6th Summer School on Sheet Metal Advanced Research & Teaching
September 29th – October 04th 2024

SMART 2024 PALERMO - Summer School


SMART is a summer school organized by the Manufacturing Technology Group of the University of Palermo and the Institute of Manufacturing Technology (LFT) of the Friedrich-Alexander- Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU).

The school addresses young researchers and PhD students whose research activities are focussed on sheet metal. Fundamentals and advanced topics covering a wide field of sheet metal processing will be presented and discussed.


  • Process analysis and statistics
  • Formability, Modelling
  • Super plastic forming
  • Incremental forming
  • Laser based processes
  • Hot stamping
  • Hydroforming
  • Laser Taylored blanks
  • Joining by forming
  • Sheet-bulk metal forming, hybrid processes
  • Sustainability in sheet metal forming processes
  • Hybrid additive manufacturing
  • Materials


  • Prof. Alexander Brosius
  • Prof. Gianluca Buffa
  • Prof. Rosa Di Lorenzo
  • Prof. Livan Fratini
  • Prof. Hinnerk Hagenah
  • Prof. Giuseppe Ingarao
  • Prof. Marion Merklein
  • Prof. Gerson Meschut
  • Prof. Fabrizio Micari
  • Prof. Michael Schmidt


The registration fee includes: the Hotel reservation, the workshop kit, all lunches, 2 dinners, 1 social dinner.


Before July 15th: € 1.000,00

Before August 15th: € 1.200,00

This is a pre registration to ensure your spot at the SMART, you will be contacted later for the payment.



The Venue

Palermo, a city of Phoenician origins, then ruled by the Romans, the Arabs, the Normans and the Swabians, it displays evidence of its glorious past everywhere you look.

The workshop will be held at Hotel B&B Ai Quattro Canti, located in the heart of the city center, at walking distance of the most interesting areas of the city.

The Social Events

We arranged multiple activities for the participants, including a social dinner in the gardens of the biggest opera house in Italy, the Massimo Theatre

How to reach the venue from the Palermo Airport

Bus: At 30-minute intervals, the airport buses depart daily between 04:00 – 22:30.
Train: The regional train from the Airport to the Central Station leaves at 30-minute intervals between 05:15 – 00:25 daily.
Car: Take the A29 motorway in the direction of Palermo.
Taxi: Taxis are available at the International Arrivals.

If you wish to reach the Conference Venue directly from the Airport, the fastest way is the bus; the stop “La Rinascente” is 300 meters away from the venue.

The Conference venue address is Via Vittorio Emanuele 291.