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EUROGUSS Talent Award 2024

In 2024, we are once again looking for the best young talents from the industry. Take part now and win great prizes!



EUROGUSS Talent Award 2024

At EUROGUSS Talent Award Bachelor's and Master's theses that relate to an innovation, improvement or new applications in die casting along with its entire value chain will be honored.

The submitted abstracts will be evaluated and screened by a top-class international jury consisting of representatives from industry and research.

The presentation of the EUROGUSS Talent Award takes place during the EUROGUSS 2024 in Nuremberg. The winners have the opportunity to present their work to interested trade visitors at the EUROGUSS trade fair forum.



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Why is it worth participating? 

  • Win attractive cash and non-cash prizes:
    First place: 1,500 EUR
    Second place: 750 EUR
    Third place: 500 EUR
  • Present your work in front of a professional audience at EUROGUSS 2024
  • Receive valuable feedback from a top-class jury
  • Make new contacts and build a network for your professional future
  • Free participation and invitation to EUROGUSS 2024

Participate now and win!


  • First place: 1,500 EUR
  • Second place: 750 EUR
  • Third place: 500 EUR

The work should relate to innovations, improvements or new applications in die casting. New impulses with an impact on the foundry industry, e.g. from the fields of artificial intelligence, Industry 4.0, software or sustainability, are explicitly desired. Thus, students of non-foundry-related courses of study are explicitly invited.

Note: Submission of the entire thesis is not required.



  • Abstract of a bachelor's or master's thesis completed after January 2022

  • Topics: New impulses, ideas or further developments for the foundry industry e.g as well from the fields of artificial intelligence, industry 4.0, software, sustainability.
  • Application deadline: October 31st 2023 
Winning photo with all finalists

This was the EUROGUSS Talent Award 2022

The EUROGUSS Talent Award 2022 was won by Julia Dölling from the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University in Stuttgart. With her work, she had prevailed among the last five best candidates and also won the audience award.


The best five candidates of the EUROGUSS Talent Award 2022: 

  • Julia Döllinger with her Master's thesis "Flowability of aluminium-silicon die casting alloys"
  • Jonas Arimont with his Master's thesis "Investigation of the service life of spray-cooled permanent moulds using FEM simulations"
  • Caspar Braun with his Bachelor thesis "Structural optimisation of a fullsuspension bicycle frame based on existing geometries and kinematics in accordance with die-casting"
  • Florian Girkes with his master thesis "Evaluation of FSW tool geometries with regard to the mechanical-technological properties of aluminium welded joints in the automotive sector"
  • Lea Pursche with her Master's thesis "Investigation of the thermal influences on the composite strength and the properties of the borderline area of carbon fibre-reinforced PEEK-light metal compounds in the aluminium die-casting process"

The Jury

jury member Franz-Josef Wöstmann

Franz-Josef Wöstmann, Fraunhofer IFAM, Head of Department Casting Technology and Lightweight Construction

Franz-Josef Wöstmann has been working in the foundry industry for more than twenty years and is an internationally recognized expert in this field. From 2004 to 2020, he headed the Foundry Technology department at Fraunhofer IFAM, which was continuously expanded under his professional guidance. Since 2020, Mr. Wöstmann has been responsible for the department of High-Efficiency Drives. The appointment as chairman of the expert jury is an expression of his reputation in the professional world. At the same time, this honorary commitment reflects his personal convictions: "International networking is an essential motor for progress. This applies not only at the level of companies and research institutions, but also at the level of students. The award is intended to make an important contribution to this," says Franz-Josef Wöstmann, underlining the importance of this competition.

jury member Dirk Lehmus

Dr.-Ing. Dirk Lehmhus, Fraunhofer IFAM 

Dirk Lehmhus has been working at Fraunhofer IFAM in the areas of powder and casting technology since joining in 1998, during which time he completed his doctorate at the University of Bremen’s Faculty  of Production Technology in the field of metallic foams. His publication list includes about 70 contributions in scientific journals and conference proceedings, several book chapters, and currently 3 patents. In addition, he is the editor of two books on "Advanced Materials for Transport Applications" and "Material-integrated Intelligent Systems" and is a member of the editorial board of the journals "Metals" and "Materials" (MDPI). At Fraunhofer IFAM, he is involved in the execution and initiation of projects in the areas of sand casting, investment casting and low as well as high pressure die casting, with a focus on the latter process. He is also particularly interested in issues relating to materials and process simulation and digitalization in the foundry industry.