IFAC Fellows and Major Awards Call

Nomination calls and materials for the 2020-2023 IFAC Fellows and IFAC Major Awards (Nichols Medal, Thoma Medal, Quazza Medal, Industrial Achievement Award and High Impact Paper Award) are now available! Nominations and references must be submitted via the PaperCept submission system.

If you do not already have user information for PaperCept you can obtain it by visiting the website

The IFAC Fellow award provides a distinction of excellence in the Federation and is conferred on a triennial basis to a small number of outstanding scientists or engineers. Members of the IFAC Council, Fellow Search Committee or Fellow Selection Committee are not eligible to serve as nominators or references.

IFAC Fellow nominations are due by February 1, 2022. IFAC Fellow references are due by March 1, 2022.

The call for Fellow Nominations, the Nominator Information, as well as the Reference Information are available at the IFAC website at:

The Nomination Forms and Reference Forms must be submitted via the PaperCept submission system:

The IFAC Major Awards are:

Nichols Medal: Recognizes outstanding contributions of an individual to design methods, software tools and instrumentation, or to significant projects resulting in major applications and advancement of control engineering.

Thoma Medal: Recognizes outstanding contributions of a young researcher and/or engineer under the age of 40 to the field of systems and control in its widest sense.

Quazza Medal Recognizes outstanding lifetime contributions of a researcher and/or engineer to conceptual foundations in the field of systems and control.

Industrial Achievement Award: This is an IFAC award to an individual, or a team of individuals, who has made a significant contribution to industrial applications of control. The award is given in technical fields covered by IFAC.

High Impact Paper Award: This award acknowledges the impact of a paper published in any of the official IFAC journals on the broad areas of Automatic Control theory and application.

Major Award nominations are due by February 15, 2022, with references due by March 15, 2022. All Major Awards will be presented by the IFAC President at the Opening Ceremony of the 2023 IFAC World Congress in July 2023 in Yokohama, JP.

The Call for Nominations for the IFAC Major Awards is available at:

The reference forms for the IFAC Major Awards are available at:

The Nomination package and Reference Forms must be submitted via the PaperCept submission system

Every individual can act as nominator or referee, with the exception of members of the corresponding Major Award Selection Committee, the Major Awards Search Committee, IFAC Executive Officers and members of the IFAC Council. Self-nominations are not allowed. It may be useful to consider the list of past winners on the IFAC Website at

To check the eligibility of a potential nominator and/or reference please visit

IFAC Fellow and IFAC Major Award winners will be presented with their awards at the IFAC World Congress 2023, which is scheduled to take place in Yokohama, JP in July 2023.

Oct 04, 2021 10:45 AM

Call for presidential candidates

Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the 2022 Council meeting IFAC will vote for a site for the 24th IFAC World Congress in 2029, as well as selecting a prospective President for the triennium 2026-2029. It is the first time there will be two separate votes, one for the Congress location (in the 2nd round are Italy, the Netherlands, and the USA), and one for the President position. All NMOs can propose a presidential candidate, in conjunction or not with bidsfor the Congress location.

I hereby invite you as the National Member Organizations to propose, if you wish, a candidate for
the presidency of IFAC for 2026-2029.

The criteria are as follows:

  • Scientific and managerial leadership qualities as well as working knowledge of English of the proposed President
  • High international scientific standing of the proposed President as well as his/her capacity for dedicated and time-consuming work on IFAC matters over a number of years before, during and after the presidency, in addition to other responsibilities
  • Participation of the proposed President in IFAC in the past.

Please note that Article 17 (b) of the IFAC Constitution states “Only those who have been elected
or appointed for at least a total of two terms in one or several of the following offices
o Council member
o Technical, Conference or Publications Board member
o Technical Committee chair
o Executive Committee member (including chairs)
may be elected to the offices of President and President Elect. Normally the President Elect, after
serving in this capacity for one term, will be elected to the office of President for the next term.”

Those NMOs who wish to submit a proposal for the 2026-2029 President should provide a 2-page CV
(focus on IFAC activities) and a brief (limited to one A4 page) application statement/motivation letter about the candidate (in total maximum 3-pages), to reach the IFAC Secretariat by

24 March 2022.

Preliminary discussions will take place at the 2022 IFAC Officers meeting in Vienna (early April 2022).
Applications will be disclosed to the IFAC Council members by May 2022. At the Council 2022 meeting
(London, UK, in conjunction with the ECC, Council meeting held on July 13), after the decision on the 2029 Congress location is made, presidential candidates will be given the opportunity to present their candidacy and to answer questions from Council members. A vote will then determine the President Elect for 2023-2026, to be proposed as President before the General Assembly in 2026.

Best regards,
Hajime Asama

If you have any questions, please contact the .

Sep 23, 2021 03:15 PM

August Newsletter available

Aug 02, 2021 09:48 AM

Spam/scam email sent purporting to be from the IFAC president

We have heard that some of you may have again received a scam message purportedly sent by Prof. Hajime Asama and asking you to contact him regarding today's meeting.

Please ignore the message and do not reply to the email address.

The message was not sent by IFAC, nor was it sent by Hajime Asama, and the email address the message indicated is not Hajime's email address!

The used e-mail address is not Prof. Hajime Asama’s e-mail address.

PLEASE DO NOT REACT AT ALL to the e-mail and don't reply.

Jul 16, 2021 10:53 AM

Survey of Online Teaching Resources: Provide Your Input Today

The IFAC and IEEE Technical Committees on control education are seeking to curate information on freely available learning and teaching resources for the first course in Control. The aim is to provide a simple one-stop shop website where instructors can get an overview of free resources they could adopt with their own students. If you want to propose a particular resource for inclusion to the website, please fill in the survey at

The resources must be freely accessible. We aim to collect as many resources as possible and results will be made available to the entire control community.


May 31, 2021 02:54 PM