Social Events

Beside technical innovations, IFAC World Congresses also stand for socializing with colleagues and friends at exceptional places. While the cyberspace can be regarded as such an exceptional place, maintaining the social character for a virtual conference is not straightforward. Hence, we are proud to offer you the following entertaining and stimulating social events.


Virtual conferences leave no personal memories? Create (y)our own:

Contribute a Picture to a Souvenir and win a Prize

We would like to create a souvenir of the IFAC World Congress 2020 by combining pictures from as many as possible attendees in one photomosaic showing one of Berlin’s landmarks. To participate, simply send a creative, formal, or stylish picture of yourself to (until Wednesday, July 15, 12:00 (Berlin time, CEST/UTC+2h)).

You collected and kept a beer coaster advertising the IFAC World Congress 2020? Great! Include *your* beer coaster (handed out at the closing ceremony of the last world congress in Toulouse) into your picture to increase chances for an attractive prize. In fact, we will award two prizes among all contributions. One prize for a picture without and the main prize for a picture with beer coaster!

Legal note: With sending your picture, you agree on using this picture for the mosaic and distributing the resulting souvenir among the conference attendees.

Control engineers are nonmusical? Quite the contrary:

Listen to the 1st IFAC Control Orchestra

The IFAC World Congress 2020 features the performance of the first IFAC Control Orchestra! Originally, the idea was to present a live performance with musicians only from our community on site in Berlin. As the conference now takes place virtually, this idea has been shifted to a remote fashion. More precisely, more than 25 contributing musicians played and recorded their parts separately, and all musical contributions have been combined into two masterpieces that will be presented at the virtual opening and closing ceremony of the congress. Don’t miss these unique compositions including a piece by Deep Purple.

You are a smart-aleck nerd? Prove yourself:

Compete in the entertaining Control-and-the-Universe Quiz

Inspired by pub quizzes and game shows like “Who wants to be a Millionaire?” and “Family Feud”, we conducted an entertaining online Control-and-the-Universe Quiz with a mix of control-related and general questions. The quiz was held on Monday, July 13. In order to stimulate social interactions, interested quizzers were randomly assigned to teams with 3 to 5 players. Participants had to deal with questions like the favorite theorem of the IFAC technical committee chairs or the solar system’s tallest mountain (without using a search engine). After almost three hours of intensive online quizzing, the Control-and-the-Universe Quiz ended with happy faces: More than 200 quizzers from around the world had competed in around 40 teams!

The winners will be announced later during the Congress week and will receive a pleasant surprise! For those who participated, see the following table for the final rank and number of points of your team:

3Control freaks79
4Dania Magna77
4Team no. 1077
4Team 1877
8Team Brain76
10The Kalman Filters75
12The Pharaohs74
14Ali and the Gang70
15Who cares69
19Cool MPC folks68
19Luis and the Germans68
22Covid Strangers67
22The Predictors67
24The control avengers 63
293D-PID Controller58
31C G T55
32Matthias' guys51
34ML Ambassadors45
34404 members not found45
38South Japan43
39The Mics42

The IFAC Control Orchestra

The Grand Opening Ceremony featured the first performance ever by the IFAC Control Orchestra. You will be able to see another performance in the Closing Ceremony on Friday.

The song "For a Lifetime" was conducted by Jochen M. Rieber.
We would like to thank these musicians for their performance:

Simon Bachlerbass clarinet
Julian Berberichguitar
Franco Blanchiniviolin
Patrizio Colaneriflute
Ian Craigcello
Darius Djafari-Rouhaniviolin
Arthur Scolari Fagundesguitar
Thomas Gellrichcello
Giuseppe Gilliniguitar, bass guitar
Michael Hertneckclarinet
Anne Kochpiano
Paul Kotyczkaviolin
Steffen Leonhardtpercussion
Masahiro Maedouble bass
Manuel Alberto Martínez Arenasalto sax
Miguel Mauricio Iglesiascello
Mirko Mazzolenitenor sax
Matthias A. Müllertrumpet
Simon Muntwilertenor sax
Martin Pfeiferbass guitar
Jochen M. Rieberclarinet
Alia Strandtclarinet
Julia Wagneralto sax
Julian Wannerviolin

Arranger, audio engineering: Jochen M. Rieber
Organization, video engineering: Julian Berberich