We sincerely regret having to inform you that the Fraunhofer Direct Digital Manufacturing Conference, DDMC 2020, will be postponed due to concerns about the current coronavirus disease. We, the DDMC organizers, have made this decision at considerable personal disappointment, but out of caution and in the spirit of our responsibility for our attendees.
We have been monitoring the spread of the coronavirus closely. Up to yesterday, the German public health authorities assessed the risk of infection in Germany as "low to moderate", but there have been sudden and unpredictable surges in the number of cases in the past week, and the risk is expected to increase. A considerable number of DDMC 2020 attendees and speakers have also had to cancel their participation due to travel restrictions imposed by their organizations or local authorities.
We are working to identify a date to reschedule the DDMC 2020, but, as you can imagine, the current situation makes it impossible to make any definite plans just yet. We will follow up with registered participants in the next few weeks and keep authors informed about the publication of their papers. All registrations remain valid for the postponed event. Please also check our website for updates at https://www.ddmc-fraunhofer.de/.
We know that this decision is a significant inconvenience for many of you. However, it was made out of concern for the health and well-being of our attendees and team, and in the hope that a postponement will allow the DDMC community to come together as initially planned and enjoy not only the presentations, but also the networking opportunities the conference provides at a more opportune time. Until then, we hope you all stay well - and excited about the coming DDMC!
Our conference office will be available for questions and further information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kind regards, Dr. Bernhard Mueller