It will be possible to submit a short paper, which will be published in online proceedings on the conference website and will remain there for the next 10 years max. for public download. 

Additionally, papers can be published in an Open Access special issue of the journal "Metals".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 June 2020.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The manufacture of light alloys (Al, Mg, Ti) into advanced wrought products is widely recognised as a key technology for a sustainable future. Light alloys are mass efficient, cost effective, and highly recyclable. 85% of the market in light alloys is in wrought products, formed during manufacture to achieve their required shape, microstructure, and properties. Rapid growth in the transport market and the emerging potential of digital simulation has produced an unprecedented climate for commercial opportunities in high value-added manufacturing with these materials. These opportunities include exponential growth in electric vehicles, new alloy developments, emerging flexible forming processes, and novel recycling technologies.

Challenges and opportunities in light metals are the focus of LightMAT 2019, the 3rd International Conference on Light Materials, to be held 5th-7th November 2019 in Manchester, UK. LightMAT provides a global forum for academia and industry to showcase the latest innovations in aluminium, magnesium, and titanium science and technology. Topics will include

  • processing,
  • additive manufacturing,
  • alloy development,
  • characterization, and simulation.

A special session on light metal forming will present the latest developments in this fast-moving field.

This Special Issue on “Light Materials” is set to publish selected works presented at this event, in order to share recent progress and new achievements in this emerging field with broader scientific and industrial communities.

Prof. Joseph D Robson
Prof. Philip B Prangnell
Dr. Martin Jackson
Dr. Axel von Hehl
Guest Editors

For further Information please cklick here:

Publications of LightMAT 2017

Advanced Engineering Materials

Advanced engineering Materials Volume 21

Issue 4 Special Section: Light Materials – Science and Technology

In a special issue of Advanced Engineering Materials, twelve selected papers from the LightMAT Conference 2017 have been published to share recent advances and achievements in this emerging field of research with scientists and industry representatives in a broader sense.

Since the beginning of industrial production, the demand for light and strong materials has steadily increased. The rapid technological development has simultaneously led to today’s light materials and associated production processes. Today light materials are common in almost all technical applications of human life. The current means of transport would be inconceivable without light materials. As the three most important metallic light materials aluminum and magnesium as well as titanium, including their alloys, provide excellent impact resistance, good wear and heat resistance and high life cycle fatigue along with moderate material and processing costs and excellent recyclability. However, alternative structural materials, such as high strength fiber-reinforced polymers, which increasingly penetrate into transportation applications, have led to new challenges for light metals, like the ability to be combined with polymers in hybrid materials, but also to improve the individual alloy properties significantly. This requires a multi-disciplinary approach that combines material science and production technology with design and dimensioning. Taking up these aspects, the 2nd International Conference and Exhibition on “Light MaterialsScience and Technology” (LightMAT2017, gave a comprehensive overview of latest developments and progress of the three most important light metals and their alloys. From September 8th to 10th, 2017, more than 200 experts from science and industry met in Bremen, Germany, to present and discuss their recent research. Twelve selected papers are published in this special section “Light Materials - Science and Technology” to share recent advances and achievements in the emerging research field with broader scientific and industrial communities. The papers cover various aspects such as microstructure development, hybrid materials, advanced materials processing and disruptive technologies such as additive manufacturing. As conference chairs it was a pleasure for us to have welcomed colleagues from all over the world. We hope that both the conference and the selected papers will contribute to further progress in light materials research, and we are already looking forward to continuing the discussions at the 3rd LightMAT2019 (, that will be held from November 5th to 7th, 2019, in Manchester, UK.

Guest Editors:
Axel von Hehl - Leibniz Institute for Materials Engineering, IWT University of Bremen
Jürgen Hirsch - Hydro Aluminium Rolled Products GmbH
Karl Ulrich Kainer - Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht - Centre for Materials and Coastal Research
Christoph Leyens - Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology



Open Access Special Issue of the Journal “Metals” (ISSN: 2075-4701, IF 2015: 1.574) with an article processing charge.

LightMAT 2017 - Submitted documents

Our online database with submitted papers, abstracts, presentations and posters of LightMAT 2017