DGM presence at the ISDM 2014

The DGM took part in this year’s International Students Day of Metallurgy (ISDM), an annual conference organized by and for students of metallurgy and other related disciplines. 

The meeting enhanced the professional sharing of experiences, networking and contact with different companies. This year it took place from 15th to 17th May in Clausthal, Germany and hosted around 200 international students, mainly from Europe. 

During the opening night attendees enjoyed a tasty miner meal, musical interludes and a virtual welding contest. A firework display closed the night on high note. 

The second day included presentations, the career fair, excursions and the gala dinner. 

The ISDM 2014 closed on Saturday with the career fair and lectures in the Institute of Metallurgy. 

DGM stand at the career fair

The German Materials Society (DGM) participated during the career fair on Friday. In the stand we talked to students about their careers, the “Werkstoffwoche”, the “DGM Tag” with “Nachwuchsforum”, the MSE 2014 and the Junior Euromat. We informed the different ways in which they can get involved in the “Jung-DGM” activities through field trips, training events, professional networking, etc.

Short interviews to some students revealed which were their favourite aspects of the ISDM 2014: poster sessions and the contact with other students were the main answers. 

We look forward seeing you in the next ISDM meeting in Aachen! 

Five Q&A: Michael Kaminsky

‘I learned to take part in things around me and not just to let them happen’. 

Michael Kaminsky is the head coordinator of the Organization Committee and responsible for public relations of the International Students’ Day of Metallurgy (ISDM). The ISDM is an annual conference organized by and for students of metallurgy and other related disciplines; it enhances the sharing of professional experiences, networking and contact with different companies.

What do you think makes TU Clausthal University unique?

Clausthal University of Technology has a strong tradition of quality education. In Germany it is amongst the top ranked universities and it holds a solid reputation abroad. For example, in China TU Clausthal is very well known, even more than bigger universities. Because of this, we receive every year a large number of international students and that makes everything more interesting.

How did you come up with the idea of organising the ISDM Conference in Clausthal? 

I came up with the idea the first time that I went to an ISDM Conference.  I found it was an amazing experience, especially the exchange of ideas from students coming from all across Europe and the possibility of meeting our future employers. At the end of the conference I thought: “This is something very interesting, we should have this also in Clausthal!”  I talked to people that could be interested and we worked together to make this possible.  

But you do not receive an economic remuneration for the organization of the event. What keeps you going forward?

I like being part of the organization because since I was young I have been aware of how important it is to be involved in the community. I learned to take part in things around me and not just to let them happen.  Plus, I have not done this alone, there are many other students who have volunteered as well without receiving any money for it. Without all the organization committee things would not have been possible. 

What have you learnt from the organization of the ISDM 2014?

I have learned about team work, organization, how to establish contacts and to plan a project. Also, how to manage myself in unexpected and complicated situations when you have to stay calm at all moments.  None of these things are taught at University and they are useful skills for our future career.

Last but not least, which are the best places for going out in Clausthal? 

My two favourite places for a good night out are KellerClub and Querschlag. Kellerclub is managed by students with live concerts of all genres and Querschlag is managed by the Student Mining Council and industrial engineering and throws very good parties as well.


Társila Pérez

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde, Thursday 15 May 2014