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

In 2023 Kraków, Poland will receive the 26th International ESAFORM Conference on Material Forming (ESAFORM 2023). The Conference will be held from April 19 to 21, 2023, at the AGH University of Science and Technology, and is organized by Prof. Lukasz Madej and his team.

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.

Prizes and Awards

ESAFORM offers a wide range of prizes awarding its members with great contribution to the field for researchers, industrial relevant doctors, and doctoral students.

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 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.


Call for Best Communication Award 2023

Starting in 2020, the board of directors of ESAFORM has decided to create a new event with the 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...

IWPDF 2023

IWPDF 2023The 3rd International Workshop on Plasticity, Damage and Fracture of Engineering Materials will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 4 to 6 October 2023. The aim of IWPDF 2023 is to discuss recent progress in the fields of plasticity, damage, and fracture...

The third Esaform webinar

The third Esaform webinar will be held on December 7 (3:00 p.m, CET) by Prof. Toshihiko Kuwabara on “Advanced Material Testing Methods for Sheet Metals-Review of linear and nonlinear stress path experiments”.  For details of the speaker, Prof. Toshihiko Kuwabara, and...

ESAFORM supported thematic workshop

We are pleased to invite you to the ESAFORM-supported thematic workshop “Material Testing 2.0: Innovative Information-rich material testing”, a seminar jointly organized by OCAS and KU Leuven with the support of ESAFORM. This is a hybrid event that you can attend...

The second Esaform webinar

Following the successful first Esaform webinar, The second one will be held on September 28 (4:00 p.m, CET) by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Luise Kärger on “Macroscopic Forming Simulation of Dry and Impregnated Textiles”.  For details of the speaker, Prof. Luise Kärger and the...

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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