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REPORT on EMMC Expert Meeting on Open source, free software and commercially supported software for materials modelling

One of the main objectives of the EMMC was increasing the use of materials modelling software in the European industry. This EMMC Expert meeting served to bring together leading European software developers and stakeholders. Further information on the event page …

A report is available now:

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Kurt Stokbro (Synopsys, Denmark), Volker Eyert & Erich Wimmer (MDS, France)


Event Funding

This event has received funding via the EMMC-CSA project
from the European Union‘s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
under Grant Agreement No 723867

EMMC – Report on IntOP2018: EMMC-CSA Workshop on Marketplaces and Interoperability

On November 6-7, 2018, the EMMC organised the “IntOP2018: EMMC-CSA Workshop on Marketplaces and Interoperability”. This workshop took place at Fraunhofer IWM in Freiburg, Germany.

The goal of the workshop is to bring together main actors developing next generation online materials science collaboration platforms including calculated and measured data repositories to foster discussions and collaboration.
For more information on the workshop – please visit the event-page!


Please find below the report on this workshop compiled by Gerhard Goldbeck and Alexandra Simperler (Goldbeck Consulting Limited):

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EMMC Webinar Introduction to Standards in Software Development for Beginners – Presentation & Recording


Presentation and Recording are available now for this  facilitation workshop, where Materials Model Software Developers and Users have been invited who would like to write simple to medium complex software and aims to provide some thought-provoking impulses to get them started.

The webinar was presented by Dr. Alex Simperler (Goldbeck Consulting)

Link Webinar-Presentation

Link Webinar Recording

More details …

The organisation of the webinar was supported
by the funded EU project EMMC-CSA, Grant Agreement No. 723867

Thus, the participation in the EMMC-Webinar was free.


EMMC Survey on Translation and Training for materials modelling marketplaces – outcome presentation


Outcome Presentation

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• To inform the EMMC community about the ongoing MMP projects
• To collect feedback from (EMMC) Translators on MMP requirements
• To help design of the available tools and tailor online material for Translators


• Prepared in collaboration with T&T WPs in VIMMP and MARKETPLACE projects
• Ignacio Pagonabarraga (VIMMP) and Kwang-Leong Choy (MARKETPLACE)
• EMMC WP4 team (Natalia Konchakova)


• The survey was prepared using EUSurvey tool as a publicly-accessible document
• Sent on 03/12/2018 from Ernst-Dieter Janotka (EMMC coordination) via email
• Distributed to 651 GDPR-compliant contacts in the EMMC database
• Number of feedback received: 52 (8% is in line with previous surveys)


This work has received funding via the EMMC-CSA project
from the European Union‘s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
under Grant Agreement No 723867

EMMC Case Study “Optimisation of manufacturing conditions for gas turbine rotating components”, RR


EMMC and Rolls-Royce present the CASE STUDY

“Optimisation of manufacturing conditions for gas turbine rotating

Interview of Dr Christos Argyrakis, Rolls-Royce
Writers: Alexandra Simperler and Gerhard Goldbeck (both Goldbeck Consulting)

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The case study is based on a project between Rolls-Royce and the University of Birmingham, “The development and application of a mean field precipitation kinetics model to the optimisation of manufacturing conditions for gas turbine rotating components”, which was presented at the 1st Annual Thermodynamics of Materials Symposium 2018 (Sheffield, UK).








This work has received funding via the EMMC-CSA project
from the European Union‘s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
under Grant Agreement No 723867

EMMC International Workshop 2019


The EMMC – the European Materials Modelling Council

is glad to announce the

EMMC International Workshop 2019

February 25-27, 2019

Vienna / Austria

The EMMC International Workshop 2019, has the goal to boost the networking of European and International stakeholders and to provide a communication platform across all stakeholder communities. It will support different type of stakeholders to provide their input on the future materials modelling.

The Workshop is an ‘invitation-only’ event for about 150 European and International Experts to discuss and contribute in setting a common direction among stakeholders in all areas of Materials Modelling

The EMMC International Workshop 2019 will provide a discussion platform for numerous stakeholders. The outcome of this event will be published on and  integrated within the EMMC Roadmap 2019.

Information on the last EMMC International Workshop 2017 is available here!

Workshop Event Page 


Parkhotel Schönbrunn

Hietzinger Hauptstr. 10-14, 1130 Wien , Austria

How to get there!



This event receives funding via the EMMC-CSA project from the
European Union‘s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
under Grant Agreement No 723867

EMMC Expert Meeting on Training requirements for Translators

The EMMC Translation team is organising an Expert Meeting on Training requirements for Translators.

