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Issue 28 | July 2015

Welcome to Issue 28 of insidetrack

A number of calls to action for our members this month, beginning with FISITA 2016 and the initial Call for Papers for the World Automotive Congress in Busan, Korea. Abstracts should be submitted by 30 September, so there's plenty of time to contribute and feature your work on this exclusive international platform. 

We also begin the process of identifying the recipient of the FISITA Medal and open the nominations process for this prestigious award to recognise service, contribution or technical innovation. If you are aware of an individual you think would make a worthy winner then please do be sure to submit your nomination by 3 August. 

It is also time to commence the selection provess for the position of FISITA President 2018-2020. With the FISITA agenda already taking shape to the end of the decade and beyond it is important that we plan for continuity and I look forward to supporting the search and selection process.  

All the best
In this issue of insidetrack...
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FISITA 2016: Creative Thinking for Future Automobiles

The 36th FISITA World Automotive Congress will be hosted by the Korean Society of Automotive Engineers (KSAE) and will be held from 26-30 September 2016 in Busan, Korea. FISITA's leading international congress has a proven track record of excellence in thought-leadership, knowledge sharing and developmental support for students and young engineers at the start of their careers in automotive.

Since the FISITA Congress was established in 1947 and hosted in Paris, France, it has become a world renowned forum for executives, engineers, scientists and academics to join together and share ideas about how the automotive industry can continue to provide safe, sustainable and efficient mobility solutions. 

Next year's FISITA Congress will focus on the theme of "Creative Thinking for Future Automobiles" in key developing areas such as energy efficiency, safety, eco-friendly technology and connectivity. FISITA's CEO, Chris Mason, acknowledges the need for finding solutions for tomorrow's challenges today, "The Congress is a unique opportunity to bring together engineering experts from all of our member societies in one place to share their research findings and ideas about future methods of mobility. The Congress has become one of the world's largest forums for knowledge exchange, as well as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students and young engineers to develop their careers." 

The FISITA Student Congress runs parallel to the main congress and provides students, universities and research institutions the opportunity to showcase their work and network with their peers and industry professionals. The Islands of Excellence will award five universities free exhibition space throughout the congress, giving them a unique platform to display and explain their current research projects.

The Travelling Fellowship is a specially devised programme that encourages the professional development of outstanding young engineering talent, and is open to exceptional candidates who are student members of any FISITA member society. Full information about the Student Congress is available at

This year's Congress organisers KSAE first hosted the FISITA Congress in Seoul in 2000 and in the 15 years since, has seen remarkable growth in the local automotive industry. Kwang Min Chun, Chairman of the FISITA 2016 Local Organising Committee said, "With dramatic increase in exports of automobile parts, Korea has become one of the major automobile manufacturers, yet we strive to build capacity and learn new technologies. At the FISITA Congress, all participants will be able to communicate and share a clear and strategic vision for the future." 

Both KSAE and FISITA are working tirelessly to ensure that next year's Congress is one of the most successful and productive in the 70+ year history of the event. Members are invited to engage with the organisers and get involved with the FISITA 2016 World Automotive Congress. 
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Call for Nominations: FISITA Medal

FISITA President 2010-2012 Ted Robertson awards Prof. Franz Pishinger the FISITA medal

Nominations are now being accepted for the FISITA Medal and the FISITA Presidency.

Since 1970, the FISITA Medal has recognised distinguished achievements in the automotive industry, honouring leading figures who have proven their excellence in their chosen sector. Past Medal recipients include Prof. Helmut List, Prof. Franz Pischinger and Prof. Harry Watson.

