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9th International Engine Congress 2022

22-02-2022 – 23-02-2022 – Baden-Baden, Germany

Call for Papers

Combustion engines and fossil fuels, with their wide availability and their specifically high energy density, have made it possible to achieve the high-volume and cost-efficient transportation of people and goods throughout the world on land, on water, and in the air. Individual mobility in particular plays a crucial role in affluence, prosperity, and freedom in our states and societies. Conversely, since the beginning of industrialization, continuously increasing energy conversion processes involving the combustion of fossil fuels have led to a rise in pollutant emissions and a disproportionate increase in the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere, which is said to play a key role in the rise in mean global temperature. The international community has made a binding agreement to limit this further rise in temperature to well below
2 °C. It is clear that urgent action is required, and for that reason many countries have decided on ambitious and technology-changing political strategies, accompanied by significant changes in awareness in both society and industry.

Does this ongoing and necessary abandonment of fossil fuels inevitably mean the end of the internal combustion engine in cars and commercial vehicles, as is currently being discussed more and more intensely in parts of our society, politics, and industry? We want to focus on this question at the 9th International Engine Congress, where we will present the latest findings from science and research and from the automotive sector, the oil industry, and politics.

What contribution will future internal combustion engines make and what technological solutions will be available to meet the global energy consumption and emissions targets set for passenger cars and commercial vehicles by 2030? How will the industrialization of carbon-neutral fuels, including hydrogen, progress and contribute to CO2-neutral road traffic in real terms and with regard to legislation and how will cross-sector, life cycle-related assessments be incorporated?

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 | ATZelektronik | ATZheavyduty

Main subject areas

Passenger car engine technology

  1. New Engines, Technologies, and Concepts
    (1) Innovative gasoline, diesel, and gas engines
    (2) Innovative hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains
    (3) High-performance engines
    (4) Concepts for efficiency optimization
  2. Global Markets
    (1) CO2 and emissions legislation
    (2) Traffic concepts
    (3) Customer requirements
  3. Basic Engine and Mechanical Systems
    (1) Crank drive and timing assemblies
    (2) Modularization
    (3) Friction minimization and lubricants
    (4) NVH
    (5) Oil supply and oil separation
  4. Charge Exchange and Combustion Processes
    (1) Variable valve timing
    (2) Supercharging concepts
    (3) Fuel injection and mixture formation
    (4) Innovative combustion processes for improving efficiency
    (5) Ignition systems
    (6) Water injection
    (7) Sensor-based and model-based combustion diagnostics
  5. Emission Control
    (1) EU7 technology
    (2) Zero-impact emission concepts
    (3) Sub-zero emission concepts
    (4) RDE
  6. Motor and Engine Management
    (1) Internal combustion engine and electric machine(s) as a complete system
    (2) Connectivity and automation
    (3) (Predictive) operating strategies
    (4) AI in control systems
    (5) (Virtual) sensors, modeling
    (6) Diagnosis (OBD)
  7. Thermal Management
    (1) Electrified powertrains
    (2) Heat utilization
  8. Engine Technologies for New Fuels
    (1) Multifuel capability
    (2) Fuel recognition

Commercial vehicle engine technology

  1. New Engines, Technologies, and Concepts
    (1) Innovative basic engines and components
    (2) Presentation of new engines and series
    (3) TCO optimization
    (4) Increasing effi ciency in the complete system
  2. Global Markets
    (1) CO2 and emissions legislation
    (2) Market-specific regulations and boundary conditions
    (3) Customer requirements
  3. Design and Mechanics
    (1) Modularization and weight reduction (e. g. additive manufacturing)
    (2) Friction minimization and new lubricants
    (3) Robustness
    (4) NVH
  4. 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
  5. Emission Concepts and Validation in Practice
    (1) Requirements relating to exhaust aftertreatment / legislation / general conditions
    (2) Alternative SCR concepts / NOx storage / SDPF
    (3) EGR / non-EGR
    (4) In-service conformity (ISC)
    (5) Zero-impact emissions
  6. Hydrogen Engines
    (1) Concepts, design, and key components
    (2) Mixture formation, combustion processes, and exhaust aftertreatment
    (3) Application and system comparison with fuel cell components
  7. Electrification
    (1) Effects on the basic engine
    (2) 48 V solutions and electrified auxiliary units
    (3) Hybridization / overhead power line concepts / electrified trailers
    (4) Regional developments in electrification
  8. Control Systems (Engine Management)
    (1) Connected systems and automation
    (2) (Predictive) operating strategies
    (3) Thermal management
    (4) Calibration
    (5) (Virtual) sensors / modeling for exhaust aftertreatment
  9. Fuel-Specific Engine Technologies
    (1) LNG, CNG
    (2) Methanol, OME, etc.
    (3) Dual-fuel / flex-fuel

Sustainable Fuels & Energy

  1. CO2 Reduction Credits
    (1) Activities in Germany
    (2) Activities in Europe
    (3) Global activities
  2. 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)
  3. Fuels from a “Cradle-to-Cradle” Perspective
    (1) Sustainability of renewable energy resources
    (2) Synthetic fuels: e-fuels (H2, gas, PtL), biofuels
    (3) Blended fuels
  4. Application of Sustainable Fuels
    (1) System requirements
    (2) Material compatibility
    (3) Fuel injection and mixture formation
    (4) Ignition system
    (5) Combustion process
    (6) Efficiency and emission potentials
  5. Implementation and Industrialization
    (1) Fuel production and processes, efficiency
    (2) Standardization
    (3) Simulation and testing
    (4) Validation
    (5) Market launch scenarios
    (6) Ramp-up phase of bio fuels and e-fuels
    (7) Energy and fuel infrastructure (national / international)
  6. Future Coolants and Lubricants
    (1) Low-pollutant lubricants
    (2) Carbon-neutral lubricants
    (3) CO2-neutral coolants

Are you interested in presenting a paper on one of these subjects on the 9th International Engine Congress 2022?

Then please submit a paper and help us to make this congress a successful event.
Please send your abstract (max. 1 DIN A4 page) by 7 June 2021.

You can register your proposal here

Should you have questions on the submission procedure of the abstract via the online portal VDI-COM, please contact Christoph Brockerhoff.


Project managers:

Michaela Kues
Head of Events: Program + Organization
Phone +49 611 7878-274


VDI Wissensforum GmbH
Katharina Neumann
Product Manager International Business
Phone +49 211 6214-621

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 above 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.


  • 20-minute presentation followed by 10 minutes of discussion
  • An abstract before submission of the paper: 1 DIN A4 page (English)
  • Congress documentation: a 1-page summary (in English), the manuscript of 12–15 pages (in English) approx. 20 presentation slides (in English)

One author per paper may participate free of charge. Travel costs will not be reimbursed.

Lectures may be held in either German or English. Simultaneous interpreting (German - English) will be available.

Your contact partner

Your contact partner

Michaela Kues

+49 (0) 611. 7878 274



Submission of abstracts
7 June 2021

Notification of authors
From Mid-July 2021

Closing date to hand in final manuscripts
7 January 2022

The Organizers

Media partner

Scientific Director and Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Peter Gutzmer,
Scientific Congress Chairmann
Editor-in-Charge ATZ | MTZ | ATZelektronik | ATZheavyduty

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.