Submission Site

All submissions must be in PDF format, written in English, and prepared according to IFAC format. Papers and all other proposals must be submitted electronically using the IFAC conference manuscript management system: 


On the conference manuscript management webpage scroll down to  "IFAC 2020".

Submission Instructions

Step 0: Preparation of your manuscript

All submissions must be written in English, and prepared according to IFAC format. Tools are provided for managing formatting issues. For the page limits see the different contribution formats in Step 1.

Step 1: Selecting type of submission

When submitting a contribution to IFAC 2020 World Congress you are first asked for the type oft contribution. The following table summarizes the various types of contributions and their main characteristics. You can find further details under the call for papers.

Page limits
Page limits
final submissions
(without add.
 page fees)
Absolut page
limits final 


Contributed paper 868IFAC-PapersOnLine18 Nov 2019
Contributed extended
444Preprints only18 Nov 2019
Invited session paper 868IFAC-PapersOnLine18 Nov 2019
Invited session extended
444Preprints only18 Nov 2019
Invited session survey
141214IFAC-PapersOnLine18 Nov 2019
Open invited track
868IFAC-PapersOnLine18 Nov 2019
Open invited track
extended abstract 
444Preprints only18 Nov 2019
Open invited track
survey paper 
141214IFAC-PapersOnLine18 Nov 2019
Demonstrator paper868IFAC-PapersOnLine18 Nov 2019
Demonstrator extended
444Preprints only18 Nov 2019
Tutorial & Workshop 
4XXX30 Nov 2019
Late breaking results444Preprints only28 Feb 2020


Note that everybody can submit a contribution to an open invited tracks. Have a look at the list of proposed open invited track topics.  If you feel your contribution fits a topic, select 'open invited track paper' as submission type and use the track code at the second step of submission.

Step 2: Providing submission informations

At the second step you are asked to provide the following information

  • Title of the contribution
  • The authors
  • The theme (among the 9 IFAC technical areas)
  • A list of keywords associated to the selected theme. You find here a list of the keywords classified by the technical area and technical committees. Evaluation will a priori be done by the technical committee associated to the 1st keyword.
  • The category of presentation among Regular, Interactive, Demonstrator (see here about the categories)
  • The abstract of the contribution

By default, contributions to Open Invited Tracks are evaluated within the technical area chosen by the track organizer. In case of contributions to Open Invited Tracks that have a multi-area nature, the authors can suggest different keywords for evaluation. To do so please send an email to specifying (a) the contribution identification number and the Open Invited Track code; (b) the ordered list of three keywords, see here for a  list of the keywords . The IPC may then reassign the submission to the appropriate Technical Committee for the reviewing process.

Step 3: Submitting and uploading the manuscript

At the third and final step, you are asked to upload your contribution. It needs to fulfill the format constraints (see Step 0). 


IFAC Foundation Support of Developing Countries Young Authors

Program for Support of Developing Countries Young Authors’ Attendance 
at IFAC Congresses and Symposia

Please see details here.

According to this Program, the IFAC Foundation is open to consider applications for support of young authors’ attendance at the IFAC 2020 World Congress, to be held in July 12-17, 2020.

Eligible for support are authors of accepted technical papers – citizens of a developing country/region not affiliated to or supported by an institution in a high-income country/region – whose age will be less than 30 years during the Symposium. Only one author per paper can be supported. A limited number of applications will be supported.

A developing country/region is understood to be one which is not on the list of high-income economies. Please seelist of high-income economies.

The IFAC Foundation support to the IFAC World Congress consists of waiving the registration fees related to the Congress.

Applications should be addressed to the Congress organizer by eligible authors. Please use this application form.

A presentation of the paper at the Congress by the winner is a requisite for support.

Award recipients must write a short report (a few lines) about their work, paper title, and stating what the attendance meant to them, and what they learnt. The recipients give their consent that the report together with their picture and a brief bio will be uploaded on the Foundation website.