Around 35 high-ranking university scientists and institute researchers from China and Germany attended a Sino-German symposium at the end of January 2015, with the primary aim of promoting bilateral cooperation in the fields of laser additive manufacturing (LAM) and of processing high-performance materials.
Sponsored by the Sino-German Center for Research Promotion (Beijing, China) and by the Chair for Laser Technology LLT at RWTH Aachen University (Aachen, Germany), the symposium represents the latest development after a number of exchange workshops in both Germany and China.
An open discussion at the end of the two days of presentations proved instrumental in promoting dialogue between potential partners, so that the funding advantage provided to the researchers could be rapidly realised. Even at this short notice, a handful of potential joint projects are already due to be explored and ultimately submitted for funding.
Commenting at the end of proceedings on the benefits provided to them by the symposium, many of the Chinese delegates highlighted the exceptional strong groundwork undertaken, for example, in the field of laser additive manufacturing in Germany, in particular at the Fraunhofer ILT, and of the opportunities thus presented to their own research. Among many other comments from delegates, Professor Minlin Zhong, professor at the School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, additionally LIA fellow and repeat exchange visitor to Germany and many other countries, added further: ‘The primary benefit lies in the exchange of information and in the opportunity to combine strengths and balance weaknesses in these fields. This should inspire new ideas and approaches to the research problems we all face.’
Attendees were provided with two days of presentations, during which senior professors and researchers from a number of high-ranking universities and institutes around China, as well as from those within Germany, presented an overview of their work. A third day provided an opportunity for symposium delegates to view research facilities at the Fraunhofer ILT and IPT and at the WZL at the RWTH Aachen University.