The Printing Future Days are a scientific conference for junior scientists to present their results of theses (Bachelor, Master, Diploma ...), scientific works during the studies and PhD works.

Over the years the amount of contributions in the conference proceedings increased, which represents the reputation and perception of the Printing Future Days. Figure 1 shows the development of the contributions in the proceedings. In 2011 we had a small decrease of the number in contributions in the proceedings due to an increasing number of keynote presentations and a stricter review process. In 2013 the number of contributions increased again with a continuous high number of keynote presentations and a high quality review process.

Number of contributions in the proceedings

[Fig. 1: Development of the number of contributions counted in the proceedings]


International renowned senior scientists (the conference committee) are reviewing the submissions after the Call of Papers and classify them in focal paper (30 min. talk), oral presentation (20 min. talk) and interactive paper (poster).

Similar to the development of submitted contributions, the origin of the attendees is an indicator for the internationality targeted by the conference.

More over, we were glad to welcome participants from the USA in 2007, from Israel in 2009, from Canada in 2011 and Thailand in 2013. The international focus of the Printing Future Days is also reflected in the following figure 2, illustrating the distribution of contributions to the last conference in 2013 in percent. The majority of conference contributions originated from Easter Europe and Germany. Additionally, highly qualified contributiors came from Thailand, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.


[Fig. 2: Global diversification of the Printing Future Days 2013]


The Printing Future Days are intended as a platform giving junior scientists the chance to exchange scientific findings and build up their own networks. The classification of participants attending the Printing Future Days 2013 can be seen in figure 3. More than a quarter of the contributors have been junior researchers who held discussions with scientists and industrial representatives.


[Fig. 3: Attendees classification during the Printing Future Days 2013]