The Tammann Commemorative Medal honors DGM members who, as the head of a scientifically working research group, have rendered outstanding services to materials science and engineering through far-reaching scientific research or technical development concept. As a rule, the prize should not be awarded to heads of universities or research institutions. The prize is intended to commemorate Gustav Tammann, who founded metallurgy as a physical-chemical science.
The prize consists of a minted silver coin and a certificate confirming the award of the prize, stating the work awarded the prize. The prize winner reports summarizing the results of the awarded work at the central event of the DGM. The prize is awarded to an individual no more than once a year. The awarding of the prize may be suspended if no researcher is recognized as worthy of the prize. It is not permissible to split the prize. The prize is awarded on the basis of a proposal by the Award Committee and a decision by 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 announcement of the awarded prize is also made in the central presentation media of the DGM.