21st IFAC World Congress, Germany, July 12-17, 2020

The 21st IFAC World Congress 2020 goes virtual!

Dear IFAC World Congress 2020 community,
dear friends and colleagues worldwide,

the IFAC 2020 National Organization Committee proudly announces a first in the 63 years history of IFAC:  The 1st Virtual IFAC World Congress (IFAC-V 2020) ever!! 

Please save all the previously bookmarked dates as IFAC-V 2020 will happen during the same week for which the originally planned IFAC World Congress was scheduled, namely July 13-17, 2020.

The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic tumbles all our life and puts tremendous challenges to congress organizers everywhere. Planning and organizing efforts of more than six years for a 4000+ attendees congress, booking and arrangements of 22.000 m2 congress area for 25 parallel sessions, plenary lectures, demonstrations and competitions, booking of 10.000 m2 event area and catering for congress dinner party, booking of 1000+ hotel rooms and public transportation arrangements …, innumerable efforts have become obsolete and destroyed within a few weeks. It is said that every crisis offers new chances and may give birth to new ideas and solutions. In this spirit the IFAC-V 2020 National Organizing Committee and the International Program Committee will bring forward numerous new ideas and formats for securing quality and bringing a bit of the atmosphere of a real World Congress also to the virtual congress.

Among the features are virtual opening and closing ceremonies, plenary talks, the IFAC Control Orchestra and social interaction possibilities, to name just a few. All with innovative live-elements during those hours of the day when the congress attendees all over the world are awake. For your paper presentations we will ask you to provide videos, which will be archived and can be downloaded on demand.

And there is even more good news: Despite our financial obligations for the originally planned congress, we are able to adjust the IFAC-V 2020 registration model to considerably reduced registration fees of less than 50% of the originally planned fees. For more information please visit the IFAC 2020 website at https://ifac2020.org. For all those who already registered: We will refund the difference to previously received registration fees automatically. But please give us a few weeks for this.

In any case please prepare your final papers for uploading and please stick to the previously announced final paper submission and registration deadline May 9, 2020. The IPC urgently needs the remaining time for program finalization.

We are excitedly looking forward to see you all online  World Wide Web podium for an interesting, stimulating and worthwhile IFAC-V 2020 World Congress.   

Please stay healthy!

In the name of the IFAC-V 2020 National Organizing Committee and International Program Committee

Frank Allgöwer (IFAC President 2017-2020)                       Klaus Janschek (General Chair IFAC 2020)