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University Program

In 2015 the GlassTrend Board initiated the “GlassTrend – University program”, which will be coordinated by Mouritz Svenson from CelSian Glass & Solar (Eindhoven, NL). This newly-created program expands the knowledge sharing work conducted by CelSian since 2001, via the organization of workshops, seminars and training courses.


The GlassTrend - University program intends to build a bridge between the academic world and the industry, for the mutual benefit of both sides. An increased awareness of the challenges met in the glass industry will result in higher incentives for future graduates to direct their careers in that field, and/or explore topics of interest for the glass industry in their own research work. Additionally, the GlassTrend members gain better insight into the work conducted in the universities visited, allowing them to more easily find potential partners for future projects involving academic labs.


Several other programs and initiatives devoted to the promotion of glass science and technology exist, developed by national organizations or individual companies. The GlassTrend – University program is a  specific industry-driven effort created to contribute to this common goal, and discussions will be held with these other programs, with the objective of combining forces, for the global benefit of the glass science and technology community. The GlassTrend – University program will take advantage of the comprehensive GlassTrend consortium to offer a global vision on the glass technology world, from different perspectives. Indeed, GlassTrend consists of more than 45 member companies and research institutes worldwide, including several of the world leading glass manufacturers, raw materials- and equipment suppliers.


The first initiative of the GlassTrend University program has been to compile a list of institutions with research activities within glass science and technology. This list is currently being expanded with addition of the analytical equipment and modelling tools available within the research community. This provides an easy overview for the industry, when searching academic collaborators for joined research projects. Furthermore, current activities aim to promote the student opportunities present within the glass industry, to university students. This will be performed by visits to universities, funded by GlassTrend, with presentations on the challenges met within glass science and technology. The presentations will be tailored to fit standard university seminar timeslots and the targeted audience will mainly be undergraduate and graduate students in Materials Science, Engineering, as well as other fields related to the glass industry (e.g. combustion technology, fluid dynamics…), and (academic) research groups working on glass science and technology. Furthermore, a small brochure will be distributed to relevant universities, with a brief description of the scientific challenges and student opportunities present in the glass industry, having the potential to reach a broader audience.


In the future, this program could lead to the funding of internships or doctoral/postdoctoral studies at these universities, on topics of interest for the glass industry, and funded as part of GlassTrend projects.


To learn more about the GlassTrend – University program, contact the coordinator Mouritz Svenson (Mouritz.Svenson@celsian.nl).

About Mouritz Svenson
Mouritz Svenson is a glass scientist/glass technologist at CelSian Glass & Solar (Eindhoven, NL), a knowledge and technology provider for the worldwide glass industry. His areas of research include glass physics and chemistry, melting, fining and foaming processes in industrial glass melts, redox behavior and color control. Mouritz will be involved in knowledge transfer and education on glass science and technology, as a teacher of the CelSian/NCNG Glass Technology Course. Prior to joining CelSian in 2016, Mouritz completed a PhD in Materials Science at the University of Aalborg (Denmark), focused on densified glasses.


On the creation of the GlassTrend University program, Mouritz says: Despite of thousands of years of man-made glass production, many scientific and practical questions related to glass production still remain unanswered. Combined with increasing demands for environmental considerations and productivity, this leaves continuous room for improvement in the interface between fundamental science and production challenges. Here a strong connection between the academic and industrial world can be of mutual benefit. The industrial world can offer real life study cases, data sources, equipment and supervision for research projects, along with job opportunities, whereas the academic world can offer in-depth scientific knowledge on relevant topics, bright and motivated students for specialist assignments and resources for demanding academic challenges. Combining these two worlds of skills and knowledge is the aim of the University Program. During its recent beginning this initiative has received significant interest from both GlassTrend members and university partners, so I am excited to see the development of this new program!.”

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