Dear members and friends of the DGM, dear readers,

If one asks about the "big themes" of DGM history, one can quickly identify scientific-technical or political-economic developments. But on closer inspection, one can discover an area that describes a remarkable change in mentality. At the beginning of the 1990s, the age structure of membership gave cause for great concern. What were the reasons for the lack of young talent? To put it badly: The Annual General Meetings passed by the interests of the younger generation, and even worse, their role was reduced to that of silent consumers.

The DGM board was not unaware of this misguided development. Causal research was carried out regularly and solutions proposed, as an article in the DGM-AKTUELL from 1990 shows:

"´DGM? That is the association of the established ones! ´ So that this judgement proves to be a prejudice, the young members must be motivated to stronger commitment, e.g. by: more lectures on the conferences and specialized committee meetings of our younger members, assumption of functions in the DGM, co-operation in the steering committees such as advisor circle, advanced training committee and school committee ?

The good news is that the DGM succeeded in implementing this programme - even if it will take 25 years until the junior committee is founded. Anyone who visits the DGM Days today as an outsider will notice that the DGM is no longer an "association of the established". Characteristic for the change of mentality is an episode at the DGM Day 2018: A young MatWerker was invited to the podium upon request from the audience. A process that would have been unthinkable in the 1990s.

In the meantime, the DGM has long been committed to a committed promotion of young talent, for example through its Young Talent Committee or the Young DGMs. Thus, we are also very well positioned for our next "century".

With this in mind, I wish you stimulating and fruitful reading of our newsletter.

Yours
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Helmut Maier
Ruhr University Bochum
Head of DGM Committee of Experts History