“FUNGLASS days”: one month to discuss the latest breakthroughs in the field of glass

Every Tuesday from mid-May to mid-June, the European FUNGLASS project allowed researchers and private stakeholders to meet and exchange about the most-recent advances in the field of glass that are changing our society.

  • 21/06/2022

Fibre optique © Frédéric Adamietz de l'Institut des sciences moléculaires (ISM) Fibre optique © Frédéric Adamietz de l'Institut des sciences moléculaires (ISM)

5 countries, 5 cities, 5 fields of research on glass, this was the unique program proposed by the FUNGLASS European project, coordinated by Lionel Canioni, University of Bordeaux professor at the Center of Intense Lasers and Applications (CELIA - CNRS and University of Bordeaux).

The objective was to allow researchers and students working on the project to meet with academic researchers and industrial stakeholders. Every Tuesday from May 17th to June 14th, morning meetings took place on site or remotely from Jena in Germany, Aveiro in Portugal, São Paulo in Brazil, Quebec in Canada, and of course, Bordeaux.


In today’s era, glass goes hand in hand with high tech and nanotechnologies. This was highlighted by the various presentations proposed by industrials and academics during the 5 weeks of "FUNGLASS Days" conferences, gathering around 50 people per session.

  • May 17th: Ultrashort pulse laser glass processing - Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany
  • May 24th: Photonic materials for light - University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • May 31st: Glass for infrared and sensing technologies (National system of photonics laboratories – SisFoton) - São Paulo State University (UNESP), Brazil
  • June 7th: Special design of optical fibers and their applications - Université Laval, Canada
  • June 14th: Glass surface and multi-material fibers - University of Bordeaux alongside the CELIA, ISM and ICMCB research units

This event falls within the framework of the International Year of Glass, proclaimed by UNESCO in 2022 to celebrate the essential role glass plays in science, economics, art and culture.

Glass has been a part of our daily lives for centuries and has deeply transformed our habitat, art and science, to name only a few. It holds a central place in our society. It is a strong, persistent material with numerous exceptional properties, bearer of many innovations.

Lionel Canioni — FUNGLASS coordinator

The FUNGLASS project

FUNGLASS (FUNctional GLASS, 2019-2025) offers an interdisciplinary exchange program for staff around the world, with a unique take on modeling and nano/micro laser/3D field functionalization of new materials made of photonic glass, allowing the fabrication of sophisticated components and systems.

FUNGLASS gathers around 40 researchers and doctoral students from 5 European and non-European leading universites in the field of photonics:

  • University of Bordeaux (CELIA, ISM, ICMCB) (coordinator)
  • Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany
  • University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • São Paulo State University (UNESP), Brazil
  • Université Laval, Québec, Canada

A RISE European project

FUNGLASS is a European RISE project - Research and Innovation Staff Exchange, from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Horizon 2020 program.

These RISE projects aim to encourage international and cross-sectoral collaborations through exchanges of research and innovation personnel, as well as the sharing of knowledge and ideas from research to the market (and vice-versa) for the advancement of science and innovation development.