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Issue 46 | March 2017
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Welcome to Issue 46 of insidetrack

I’m delighted to be able to bring this month’s insidetrack to you with such fantastic announcements as we launch new initiatives and continue to deliver our traditional sequence of events and activities.

First of all, FISITA PLUS is a new FISITA conference enabling our organisation to contribute to the fast evolving dialogue regarding the advancement of technology and the mobility agenda. We have such a great network of thought leaders within the international technology space, it seems logical and strategically correct for us to provide this platform and welcome a new audience to the world of FISITA.

We have also issued ‘save the date’ information to Honorary Committee members ahead of this year’s Summit that will be held in Geneva, with a title of ‘Clearing the air; creating a path to sustainable mobility’. Registrations have also opened for our annual EuroBrake conference and we were delighted to see our colleagues at SAEINDIA hold a very successful press conference in Chennai to mark the commencement of plans and communications regarding FISITA 2018 - the World Automotive Congress, which we are all looking forward to next year.

I was personally delighted to host the first FISITA Technical Webinar last week; it was my honour to welcome GM’s Michael Siegrist as our very special guest speaker. It was a really great session, well attended by many FISITA members around the world, and provided an excellent platform from which to launch this new monthly, member benefit. Watch this space for more confirmed speakers over the coming weeks and months and remember to hold the final Thursday of every month in your calendar as ‘FISITA Webinar Day'!

Finally, I hope you can find time to watch the short film made by FISITA Travel Bursary recipient, Victoria Ryan – it’s great to hear from her and a really neat reminder of how the Bursary supports the flow of young engineers into our world, something we should all be extremely proud to support.

All the best
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New FISITA conference featuring world’s leading mobility technologists
We are delighted to announce a brand new FISITA conference launching this year in London, UK. FISITA is opening its doors to a new audience with the creation of FISITA PLUS, now open for registration, developed to support this engineering generation’s development of safe, sustainable and affordable mobility.

Nine guest speakers, hand-picked by the FISITA executive team, will deliver their ‘real-world’ perspective on future mobility, at the prestigious County Hall in London. The Paul Mascarenas Interview will be the centre-piece of the conference, featuring Ford’s former CTO and current independent director, business advisor and technology executive, in discussion with John Lauckner, Chief Technical Officer at General Motors.

The conference will be split into three sections and speakers will present under three headings: The Mobility Future; Artificial Intelligence and Mobility Technology and Propulsion of the Future. The day’s technology focus will culminate with a headline speech by a leading international figure from one of the world’s most recognised and aspirational brands, which will be announced soon.

We are thrilled to confirm the speaker line-up to date:

•    Michael Hurwitz              Director of Transport Innovation    Transport for London

•    Prasad Venkatesh           Senior Technical Leader                Ford Motor Company

•    Dr. -Ing. Norbert Alt       Executive Vice President                FEV Europe

•    Prof. Luc Van Gool          Professor                                     KU Leuven

•    Prof. Walter Van Dyck     Professor of Technology and          Vlerick Business School
                                         Innovation Management               

•    Dr. Tim Leverton            Head of Product and Advanced      TATA Motors

•    Dr. Wolfgang Warnecke  Chief Scientist Mobility                   Shell

•    Remi Bastien                  Alliance Global Director –              Nissan Renault
                                         Prospective Autonomous Driving   

Whether you are a senior industry technologist, engineer, communicator, strategist or academic, FISITA PLUS offers the ideal platform to develop your knowledge, business capability and position within the emerging, international mobility systems landscape.

Registration is now open, please visit our website for all of the latest information, while those interested can also submit their details on the FISITA PLUS website to receive conference updates. Further information is also available by emailing

We look forward to welcoming you and your colleagues to FISITA PLUS where we’ll be exploring the future of mobility engineering!
Find out more and register for FISITA PLUS here
FISITA launches Technical Webinar series
Chris hosting the first Technical Webinar at FISITA HQ
We are excited to have launched the first FISITA Technical Webinar, delivered live and exclusively to FISITA Member Societies, our Honorary Committee and the Friend for Life community.

The Technical Webinar series is a unique opportunity for the FISITA community, offering participants the chance to hear CEOs, CTOs, chief engineers and other senior industry figures present best-practice, industry knowledge and key insights to a live audience. 

Our first guest speaker was Michael Siegrist, Assistant Chief Engineer at General Motors, who spoke about their opportunity for light-duty diesel in the North American market. Michael's presentation was very well received and generated some excellent questions from participants.

The next webinar will take place in April and the guest speaker will be announced soon. We encourage our members to promote these sessions to their members and if you would like to propose a guest speaker, please contact Patrick Carpenter at
Save the date for FISITA's Summit
This year our World Automotive Summit will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 7-8 November 2017. The prestigious event, aimed exclusively at members of the FISITA Honorary Committee, brings together visionary leaders from industry, government and research to discuss key developments, issues and opportunities around this year’s theme, “Clearing the air; creating a path to sustainable mobility.”
Key topics for the agenda include:

•    Economical and environmental impact
•    Regulatory activities and global regulations
•    Building an industrial strategy for sustainable mobility

Geneva offers an ideal setting for a culturally neutral and open-minded but provocative dialogue on the topic. As part of the Summit experience, delegates will also visit the CERN - one of the world’s largest and most respected centres for scientific research.

