Event description

Glass Performance Days Conference is heading towards its 25 Year Anniversary in June 28-30, 2017. GPD can look back at an impressive record of collecting and sharing glass industry essentials. Since its inception in 1992, a total of over 12,000 delegates have attended 3,000 presentations, listened to 1,000 speakers and formed over 30,000 contacts.

Twenty-five years could well be labeled one generation in the life of a business. Many things have changed and some basics, like the physical properties of the glass material, have remained the same. A look at today's city planning and building designs plus the requirements put on energy-efficiency, environmental comfort and stylishness reveals how far we have come from the very first use of glass to cover window openings in buildings.

The beginnings of GPD

The start of GPD was triggered by the observation that glass processors had something very important in common – the effective use of state-of-the-art equipment and technology. It was equally evident that this know-how was something that needed to be shared. ‘We have always believed in the power of information sharing for the development of the industry’, Vitkala adds.


Key success factors

‘The modular program, facilitating networking, the hands-on workshops on special topics and the path-breaking presentations of new technology clearly standout on GPD’s success menu’, says Jorma Vitkala. ‘The 25 Years anniversary conference will naturally use all of these and add some more’, Jorma Vitkala promises.

GPD Step Change 2017

This year we are launching the Step Change program, which is going to introduce new technologies aimed to propel the development of the glass industry. We plan on doing this by involving startup companies, investors and a mentoring platform. The event will address the need to have continuity in transferring knowledge from the older to the younger generations. The event will further focus its mission to support growth through innovation and education.


The online participant registration for GPD Finland 2017 is now open. While completing your registration, you will also have to choose your participation in the evening social activities and book your hotel room. Please, keep in mind that during the time of the Conference, Tampere hotels are fully booked, therefore GPD has made reservations for all participants in advance.


24% VAT and 35€ service fee are added on all registration fees.
  • EUR 950 + 24% VAT for registrations received till December 31, 2017
  • EUR 1 150 + 24% VAT for registrations received between January and April 30, 2017
  • EUR 1 250 + 24% VAT for registrations received from May until the conference starts
The fee includes the following:
  • admission to all sessions scheduled June 28-30, 2017
  • conference bag and material
  • lunch, tea and coffee on conference days
  • admission to the Glass Expo
  • participation in the Get Together and Farewell evening parties with included food and drinks
  • transportation to and from the conference venue and evening events


The registration fee does not include the conference buffet dinner. A separate fee of EUR 80 + VAT 24% is charged per person. If you are interested to attend the dinner, please book a seat while you are registering for the conference. Due to the popularity of this event, we encourage early registration!


EUR 130 + VAT 24% This fee is available only for participant’s spouse/wife/children (or equivalent). The Your work colleagues or customers are not included in this category. The accompanying guest fee does not allow accompanying guests’ entrance to the conference sessions. Fee includes:
  • accompanying guest badge
  • entrance to the Opening Ceremony on June 28, 2017
  • admission to the Get Together and farewell evening events with included food and drinks
  • transportation to and from the conference venue and evening events
Children below 18 years can join free of charge.


There is a possibility to register as a group and get discounted rates indicated below. An invoice will be issued and once paid; you will be given the instructions of how to register the members of the group.
  • Group registration for 5 people gets 10% discount
  • Group registration for 10 people gets 15% discount




In case if there are any unexpected errors or problems occurred during the registration process, please contact: gpdinfo@managementevents.com or tel. +358 400 9910 72 (During 9.00-17.00 UTC/GMT +2 hours)

Calling for Speakers

Call for papers is available now and all interested in participating in our event can start submitting their material. We highly encourage everyone to read the General Speaker Guidelines regarding the preparation and submission of material.

Speaker fee:

The speaker fees vary depending on the period in which your abstract is submitted.
  • If abstract is submitted by October 31st 2016, speaker fees would be EUR 950
  • For abstract submissions after October 31st 2016, speaker fees will be EUR 1,150
To find out more about the speaker fees, program committee recommendations for abstract submission and also the main topic areas and proposed sessions for GPD Finland 2017, please download the brochure below Call For Papers #GPD2017 To view more information about the event download the participant list for GPD Finland 2015 or participant list for GPD Finland 2011.

Online submission of abstracts:

To submit an abstract, go to our Abstract Submission Platform #GPD2017.

Calling for Workshops

Motivated by the necessity to transfer appropriate and well-structured information among members of the glass Workshop pictureindustry,GPD advocated for the formation of special workshops during its main event.

Organizers of these workshops are permitted to plan their workshops however they please. They are also allowed to look into any topic of their choice as long as it falls into the category of the conferences main theme and focuses on the techniques and skill related to their topic. Apart from this, workshop organizers have the right to hand pick their preferred attendees from the list of all those registered for their workshop.

Submit a workshop proposal

If you are interested in conducting a workshop, follow the instructions given on our Guidelines for Workshops page and fill out the form below

Workshops Submission Form #GPD2017. Your proposal will then be reviewed and you will be notified if it is accepted or not.
  • Please note that GPD does not charge any fees for organizing workshops.
To read more about the benefits of organizing and participating in workshops click here

Calling for Exhibitors

GPD Exhibition is specially structured to cater for the commercial needs of our guests. Our strategically setup exhibition aims at increasing your business prospects with exhibitors from all over the world. The Expo is opened only to conference participants. 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 decision makers.
  • Enhance your organization’s profile
  • Establish new contacts and lay foundations for future business
The Stand package includes the following items - a profile wall, electricity, grey carpet, company logo in the profile structure, electricity and power ( 1 kw ), basic furniture, 1 exhibitor’s pass, lunch and coffee during GPD, conference material and Listing on online and offline GPD marketing materials. The fees are as follows
Stand Package Fees
9 m2 3000€ + VAT 24%
18 m2 5000€ + VAT 24%
24 m2 6500€ + VAT 24%
Reserve your booth online via the following link: GPD 2017 Expo Reservation Form A reservation fee of EUR 500 will be charged for any of the packages and  is non-refundable in case of cancellation. The fee is included in the package fees and will be charged upon receipt of your reservation. The balance will be invoiced later.
Cancellation policy:  
Stand or space package cancellations made by March 31, 2017, will be refunded. Cancellations made after March 31, 2017, will not be refunded.
To ensure the best position for your booth and for more information about the exhibition, please contact:
Ms. Heli Huhtala, info@meetingsmill.fi, +358 400 737 420

Keynote Speakers

Esko Aho

  • Executive Chairman of the Board, East Office of Finnish Industries, Former Prime Minister of Finland
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GPD events are successfully organized and run with the help of carefully selected committees. For GPD Finland 2017, the following committees are present:  


For any inquires or assistance please contact:  
Brown Onduso
Mob. +358 40 773 9313
Email: brown.onduso[at]gpd.fi
Jorma Vitkala
Tel. +358 10 500 6216
Mob. +358 40 553 2042
Email: jorma.vitkala[at]gpd.fi

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