The Summer School on Soft Manipulation was held between 17th and 21st of July 2017 in the Abbey Frauenwörth
at Fraueninsel/ Chiemsee, Germany. The summer school introduced attendees into benefits and challenges of Soft Manipulation (SoMa), as the key for the development of simple, compliant, yet strong, robust, and easy-to-program manipulation systems. The Summer School on Soft Manipulation was designed to interdisciplinary educate and foster collaboration among the upcoming generation of researchers. It combined plenary talks from leading academic and industrial experts of related fields - i.e. neuroscience, hand-biomechanics, and robotics with hands-on sessions. Students learned about the latest findings related to hand design, control and manipulation planning, the three major components of Soft Manipulation. The core of the summer school was a workshop. As planned, the workshop consisted of two parts: a part on Hand Design and a Part on Planning and Simulation, which had the objective of enhancing basic skills and elaborating contents covered during the Keynotes. Students worked together in teams in order to successfully solve tasks which require the usage of soft robotic technologies and the exploitation of environmental constraints. Lectures and plenary talks were given by partners of the SOMA Consortium as well as by invited speakers. More detailed information on the website of the event: SOMA summer school.