FAQ

IFAC MembershipExpand All

How do I join IFAC?

Complete the IFAC Affiliate Registration Form. Once it is received the Secretariat will enter the information into the IFAC database. You will then be an affiliate of IFAC and added to the IFAC Newsletter mailing list. Please keep your contact information updated with the IFAC Secretariat.

How much does it cost to be an affiliate of IFAC?

Affiliate status with IFAC is free of charge. There are no individual memberships. IFAC is funded through membership fees from the NMOs, as well as from publications.

Why should I become an affiliate of IFAC?

Affiliates of IFAC are added to the distribution list for the IFAC Newsletter, where one can read about technical events, IFAC activities, and topics of interest to the international control engineering community. In addition they can receive information about events in their area/s of scientific interest, as well as contribute to and participate in IFAC’s technical work through the technical committees. In addition, IFAC affiliates are entitled to a special rate for subscriptions to the IFAC Journals.

Is there a National Member Organization (NMO) in my country? Can I participate as an IFAC affiliate if there is not an NMO in my country?

The most current list of IFAC NMOs can be found here. Even if there is not currently an NMO in your country you can still register to be an IFAC affiliate.

IFAC EventsExpand All

What kinds of events does IFAC sponsor?

IFAC organizes 3 types of events, in addition to the flagship World Congress held every three years.

An IFAC Symposium is a technical meeting covering a well-defined theme of Control Engineering. Symposia on the same subject are arranged as a regular series, usually on a triennial basis. They are organized by a host country NMO and are scientifically assisted by those IFAC Technical Committees which take an active interest in the selected topics of the meeting. Attendance usually ranges between 100 and 500 participants. IFAC maintains a Masterplan for future symposia activities.

An IFAC Conference is a technical meeting of about the same scope and size as a Symposium but it is not necessarily part of a series of events. Conferences may also cover topics that are more specialized. 

An IFAC Workshop is a more informal and less structured meeting than a Symposium or a Conference. It usually has a narrower scope and a more limited attendance (between 50 and 100 participants). However, provisions for the host country National Member Organization acting as organizer, for the scientific support by the appropriate TCs and for co-sponsorship by other scientific organizations are similar to those for Symposia.

As a rule, no Symposia or Conferences take place in the year of the Congress, and also the number of Workshops is restricted in order to avoid conflicting dates.

How do I participate in IFAC events?

Each IFAC event is independently-run. You can find information about upcoming events on the forthcoming events section of the IFAC website. Registration, calls, and other information about each event is available on the event’s webpage.

Where can I find out about upcoming IFAC events?

The forthcoming events are published in the IFAC Newsletter, as well as on the IFAC homepage.

Where are IFAC events held?

IFAC main-sponsored events can be held in any country with an IFAC NMO. If you are interested in holding an IFAC event in your country or interested in IFAC/control activities in your country, please contact your local NMO for further information.

Who do I contact if I have questions about a particular event/paper submission, registration, payment, etc.)?

You will need to contact the individual event team/organizers. The IFAC Secretariat has no part of the organization and administrative work of the individual IFAC events. Contact information can usually be found in the event information listed under ‘Forthcoming Events’ on the IFAC website, as well as on the websites set up by the events themselves.

IFAC’s StructureExpand All

How many staff members work for IFAC?

IFAC is mostly run by volunteers. The permanent IFAC staff at the IFAC Secretariat consists of three salaried employees for the administrative and technical work. The other positions and duties within IFAC are filled by volunteers. IFAC volunteer positions are for fixed three-year terms. IFAC officials and officers cover their own expenses for travel, meetings, and other expenses in conjunction with their service to IFAC.

Where is IFAC located?

The permanent Secretariat office of IFAC with three staff members is located in Laxenburg, Austria (south of Vienna.) However no technical activities are conducted at this office.

How do I contact IFAC officials?

Email addresses can be found with names on the lists of IFAC officials on the IFAC website.

How do I advertise an IFAC event?

IFAC events are listed in the calendar of upcoming events, which is published in the IFAC Newsletter as well as on the IFAC website. IFAC event organizers can inform the IFAC Secretariat which keyword/s (a list will be provided) are in line with their meeting and the Secretariat will send out the information (like CfP, etc.) to the respective IFAC affiliates (maximum of two e-mails, exceptions to this must be approved by the IFAC president or one of the two vice-presidents). Therefore the IFAC Secretariat has set up a separate event software program and e-mail address. The event organizers must also provide a reply-to address, where they want to receive information/question from the receipients that wish to contact them.