Challenging Glass Conference

Challenging Glass

Challenging Glass is an international bi-annual conference that aims at gathering world class designers, engineers, researchers and industry partners to discuss on the architectural and structural use of glass. The conference is organised by Christian Louter (TU Delft), Freek Bos (TU Munich) and Jan Belis (UGent) and has been held at TU Delft, EPFL and Ghent University. The upcoming edition, Challenging Glass 9, will be hosted by Christian Louter, James O'Callaghan, Mauro Overend & Fred Veer and will be held on Wednesday 19 & Thursday 20 June 2024 at the Aula Congrescentrum at TU Delft.

Conference topics

Architectural Glass Design

Cast Glass
Composite Glass Components
Curved Glass

Glass & Adhesives
Glass Additive Manufacturing

Glass Circularity
Glass Connections
Glass Education
Glass in Facades

Glass in Fire
Glass Testing

Insulating Glass Units
Laminated Glass
Numerical Modeling
Projects & Case studies
Smart Glazing
Solar Glass & BIPV

Strength, Stability & Safety
Structural Glass Design
Sustainable Glass Solutions
Thin Glass

... and more!

Keynote Speakers


Sam Rentmeester

Dr. Faidra Oikonomopoulou & Dr. Telesilla Bristogianni

TU Delft - The Netherlands

Dr. Faidra Oikonomopoulou and Dr. Telesilla Bristogianni are both Assistant Professors at the Architectural Engineering + Technology Department, at the TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. They have conjointly initiated and developed the research on structural cast glass at TU Delft, with particular focus on innovative structural and architectural applications of cast glass components, on glass recycling and on defining the strength of cast glass.

Alexandros Cannas, Dipl.-Ing. CEng MICE

Eckersley O'Callaghan - United Kingdom

Alexandros Cannas is a structural engineer, with experience working on numerous complex structures made with glass, steel, cables and carbon fibre for buildings and other marine applications. He has an affinity for developing details that are functional but minimalist at the same time. Alexandros is Associate Director at Eckersley O'Callaghan.

Dr. Peter Zoon

Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) - The Netherlands

Dr. Peter Zoon is a seasoned forensic scientist with over 15 years of experience, specializing in Microtraces & Materials at the prestigious Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI). Within the division of chemical and physical traces, he serves as the subject matter lead for forensic glass analysis. He is a senior member of the Microtraces & Materials group, where he dedicates his expertise to both forensic casework and research & development.


Chloé Lambert

Prof. Corentin Fivet

Structural Xploration Lab - EPFL - Switzerland

Prof. Corentin Fivet is associate professor of architecture and structural design at EPFL (Switzerland). Under his direction, the Structural Xploration Lab is a front-runner in developing optimization algorithms, construction methods, and groundbreaking full-scale prototypes that pioneer the reuse of discarded load-bearing components in new building structures. Since April 2024, he is also the Academic Director of the Smart Living Lab, a cross-disciplinary research centre for the future of the built environment.


Conference programme

The conference programme contains presentations by glass experts from around the world, including keynote presentations in plenary sessions and over 100 paper presentations in four parallel sessions. Many networking opportunities are provided during the breaks, the conference dinner and the related social activities.

Location and travel

TU Delft, Aula Congrescentrum

Mekelweg 5, 2628 CC Delft, The Netherlands

Delft can be reached by train and/or via the airports Schiphol (Amsterdam) and Rotterdam The Hague Airport (Rotterdam).


Registration type

Until 30 April 2024

From 1 May 2024

Participant / Presenter

€ 545

€ 595


€ 445

€ 495

BSc or MSc students interested in attending the conference are requested to contact the organisation.

Author Instructions

If you have received a positive response to your previously submitted abstract, you are now invited to submit your full paper following the instructions below. Please contact the organisers to discuss the possibilities to still submit an abstract in case you have previously missed the opportunity to do so.

Paper Submission Procedure

Please follow the steps below to submit your abstract.

1. Download the Paper Template to write your abstract.

2. Log in at the CGC Proceedings platform.

3. Upload your paper as a revision of your previously submitted abstract.

Keydates for Authors

Extended abstract deadline – 4 December 2023

Abstract review notification – 29 December 2023

Paper submission deadline – 15 March 2024

Paper review notification – 15 April 2024

Paper revision deadline – 30 April 2024


Conference Proceedings

Journal Special Issues



Prof. Christian Louter – Delft University of Technology

Dr Freek Bos – Technical University of Munich

Prof. Jan Belis – Ghent University

Local hosts

Prof. Christian Louter – Delft University of Technology

Prof. James O'Callaghan – Delft University of Technology

Prof. Mauro Overend – Delft University of Technology

Dr Fred Veer – Delft University of Technology

Scientific Committee

Dr Chiara Bedon – Trieste University

Prof. Jan Belis – Ghent University – chair

Prof. Lucio Blandini University of Stuttgart

Dr Freek Bos – Technical University of Munich – chair

Dr Telesilla Bristogianni – Delft University of Technology

Prof. Suwen Chen – Tongji University

Prof. Paulo Cruz – University of Minho

Dr Jagoda Cupać – Technische Universität Dresden

Dr Corinna Datsiou – University of Hertfordshire

Dr Martina Eliášová – Czech Technical University in Prague

Prof. Michael Engelmann – Technische Universität Dresden

Prof. Steffen Feirabend – Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart

Prof. Markus Feldmann – RWTH Aachen

Dr Laura Galuppi – University of Parma

Dr Rebecca Hartwell – Delft University of Technology

Prof. Christian Louter – Delft University of Technology – chair

Dr Stephen Morse – Michigan Technological University

Prof. Jürgen Neugebauer – FH Joanneum

Dr Jens Henrik Nielsen – Technical University of Denmark

Prof. James O'Callaghan – Delft University of Technology – chair

Dr Faidra Oikonomopoulou – Delft University of Technology

Prof. Mauro Overend – Delft University of Technology – chair

Prof. Jens Schneider – Technische Universität Wien

Prof. Christian Schuler Munich University of Applied Sciences

Dr Miriam Schuster – Technische Universität Darmstadt

Dr Vlad Silvestru ETH Zurich

Dr Bert Van Lancker – Ghent University

Dr Fred Veer – Delft University of Technology – chair


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