The technical committees of the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Materialkunde e.V. should offer experts from different technical and scientific fields of metallic and non-metallic materials, the opportunity for a lively exchange of experience, as well as promoting the cooperation between science and practical application. The aim of this collaboration is to use technical and scientific knowledge for the benefit of the members and the companies and research institutes they represent.
Head and Deputy Head of a DGM Technical Committee
The head of a technical committee will be appointed by the DGM Executive Board. The term of office is two years. A reappointment is possible. The technical committee has a deputy head who is elected from the members of the technical committee. The term of office is two years. A reappointment is possible.
Spokesperson and Deputy Spokesperson of DGM Technical Committees
From their members, the heads of the technical committees choose a spokesperson for two years, from both science and industry, as well as deputy spokespersons who must be approved of by the Executive Board. Re-election is possible, one time. For the duration of their time as committee manager, the spokespersons will be assessors in the DGM Executive Board and must be approved of at the General Meeting. Spokepersons who have stepped down by rotation remain as advisors to the current spokepersons and their deputies during their term of office. Should the committee management end regularly or before the term of office ends, the deputy spokesperson shall serve as spokesperson in his place and a new deputy spokesperson shall be chosen. The new spokesperson shall also be approved of at the General Meeting. The spokesperson sends invitations to, and heads, the annual seminars of the technical committee and working group leaders. The seminar of the expert committee leaders takes place within the framework of the DGM-Day.
Increase of Visibility, Use of Synergies and Dialogue with Related Disciplines
To increase national and international visibility, for the use of synergies through networking and to facilitate dialogue with related disciplines from science and industry, DGM Committees should present themselves together regularly. The aim is that the basic scientific technical committees present themselves within the framework of the MSE conference through English in even years and the technology orientated committees within the framework of Materials Week, in odd years. The planning of the programme for Materials Week is the responsibilty of the heads of the technical committee and working groups. As well as specialised lectures from the technical committees, the vision of the technical committees in respect to broad networking will be brought to the foreground through overview lectures. Representatives from the industry and from partner organisations as well as external guests should be invited to take an active part in planning the programme (Advisory Committee of users and consumers). DGM member companies and institutes have the possibilty of advertising their products and services through exhibitions or rather sponsoring.
Membership of DGM Technical Committees
Membership of a DGM committee is open to all those who declare themselves willing to take on subsidiary tasks and to work actively within the framework of the collaborative work at hand. The membership of a DGM technical committee commits the member to an exchange of experience which leads to progress in their field of expertise. Either the employee or the company or research institute he represents, is a DGM member. Otherwise, a contribution must be paid, the use and amount of which will be decided upon by the heads of the committees at their seminar. The DGM head office will take the funds and will manage a joint account for all technical committees. The contributions are to be used to promote young talent and for the development of transfers of technology between science and industry. To encourage the involvement of young scientists in the work of the DGM, students and doctoral students will obtain free basic membership of the DGM for a year, for attending a meeting of a technical committee or working group. Guests may be invited to the meetings of the technical committees, whose cooperation is desirable with specific questions. This invitation is issued case-by-case by the head of the technical committee through the DGM Head Office. Managerial tasks are carried out exclusively by the DGM Head Office. This applies in particular to the recording and management of the addresses of technical committee members.
A constant update of addresses is carried out through:
Technical Committee Meetings
The technical committees meet regularly for lectures and discussions at varied locations, if possible at a member-company or institute. Invitations to the technical committee meetings will be sent to all committee members as well as eventual guests and the lecturers, by the DGM Head Office in the name of the head of the committee, at least four weeks before the meeting. Minutes will be taken at the meeting, which will be sent by the DGM Head Office to all members of the technical committee as well as the invited guests.
Working Groups in Technical Committees
Working groups can be formed to work on subtasks. The head of the working group will be chosen from and by the members of the technical committee. The term of office is two years. It is possible to be re-elected. At least once a year, he will inform the technical committee of the findings of the working group. The working groups are comprised of notified members of the various technical committees. In addition, external experts who are not committee members may be called upon to collaborate, if this serves the solving of the set task. These members of the working group will be named "guests" temporarily, after an agreement reached by the head of the working group, the head of the technical committee and the Executive Director of the DGM. They will neither receive an invitation to technical committee meetings nor will they be sent the minutes of these meetings. The head of a technical committee is officially a member of each working group. However he is not expected to attend each working group meeting. Working group meetings are held several times a year, in accordance with the task at hand, if possible at a member company or institute. Invitations to these meetings will be sent in the name of and according to the information from the head of the working group, from the DGM Head Office, at least four weeks before the date of the meeting. Minutes will be taken at the meeting, which will be sent by the DGM Head Office to all members of the working group.