ESI Forum in Germany 2019

We say “Thank you!”

The mix of over 90 inspiring presentations and insightful, interactive sessions at the exhibition area attracted over 200 users. At this year's ESI Forum in Germany, where you could see new and familiar faces, there were vivid discussions on current simulation methods and applications, while others met new fellow colleagues, and, of course, fun and entertainment. We, from ESI Germany, would like to thank all speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and attendees for this successful user forum! Our photographer captured some impressions for you. 

As part of this year’s ESI Forum in Germany, ESI Germany presented again the Best Presentation Award. The winners of the Best Presentation Award 2019 are Maria Gonzalez Garcia from Volkswagen, Dr. Siegfried Graser from Voith and Tony Porsch, Karlheinz Kunter from Volkswagen.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the ESI Forum in Germany 2021. Next year we will welcome ESI's SimulationX users at the ESI SimulationX Conference from November 12 to 13, 2020. More details about the event and the Call for Papers will be made available in due time on the ESI homepage.



The ESI Forum in Germany will unite the areas of Virtual Performance, Virtual Manufacturing, Virtual Reality and System Simulation under the topic "Celebrating 40 years ESI in Germany".

We are looking forward to welcoming users from industry, research and science to present their experiences, best practices, challenges, and successes. The 2-day event is divided into a conference and exhibition

The ESI Forum will take place in the heart of Berlin.

Use our expert platform to inform yourself and exchange with other users about efficient simulation methods for CAE supported development as well as 3D technologies of real-time visualization of virtual prototypes. 


Andreas Renner

COO Chief Operating Officer
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherland & Belgium

Dr. Cristel de Rouvray

Chief Executive Officer and Board member

Dr. Ralph Sundermeier

Berechnung Methoden, EXB, Volkswagen

Christoph Gümbel

Senior Future Mobility Scientist, Future Matters
formerly at Porsche, Head of Department Electric Vehicle

Prof. Francisco Chinesta

ESI Group Chair Professor at ENSAM ParisTech & ESI Group Scientific Director

Dr. Eberhard Haug

Founder, Scientific Consultant

Dr. Fabian Haag

Casting Engineer, Georg Fischer 

Alexandre Dumon

Lightweight Materials, ESI

Karl Knipfelberg

Senior Director Product Development CB STILL EMEA Design, KION Group

Klaus Hofwimmer

Manager FEMFAT Sales & Support, Magna Powertrain - Engineering Center Steyr GmbH

Maria González-García

PhD Student, Volkswagen

Dr. Ronald Klomp-de Boer

R&D Engineer, Netherlands Aerospace Centre

Bertram Zeeh

Head of tool project planning and calculation, Aweba

Dr. Yannick Vincent

Welding and Assembly Solution Manager, ESI

Michael Abspoel

Principal Researcher stamping technology, Tata Steel

Dr. Sabrina Gastebois

R&D Engineer - Sheet Metal Forming, ESI

Fabian Zgoll

Post-Graduate, Volkswagen

Dennis Bublitz

TU Munich - Professorship Majoring in Carbon Composites

Michael Günter

Worldwide Contact Virtual and Augmented Reality, AUDI

Pre-series Centers

Jean-Daniel Martinez

Engineer Functional Design of Body Structure, AUDI

Dr. Matthias Schäfer

Solution Management Team Leader, ESI

Thomas Hofmann

Product Marketing and Business Development Manager for Powertrain & Systems Engineering, ESI

Dr.-Ing.Ulrich Häfner

Founder IMSYS 

Sergej Müller

CAE Application Engineer, ESI

Dr. Bastian Helldörfer

Expert for Process Simulation, Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG

Andreas Werner

Sales Director, ART GmbH

Dr. Jonathan Daniel Jung

CAE Application Engineer Virtual Manufacturing, ESI

Christian Kleessen

 Technical Lead Engineer, Humanetics Europe

Josef Wegscheider

Team Leader Welding/Robotics, Palfinger Europe

Otto Borrmeister

Test Engineer, KIWIGRID

Dr. Dominic Hühn

Project Engineer, ESI 

Prof. Dr. Christoph Runde

Managing Director of Virtual Dimension Center

Dennis Schiel

Senior Computation Engineer, iSi Automotive Berlin

Chris Penndorf

Technical Performance Unit, System Simulation, ESI


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Conference Fee

Regular Fee: 590 € (plus VAT)
Students: 200 € (plus VAT)
Confirmed Speaker: Free of Charge 


Payment has to be done via bank transfer. We don't accept cash or credit card.
You will receive a confirmation of receipt via e-mail after your online registration.
The invoice will be sent to you via e-mail after verifying your registration.

Please Note: The participation fee has to be paid before the conference takes place. 

Registration Deadline: 5 November 2019 


The industry's top technology and service providers will showcase their latest products and service development and offerings at the foyer info-booth. 

The exhibition will be held at proArte Maritim Hotel, Berlin, from 06 to 07 November. Catering will take place in the exhibition area and in the restaurant.

Booths are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Egon.Wiedekind@esi-group.com to book yours today.


Floor Plan


You will find a detailed list of your presentation options and a room sketch in our sponsoring information.

We will also be happy to make you an individual offer.

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Gala Dinner

The first conference day will conclude with an elegant gala dinner at the Spreespeicher in the heart of Berlin. Travelling in style we will board MS Belvedere and MS Brasil along the Spree overlooking the Berlin Skyline at night. 

Celebrating the creation of ESI Germany back in 1979 and kickstarting the subsidiary's 40 years in the history of simulation. 

Due to strong demand from German automobile companies, ESI teams up with a German consortium led by Volkswagen to become the first company to develop simulation software analyzing the severe deformations inflicted on a car as a result of a crash. This is the first step towards the development of ESI’s flagship product PAMCRASH, now part of ESI Virtual Performance Solution

To watch the history of crash simulation click here

Join us in celebrating this important milestone in the history of ESI in Germany. #40YearsESIGermany 

Dress code: Formal 

Event Location

We blocked rooms in the conference hotel proArte Maritim Berlin and Eurostars Hotel. Please use the booking code "ESI" to receive our negotiated rate. 

Conference Hotel

Please send your bookings to:
proArte Maritim Hotel Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 2033-4414

Partnering Hotel

Eurostars Hotel
Friedrichstraße 99 
10117 Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0) 30-701-736284


Berlin, the heart of Germany. 

Living up to its expectations, Berlin is combining the old and the new. Sightseeing pages like visitBerlin.de will help you narrow down the top sites. 


Maritim proArte Hotel Berlin
Friedrichstraße 151
10117 Berlin 


Media Partners

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Egon Wiedekind 

Marketing and Business Development Manager


+49 6102 2067 183 


Diseree Alcantara 

Marketing Assistant 

+49 6102 2067 179


Flashback to ESI Forum in Germany 2017, Weimar