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The 2013 NAFEMS World Congress in Salzburg, Austria will be the largest one yet. More than 260 presentations across eight tracks and two conferences will take place over June 9-12, 2013.


Every other year, NAFEMS, an international association for the engineering modeling, analysis and simulation community, hosts a World Congress that focuses on simulation. This year, the 14th such event will feature more than 260 presentations, several training courses and panel discussions, and an exhibition. Attendees include software vendors, engineers, analysts and academic institutions.

Keynotes Announced

The keynote presenters for NAFEMS World Congress are indicative of the Congress’ global perspective, and match this year’s “World of Simulation” theme:

  • Ralph Sundermeier -Volkswagen, Germany
  • Koichi Ohtomi -Toshiba, Japan
  • Harald Hasselblad -Volvo, Sweden
  • Grant Steven- University of Sydney, Australia
  • Steven Sirman- Tata Steel Automotive, UK
  • Frank Popielas- Dana Corporation, USA
  • Jérôme Buffe- Thales Alenia Space, France

“We are delighted that the some of the world’s leading minds in analysis and simulation have agreed to speak at the Congress and share their knowledge and expertise with delegates,” said Tim Morris, NAFEMS CEO. “Their combination of technical expertise,academic knowledge and industry experience ensures delegates an unrivalled insight into the use of analysis and simulation today, and developments for the future.”

Simulation Process & Data Management

This year, the Congress will incorporate the 1st International Conference on Simulation Process & Data Management (SPDM). The new event will allow all those with an interest to take part in an independent, international forum dedicated to SPDM.

Over the past three years, NAFEMS has held a series of dedicated conferences on the topic of SPDM in both Europe and North America. Their popularity gave rise to the idea of a conference dedicated to SPDM, which will run alongside the NAFEMS World Congress in 2013.

When registered, all delegates will have access to both the SPDM Conference as well as the World Congress. The tracks for the SPDM conference will be scheduled in such a way that delegates can also take part in the World Congress keynote sessions without missing out, and similarly, NAFEMS World Congress delegates can take part in the SPDM agenda. The co-location of both shows will provide a larger exhibition area, including a specific section dedicated to SPDM.

Book Training Courses in Advance

As part of the NAFEMS World Congress 2013, attendees will have access to many training courses being held over the course of the Congress. These courses will be taught by NAFEMS tutors, including Desktop Engineering Contributing Editor Tony Abbey. Attendees must reserve their place for the courses in advance by registering at nafems.org/congress.

A preliminary agenda is available on the NAFEMS site, which includes more information on the following training courses:

  • Structural Optimization in FE Analysis
  • Composite FE Analysis
  • Fatigue & Fracture Mechanics in FE Analysis
  • Dynamic FE Analysis
  • Introduction to SPDM
  • Introduction to Business Value from Simulation Data Management
  • Non-linear FE Analysis
  • Practical CFD
  • Practical Modeling of Joints and Connections
  • Elements of Turbulence Modeling
  • FEA for Managers


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