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Glass at the Cutting Edge - Shaping our Future - Ravenscroft Innovation Lecture 2015

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Tuesday 10 February 2015

Bryan Cave LLP offices in central LondonIndependent research and development, consultancy and testing facility, Glass Technology Services Ltd (GTS), is proud to be speaking at the forthcoming Ravenscroft Innovation Lecture 2015 – highlighting the exciting innovation, research and development currently underway in the field of glass science.

Glass has already shaped every facet of our culture – including art, science, architecture, technology and even our language (‘codswallop’?!) – yet, is a material that is often taken for granted despite a growing reliance upon its unique properties. Where would we be without glass? Simply considering a handful of step-change technologies and developments in biology, chemistry and astronomy reliant upon lenses, slides and glass apparatus; the smart-phone in your pocket, communicating over glass fibre optic infrastructure and through a glass screen; architecture and art – there are simple, clear, examples.

In his forthcoming lecture, Rob Ireson, Innovation Team Leader at Glass Technology Services Ltd, will highlight how glass has shaped the way we currently live before opening the audience’s eyes to see how the potential of glass to transform the future is truly astonishing. For example, did you know that glass:

  • can repair broken bones?
  • underpins the energy generation that powers your life?
  • is at the heart of our communication and computing?
  • is in your toothpaste and heals sensitive teeth?
  • can help you to hit your golf ball further?
  • adds the sparkle to lip-stick, nail polish and a whole range of paints?!

Taking fundamental glass chemistry and a little blue-sky thinking, Rob will explore how glass-based technologies might transform the way we live and interact with the world as scientific capabilities and funding start to unravel the mysteries locked within.

The Ravenscroft Innovation Lecture is organised by the Master of the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London, one of the City’s ancient Livery companies, and is sponsored by Bryan Cave LLP and Glass Technology Services Ltd. To be held at the beautiful glass offices of Bryan Cave LLP on 18 February 2015, the evening lecture commences with a drinks reception and tickets are available to all interested parties.

Tickets for the 2015 Ravenscroft Innovation Lecture, which are available to all interested parties, can be purchased at £25 through Eventbrite - please visit www.glass-ts.com/ravenscroft.

Glass Technology Services Ltd provides analysis, consultancy, testing and research and development support to all parts of the glass supply chain – from raw materials to the end consumer. GTS prides itself on its confidentiality and independence and is accredited to ISO:9001, 14001 and 17025 standards. For more information please visit www.glass-ts.com, email enquiries@glass-ts.com, follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+ or telephone +44 (0) 114 290 1801.

Notes to Editors

Tickets are available to all interested parties for £25 per person, available on Eventbrite by following the link www.glass-ts.com/ravenscroft. The Ravenscroft Innovation Lecture is organised by the Master of the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London, one of the City’s ancient Livery companies, and is sponsored by Bryan Cave LLP and Glass Technology Services Ltd. It will be held at the beautiful glass offices of Bryan Cave LLP on 18 February 2015, starting at 6:30pm.

The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London was granted a charter by King Charles II in 1664 and celebrated its 350th Anniversary in 2014. The original purpose of the Livery was to regulate trade within London in articles made of glass, to ensure quality and fair trade. Today the tradition of integrity, generosity and fellowship that governed the company in former times creates an unbroken link with the past. The Company actively promotes the use of glass in arts, crafts, science and technology and through its Charity supports education and training in all these areas. www.glass-sellers.co.uk


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