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12th International Engine Congress 2025

25-02-2025 – 26-02-2025 – Baden-Baden or virtually via live stream

Call for Papers

There can be no rapid global climate protection without internal combustion engines and synthetic fuels. The 12th International Engine Congress is more relevant than ever before – and this gathering of experts from the automotive, engine development, and fuel industries, together with representatives from science and politics, continues to be a unique event.

The variety of powertrain solutions that are possible and sensible in global competition, the delayed development and expansion of electric mobility, and the current purchasing behavior among customers mean that decision-makers in politics, industry, associations, and science are now having to rethink their strategies. Increasingly, the focus, also in Europe, is not only on providing the non-fossil energy supply for the huge vehicle fl eets, but also on the necessary technological competition between possible solutions, including the internal combustion engine. Now that the industrial nations of Japan and China are designing their climate-oriented energy and mobility policies without imposing a ban on particular technologies, will Europe also (be able to) rethink its plans? The discussion is now open.

The decisive factor will be the willingness within the international community to free the supply and use of energy from the dominance of fossil fuels and to switch to green molecules alongside electricitybased solutions. Will the apparent willingness to invest in renewable hydrogen as well as biomass-based and electricity-based fuels continue to increase in parts of the world in view of the economic and business risks involved? How will the recognized need to establish a global CO2 circular economy with “carbon capture and utilization” continue to develop?

What role will be played by new corporate structures relating to future powertrains and separate from OEMs, alongside the already established engine manufacturers? And what will solutions for hybrid drive systems, increasingly with non-fossil fuels, look like for cars, commercial vehicles, and the off-highway sector? What will be the technological highlights of future combustion engines?

This Call for Papers provides information on the main subjects addressed at the congress as well as details on submitting a paper.

We look forward to your proposals and to further discussions with you.

After the conference, your paper will be published as part of the conference proceedings at Springer Vieweg and on the online platforms Springer Link and Springer Professional.

Prof. Dr. Peter Gutzmer

Scientific Director of the Congress
Editor-in-Charge ATZ | MTZ Group

Main subject areas

Passenger car engine technology

  1. New Engines, Technologies, and Concepts
    (1) Innovative engine concepts for carbon-neutral fuels
    (2) Hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains
    (3) Systemic efficiency optimization
  2. Global Markets
    (1) CO2 and emissions legislation
    (2) Traffic concepts
    (3) Customer requirements
  3. Engine Components and New Production Processes
    (1) Modularization
    (2) Friction minimization
    (3) NVH
    (4) Synthetic lubricants
    (5) 3D printing
  4. Charge Exchange and Combustion Processes
    (1) Variable valve timing
    (2) Supercharging concepts
    (3) Fuel injection technologies
    (4) Combustion processes and mixture formation for carbon-neutral fuels
    (5) Sensor-based and model-based combustion diagnostics
  5. Emission Control
    (1) Euro 7 emissions concepts and validation
    (2) Zero-impact and sub-zero emissions concepts
    (3) RDE concepts
  6. Powertrain Control Systems
    (1) Internal combustion engine and electric machines as a complete system
    (2) Connectivity and automation
    (3) (Predictive) operating strategies and AI integration
    (4) Calibration / modeling / sensors
    (5) Diagnosis / OBD
  7. Thermal Management
    (1) Heat utilization in hybrid powertrains
  8. Technologies for Synthetic Fuels
    (1) Fuel recognition
    (2) Multifuel capability
  9. Other Applications
    (1) Innovative combustion engine concepts for motor cycles
    and non-automotive applications with synthetic fuels

Commercial vehicle engine technology

  1. Next-Generation Engines (on-road/non-road)
    (1) Presentation of new engines and engine series
    (2) Engines for carbon-neutral fuels
    (3) Dual-fuel / flex-fuel concepts
    (4) Solutions and synergies for on-road / construction / agriculture / industry / rail / special engines
  2. Global Markets
    (1) CO2 and emissions legislation
    (2) Market-specific regulations and boundary conditions
    (3) Customer requirements
    (4) Interaction between the energy system and powertrain technologies
    (5) TCO comparisons of different powertrain solutions
  3. New Technologies and Concepts
    (1) Innovative basic engines and components
    (2) Components for new fuels / retrofit technologies
    (3) Innovative production processes
    (4) Improving efficiency in the overall system
  4. Hydrogen Engines
    (1) Concepts, design, and key components
    (2) Mixture formation, combustion processes, exhaust aftertreatment
    (3) Application and system comparison with fuel cell concepts
  5. Design and Mechanics
    (1) Modularization and weight reduction
    (2) Friction minimization and new lubricants
    (3) Robustness
    (4) NVH
  6. Charge Exchange and Combustion
    (1) Improving supercharging efficiency
    (2) Variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation
    (3) Combustion processes and injection systems
    (4) Applications of new fuels
  7. Emission Control
    (1) Euro VII – emissions concepts and validation
    (2) Solutions for Tier 5
    (3) Zero-impact emissions concepts
  8. Electrification
    (1) Effects on the basic engine
    (2) Hybridization and electrified auxiliary units
    (3) Regional developments in electrification
  9. Control Systems
    (1) Connected systems and automation
    (2) Predictive operating strategies and AI integration
    (3) Thermal management
    (4) Calibration / modeling / sensors
  10.  Sustainability
    (1) Technologies and materials, production, recycling
    (2) Assessment procedures

