The First International Conference on Vehicle Body Engineering will take place at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) on the 2nd and 3rd of November 2023.

This conference will be chaired by Professor Lucas F. M. da Silva (University of Porto, Portugal) and Dr. Eduardo A. S. Marques (INEGI, Portugal).

The focus of this conference is the study on the design of the structural components of the vehicle body and by including other transportation sectors (aerospace and railway). Novel research works carried out in various topics within these wider themes will be accepted.

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;
-structural ligthtweighing techniques;

Abstract submission deadline

June 16, 2023

Notification of acceptance to authors

June 30, 2023

Early bird registration deadline

July 21, 2023

Full article submission deadline (not mandatory)

November 2, 2023

Call for papers

Download the abstract template

The abstracts (one-page) should be sent by June 16, 2023 to the organizing committee via email to lucas@fe.up.pt. Please indicate if you wish an oral or poster presentation.


The registration for the conference can be made in the following link. Each participant, including the authors, must pay the respective registration fee.

Early bird (Until July 21, 2023)
Regular delegate - 600 EUR
Student (MSc or PhD) - 500 EUR
Online - Videoconference - 350 EUR

Standard (From July 22, 2023)
Regular delegate - 700 EUR
Student (MSc or PhD) - 600 EUR
Online - Videoconference - 450 EUR

The conference registration includes the book of abstracts, lunches, coffee-breaks, conference dinner and reception at the end of the first day.

Cancellation policy
In case of cancellation, written notification should be sent to the chairs of the conference. If received before September 2, 2023, the registration fees will be refunded with a deduction of 75 €. Refund will not be possible for cancellations after September 2, 2023.

Payment can be made by bank transfer or by credit card.

 Abreu events - Porto office
 Contact: Ms. Lurdes Catalino
 T.: +351 22 204 3570
 M.: +351 965 101 393


Conference chairmen
Lucas F. M. da Silva
Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Portugal
Eduardo A. S. Marques
Instituto de Ciência e Inovação em Engenharia Mecânica e Engenharia Industrial, Portugal

Organising committee
Ricardo J. C. Carbas
Instituto de Ciência e Inovação em Engenharia Mecânica e Engenharia Industrial, Portugal
Alireza Akhavan-Safar
Instituto de Ciência e Inovação em Engenharia Mecânica e Engenharia Industrial, Portugal

Scientific committee

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)
Krzysztof Żur (Bialystok University of Technology, Poland)
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)
Yasuhiro Matsui (Japan Automobile Research Institute, Japan)


Delegates will receive the book of abstracts published in pdf version by email at the beginning of the conference.

Papers presented at the conference may be published in special issues of Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering (SAGE), Discover Mechanical Engineering (Springer), UPorto Journal of Engineering (University of Porto) and in the book series Proceedings of Engineering Mechanics: Research, Technology and Education (Springer), provided they meet the necessary standards.

Full articles (not mandatory) should be sent to the organising committee via email to lucas@fe.up.pt until November 2, 2023.


The conference programme will be made available after the end of the abstract acceptance period.


Instructions for the preparation of posters
The posters should be supplied in A0 size (841 mm x 1189 mm) in portrait format. The text and illustrations should be legible at a distance of 2 meters. The posters will be available online on this website at the time of the conference. For remote presenters, links to videoconferencing will be available to allow direct contact between the poster's author and the other conference participants.


The best presentation and poster will be elected by a vote of the scientific board members and the winners will receive a free registration in the next edition of the VBE conference.

Conference venue and hotels

Conference venue: Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto
Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
If you arrive via Metro, please exit on the IPO station (a short walking distance from FEUP).
If you arrive directly from the Sá Carneiro airport or from Campanhã station, please take the Metro to Trindade station, and then head to the IPO station. Additional information on the Metro.

Please consult the list of hotels, available at special rates soon in the registration website.
For further information on hotels and travel, please contact:
Lurdes Catalino

Abreu events - Porto office
T.: +351 22 204 3570
M.: +351 965 101 393