International Conference on Programmable Materials, Berlin, April 27-29, 2020


The first international conference on programmable materials ProgMatCon2020 creates the interdisciplinary scientific platform to accelerate the development, production and application of programmable materials. It brings together scientists critical to the success of programmable materials from the disciplines of materials science, mechanics, optimization, process technology and product development and ensures their productive interaction via suitable formats, which is analogous to the integral approach inherent in programmable materials. Thematic priorities can be: the simulation of programmed materials, the optimization and programming of material functions, the development of suitable process technology for modular or hybrid production of programmable materials or the validation of programmable materials by demonstrators and prototypes.


The conference takes place at the H4 Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz, April 27-29, 2020. Eight different symposia are hosted by the conference.  In addition, there will be five interesting plenary talks as well as an exciting social program.


We are looking forward to welcoming you at ProgMatCon2020 in the capital of Berlin!







The registration is open! Please register here

Early bird registration will end on 28 February 2020!


Please find our pricelist* below:

conference fee 3 days 550,00 €
conference fee 2 days 450,00 €
students 3 days** 290,00 €
early bird discount -70,00 €
conference dinner at Berlin TV tower*** 84,50 €

* the pricelist is subject to change without notice

** upon presentation of a valid student identity card  

*** must be booked separately


The terms and conditions of ProgMatCon2020 can be downloaded here.

Abstract Submission


Abstract Submission is closed since 31 January 2020. Thank you very much for your contributions! Notifications will be sent by 14 February 2020. Please find more information here.  



Optimal design of mechanical metamaterials and bionic structures

Simulation and optimization methods for synthetic porous and composite materials which exhibit unusual mechanical properties.

Organizers: PD Dr. Heiko Andrä, Fraunhofer ITWM, Kaiserslautern; Prof. Ralf Müller, University Kaiserslautern; Prof. Matthew R. Begley, UCSB





Programmable surface interactions and friction

Programming coefficients of friction into technical applications in order to stabilize a best possible operating point dynamically depending on the prevailing load collective.

Organizers: Dr. Andreas Kailer, Fraunhofer IWM, Freiburg; Dr. Tobias Amann, Fraunhofer IWM, Freiburg; Prof. Sergei Glavatskih, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Schweden; Prof. Ian Sherrington, University of Central Lancashire, Vereinigtes Königreich


Programmable synthesis

Materials with programmed specific information, functions and/ or complex structure formation patterns; synthetic protocols and design principles; applications.

Organizers: Prof. Alexander Böker, Frauhofer IAP, Potsdam; Dr. Stefan Reinicke, Fraunhofer IAP, Potsdam; Prof. Filip Du Prez, Ghent University, Belgium


Shape memory polymers

Recent progress in the fields of synthesis, processing and additive manufacturing of shape memory polymers and the development of programming routes for one-way and in particular for two-way shape memory effects.

Organizers: Dr. Thorsten Pretsch, Fraunhofer IAP, Potsdam; Prof. Jean-Marie Raquez, University of Mons, Belgium



Manufacturing and upscaling

The complexity of programmable materials (PM) exhibiting properties like predefined shape or stiffness changes requires new production processes in order to create an economic benefit.

Organizers: Dr. Bernd Bader, Fraunhofer ICT, Pfintztal; André Bucht, Fraunhofer IWU, Dresden


Design ideas from nature

The symposium will focus on various design principles from nature, inspiring the integration of sensoring and actuating functionalities into modern artificial materials.

Organizers: Prof. Dr. Alexander Böker, Fraunhofer IAP, Potsdam; Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Peter Fratzl, MPI für Kolloid- und Grenzflächenforschung, Potsdam


Applications and design with programmable materials

Product ideas and visions, i.a. soft robotics and morphing structures, using programmable materials or structure-integrated functionalities, tools and methods for developing such.

Organizers: Linda Weisheit, Fraunhofer IWU, Dresden; Dr. Sylvia Schattauer, Fraunhofer, Munich


Mechanical metamaterials

Designing adaptive shape morphing or surface properties requires us to understand, predict and optimize the complex mechanical interaction within programmable materials.

Organizers: Prof. Chris Eberl, Fraunhofer IWM, Freiburg; PhD Brad L. Boyce, Sandia National Laboratories, USA



Conference Chairs


Prof. Dr. Peter Gumbsch, Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM (link)

Prof. Dr. Alexander Böker, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP (link)

Prof. Dr. Christoph Eberl, Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM (link)