Close involvement of researchers in the development process

User involvement and participation are accomplished through: 

  • Implementing NFDI-structured data spaces and tools into existing scientific projects to rapidly amplify impact and obtain rapid user feedback;
  • The involvement of established materials societies and their active working groups;
  • NFDI-MatWerk workshops to develop materials ontology and materials data analysis, and digital workflow programming;
  • Selecting, recommending, and making available the best materials science apps from undergraduates, graduate students, PostDocs, and Senior Scientists;
  • Highlighting the most downloaded and most cited apps and data;
  • Proposing competitions, e.g., for the best analytics of advanced materials;
  • Holding roadshows and hackathons together with materials societies;
  • Providing best practices for digital workflows.

Materials science and engineering societies 

The Materials Science and Engineering Societies play a vital role in connecting scientific stakeholders by bridging the gaps between institutions and fundamental and applied sciences. In addition, the societies are responsible for leading discussions on the necessary cultural changes and future business models and how we can develop the future world of materials science and engineering. 

The German Society for Materials Science (DGM) is Europe's largest technical and scientific association for materials science and engineering. For around 100 years, it has been pooling the expertise of the specialist fields of science and industry: representing the interests of its members - and acting as a guarantor for the systematic development of the various materials science and engineering areas. The DGM has personal and institutional members from all German universities active in the fields of materials science and engineering, as well as from all relevant German scientific organizations such as the Max Planck Society, the Fraunhofer Society, the Leibniz Society, the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers and the National Academy of Engineering and Sciences. DGM e.V. will play an essential role in strengthening the impact of NFDI-MatWerk due to its communicative and networking character in science and industry.

The Society for Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM) promotes scientific development in all applied mathematics and mechanics areas. It was founded in 1922 by Ludwig Prandtl and Richard von Mises. As a legacy of the founding fathers, the Society cultivates international cooperation in applied mathematics and all areas of mechanics and physics related to the foundations of engineering. It is a society with a distinctly international organization and interdisciplinary aspirations, comprising more than 1500 members. GAMM will actively support the NFDI initiatives, notably the NFDI-MatWerk consortium, through its working groups, such as the GAMM Technical Committee Data-driven modeling and numerical simulation of microstructured materials (AG DATA).

The Materials Society of the Association of German Engineers VDI brings together materials experts for an interdisciplinary dialog. As a multiplier of technological knowledge, the VDI publicizes exciting and interesting developments and brings the next generation closer to technology. In various projects, the VDI promotes young people's interest in technical professions and helps them make their first contact in the professional world of English. 

The German Association for Materials Research and Testing (DVM) was and is not interested in limiting the term "materials research and testing" to the material alone, but rather to see, in particular, the material behavior in the component under all relevant load and environmental conditions. Thus, all our different activities are summarized under "structural integrity." 

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