DGM MatWerk Architecture

Architecture of the field of Materials Science and Engineering: Analysis, Positioning, Anchoring

The field of materials science and engineering has a significant influence on the competitiveness of German industry and consequently on the well-being of our society. As in the end, the quality of a material determines its success!

The project Architecture of the field of Materials Science and Engineering aims to ensure that the economic and social importance of Materials Science and Engineering is recognized publicly and by decision-makers.

Project Key Areas:

  1. Identification and characterisation of participants, that represent the field Materials Science and Engineering at the moment (IST-situation),
  2. Identification of current and future topics that are of strategic importance to the field of Materials Science and Engineering.
  3. Development of a strategy that can effectively be put in place between key players of the field of Materials Science and Engineering; for a strong positioning of this discipline in public and in relation to decision-makers (SOLL-situation)
  4. Development of measures for the entire field of Materials Science and Engineering for the implementation of positioning.



10-Point Plan for Target-Architecture MatWerk

1. Ways of documenting work and results 

  • Preparation of topics
  • Report format
  • Recipients
  • Distribution mechanism

2. Ways of recording interests and opinions 

  • Thematic structure on the basis of future topics
  • Inclusion of results from DGM panels
  • Topic surveys among members by the head office

3. Consolidation/Adjustment of aims and content

  • Harmonisation/Complementation among the DGM Committees
  • Defining of important interfaces (professional, personnel)
  • Identification of thematic gaps

4. Harmonisation with the DGM Committees  regarding the documentation of work and results

  • Relevance
  • Processed topics
  • Publications
  • Joint ways of communicating

5 Definition of interfaces with the DGM Partners  

  • Mutual transparency regarding topics and impetus
  • Mutual use of results from communication/public image
  • Mutual use of contact persons/influencers (Politics? Media?)

6. Definition of a „Vocabulary“ and language for the field of Materials Science and Engineering

  • Easily remembered descriptions
  • Concise pictorial representations
  • Amalgamation of resources (Pictures, Videos) 

7. Initiation of a communication stategy

  • Selection of a future topic
  • Initiation of a topic year
  • Implementation of the topic with relevant contents (Findings, Applications, Participants, Themes)
  • Broad communication (Internet, Press, Prizes/Competitions)
  • Inclusion of the Young-DGM

8. Safeguarding of the transition of personnel in executive committees

  • Sphere (Science, Industry, Research, Politics)
  • Personality
  • Level of networking
  • Leadership experience

9. Acquisition of ambassadors

  • Identification of active, communicative and well-networked persons, also outside of the field of expertise
  • Development and application of an effective communications strategy towards ambassadors
  • Collaborative approach of potential candidates through DGM members

10. Establishment of a suitable work organisation within the DGM Head Office and  DGM Committees

  • Suitability and staffing of committees, working groups etc.
  • Recourse to committees e.g. DGM Committees
  • Time limitation
  • Ways of monitoring results, feedback, reporting


Project Lead

Univ.-Prof. Dr. habil. Anja Geigenmüller