Given the wide range of committees, the founding fathers of the DGM would not be astonished after 100 years, especially as regards the diversity of materials dealt with in the committees of "their" society. Perhaps they would have expected the existence of committees such as "Titanium" or "Magnesium" - but how did the decision to create committees for "Polymer Materials" and even "Bioinspired and Interactive Materials" come about?
In fact, the DGM proved extremely adaptable to the technical and scientific challenges of the mid-1980s. It is no overstatement to understand this phase as one of the decisive changes for the survival of the DGM. Wolfgang Hansen and Hellmut Fischmeister had recognized the signs of the times and defined the "future field of work" of the DGM in Saarbrücken in 1987:
"Over the years, the traditional field of activity of the DGM, namely the science and technology of metals - especially non-ferrous metals - has been joined by others, such as the processing of questions concerning composite materials and materials of engineering ceramics. At the same time, the number of members whose professional activities involve several groups of materials of equal or similar rank is increasing. The selection of materials for modern products requires equal consideration of metallic and non-metallic materials in many branches of industry: metals are increasingly being substituted by polymer materials or ceramics or combined with them".
The DGM will be able to build on this knowledge in the future. And there will certainly be many more technical and joint committees that will take into account the further development of our field of expertise.
With this in mind, I wish you a stimulating and fruitful reading of our newsletter.
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Helmut Maier
Ruhr University Bochum
Head of DGM Committee of Experts History