Growth Through Partnership

Glass Performance Days 2021

Conference and Networking

October 20-22, 2021, Tampere, Finland

Call for papers

Submission deadline April 30, 2021

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 2021, we are are taking into consideration the travel and related restrictions the industry is facing.

Due to this, the 2021 GPD will be an exclusive event as follows:

The physical event part targets a maximum of 350 participants at the venue, out of which around 45 will be accepted to make oral presentations. Please note that these are working numbers and may be subject to change.

The virtual event part will be the option for those that will not be able to attend physically. Details to be released later.

The main theme of the event is Growth through partnerships. There is a lot of talk urging the Construction industry to build environments that are smart and sustainable. The successful contribution of the glass industry in such environments will definitely require collaboration with companies inside and outside the glass industry.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Welcome to Tampere in October 2021. A first for GPD to hold its Finland event at this time of the year!

Speaking instructions & fees

EUR 1200
+ VAT 24%

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.

The speaker fee includes:

  • One person (the speaker) admission to all conference sessions
  • One presentation in the conference (Oral)
  • Conference bag including proceedings material
  • Daily lunches and coffees
  • Transportation to conference and evening events (when needed)
  • Admission to networking activities (including Conference Dinner)
Find out more

Conference sessions


  • Glass and Sustainability in Buildings
  • Smart Cities, Glazing and Factories
  • Facade Engineering
  • Complex Geometry



  • 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



  • Automotive and Display Units
  • 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:
    • Abstract reviews will be done during May 2021. Given the nature of this unique event, only a limited number of abstracts will be accepted for oral (face to face) presentation at the event.
    • Other accepted abstracts will be presented as posters. Details to be released later
    • Abstract submission deadline is April 30, 2021
  • Paper submission: from June until July 31 (final deadline).
    • After each review, the accepted abstracts will be assigned to either an oral or poster presentation. All accepted abstracts will get the optional opportunity of publishing full papers in the GPD electronic conference proceedings book. Manuscripts for the book must be submitted by July 31, 2021
Submit abstract

Workshops 19–20 October, 2021

Physical Workshops / masterclass – these are 4 to 8 hour intensive workshops that focus on techniques and skills in a particular field (e.g. pre-processing, IGU, tempering, solar glass, structural glass facades, etc). The main purpose is communication and exchange of information among moderately small groups e.g. 5–15 persons for practical workshops and 20–50 persons for theoretical workshops.

Online workshops / masterclass – should there be need to have virtual workshops, instructions on how they will be done will be sent later.

Workshop organizers are free to choose a topic (based on the conference main theme) and can decide on how they would like to run the workshop. They also have the right to select attendees from the list of the people that will register for their workshop.

Workshop Proposal submission – If you are interested in organizing a workshop, please send us a proposal. The 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.

Click the link below to submit a workshop proposal.


Submit Workshop Proposal

Business and Networking



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. In 2021, we will not have the usual exhibition, but we will provide a unique environment that will allow business and networking discussions in both days.

Our strategic setup will enable you as a participant 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

More info to be released later.


See images of GPD 2019 event

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:

Welcome reception, Networking Dinner , Legendary Farewell Party

Day time activities:

1 to 1 meetings during lunch and coffee breaks

Factory Tours will be arranged for those interested. More info to be released later.

Participant and Accompanying Guests Leisure Activities

There are several interesting leisure activities that are organized by the city of Tampere that GPD participants and their accompanying guests can join.

Please go to Visit Tampere Tourist Information website for more information via the link below.

Find out more about Tampere



For any assistance please contact:


Brown Onduso +358 40 773 9313, brown.onduso@gpd.fi, for program related and general issues



Marko Mökkönen +358 50 475 6591, marko.mokkonen@gpd.fi, for marketing related and general issues



Jorma Vitkala +358 40 553 2042, jorma.vitkala@gpd.fi – Senior adviser


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