62nd IFC in Portoroz - Slovenia 30 years of WFO membership

Dr. Carsten Kuhlgatz announces "Young researchers scientist award 2023"

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Thomas Fritsch, Chief Editor

Dr Carsten Kuhlgatz, President of the World Foundry Organization, thanked Msci Dipl.-Ing Miriam Jan-Blazic and her team for the excellent organization and execution of the 62nd IFC in Portoroz. Knowing that Ms. Jan-Blazic organizes this conference with only two other team members, everyone can only appreciate this achievement. The leaders of the World Foundry Organization (WFO) hope that we will be able to participate in many more conferences in Portoroz.

30 years of WFO membership

On behalf of the Executive Committee and the team of General Secretaries, Kuhlgatz thanked the Slovenian Foundry Association for its 30 years of membership in the WFO. The Slovenian Foundry Association is a very active member in the WFO. A highlight of the cooperation was the World Technical Forum, which was held in combination with the 59th IFC in Portoroz in 2019.

The conferences, which are mainly organized by the member associations, provide an excellent forum for foundry professionals from all over the world with the opportunity to exchange experiences, present new technologies and network. This is also the main task of the WFO and the WFO Working Groups. In many cases, the new technologies are developed by young scientists and experts. What could be more natural than to organize a conference just for young scientists and experts from all over the world. These young scientists and experts are our future.

Young Scientists Award 2023

However, the WFO will not want to hold this conference in person, but on the World Wide Web.  For the first time, the WFO will use a digital conference platform to organize, host and track this special event. We will develop a website for the call of papers, registration of participants and running the conference. Young scientists will be required to submit a video of their presentation. This video will be available on the conference platform for a special period in March or April 2023. Anyone who is registered will be able to view this video at any time. This will ensure that the presentations can be viewed conveniently on any continent and in any time zone. There will be a chat function for questions. Spontaneous discussion sessions can also be initiated via video or chat. A jury will ensure that the presentations meet a certain quality standard. The jury will evaluate the presentations and select the 3 best of them.

Invitation to the GIFA - GMTN 2023 in Düsseldorf

The best 3 presenters will be invited to GIFA 2023 in Düsseldorf. They have to explain their results and developments at the GIFA Meeting Point . There they will receive prizes.

But without the help of all responsible persons in the member associations we will not succeed in getting enough presentations. Therefore, please support us and promote this special event in your member associations, universities, research institutes and companies. Kuhlgatz is convinced that this format will be a complete success. Subsequently, this platform can be used by all member associations to organize and conduct events on behalf of the WFO for a small fee.


About Dr. Carsten Kuhlgatz

Dr Carsten Kuhlgatz is President of the World Foundry Organization 2022 and 2023. He was President of Hüttenes-Albertus for 20 years and most recently CEO of the global HA Group. Today, he is a shareholder and chairman of the management board of the holding company Albertuswerke GmbH. One of their affiliates are Huettenes-Albertus and the HA-Group.

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