The DGM Pioneer recognizes the special achievements of a DGM member in the expansion of the DGM expert network within the framework of the activities of the expert committees and working groups, as well as his services to sustainable cooperation between science and industry. With this award, the high significance of the expert committees as the backbone of the German Society for Materials Science is made clear. The nominee shall be a personal DGM member at the time of nomination. Nomination proposals can be submitted by all DGM members and expert committee members (expert committee member = regular participant in a expert committee meeting).
The DGM Pioneer consists of a certificate, in which the award of the prize is acknowledged, stating the special achievements of the awardee, which are marked with the prize, and a special sculpture appropriate to the significance of the prize. The award of the prize is made after a proposal by the Award Committee and after the decision of the Board of Directors of the DGM. The award is announced publicly on the occasion of a central event of the DGM of the corresponding year (e.g. DGM Day). The awarded prize is also announced in the central presentation media of the DGM.