The DGM can honor members by awarding them the "Honorary Membership of the German Society for Materials Science e.V.", who have rendered outstanding services to the Society in a material or non-material respect.
The honorary membership is sealed by a certificate in which the merits of the honoree are presented in a concise form. The name of the award is "Honorary Membership of the German Society for Materials Science e.V.". Honorary members do not pay a membership fee. Honorary membership is awarded a maximum of twice a year. The award of the honor is made after the decision of the Board of Directors of the DGM. The announcement takes place publicly on the occasion of a central event of the DGM of the corresponding year (e.g. DGM Day). The awarded honor is also announced in the central presentation media of the DGM.