Technical and scientific societies on the upswing


  • Dr. Peter Paul. Schepp

    1. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde e. V., Adenauerallee 21, W-6370 Oberursel (FRG)
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    • (42) recently took over from Dr. Volker Schumacher as executive director of the DGM. He studied materials science for both first degree and doctorate at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg under Prof. B. Ilschner, before taking up a post in 1982 as Assistant at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. In 1985 he joined the Central Research and Development Department of the SULZER company in Winterthur, Switzerland. As Deputy Departmental Manager, he was responsible for development of the net shape product-manufacturing technique, in particular in connection with the production of surgical implants.


Essay: The role of technical and scientific societies in information transfer, education, and the coordination of research and development efforts is examined with special emphasis on the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde (DGM), the German Materials Society. The DGM, which was instrumental in the foundation of the European organization f. e. m. s., the Federation of European Materials Societies, is outlined and its relationship with other European materials societies, for example the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) is discussed.