Suitable candidates for the award will fit one or more of the following criteria:
  • a long and successful career in the industry
  • made a specialist contribution to a particular sector in automotive
  • lead or directed an important project, innovative design concept, or a high technology manufacturing system
Full information about nominating someone for the FISITA Medal can be found in the FISITA Members Area here. The deadline for nominations is Monday 3 August 2015

Call for Nominations: FISITA President

Left to right: Dan Nicholson (President Elect), Ted Robertson (FISITA President 2010-2012), Paul Mascarenas (FISITA President 2014-2016)

FISITA are seeking nominations for the FISITA President for the term 2018-2020. The FISITA President is the chief elected leader of FISITA and is responsible for representing the membership and ensuring that FISITA continues to work effectively in the best interest of all its stakeholders. This senior role within the organisation provides global leadership and direction to the FISITA Executive Board, ensuring the fulfilment of key responsibilities whilst spearheading the strategic direction of FISITA. 

The ideal candidate will have a distinguished career in the automotive industry, with an advanced knowledge of the key issues driving automotive technology worldwide. They will have extensive experience of serving in a senior management position within the industry or academia and will have an established track record of active participation in FISITA's work. 

For full information about how to nominate someone for the FISITA Presidency, please contact:
Suzy Quiquero, Business Support Assistant

The deadline for nominations is Friday 31 July 2015


In June FISITA CEO Chris Mason and Education Officer Tom Bell visited the home of the world's fastest car (pending a record breaking 1000 mph run in South Africa next year): The BLOODHOUND Project's Technical Centre in Bristol, U.K. 

Tony Parraman, Head of Sponsor Liaison for the project provided a guided tour of the facility, including a jet engine, one of the world's fastest recovery vehicles and seeing how the BLOODHOUND supersonic car will use a Jaguar V8 engine as a fuel pump. 

A full mock up of the vehicle's cockpit is on display, built to the specifications requested by BLOODHOUND's driver and current world land speed record holder Wing Commander Andy Green OBE BA RAF.

BLOODHOUND are currently gearing up for their first main trial of the car at the Newquay Aerohub later this year. The team aim to achieve 200 mph at the trial on 17 November 2015 which will be the first time the car has been fully assembled and driven. 

For more information about this exciting project visit
BLOODHOUND's new animation incorporating the new tri-rocket propulsion system

Report: Automotive Allstars

Towards the end of June, FISITA Education Officer Tom Bell had the opportunity to attend a brand new conference for students and young engineers, Automotive Allstars in Cologne, Germany. The event aims to create a festival atmosphere by putting a twist on the typical conference conventions: ice cream and wheatgrass shots in the exhibition, and a programme of speakers not often presented at automotive conferences. 

The exhibition featured stands from Elmoto, an electric bike company seeking to solve the problems of modern inner city mobility, and FISITA's associates Careers in Automotive Worldwide, promoting the many resources they offer to young engineers on the route into automotive. The conference featured a diverse line up of speakers, including futurologists, social media experts, and a representative of Local Motors, a 3D printing car company.

Gunter Dueck
Christophe Stadeler from Facebook told the audience that "to [Facebook], the car is another screen," another platform they can interface with, whilst supporting companies with new forms of advertising and product engagement. This theme was followed up by Richard Offerman, Industry Head of Automotive at Google, who discussed how the company integrated their platform and map software into the Google Car's central hub, as well as how they are modernising the car buying process by using Google Cardboard to provide prospective buyers with a virtual reality test drive, as debuted with Volvo in November last year; click here to watch the video. 

Car sharing was another theme that ran throughout the programme. Gunter Dueck, a futurologist and former Chief Technical Officer at IBM, likened the state of the motor industry to the state of the computer industry before the advent of the cloud. He pointed out that personal cars are only used for a small percentage of the owner's time, and that car sharing, ride sharing and other new systems offer a more fully utilised vehicle. Sebastian Hofelich, CEO of Drive Now, claimed that in the future, "one DriveNow vehicle would replace 9-13 privately owned vehicles." 

Dueck posed the audience with the question: what is the final answer for automotive? In Dueck's vision of the future, every person would have a flat distance allowance of 25,000 km annually, with the option to buy more. In a fully autonomous future, luxury car owners would have the privilege of being able to stop traffic around them and race past. Developed infrastructure or dystopian nightmare? Only time will tell. What is clear is that Automotive Allstars is a fresh and fun new conference that will certainly entertain and inspire students and young engineers who attend. 