Sustainable Fuels & Energy

  1. Market Development for Renewable Fuels
    (1) Production processes and technologies
    (2) Low-carbon basic fuels
    (3) Blend components
    (4) Fuel composition in compliance with EN228
    (5) Pilot applications / demo projects
    (6) Market players / alliances / start-ups
    (7) Market launch
  2. Fuel Quality
    (1) Worldwide development of fuel quality
    (2) Country-specific developments
    (3) Potentials for improving quality
    (4) Need for standardization
    (5) Emission potentials
  3. Fuels from a “Cradle-to-Cradle” Perspective
    (1) Sustainability of renewable energy resources
    (2) Sustainability criteria for energy, hydrogen, and CO2
    (3) Synthetic fuels: e-fuels (H2, gas, PtL), biofuels
    (4) Blended fuels
  4. Sustainable Forms of Energy for Mobility
    (1) Energy supply for future mobility
    (2) Economic efficiency of energy resources (national / international)
    (3) Economy of mobility
    (4) Transformation of the mobility ecosystem (affordability vs. speed)
  5. CO2 Reduction Credits
    (1) Activities in Germany
    (2) Activities in Europe
    (3) Global activities
  6. Application of Sustainable Fuels
    (1) System requirements
    (2) Material compatibility
    (3) Fuel injection and mixture formation
    (4) Ignition system
    (5) Combustion process

Are you an expert in one of the main subject areas? Then please submit your paper and help us to make this congress a successful event.

Your paper can be submitted in the following forms:

A lecture presentation:
If your paper is accepted, you will have the opportunity to speak for 20 minutes in front of the congress audience followed by additional 10 minutes to discuss your presentation with the participants.

A poster presentation (possible only as a research institute):
Your poster will be displayed in the exhibition area. The congress participants will have the opportunity to discuss your poster with you during the breaks.

Please submit your abstract (max. 1 DIN A4 page) by 7 June 2024.

You can register your proposal here

Should you have questions on the submission procedure of the abstract via the online portal, please contact Verena Feger: feger(at)

Project managers:

Michaela Kues
Program Director Events
Phone +49 611 7878-274


VDI Wissensforum GmbH
Verena Feger
Event Management
Phone +49 211 6214-244

Your submission proposal should contain:

  • The title of your paper
  • The name and contact details of the speaker and any co-authors
  • A table of contents specifying the main contents of the paper

  • Classification under one of the subject areas
  • A statement on the innovative value of the work
  • An indication of any prior publications on the subject

The Program Advisory Boards for the congress will decide on the acceptance of the paper based on the abstract.

You should therefore highlight the essential technical content and its level of innovation. The authors of the papers or poster presentations that have been accepted commit to submit a 1-page summary and a manuscript comprising 12-15 pages for the congress documentation by the closing date mentioned and to present the paper in person. If a speaker is unable to attend, a substitute must be named. The congress documentation will be made available in the download area of our websites and in the digital event platform from the beginning of the event. After the congress, your paper will be published as part of the congress proceedings at Springer Vieweg and on the online platforms Springer Link and Springer Professional.

Lecture requirements:

  • 20-minute presentation followed by 10 minutes of discussion
  • Congress documentation in Englisch: a 1-page summary, the manuscript of 12–15 pages approx. 20 presentation slides
  • Language of the lecture: German or English

One presenting author per lecture may participate free of charge in the congress. Travel costs will not be reimbursed.

Your contact partner

Your contact partner

Michaela Kues

+49 (0) 611. 7878 274



Submission of abstracts
7 June 2024

Notification of authors
from mid-July 2024

Closing date for submission of the final manuscripts
13 January 2025

The Organizers

Media partner

Scientific Director and Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Peter Gutzmer
Scientific Congress Chairman
Editor-in-Charge ATZ | MTZ Group

Three program advisory boards made up of outstanding personalities from each of the fields involved support our congress in terms of planning and finding topics.