General Assembly

The General Assembly is the supreme body of the Federation and determines its policy. It is composed of the Member Organizations (national or territorial organizations) as well as of international organizations with allied interests, and usually convenes every four years during the IFToMM World Congress, except for extraordinary sessions requested by at least one third of the voting members. Such sessions must be convened within one year of the request, with the date and place being determined by the Executive Council.
The President, or the Vice‐President in the absence of the President, shall chair the sessions of the General Assembly. The Chair of the General Assembly votes only in the case of a deadlock. At the moment of election of the incoming Executive Council, the Chair is transferred temporarily, and only for this election, to the Chair of the Nominating Committee.
Between the sessions of the General Assembly, the elected Executive Council manages the affairs of the Federation according to the Constitution.

05.11.2023 – next World Congress

Days to the next World Congress

08.11.2023 – next General Assembly

Days to the next General Assembly

The General Assembly elects the members of the Executive Council every four years during the World Congress, determines the yearly membership fees, decides on proposals for honors and awards and on new memberships based on the proposals by the Executive Council, and decrees to adopt or change any by-law or the statutes.
Moreover, the General Assembly elects – during the World Congress convention – a Constitution Committee as well as a Nominating Committee, both directly responsible to the General Assembly.

The Constitution Committee advices the Federation on constitutional matters. The current Constitutional Committee is composed of

Chair             Prof. Qiaode (Jeff) Ge (USA)
MemberProf. Prof. Clément Gosselin (Canada)
MemberProf. Nobuyuki Iwatsuki (Japan)
MemberProf. Teresa Zielinska (Poland)

The Nominating Committee prepares the slate of candidates for election to the Executive Council, the Constitution Committee and the General Assembly recorder for the next General Assembly. The current Nominating Committee is composed of

Chair ex officioProf. Marco Ceccarelli (Italy)
MemberProf. Sunil Agrawal (USA)
MemberProf. I-Ming Chen (Singapore)
MemberProf. Burkhard Corves (Germany)
MemberProf. Gentiane Venture  (Japan)
MemberProf. Sergei S. Gavriushin (Russia)

The Nominating Committee shall seek names of candidates for inclusion in the slate of nominees from the memberships of all IFToMM bodies: Member Organizations, Technical Committees, Permanent Commissions, and the sitting Executive Council. Based on this, at least one year prior to the General Assembly, the Nominating Committee shall distribute to all Member Organizations its slate of nominations for the impending election of the Executive Council. The number of nominations shall not be fewer than the vacancies.

In addition to the slate of candidates presented by the Nominating Committee, candidates may be nominated from the floor of the General Assembly prior to the commencement of voting. The Chair of the Nominating Committee shall call for such nominations before the vote.

The Nominating Committee supervises the vote, and is responsible for preparing ballots etc. The Chair of the Nominating Committee assumes the Chair of the General Assembly for the purpose of conducting the vote, and cedes the chair back to the President at the conclusion of the vote. Two tellers elected by the Assembly shall count the votes.

Moreover, the Nominating Committee proposes its members for the next term, to be approved by the General Assembly.

By definition, no member of the once-installed Nominating Committee can be nominated within the term of the acting Nominating Committee, not even in the case of stepping down. Also, the Past President, as chair ex officio, cannot step down from this position.

For more information on the General Assembly please consult the IFToMM constitution and by-laws under this link.

Latest News

First IFToMM Webinar starting soon !! “IFToMM and Ethics” on October 5, 2023 by Prof. Teun Koetsier

Read full article

University of Craiova awarded an honoris causa doctoral degree to Prof. Giuseppe Carbone

Read full article

Slate of Nominees for IFToMM General Assembly Elections 2023 available!

Read full article

IFToMM World Congress 2023 Full Paper / Extended Abstract Submission Phase Started! Looking forward to your valued contributions until April 29, 2023!

Read full article

Multibody System Dynamics Outstanding PhD Thesis Prize 2022 now open for applications!

Read full article

Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (UTCN) awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa to Prof. Giuseppe CARBONE (Chair of IFToMM TC on Robotics and Mec…

Read full article

The first IFToMM book on engines and powertrains is authored by the members of three Technical Committees

Read full article

Tsinghua University and Tsingke+ Institute Developed a Swab Sampling Robot for 20-in-1 PCR Screening

Read full article

Urkaine in need – Send us your support ideas and initiatives through this blog

Read full article
All news
Upcoming Events



The organizing committee of the 16th World Congress of the International Federation for the…

ISRM 2024


ISRM 2024 aims to bring together researchers, industrials and students involved in a broad…



The aim of the Symposium is to establish an international forum for presenting and…



This Symposium will cover the topical themes of tribology including: friction, wear, lubrication, lubricants,…

MSR-RoManSy 2024


The 2024 USCToMM Symposium on Mechanical Systems and Robotics (2024 USCToMM MSR Symposium) and…
Deadlines to keep in mind

RAAD 2024


Start of full paper submission

MSR-RoManSy 2024


Deadline for full paper submission

RAAD 2024


Deadline for full paper submission



Start of full paper submission

TMM 2024


Start of full paper submission