glasstec 2022

glasstec will take place from 20 to 23 September 2022.

There will be no Engineered Transparency Conference in the course of the upcoming glasstec. Due to the closeness to Engineered Transparency Conference in September 2021 and the short time available, it is not possible to prepare a conference properly.

We thank you for your interest and hope to see you again in 2024!


Engineered Transparency 2021

Due to the effects of the coronavirus, the glasstec 2021 was unfortunately cancelled.

Nevertheless the engineered transparency 2021 will take place as an online event on August 30, 2021.

We are glad to present you this year's program.

We look forward to welcome you!


Keynote speaker

We are very proud to announce the following keynote speaker for our conference engineered transparency 2021:

Prof. Lucio Blandini
Universität Stuttgart

Matthias Oppe
Knippers Helbig, Stuttgart

James Carpenter
James Carpenter Design Associates Inc, New York

Review 2018

The »glasstec«, as the world's largest trade fair for manufacturing, processing and cross-industry application of glass, opened its doors from 23 to 26 October 2018 in Düsseldorf. The renowned exhibition hosted the international symposium »engineered transparency« during the 25 to 26 October 2018.

The special opportunity was used to bring over 200 speakers and specialists from more than 25 countries together at one conference. The conference has been hold in a specially designed conference area in hall 10 and was organized by the Universities of Darmstadt and Dresden in cooperation with Messe Düsseldorf. The participants of the event could easily combine the visit of the conference and the visit of the exhibition halls.

At this year the »engineered transparency« conference days started with two special sessions. On the first day, the special session on topic »Standardisation and Measurement« took place. The second day started with the special session on »Thin Glass«.

All participants of the event could easily combine the visit of the conference with the visit of the exhibition halls. The exhibition »glass technology live« presents fascinating products and visions from research and practice. It offers visitors insights into the large potential of glass as a building material presented by a variety of impressive exhibits. In addition for all conference visitors, a guided tour through the special exhibition »glass technology live« was offered.

Keynote speaker 2018

Chris McVoy, Steven Holl Architects
Markus Feldmann, RWTH Aachen
Jan Wurm, Arup
Rob Nijsse, TU Delft



Review 2016

Firmly anchored in the framework of the world's largest trade fair on glass in building, the glasstec hosted the international symposium >engineered transparency< during 20th and 21st of September, 2016 again. Hot topics related to the material glass still in its sight, the fair offered numerous special shows and conferences for interested visitors in addition to the extensive exhibition.

The international symposium >engineered transparency< used this special opportunity to bring expert over 200 speakers and specialists from 25 countries together at one conference. Like in 2014, the universities of Darmstadt and Dresden organized this event in cooperation with Messe Dusseldorf in CCD Süd, close to the exhibition halls.


At this year engineered transparency two special mini-symposia were planned for the first time. Organized by the "Hüttentechnischen Vereinigung der Glasindustrie" (HVG) and "Deutschen Glastechnischen Gesellschaft" (DGG) one lecture block regarding the main topic "Glass with integrated functions and embedded sensors" took place. Further lectures regarding glazing technologies in cooperation with "Fachverband Konstruktiver Glasbau" (FKG) and "Bundesverband Flachglas" (BF) were content of the second symposium.

Attendees combined a visit to the conference and visiting the exhibition halls uncomplicated. The conference also provided a guided tour though the special show >glass technology live< accompanied by a >Get Together< social event in this interesting environment to round off the first conference day.


Keynote speaker 2016

Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group, Stuttgart
Tom Minderhoud, UNStudio, Amsterdam
Juan Lucas Young, Sauerbruch Hutton, Berlin
Johann Sischka, Waagner-Biro, Wien.


Review 2014

As a part of world’s leading trade fair »glasstec«, the international scientific conference »engineered transparency« took place on 21st and 22nd of October 2014. The biennial two-day conference provided lectures about glass as building component. More than 70 specialists’ lectures formed the core of the conference, which is organized by TU Dresden and TU Darmstadt.

Numerous presentations got leaded by renowned keynote speakers such as Dr.-Ing. Winfried Heusler, Senior Vice President of SCHÜCO, Bielefeld/Germany, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Knippers, Partner of »Knippers Helbig« and Head of the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design at University of Stuttgart/Germany, John Kooymans, Group Leader at RJC, Toronto/Canada and Christoph Timm, Associate of SOM, New York/USA.

More than 200 participants from 26 different states, including delegates from 30 international universities and academies, attended lectures about latest innovations from structural design, facade technology and solar technology.

Numerous of the presented innovations were shown contemporaneously at the special show »glass technology live«, where in addition the first conference day concluded in a communicative »get together«. This special show was part of the very successful trade fair »glasstec« that attracted approximately 43.000 trade visitors and about 1.200 exhibitors in this year. In the area of »glass technology live« latest innovations from research and development were exhibited. A selection of new trend-setting exhibits is a 9,0 m spanning glass bridge as well as timber-glass composite elements and fall protecting glass balustrades combined with adhesive fixings.


Keynote speakers 2014

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Knippers, University of Stuttgart
John Kooymans, Read Jones Christoffersen
Christoph Timm, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Winfried Heusler, Schüco International KG


Review 2012

The science focused conference entitled »engineered transparency« was held on 25 October and 26 October at the CCD East at the fairground in Dusseldorf in the wake of the world`s leading tradefair »glasstec«. It was organized by the Dresden University of Technology and the Darmstadt Technical University of Technology in cooperation with Messe Dusseldorf.

Outstanding keynote speakers such as Professor Michael Bell, of Columbia University in New York, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lothar Wondraczek from Jena Otto-Schott-Institute for glass chemistry at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Dipl. Ing. Till Schneider, proprietor of „Schneider + Schumacher Architekten“, Frankfurt / Main, and Dr. Weinrebe, engineer at „schlaich bergermann, and partner“ opened the event. The ambitious program inspired over 200 participants.

In more than 80 presentations latest developments and results of research in the area of structural glazing, facade design and solar technology in the building envelope were explained. The conference is directed particularly towards an audience from the areas of research and development as well as construction and implementation. The symposium addressed scientists, engineers, architects, surveyors for the construction industry and those working in construction authorities equally.


Keynote speakers 2012

Prof. Michael Bell, Columbia University
Till Schneider, schneider+schumacher Architekten
Dr. Schiel, schlaich, bergermann und partner
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lothar Wondraczek, Otto Schott Institut