Fraunhofer DDMC 2020 Corona Update

Fraunhofer DDMC 2020 goes virtual – 23 June 2020

13 May 2020

It has become clear in recent weeks that we will not be able to hold a live DDMC this year. This is why we are moving the Fraunhofer Direct Digital Manufacturing Conference DDMC 2020 into the virtual world, combining pre-recorded video presentations with an exciting innovative and interactive digital conference format, hosted on 23 June 2020.

Meet us online on June 23, 2020!
We are currently finalizing our agenda and the details of our new format to bring you the most inspiring, lively, interactive and educational Fraunhofer DDMC Conference that the current circumstances allow… You can look forward to live presentations of the keynotes and award recipients, as well as short pitches for the highest ranked papers, live debates and award decoration ceremonies for best paper, best poster and best presentation!

Presentations
To limit the live event online to one day and to still give you the chance to see as many presentations as possible, all contributions will be made available to you online as video presentations 10 days prior to the conference. Unlike the real Fraunhofer DDMC, where you would have to choose between one of three parallel sessions, this gives you the opportunity of viewing all presentations in your own time (within a given time frame of several weeks)!

All conference papers will also be made available to all registered participants by mid-June as an interactive conference program. As with prior live DDMCs, the full conference proceedings will be published right after the conference. In addition, the 10 papers ranked highest in our double-blind paper review process have already been published in a special issue of the Springer Nature journal "Progress in Additive Manufacturing". We will provide details on how to access these papers to you shortly.

Conference Fees
The conference fees have been reduced to EUR 495 for regular attendants and to EUR 425 for speakers. Our conference office will contact you with the details of the reimbursement process.

We are also accepting new participants to join us in this novel conference experience.

Although we sincerely regret not having the opportunity to meet all of you in person, we are looking forward to welcoming you as a valuable part of our Fraunhofer DDMC additive manufacturing community in the virtual realm!

 

27.03.2020

"When we postponed the DDMC 2020 only two weeks ago, it was a difficult but necessary decision. Needless to say that, after all the planning and preparation that went into the conference, we deeply regret this turn of events. Many of you have supported this decision and we thank you for your kind feedback.

We are currently discussing different options with regard to the postponement and we kindly ask you to be patient and give us a few more weeks to come up with a solution that will stand the test of time and not immediately be overtaken by events. We will inform you by the end of April at the latest about what is happening with DDMC2020.

For the publication of the DDMC2020 papers we are currently weighing different options, but we can promise you that they will be published in the next few months."

Fraunhofer DDMC 2020 will be postponed

11.03.2020

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 ddmc@mcc-events.de.

 

Kind regards, Dr. Bernhard Mueller

 

Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Müller Spokesman of the Fraunhofer Alliance Additive Manufacturing  Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkzeugmaschinen und Umformtechnik IWU
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Current situation in Germany
(according to German Public Health Institute, RKI)

The health and safety of our conference participants and the DDMC team is our top priority; therefore, the organizers monitor the current developments relating to Covid-19 carefully. We will take all updates and changes of the situation into consideration with regard to the planning of our event. 

Current situation in Germany (according to German Public Health Institute, RKI)

The novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 continues to spread in a number of countries. At present, most federal German states have reported cases of infection with the new coronavirus. The Robert Koch Institute is continuously monitoring the situation, evaluating all available information, estimating the risk for the population in Germany and providing health professionals with recommendations.

Date: 11.03.2020

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