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30 July 2020

This page will be regularly updated and provides a summary of the latest events and activities arranged by FISITA. Visit the Spotlight page for more. These posts are also available in a regular email digest.
Latest Update for this page: 30 July 2020.


Some of our latest updates:


FISITA PLUS has concluded. Watch the replays of all four sessions at the following links:

EuroBrake papers from a limited Technical Programme will begin to be posted at the end of July. A new website will be launched at that time and we will be providing early access to interested parties later in June. Contact if you are interested in finding out more about this.

We are working on plans for 2021, but don’t expect to be able to make arrangements for the physical event until we can get past the uncertainty created by the coronavirus crisis and understand clearly if and how large events can be held in the future – until then activities will be developed virtually.

As mentioned above, The FISITA World Mobility Summit 2020 theme is Sustainable Mobility for All and the agenda is now available. There will be virtual sessions on four days in November with a physical get together being planned for Friday 20 November.

The FISITA Intelligent Safety Conference schedule is coming together and that will go ahead as part of SAE China’s Congress & Exhibition (SAECCE) to be held 20-22 October in Shanghai. We are working on providing some level of virtual access to the content for people who may be unable to travel.

The physical FISITA World Congress has been delayed one year to 13-17 September 2021, but over 150 of the papers submitted for this year will be published in the fourth quarter. Websites for the FISITA Web Congress 2020 and FISITA World Congress 2021 are both now accessible from the FISITA World Congress link.

There are promotion opportunities associated with all of the above and speaking opportunities for some. The events above also involve members collaborating together on content and developing thought leadership. Please let us know if you or any of your colleagues would be interested in working with us on any of the above or you would like to raise your profile at any of the events.

Online Conferences

You may have seen the recent FISITA Automotive Human-Machine Interface and Intelligent Vehicle Dynamics and Controls Online Conferences and follow up posts. These were received very well and viewed by several hundred people. Both remain available for viewing if you missed them. They were the first of a series of new online activities that FISITA is driving and we are preparing several sessions for July including FISITA PLUS and EuroBrake Student Opportunity (ESOP) sessions.

If you are interested in taking part in a FISITA Online Conference, please contact Philippa Morrell, FISITA Industry Relations Manager.

Student Opportunities

Our Student Opportunities Programmes will continue virtually and this gives us flexibility in arranging meetings with students, industry and academics around the world. Some recent posts from these programmes include:

We have programmes running alongside FISITA Plus and EuroBrake:

FISITA PLUS Student Opportunity Programme

Each year at FISITA events we deliver a Student Opportunities Programme – this year, as FISITA PLUS went online, we selected a group of students from applicants from around the world to participate in the virtual event. The session went ahead with good attendance on Tuesday 28th July. Watch Spotlight for a post-event update.

All participating students are requested to share their experience on the FISITA International Engineering Community (FIEC) after the event and to share what they have learned. 

EuroBrake Student Opportunity Programme

  • Hosted on 21 & 22 July
  • Top 50 students selected from over 100 applications
  • Students invited to Introductory Lecture with Q&A session
  • Students joined online Surgery Sessions with Martin Haigh from Lattitude7
  • Students joined online Round Table sessions with international industry and academic experts in braking
  • Students also took part in CV sessions and got 1-2-1 support from ESOP sponsor Altair

We look forward to the students’ feedback being shared after the events on FIEC – the FISITA International Engineering Community

Alongside this, we are planning to start a series of short videos with engineering leaders from our members. They will be talking about what attracted them to engineering and what advice they have for people considering just starting an engineering career. If there are senior engineers in your organisation who would be good role models and open to do this or career development people who would be interested in supporting these programmes, we’d be very happy to work with them.

For more information or to discuss these programs further, please contact Hayley Millar, FISITA Education Manager.

Papers and Technical Content

As we announced a few weeks ago, the Ecosystems of New Mobility Output Paper from the last World Mobility Summit is now available on the FISITA Store – this is free for Corporate Members and members of national Automotive Engineering Societies. If you qualify for free access and have not received your access code, please contact Carla Soper, FISITA Membership Manager. Remember that previous papers including Vehicle Connectivity and Mobility Engineer 2030, and event technical programmes are all available in the store.

We have posted an extract, contents page and list of contributors on Spotlight and there will be more to follow over coming weeks. 

New Technology Clusters

The formation of the New Technology Clusters is also progressing and initial meetings for the Insurance, Battery, Integration with Cities, and Autonomous Hardware & Cities groups are happening. The industry Committee is working on identifying participants in the other groups and we welcome interest from other members and their partners. Expect more information on this and possibly some virtual sessions over the next few weeks.


FISITA staff are working hard through this crisis from home and are available to support our members and the community. The FISITA office has been closed since the end of March. All our physical events have been affected and the latest update for each is summarised below.

We hope that you and your family and colleagues are all well. Please remember that if there is anything that FISITA can help with, we are here to help our members and we welcome you to let us know if there are people we should be working more closely with for the benefit of our members and the broader industry.

If you are interested in working with us on an Online Conference or you’d like us to publish a Spotlight post about your latest work or how you are responding to the coronavirus crisis, please contact us and we’ll happily work with you to help share your information. Alternatively, you can stay up to date by signing up to the FISITA Spotlight newsletter.