Dear colleague,

I would like to inform you about the 1st International Conference on Vehicle Body Engineering that will take place in Porto, Portugal, 2-3 November 2023 (Link: The conference venue is the campus of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP), which offers excellent facilites for high quality scientific interactions. FEUP is located in the town of Porto, in the Northern region of Portugal. Porto is a beautiful and lively city, steeped in history and rich in great experiences. With its magnificient location by the Atlantic coast, Porto is the city of the world famous Port Wine and the River Douro.

This conference is held every two years and is chaired by me and Dr. Eduardo A. S. Marques (INEGI, Portugal).

The focus of this conference is the study on the design of the structural components of vehicle bodies, for the automotive, aerospace and railway sectors. Among the topics covered are road vehicle structural design, aeronautical structural design, rolling stock structural design, material testing, structural testing, manufacture of complex structures, structural joining methods, structural monitoring, self-healing structures, numerical simulation of structures, numerical simulation of structural components, multibody simulation, impact performance of structures, dynamic behaviour of structures, durability of structures, fatigue design of complex structures and structural ligthtweighing techniques.

The scientific committee includes:

Alessandro Scattina (Politecnico di Torino, Italy), Andreas Oechsner (Esslingen University of Applied Sciences, Germany), Brunetto Martorana (Centro Ricerche Fiat, Italy), Bruno Castanié (INSA Toulouse, France), Carlos Chaves (EMBRAER, Brazil), Fausto Freire (University of Coimbra, Portugal), Giuseppe Catalanotti (Queen’s University Belfast, Ireland), José Correia (University of Porto, Portugal), Nicolas Carrere (ENSTA Bretagne, France), Paulo Lage (Airbus, UK), Paulo Martins (Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal), Rakesh Goyal (John Deere, United States), Venkat Aitharaju (General Motors Company, United States), William Altenhof (Engineering University of Windsor, Canada), Wim Desmet (KU Leuven, Belgium), Volnei Tita (University of São Paulo, Brazil), Xiao Han (Dalian University of Technology, China) and Yasuhiro Matsui (Japan Automobile Research Institute, Japan).

Authors who wish to make a presentation (oral or poster) are requested to submit a short abstract (one single A4 page possibly with a diagram and references) in English, by 16 June 2023. The abstracts should be sent electronically to Indicate in the email if you want oral or poster presentation. The abstract template can be downloaded from the conference web site.

Conference proceedings with the accepted abstracts will be available at the registration. The Book of Abstracts will have an ISBN number.

Full papers will be considered for publication in special and regular issues of the following journals (provided they meet the journals standard): Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering (SAGE), Discover Mechanical Engineering (Springer), U.Porto Journal of Engineering (University of Porto) and in the book series Proceedings of Engineering Mechanics: Research, Technology and Education (Springer).

The full papers (not compulsory) should be sent to the e-mail before the 2nd of November 2023. The text should be in single column format and double line spacing.

Important dates
16 June 2023 Abstract submission deadline
30 June 2023 Notification of acceptance to authors
21 July 2023 Early bird registration

Yours sincerely,


Lucas F. M. da Silva
Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Editor in Chief of:

Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP)
Department of Mechanical Engineering (DEMec)
Rua Dr Roberto Frias
4200-465 Porto, Portugal
Phone: +351 22 50 81 706, email:, web: