Conferences and Summer Schools

27.10.2027 - next World Congress

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Mission & Organization

IFToMM highly welcomes and ideally supports conferences, symposia, workshops, Student Olympiads, and summer schools ignited by its members and its Technical Committees and Permanent Commissions. The policy of IFToMM for conferences is grassroot movement, i.e. where the initiative lies on the formidable people shaping and bringing forward mechanism and machine science.
 
Every IFToMM member can promote, continue, or extend a conference event and seek patronage from IFToMM. Patronage is issued by allowing the conference to use the IFToMM logo, and as more and more of its corporate identity progresses also to use the templates and databases supported by IFToMM. As a general rule, at least one Membership Organization and one Technical Committee must have been informed of and approve the conference. However, in some cases exceptions from this can be made for example when a Member Organization celebrates a regional conference, or when a Technical Committee celebrates a topic-specific workshop or symposium.
 
Applications for ideal conference patronage should be made using the fast-track conference request form ‘IFToMM Form 01 – Conference Patronage Request-Form.pdf’ downloadable under IFToMM Forms and by submitting it to conference-affairs@iftomm-world.org.
 
The Executive Council decides once every quarter by email ballot on all received applications with no critical issues, and twice a year on critical applications during the actual meeting. Conference organizers may not use the IFToMM logo before the Executive Council has not explicitly approved the patronage. In urgent cases the President together with the responsible member of the Executive Council in charge of Conferences and Summer Schools may take ad hoc decisions, which are then reported to the Executive Council.
 
Corresponding conference chairs are asked to submit a brief report on the conference impact numbers as well as the conference programme and a conference "group photo" with approval of all included persons to disseminate the photo in the IFToMM webpage. Books of abstracts or proceedings should be publicized preferably in one of IFToMM book series or journals (see Journals & Publications), but conference chairs might decide also to publish on other media traditionally used in their community.
 
Apart from ideal support, IFToMM also grants financial support for one of the following three items:

  • Summer Schools
  • Student's Olympiads
  • Young Delegate Program

The Executive Council decides once a year (at its end-of-year session) on budgets for Summer Schools and Student's Olympiads for the forthcoming year or later based on a fixed yearly budget amount, and twice a year with a half-split fixed yearly budget for the Young Delegate Program from all received conference applications.

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