Find out more at:

EcoCAR 3: Supporting the Future of the Automotive Industry 

This guest article from the team behind EcoCAR 3 explains how their new design competition inspires students and young engineers to combine their STEM skills with an understanding of the automotive marketplace.

In the face of increasing global competition, the North American auto industry must recognise the critical need for multi-dimensional graduates across disciplines, from engineering to marketing. EcoCAR 3 is the answer. 

Sponsored by the United States' Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors (GM), and managed by Argonne National Laboratory, EcoCAR 3 builds on a proud 26 year history of DOE Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions that exemplify the power of public and private partnerships in providing invaluable experience and training to promising young minds ready to enter the job market. 

EcoCar 3 teams gather at the competition's Award Ceremony in Seattle, Washington
"The EcoCAR programmes have been and will continue to be an instrumental part of developing the next generation of automotive engineers. We have gained significant talent as a result of these programmes," said James Kolhoff, Global Chief Engineer and Programme Manager Transmission Controllers and Powertrain Electronics at General Motors. "We're also eager to see how the students will redesign and add more efficiency to an iconic performance car like the Chevrolet Camaro."

GM will give each EcoCAR 3 team an all-new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, and they have 4 years to apply the latest cutting-edge technologies and incorporate innovative concepts, in order to harness those ideas into the ultimate energy-efficient, high performance vehicle. 

The students from the 16 chosen schools represent the next generation of automotive professionals who are training across both engineering and business disciplines. Through the programme, the teams experience a real-world vehicle development and launch process. 

Find out more at:

Call for Papers

FISITA 2016 World Automotive Congress
Organised by FISITA
26-30 September 2016, Busan, Korea

The Korean Society of Automotive Engineers (KSAE) and FISITA are proud to announce the 36th FISITA World Automotive Congress in Busan, Korea. The FISITA Congress brings together industry and academia to share knowledge and ideas, providing the next generation with a new era of transportation solutions whilst serving as a powerful motivator for the continued growth of the automotive industry and its contributors. 

Congress highlights include an Executive Track, Interactive Progress Sessions, the FISITA Student Congress including the Islands of Excellence, and Technical and Cultural Visits. 

The deadline for abstracts is 30 September 2015

For more information, visit the FISITA 2016 Congress website at
EAEC-ESFA 2015 European Automotive Congress
Organised by EAEC & SIAR
25-27 November 2015, Bucharest, Romania

This year, the European Automotive Congress (EAEC) will be organised jointly with SIAR's ESFA Conference. The EAEC-ESFA Congress will provide participants with an opportunity to exchange information and ideas, enjoy site visits and establish new contacts in order to develop and strengthen relationships with colleagues from academia and industry. 

Papers are invited on a wide range of themes. The deadline for abstracts is Friday 31 July 2015.

For a full list of topics and for further information about the Congress, visit
37th International Vienna Motor Symposium
Organised by ÖVK
28-29 April 2016, Hofburg, Vienna

Lecture proposals are invited for the annual Vienna Motor Symposium at the Conference Centre Hofburg on the following topics: Latest results in Worldwide Engine and Powertrain Development • Fuel Cell • Hydrogen and Infrastructure • Fuels and Components • Drivetrain Electrification • Connectivity • Autonomous Driving • Hybrid Technology • Real Drive Emissions (RDE) • CO2 Reduction • Exhaust Emission Control

The deadline for proposals is Wednesday 30 September 2015. For more information and to submit your proposal, visit
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. Click here to visit the FISITA Automotive Diary.

The Automotive Engineering Show, Chennai
7 - 9 July 2015, Chennai, Algeria

AMAA 2015 "Smart Systems for Green and Automated Driving"
7 - 8 July 2015, Berlin, Germany

International VDI Conference on Automotive Apps & Big Data
14 - 15 July 2015, Frankfurt, Germany

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