Call for Presentations -2nd Conference "Innovations in the Automotive Interior"

Call for Presentations -2nd Conference "Innovations in the Automotive Interior"

On 12.09.2019, the second specialist conference “Innovations in Automotive Interiors” will take place as part of the ZIM cooperation network “FOresIght – Functional Integration and New Surfaces for the Automotive Interior of the Future” at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. The aim of the conference is to network players along the entire supply and value chain, to transfer technology between research and industry, and to discuss and exchange ideas among the players.

Future innovations need new qualities of the trend conversion, the intensive argument with future requirements, up to the development of new, innovative production networks. These innovation lines are taken up by the network and reflected with various groups of participants in order to flow into R&D projects. The aim of the Call for Presentations is to give you, the network partners, the opportunity to present current developments, solution examples or questions from your company at the conference.

Every presentation should:

  • last about 20 minutes
  • concern a topic from the FOresIght network (see below)
  • have a technological focus (product innovation etc.)

The conference will be held in German but slides are provided in English. Further, foreign participants will get the opportunity to present in English.

Topic of the conference:

  • Light and lighting elements in vehicle interiors
  • New HMI concepts e.g. sensor technology / communication in the vehicle interior
  • Functional surfaces in the vehicle interior
  • Hybrid material systems e.g. real material back injection in the vehicle interior
  • Smart textiles in vehicle interiors
  • (Socio-technological) trends in automotive interiors
  • New tool concepts and tool design
  • New interface technologies e.g. antibacterial surfaces
  • Other


Proposals for presentations should be submitted by 31.03.2019. (Title and abstract, name of the speaker – total max. ½ DIN-A4-page)

Selection of the presentation and announcement of the results by the network management until 30.04.2019.

Send the presentation (complete presentation, written formulation of the content approx. 1 DIN A4 page, short CV of the speaker, photo of the speaker) to Linda Claßen, until 31.08.2019.

The document for the Call for Presentations can be found at:

ZIM KN FOresIght_Call for Presentations_ 2.Fachkonferenz


The ZIM cooperation network “FOresIght – functional integration and new surfaces for the automotive interior of the future” was successfully launched on 1st of November 2018 with 37 partners from the automotive industry, including eight small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), eleven universities and research institutes, ten associated partners and eight international SMEs along the entire value chain (OEM, Tier 1-3) in Phase 2, with a term of a further three years, on 1 November 2018.

The aim of the network is to develop innovations for the car interior of the future in the technology areas of surfaces, functional surfaces, real material back-injection (e.g. of wood, glass, stone, metal), (printed) electronics, lighting (LEDs, OLEDs, EEL), textiles, sensor technology, design, digitisation, tool and mould making and to put them to economic use.