March 27, 2019 in Hamburg, Germany

Hotel Hafen Hamburg
Seewartenstraße 9, 20459 Hamburg, Germany

The output of the meeting would be used to outline the types of needed translators trainings including the required training material and for the preparation of the rule for Trainers as well as to update the Guide for Translators of EMMC.

For more information please visit the event page.

The meeting is an “invitation only” event. You will be contacted by the organisers.

Contact: Natalia Konchakova (Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany) – Daniel Höche (Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht / Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg, Germany)



This event has received funding via the EMMC-CSA Project
from the European Union’s Horizon 2020
Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 723867

EMMC-CSA: White paper for business models and sustainability for materials modelling software

Successful software for materials modelling has an expected lifetime of many decades. This long-term nature requires a sound legal and business foundation: the ownership of software must be clearly established and the license models need to be carefully thought through to ensure a sustainable development and maintenance of the software and impactful exploitation by both academic and industrial end-users. Different business models carefully need to be considered when developing a strategy for long term sustainability of software and sustainment of the operation.
As background, the White Paper provides an overview of materials modelling software market, considering different segmentations (by value chain and by type of modelling) and briefly discusses market dynamics. It is, however, not an extensive market analysis.
Furthermore, the fundamental aspects of software sustainability and sustainment are described, based on literature and previous reports published by the Research Data Alliance and Software Sustainability Institute. In that context, Business Models are discussed, with a detailed analysis of different Revenue Models.
Based on the above background analysis, the status of materials modelling software is presented with respect to different sustainment attributes (Users and Communities, Product Management, Software development and maintenance, Revenue Generation). The findings are based on a workshop and surveys carried out by the EMMC during 2018. Finally, the thoughts and recommendations shared by Software Owners (SWOs) during the evidence gathering are summarised.

The main findings of the White Paper are:

  • A variety of business models are used by SWOs, mostly based on a hybrid software and services approach. The revenue percentage share of services varies greatly; it is typically higher in the initial development phase of a software to enable industrial take-up.
  • Software sales as well as subscription licenses in combination with a range of services (from initial implementation to contract research) are the predominant revenue mix.
  • Services play a significant role, with income ranging from 20-80% in many cases. Target software to services ratio is in the range of 70-80 / 30-20. Services are not as scalable but a substantial amount seems required due to the complexity of the software and science. However, there are also exceptions, with some SWO running a successful business with a pure software (and some training etc.) focus.
  • SaaS is still in its infancy. Ways of overcoming industry reservations with SaaS (e.g. security concerns) should be found since SaaS can greatly reduce software maintenance costs and provide a faster route for new features to get to users. Also, SaaS would help to reach small and medium enterprises.
  • There is some skepticism but also opportunity for Marketplaces. The added value of the marketplace needs to be demonstrated to SWOs as well, in particular regarding the relation to customers. A concern is that the relation could become more distant rather than closer.
  • New businesses developing services or SaaS based on proprietary software is somewhat hindered by the lack of business and licensing models between SWO and SaaS provider as SWO tend to focus on licensing to end users directly.
  • Sustainability of software requires a change in education and better recognition of the persons in charge.
  • Lifecycle of software requires substantial rethinking and a vision for the future as software’s age reaches decades.
  • Working with customers (via services and consortia etc.) is important to uncover why they are using your software and what it takes to retain them as well as to fund new developments.
  • Government funded projects are also important to most SWOs for development.
  • Most software represented is proprietary but there are a range of involvements with open-source. There is a lot of complementarity (e.g. pre- post- processing and materials relations for open source codes) and SWOs can profit from the collaborative opportunities it brings.
  • It is important to engage with the academic community, find ways to make software engineering more exciting and bring in new standards to make software sustainable and maintainable.

More information on the “White paper for business models and sustainability for materials modelling software”

Also published on Zenodo:

EMMC – Interview @ SciTech Europa Quarterly DEC 2018/Issue 29

The European Materials Modelling Council’s Chairwoman and EMMC CSA Project Co-ordinator, Dr Nadja Adamovic, tells SciTech Europa Quarterly about the work and role of the Council, as well as some of the challenges facing the wider incorporation of materials modelling in industry.

It has been demonstrated in many individual cases that materials modelling is a key enabler of R&D efficiency and innovation. Companies reported that computational modelling benefits include reduced R&D time and cost, more efficient and targeted
experimentation, more strategic approach to R&D, a route to performance optimisation, wider patent protection, improved supply chain control, enhanced decision making and early understanding of application performance aiding faster and more assured
market introduction.

Interview                   Issue 29  


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