Call for participation

The triennial IFAC World Congress is one of the most prestigious events for control engineers across the globe. To enable employees and students of SACAC’s industrial or institutional members to participate in this international event, sponsorship money is made available to send them to the congress. Sponsorship will be provided to two delegates from SACAC’s industrial members and two delegates from SACAC’s institutional members.

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More information on this sponsorship

Application for Sponsorship

A person is eligible for sponsorship if the person:

  • is an author of a paper accepted for presentation at IFAC2017 (9-14 July 2017),

  • is an employee or student of one of SACAC’s members, and

  • the SACAC member’s fees are paid in full.

Only one author per paper can be supported. The sponsorship will cover the conference fees and the flight tickets up to a maximum of R20 000. Accommodation and daily living costs are not covered by the sponsorship. The deadline for applying for SACAC WC Author Sponsorship is 10 March 2017. Presentation of the papers at the congress by the winners is a requisite for support.

Application for sponsorship should be addressed to the SACAC Secretariat and contain the following information:

  • Paper submitted to congress

  • Proof of acceptance of paper

  • Employer details in the case of an industrial member, or Supervisor details in the case of an institutional member.


To avoid conflict of interest between the SACAC Executive Committee and the applicants, people serving on the Executive Committee may not serve on the adjudicator panel. The panel of adjudicators will be announced on SACAC’s website. Two to four people from SACAC’s industrial members, and two to four people from SACAC’s institutional members should serve on the adjudication panel.

Adjudication Criteria

The panel of adjudicators will select the top articles from the submissions. The aim is to find an article with exceptional content, rather than simply a well-written article with regular content. The following criteria will be used:

Scope [30%]:

  • General or specialised industrial relevance?

  • Relevance to SACAC’s target audience?

Information: [40%]:

  • Potential for industry application?

  • Potential further academic research?

Content is [30%]:

  • Intelligible and non-trivial to professionals in industry.

Important dates

IFAC 2017 gives notification of acceptance to authors on: 27 February 2017
The deadline for applying for SACAC WC sponsorship is: 10 March 2017
The sponsorships will be awarded by: 17 March 2017
The deadline for final submission of papers to IFAC2017 is: 31 March 2017

Enquiries & contact information

Keri Caitlin Garland
Tel. (011) 021-8196
Mobile: (086) 570-7909