Submission for 2021 will be from the 1st of May 2021!

Sustainable product development

Here you will find up-to-date information on conference topics, submission deadlines, templates and the peer-review process.


What are the contribution opportunities for the KT Kolloquium?
A contribution for the KT Kolloquium can be structured according to two levels of maturity (I, II), a research idea / concept or a research result.

The research idea or concept (I) is based on an outline with a maximum length of two pages. This outline should include a brief summary for the Book of Abstracts, a problem statement outlining the significance of the research proposal, a focused state of the art/science, and a specific approach to solving the problem.

Research Results (II) are submitted as a full manuscript of no more than nine pages. This contribution option is specifically aimed at doctoral students who are about to present their disputation or who want to present a completed research project. Also in the case of research results, only the abstracts are taken for the Book of Abstracts. All rights to the publication remain, of course, with the author.

Contributions in English and German are welcome. Final contributions can be submitted by e-mail to the following address:

A template for the paper can be found here:Template-KT2021.docx. Please note that submissions must adhere to the appropriate page numbers. The hosts of the KT Kolloquium commit themselves to follow the guidelines of good scientific practices and the COPE-guidelines. Please see the colloquium’s Publications Ethics and Malpractice Statement Publications Ethics and Malpractice Statement for more information.

What do the sessions look like?
Depending on the maturity of the contribution, different presentation durations are provided. Research ideas and concepts (I) will be presented to the auditorium in a 15 minute presentation. This is followed by 10 minutes of discussion. For research results (II), a presentation time of 30 minutes is specified, followed by a 10-minute discussion. Depending on the number of submissions, other sessions are planned in addition to the classic panel presentations in order to link the network more closely. In addition, a wide variety of networking formats such as world cafés or workshops for PhD students are planned. Each participant has the opportunity to submit a topic proposal in advance so that these can be incorporated into the program.


Engineers were already using computer-based methods in product development before the terms digitalization and internet of things became omnipresent. Challenges are presented by the sheer volume of data, which has to be processed, used and archived. Submissions concerning the methods and tools, from theoretical concepts to implemented solutions, computations and simulations of the following topics are requested:

Notes regarding the peer-review process

The submissions will be reviewed in a single stage open peer review process by members of the program committee. The criteria consist of novelty, entitlement of publication, conclusiveness of results, potential for use of the information in practical applications and industry and formal criteria. The COPE-guidelines are applied.