What we do

The European Scientific Association for material FORMing -ESAFORM- is a non-profit scientific association. It was founded in January 1997 with the aim to propagate interest for all types of materials and all topics connected to Material Forming.

Next Conference

The 25th International ESAFORM Conference on Material Forming – ESAFORM 2022 – will be organized by Dr. Gabriela Vincze from the University of Aveiro, Portugal, and Prof. Frédéric Barlat from Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea, between 27. and 29. of April 2022, in Braga, Portugal.

Material forming

Within the association, forming has an open definition and includes any process that changes a materials’ shape.


ESAFORM in the recent years has established protocols of cooperation with national and international associations related to Material Forming.

Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee safeguards the scientific quality of the ESAFORM conferences.

Industry & Research

Industrial participation to Esaform activities is warmly encouraged with papers submission to the annual conference and through the PhD Prize for Industrial Research

Board of directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for leading the association and is partly renewed every other year.


In cooperation with Springer, Esaform launched the International Journal of Material Forming in 2007 and the ESAFORM Book series in Material Forming in 2014.

ESAFORM grants

ESAFORM offers a wide range of supporting grants for its members ranging from financial support in writing EU proposals over traveling of young researchers to workshop funding and support in the execution of benchmarks.

Prizes and rewards

ESAFORM offers a wide range of supporting grants for its members ranging from financial support in writing EU proposals over traveling of young researchers to workshop funding and support in the execution of benchmarks.

We offer grants for:

  • writing proposals for EU funding schemes
  • mobility of young researchers
  • organization of thematic workshops
  • execution of benchmarks


The purpose of these conferences is to bring together scientists working on all material forming processes with all types of materials.

The International ESAFORM Conference on Material Forming, is used to achieve one of the main goals of ESAFORM: to spread scientific and technological information related to material forming within academic and industry.


IDDRG 2022

IDDRG 2022The 41st IDDRG conference will be held in Lorient, France, from 6 to 10 June 2022, organized by Prof Sandrine Thuillier at Université Bretagne Sud. All engineering aspects of sheet metal forming are included, such as thermo-mechanical behavior of materials,...

Best communication award 2021

Starting from 2020, ESAFORM presents a “Best communication award” for papers and presentations at the annual ESAFORM conference. The aim of this award is to promote research activities in material forming and young researchers, engaged in a PhD activity, to help them...
conference announcement iddrg 2021

iddrg 2021

The 40th IDDRG Conference will be held on June 21. – July 2., 2021 as an online event. The conference main title is “Digital Technologies in Sheet Metal Forming“ and organized by the Institute for Metal Forming Technology at the University of Stuttgart.

SheMet 2021

The 19th International Conference on Sheet Metal.
Date: March 29th – 31st, 2021

Award winners

Presentation of the Award The winner(s) will be notified a month before the next ESAFORM Annual Conference, and he/she will receive the ESAFORM Scientific Prize during the conference in Liege, Belgium, from 14 to 16 of April 2021. The winner(s) will deliver a lecture...

Our objectives

We connect researchers in academic and industrial research laboratories.

We stimulate applied research and spread scientific information on material forming. We promote the interests of the material forming research community.


Participation in the annual conference includes a one-year membership. A direct application for membership, without conference participation, can be submitted here.




ESAFORM Bookseries in Material Forming

This series publishes monographs and carefully edited books on every aspect covered by the European Scientific Association for Material Forming (ESAFORM). Like its supporting association, this collection acts as a tool for promoting applied research in University and Industry, spreading scientific information, and developing education in all aspects related to material forming in its broadest sense. Read more…
One of the major achievement of the ESAFORM association was the launching of an international journal. The International Journal of Forming Processes (Lavoisier) was for many years (1998-2007) the official journal of the ESAFORM association. However, the ESAFORM Board of Directors decided in 2007 to launch a new journal trying to enhance the international visibility and impact of published papers. Read more…

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