Mannheim, June 16-18, 2020



Magic Actuators ...

Attracting nearly 400 participants from more than 20 countries, the 17th International Conference on New Actuators has quickly become  the most important forum to meet leading international specialists, to share their expertise and to start business co-operations in the field of new actuator technologies.

ACTUATOR’s Success Story
ACTUATOR has been the key forum promoting actuators based on smart materials and micro technologies as well as their applications in all areas of engineering for more than twenty years now.
Over the years a huge variety of excellent ideas and results have been reported. A lot of them have been raised from vision to mass product.

Among the success stories you will find
quite a number of established applications of new actuators, in particular their well-known use in fuel injection, adaptive shock absorbers, nanopositioning, precision engineering like cameras’ lenses and other applications of miniaturised drives.

New Product Generations
In this way, ACTUATOR has launched new product generations with outstanding compactness and high performance properties which so far have not been achieved in conventional technologies.
... a small wonder that based on this ignition,  resulting in gaining access to new markets.


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Committee Members

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Programme Committee 2020

We appreciate the support of the following experts:

W. Amrhein, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria
A. Ando, Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Kyoto, Japan
S.-B. Choi, INHA University, Incheon, South Korea
F. Claeyssen, CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES S.A., Meylan, France
J. Gołdasz, BWI Beijing Western Industries, Kraków, Poland
W.A. Groen, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
L.A. Kahrs, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
H.-J. Karkosch, Contitech Vibration Control GmbH, Hannover, Germany
R. Keller, Dr. Fritz Faulhaber GmbH & Co. KG, Schönaich, Germany
P. Krippner, Bürkert Werke GmbH & Co. KG Karlsruhe, Germany
G. Kullik, Dräger Medical GmbH, Lübeck, Germany
J.C. Lötters, Bronkhorst High-Tech B. V., Ruurlo, The Netherlands
J. Maas, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
H.-P. Monner, DLR e. V., Braunschweig, Germany
E. Pagounis, ETO MAGNETIC GmbH, Stockach, Germany
P. Pertsch, PI Ceramic GmbH, Lederhose, Germany
J. Perret, Haption GmbH, Aachen, Germany
A. Preumont, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
H. Schlaak, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
S. Seelecke, Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, Germany
K. Uchino, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
E. Vander Poorten, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Heverlee, Belgium
G. Vergani, SAES Getters S.p.A., Lainate, Italy
U. Wallrabe, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany

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Target Audience

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ACTUATOR 2020, International Conference and Exhibition on New Actuators and Drive System is the 17th in a series of biennial conferences which for the first time will be held in Mannheim, Germany.

In 2018 Messe Bremen passed on the organisation of the ACTUATOR Conference to the VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies. Within VDE, the GMM Society for Microelectronics, Microsystems and Precision Engineering will from that date on be responsible for the organization and the economic success of the conference. According to GMM’s business practice, the conference management will be in the hands of our members on voluntary basis.


Our target audience

leading experts, suppliers and users in the field of new actuators and low-power electromagnetic drives from all over the world. The invitation to attend ACTUATOR is directed at executives and researchers from industrial companies as well as institutes, colleges and universities, who are interested in the transfer of R&D results into innovative actuator applications and drive technologies.

Since 1992 the conference has focused on

  • actuators based on smart materials and miniaturised electromagnetic drives.
  • At that time, silicon was found to be the basic material for a new promising trend: integrated systems including sensors and actuators based on semiconductor technology. Microsystem technology / MEMS had been born.
  • Thus, there was a need for new thin film micro actuators based on smart materials like e. g. piezoelectric crystals, shape memory alloys, giant magnetostrictive materials.

ACTUATOR provides ...

  • a forum for the presentation and the exchange of RTD results. Lots of new products have been presented in the meantime, showing a huge performance in a minimum volume, designed for industrial as well as home applications.
  • Well-known examples are the autofocus lenses for cameras as well as the fuel injection systems, both based on piezo actuators.
  • Karl Lubitz of SIEMENS AG, member of the Programme Committee summed up the role of ACTUATOR in this concern concisely:
    “ACTUATOR creates visions! Without the visions presented at previous ACTUATOR we would not have been able to manage the development of this product”.  

In 2018 the event celebrated its 30th anniversary. We have handled about 2000 conference presentations published on 10,000 pages conference proceedings during these years – and we would appreciate to continue with your visions!

Thanks to all who have contributed and supported us to manage these efforts.


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Conference Registration

You may either register online or via telefax. To benefit from the “early-bird-discount”, VDE Conference Services must receive the registration before May 15, 2020.

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You may either register online or via telefax. To benefit from the “early-bird-discount”, VDE Conference Services must receive the registration before May 15, 2020.

The conference fee includes admission to all sessions as well as to the daily coffee-breaks, lunches and conference banquet dinner as well as the Conference Proceedings.  

Payment of Conference Fee
Payment for registration, including bank charges and processing fees, must be made in Euro. The conference fee has to be fully paid in advance by credit card. Your registration can only be confirmed if VDE-Conference Services has recorded receipt of your full payment.

In case of cancellation, provided that written notice has been given to VDE-Conference Services before May 16, 2020, the registration fee will be fully refunded less a handling fee of EURO 80.00. After May 16, 2020, no refund will be made. Proceedings will then be sent to the registrant after the conference.


The Rosengarten Congress Centre is situated in the heart of Mannheim and is ideally connected to most of the important transport routes.
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Walkway and tramway from Mannheim Station to CC  Rosengarten.

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