Honorary Committee members have been sent a save the date email and we'll keep you updated when registration is live and the full speaker line up is announced.

A key development this year is the creation of a number of sponsorship opportunities, which will generate valuable brand visibility for a select number of organisations throughout the delivery of the Summit. Please click below to view the sponsorship opportunities booklet; you can also contact Anthony King at to discuss the remaining packages.
Find out about Summit sponsorship opportunities
Have you registered for EuroBrake 2017?
EuroBrake 2017 is now open for delegate registrations. If you haven’t already, visit our website to register and secure your place at the world’s largest conference and exhibition for braking technology as we return to Dresden, Germany, from 2-4 May 2017.

This year we are proud to deliver a fantastic technical programme to present delegates with the latest research and trends from the world’s leading experts in braking technology. This includes an increased focus on braking emissions – an important topic that generates significant discussion around the world. We welcome Franck Poisson from French rail operator SNCF to the Opening Ceremony, where he will speak about brake particle emissions in the rail sector. Our Panel Discussion and Strategy Panel will also present important issues in the industry and generate lively debate. The full technical programme is available on the EuroBrake website which can be accessed here.

We still have a limited number of exhibition booths and sponsorship opportunities available, offering excellent brand visibility and networking opportunities. The international exhibition will feature over 100 organisations, representing the entire value chain from leading industry players to new entrants, including brake suppliers, component suppliers, material manufacturers and specialist engineering, testing, measurement and simulation providers. For further information about exhibition booths and sponsorship, please contact Leila Silva at

Click here to register for EuroBrake 2017
SAEINDIA hold FISITA 2018 press conference
Mr. K. Venkataraj, Dr Aravind Bharadwaj, Dr. Pawan Goenka and Mr. N. Balasubramanian
Our colleagues at SAEINDIA held a successful press conference earlier this month, to launch the Call for Papers for FISITA 2018.

Members of the FISITA 2018 Steering Committee spoke with a number of journalists in Chennai, India, which led to articles in The Hindu, Autocar Professional and The Business Standard

Speaking to the press, Dr. Pawan Goenka, FISITA 2018 Patron and Managing Director of Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd, said: "We are proud to host the 37th edition of the FISITA World Automotive Congress in Chennai, India. Globally, the automotive industry is going through a period of disruption where new technologies and newer business models are being adopted that can potentially disrupt and change the existing order. In keeping with this theme of the conference, the age of connectivity, shared mobility and electrification is upon us. 

"I strongly believe that India as a venue for FISITA 2018 is a recognition in itself, of the growing importance of the country in the global automotive space. By bringing together global experts, FISITA is offering us the right platform to look into the future which will be all about affordable and sustainable mobility.”

Hosted by SAEINDIA, FISITA 2018 will take place from 2-5 October 2018 and will deliver first-class technical presentations and offer experts from industry and academia the opportunity to share knowledge and innovative new technologies with colleagues from around the world. For more information about presenting, please download the Call for Papers by clicking the button below.
Download the FISITA 2018 Call for Papers here
Last call for the FISITA Travel Bursary
Victoria Ryan speaks about the FISITA Travel Bursary
Did you know that FISITA offers up to EUR 2,000 in Travel Bursaries to students taking part in international placements? This funding supports the associated travel costs of taking part in organised work placements (internships, exchange programmes, work placements etc.) in automotive companies and research institutions overseas.

In total, we have provided over EUR 200,000 to students from 35 countries, including Victoria Ryan, from Canada, who speaks about her experience as a Travel Bursary recipient in the video above.

Applications to the Travel Bursary Programme are considered twice a year and the next deadline is 31 March 2017 so you'll need to apply soon; find out how you can apply by clicking the button below.
Find out more about applying for the Travel Bursary here
Report from CONAT 2016
Thanks to our colleagues at SIAR in Romania for sharing information and images from the International Congress of Automotive and Transport Engineering (CONAT) 2016. The congress was organised by SIAR, in collaboration with SAE International, under FISITA patronage, and hosted by Transilvania University of Brasov.

In the plenary sessions, a number of important automotive topics were addressed by keynote speakers from academia and manufacturing companies including:
  • Mr. Pascal Candau (Renault Technologie Roumanie)
  • Dr. Peter Pleus (Schaeffler AG, Germany)
  • Prof. Corina Sandu (Virginia Tech, USA)
  • Prof. Cornel Stan (University of Zwickau, Germany)
  • Mr. Gerolf Strohmeier (AVL List, Austria)
Accompanying the technical sessions, a dedicated workshop focused on "Collaboration in the Horizontal Automotive Industry", featuring some great discussions from participants and speakers in academia and industry. The exhibition also provided a great opportunity for organisations to interact with potential customers, suppliers and fellow engineers, and to take advantage of the fast-growing Romanian automotive market.

As part of the congress, there were three special sections dedicated to students and young engineers: the student's conference, featuring student papers, a contest for technical abilities and the final stage of the National Contest for Students in Automotive Engineering (within the field of Vehicle Dynamics).
Click here to find out more about the CONAT 2016 Congress
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. 

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19–20 April 2017, Belgrade, Serbia

Connected Car California
25 April 2017, Santa Clara, United States
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