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4th IMTC: Lightweight construction conference appeals to visitors with a versatile programme and top-class speakers

Under the patronage of the Saxon Minister President, 67 experts from eight countries will be presenting special findings on lightweight construction and technological developments at Chemnitz University of Technology from 18 to 19 September 2019

The 4th International MERGE Technologies Conference (IMTC) at Chemnitz University of Technology, which takes place on 18 and 19 September 2019, offers an interdisciplinary platform for the exchange of information on current developments and lightweight construction trends. In parallel sessions, the topics of "Materials and Semi-Finished Products", "Manufacturing Technologies", "Modelling and Simulation" as well as "Smart Systems Integration for the Mass Production of Lightweight Structures" will be explored. Representatives from well-known companies, numerous Fraunhofer Institutes and national and international research institutions will present trends, visions and developments for the global market and provide insight into greater topics such as "Artificial Intelligence". In addition, the scientists involved in the MERGE Cluster of Excellence will highlight more than six years of interdisciplinary lightweight construction research. Registration is available online until 31 August 2019:

"I cordially invite all interested parties to participate in the 4th IMTC by networking and exchanging ideas and results. Climate and environmental protection are of great social and political interest presently. The key technology of lightweight construction as a whole and hybridised lightweight construction technologies in particular offer a number of particularly promising solutions in this area. I am therefore delighted that we have been able to attract speakers and experts from New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Portugal, Italy and Poland, as well as numerous representatives of well-known companies and research institutions to the 4th IMTC in Chemnitz, so as to jointly tackle the global challenges and opportunities represented by lightweight construction”, said the coordinator of the MERGE Cluster of Excellence and conference host Prof. Dr. Lothar Kroll.

Background: Patronage and programme

The IMTC 2019 is being supported by Saxony's Minister President Michael Kretschmer, who is taking over the patronage of the event. The conference opening will include welcome addresses by the Saxon State Minister for Higher Education, Research and the Arts, Dr. Eva-Maria Stange, the Head of the department for “Construction Industry, Lightweight Construction/New Materials and Resource Efficiency” at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Werner Loscheider, and Prof. Dr. Jörn Ihlemann, Vice President for Research and Junior Researchers at Chemnitz University of Technology.

In addition to over 40 lectures in ten parallel sessions, an accompanying trade fair with a wide range of exhibitors from science and industry, a poster session, and the presentation of the Best Paper and Best Poster Awards at the evening event in "Kraftverkehr" Chemnitz on 18 September 2019 will round off the conference programme. The dinner speeches will be given by Thomas Schmidt, Saxon State Minister for Environment and Agriculture, and Sören Uhle, Managing Director of the Economic Development Corporation (Chemnitzer Wirtschaftsförderungs- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, CWE).

On the second day of the conference, interested participants will have the opportunity to experience live demonstrations in the MERGE Technology Centre and take a look at the construction activities in the adjacent new laboratory building.

A creative approach to lightweight construction

A new feature of this year's conference is dedicated to a creative perspective of lightweight construction. In a "Call for Creatives", the organisers of the IMTC call on interested parties to submit artistic contributions that illustrate the symbiosis of science, technology and art. These contributions, which may include photographs, paintings and sculptures as well as films and simulations, will be presented in an exhibition during the event. A jury will select the three best contributions during the conference. In addition, the public will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite.

Further information on the "Call for Creatives" can be found at:

Additional information is available from Dr. Michael Heinrich, Scientific Director of the Cluster of Excellence MERGE, and Dr. Isabelle Roth-Panke, Administrative Director of the Cluster of Excellence MERGE, phone 0371 531-13910, e-mail

(Author: Diana Schreiterer, Translation: Eva Laurie and Jeffrey Karnitz)

Matthias Fejes

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