Call for Papers

The 78th HeatTreatmentCongress (HK) of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Wärmebehandlung und Werkstofftechnik e. V., AWT, will take place in Cologne from 11 - 13 October 2022. Parallel to the HeatTreatmentCongress, AWT and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde e. V., DGM, will for the first time jointly organise the scientific symposium Steel Innovation (SI), a conference of the newly founded expert committee for steel materials technology of AWT and DGM.

For the first time, two conferences and a trade fair will be held under one roof:

HK 2022: The HeatTreatmentCongress with the proven division into scientific symposium and practitioners‘ conference. The largest European congress on topics of heat treatment and materials technology, manufacturing and process engineering.

SI 2022: The new Steel Innovation conference. The scientific conference under the direction of the joint DGM and AWT committee on steel materials technology, on innovations in materials technology, production, processing and application of steels.

Trade fair organised by F&E Technologiebroker Bremen GmbH, accompanying HeatTreatmentCongress and Steel Innovation.

Venue: Cologne trade fair, Entrance east, east congress halls and hall 10.2.

Registration of presentations on the following main topics is requested by 15.03.2022:

HeatTreatmentCongress 2022

  • Heat treatment - processes, equipment, media, safety
  • Sustainability concepts for heat treatment plants and process chains
  • Production and machining of components in the process chain
  • Properties of components in machining and application
  • New material developments
  • Material analysis and quality control
  • Artificial intelligence, simulation, and digitalisation

Steel Innovation 2022

  • Materials Engineering steel
  • Digital steel technology
  • High strength and wear-resistant steels
  • Sustainable steel - recycling, re-use and re-manufacturing
  • Corrosion-resistant steels
  • Hydrogen embrittlement /steel development for the hydrogen economy
  • Materials testing steel
  • Increasing the damage tolerance of steels
  • New steel concepts for additive manufacturing

Presentations can be submitted and given in English or German languge. Please submit an abstract of 1800 characters (incl. space characters) and your photo by the form on the website www.hk-si.de. The exhibiting conditions and the registration form for stands are available at „Downloadcenter Exhibition“ on the website.

Link to abstract submission

With expert presentations on sustainability concepts for the heat treatment and steel industry, essential contributions to the path towards a climate-neutral future will be presented and discussed at both conferences. Attending both conferences also offers the opportunity to find out about the latest research and development results in the entire steel process chain, from materials development to production and processing. The associated trade exhibition also opens a new thematic field: in addition to presenting the latest products of the heat treatment industry, the exhibition also offers research institutes and companies of the steel industry a platform to present their innovations and products.


The programme will be published at the end of May 2022. The online-ticketshop for the purchase of admission tickets will also start at the end of May 2022.