run the workshop. They also have the right to handpick attendees from the list of those registered for their workshop.

Workshop Proposal submission

If you are interested in organizing a workshop, please send us a proposal. This proposal should summarize the content of your workshop in 150 to 200 words. Once we receive your proposal, it will be reviewed by the GPD program committee and after that, you will be notified if it is accepted or not.

For more information about workshops, please go to our workshop guidelines

Please note that GPD does not charge any fees for organizing workshops.

To fill in and submit a workshop proposal form, please go to GPD 2019 workshops submission form.

Submission form

Conference Exhibition and step-change

The GPD Finland conference and workshops are for educational purposes, whereas the GPD Exhibition is designed to cater for the commercial needs of our guests. Our strategically setup exhibition aims at increasing your business prospects with the conference participants from all over the world.

As an exhibitor you will be able to:

  • Network and foster partnerships with like-minded professionals
  • Promote directly your company and products to a targeted audience of high level decisionmakers.
  • Enhance your organization’s profile
  • Establish new contacts and lay foundations for future business

Booths available starting from 9m2 and above. To ensure the best positions for your booth, go to: https://ssl.tapahtumakone.fi/gpd2019

Or contact:

Mr. Sami Siurola
+358 40 734 3589

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Work, games and fun

The new venue concept will play a key role in making the event more interactive, participatory and fun in engaging all attendees to create an effective learning, sharing and networking environment. In addition, we list, on this page, some of the key activities that will be going on during the conference days.

Evening activities:
  • Get Together Party, Conference Dinner, Legendary Farewell Party
Day time activities:
  • 1 to 1 meetings during lunch and coffee breaks, which you can book in advance.
  • Factory Tours will be arranged. Participants will get the opportunity to see how these factories work and possibly meet with some of their suppliers. More info to be released later.

Participant and Accompanying Guests Leisure Activities

  • GPD participants and their accompanying guests will have the opportunity of participating in a wide selection interesting leisure activities. Designed to suit different tastes, the activities vary from cultural to sporty ones

In addition to the variety of leisure activities the GPD organizing committee plans to organize, we still recommend visiting the Visit Tampere Tourist Information website at www.visittampere.fi for more options.


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For any inquires or assistance please contact:

Brown Onduso
Mob. +358 40 773 9313
Email: brown.onduso@gpd.fi

Jorma Vitkala
Tel. +358 10 500 6216
Mob. +358 40 553 2042
Email: jorma.vitkala@gpd.fi

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