Issue 19 | October 2014

Welcome to our new look monthly newsletter

Welcome to the new look insidetrack from FISITA. This new membership newsletter will be produced on a monthly basis and will contain information, news, stories and updates relevant to our membership and the automotive engineering community.

Since joining, I have been impressed with the goodwill members have for FISITA, and your willingness to contribute to our activities. It is clear that with an organisation such as ours, members that contribute more gain greater benefit from their membership throughout the course of the year. 

Our aspiration is to focus on member activities, champion success and share best practices from around the world. Soon, you will hear from Kelly Williams at FISITA HQ, detailing how you can contribute to this newsletter. Meanwhile, please feel free to email me directly with any information or news story you would like us to consider for the next issue of

Chris Mason
Chief Executive
In this issue of insidetrack...

FISITA World Automotive Summit

FISITA Travel Bursary at work - student Nick Mitchell on his placement

Call for Papers - deadlines are fast approaching

Automotive Diary - upcoming events from around the world

Powering towards a green future - FISITA's 5th World Automotive Summit is a hit in France

This year's World Automotive Summit welcomed members the FISITA Honorary Committee to the peaceful outskirts of Paris to join together in discussing how the engineering community can contribute to a greener future. 

A specially invited audience of top industry executives and experts from leading engineering companies attended a carefully organised programme of plenary sessions and workshops. Speakers from around the world presented ideas on the key issues of Vehicle and Society, 'Zero Emission' Electricity, Alternative Fuels and Evolutionary Developments. 

The FISITA World Automotive Summit aims to find creative solutions to world problems whilst promoting cooperation between industry and social stakeholders. This year's Summit generated thought-provoking debate on the multiple issues facing the automotive industry as we move forward together to a green future. 

FISITA carried out an on-site survey amongst Summit delegates and received overwhelmingly positive feedback. On average, over 80% of attendees rated all plenary presentations and workshops highly or very highly. The Vehicle and Society workshop rated especially well, with 90% of attendees rating the workshop experience as excellent. 100% of delegates rated their overall Summit experience as very satisfactory or excellent. 

To view the full Summit programme and to access papers presented at the FISITA Summit, visit

The FISITA Travel Bursary at work - a report from Bursary recipient Nick Mitchell

Undertaking an industrial placement abroad is a fantastic opportunity that can open the door to a number of future career prospects, both pre and post graduation. Living and working in a foreign country is something that few students can say when they have experienced by the age of 21, and you should leap at the chance if it comes your way. It provides an unparalleled experience working and socialising with those from a different cultural background and it enables you to finally apply the theoretical content you have learnt in real life engineering problems. 

The FISITA Travel Bursary scheme provides student engineers working in the automotive industry with an award of up to 2000 EUR. Any bursary received (irrespective of the amount) can be the difference between a year spent counting the days until you return home and the best year of your life. Being able to socialise with fellow work colleagues and students without having to worry about where your next meal will come from is something that someone in full time employment should never have to go through; and thanks to FISITA this will never cross your mind.
I cannot express how beneficial and enjoyable the past year has been for myself, thanks in part to FISITA. I have made a number of friends both at work and outside of it, and I hope to remain in contact with as many as possible when I return to the UK next week. Applying for the travel bursary is simple and is definitely worth the time and effort spent completing the application forms.

Nick Mitchell studies Automotive Engineering (MEng) at Loughborough University, UK and is a member of the IMechE. His work placement was at Halla Visteon Climate Control (HVCC) in Germany. To learn more about the FISITA Travel Bursary and to see testimonials from other students, visit

Call for Papers

Calls for Papers have been announced for these three upcoming events. See below for more details on each event and how to submit your technical paper. Both EAEC and EuroBrake have deadlines fast approaching, to act fast to avoid disappointment. 
The 15th European Automotive Conference will take place from 8-10 July 2015 at Szechenyi Istvan University in Gyor, Hungary. 
Deadline for abstracts: 15 October 2014
Europe's number one braking technology conference and exhibition will be held from 4-6 May 2015 at the Internationales Congress Center Dresden (ICD), Germany. 
Deadline for abstracts: 30 October 2014
The FISITA 2016 World Automotive Congress will be hosted by the Korean Society of Automotive Engineers (KSAE) from 26-30 September 2016 at the BEXCO, Busan, Korea. 
Deadline for abstracts: 30 September 2015
The FISITA Automotive Diary is your online resource for all kinds of automotive engineering events happening across the globe. From conferences, forums, seminars and workshops, be sure to check back regularly to see what is new. Let us know if you would like to see your event added to our database. Click here to visit the FISITA Automotive Diary.

Here are just a few events coming up in October...
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