A. Objectives of Commissions and Committees

The general goals for the work of the Commissions and Committees are outlined below with the aim to promote their fields of interest by attracting researchers and practitioners, including young individuals;

1. The Constitution Committee:

To adapt the Constitution to the present needs of the Federation, as per By-Law 2.2

2. The Nominating Committee:

See By-Law 3.4 and By‐ Law 3.5

3. The Permanent Commission for the Standardization of Terminology:

  • to write a standard terminology (with definitions) for mechanism and machine science, including terms pertaining to the realization of motion in machines and its control, associated problems in dynamics and kinematics, and in machine components;
  • to cooperate with other international and national bodies concerned with terminology and related matters.

4. The Permanent Commission for Education:

  • to promote conferences on teaching, its methodology and new teaching techniques, in mechanism and machine science;
  • to assist in the temporary placement of students, instructors, and professors in countries other than their own;
  • to encourage personal exchanges;
  • to assist UNESCO infinding experts for instruction in developing countries;
  • to maintain records of exchanges and of long-term visits.

5. The Permanent Commission for Communications, Publications and Archiving:

This is established with the Chair responsibility in the hands of the Vice‐President in order to have direct actions with IFToMM leadership, with the general objectives:

to establish and maintain a coherent and unified approach to IFToMM’s communication, publication and archiving activities;

  • to establish a consistent strategy for locating, operating and formatting the IFToMM Web site;


to periodically examine, assess and update the current methods, media and channels for IFToMM’s communication, publication and archiving activities;

and with the specific objectives:


to publish the IFToMM Newsletter at least once a year;


to maintain and update the IFToMM Web site, which should include sections detailing:


the constitution and By‐Laws;

  • the current issue of the Newsletter (NL);
  • at least the past four issues of the NL, once established;
  • the addresses of all EC members;
  • the addresses of all Chairs and members of Permanent Commissions and Technical Committees;
  • the addresses of all Chairs of Member Organizations;
  • the list of upcoming IFToMM‐sponsored technical meetings and related events;
  • any other information of interest to IFToMM; and
  • links with the Web sites of Member Organizations.


  • to maintain and publicize a four‐year Calendar of Future Congresses, Conferences and Symposia, generically referred to as technical meetings;
  • to publish the annual calendar of technical meetings;
  • to act as liaison amongst the organizers of technical meetings;
  • to work closely with all Committees, and to assist organizing Committees in preparing and holding conferences.
  • to promote, in the most appropriate format(s), the exchange and circulation of scientific and technical works published by or for IFToMM;
  • to assist in the publication, in the most appropriate format(s), of the proceedings of all IFToMM Conferences;
  • to provide channels for the publication of significant works in the official IFToMM journal;
  • to negotiate with publishers and printers the dissemination, in the most appropriate format(s), of IFToMM works, subject to the approval of the Executive Council; and
  • to ensure the wide circulation, in the most appropriate format(s), of IFToMM publications;
  • to liaise with the PC for the History of Mechanism and Machine Science regarding the content and format of the IFToMM Archive, as well as the procedures for accessing the Archive.

6. The Permanent Commission for the History of Mechanism and Machine Science:

  • to promote the republishing of classical works of reference;
  • to promote the collection and circulation of material and information in the field of Mechanism and Machine Science;
  • to maintain the Archive of the Federation;
  • to promote activities and works in the field of the history of Mechanism and Machine Science.

7. Objectives of Technical Committees:

The general goals of the Technical Committees in their respective fields of Mechanism and Machine Science are outlined below:

  • to define new directions in research and development within their technical area;
  • to establish contacts between researchers and engineers;
  • to initiate and develop bases and procedures for modern problems;
  • to promote the exchange of information;
  • to organize national and international symposia, conferences, summer schools, etc.

B. Procedure for the Planning of Conferences by Commissions or Committees

Whenever a Permanent Commission or a Technical Committee plans a conference or symposium, three initial steps must be taken:

  • plans, date and place must be approved and coordinated by the Permanent Commission for Communications;
  • details of financing, especially the amount of initial start-up money needed, the question of whether or not IFToMM will receive income from the enterprise in return for endorsement or sponsorship, and the matter of a registration fee, must be approved by the Treasurer;
  • all plans for publication, including those for the publication and continuing sale over the years of the Conference Proceedings must be approved by the Commission for Publications.

Final approval of IFToMM sponsorship will be decided on by the Executive Council.

When the preliminary plans for a conference or symposium have been thus approved, the Technical Committee or the Permanent Commission either becomes the Organizing Committee of the conference, or appoints one.

The Organizing Committee of every IFToMM-sponsored technical meeting must submit a copy of the meeting proceedings to the Chair of the Permanent Commission for History of  Mechanism and Machine Science, who will forward the said proceedings to the Archive of the Federation