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25 November 2019
Marco Ceccarelli (IFToMM President)1, Tian Huang (IFToMM Vice-President acting)2, Teresa Zielinska (IFToMM Secretary General)3, Juan Antonio Carretero (IFToMM Treasurer)4, Tadeusz Uhl (Chair of 2019 IFToMM World Congress)5
1Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy,
2School of Mechanical Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China, email: email@example.com
3Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
4Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada, email: email@example.com
5Department of Robotics and Machine, University of Science and Technology AGH, Kraków, Poland, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
During the 15th IFToMM World Congress on Mechanism and Machine Science (MMS) in Krakow, Poland, on 30 June–4 July 2019, a special opening session was organized to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of IFToMM with the unveiling of a bronze commemorative plaque (Fig. 1).
In the 15th World Congress, 637 participants from 66 countries and regions were registered and 437 papers were presented in a dense program which included 17 topic sections within the wide domain of MMS that are most relevant to the IFToMM Technical Committees. Springer Nature published the proceedings of the 15th World Congress in five volumes in its Series Mechanisms and Machine Science .
IFToMM was founded in 1969 during the Second World Congress on Mechanism and Machine Science in Zakopane, Poland, with an act (Fig. 2) that was signed on 29 September 1969 by the IFToMM founding fathers (see Appendix 1) during a special meeting also establishing the first Executive Council (Fig.3).
A celebration session was planned with the following speeches from the living past IFToMM presidents to outline the scientific and social aspects of the history of IFToMM:
In addition, a special set of posters on IFToMM history was exhibited in the Congress hall near the bronze commemorative plaque during the 2019 World Congress (Appendix 2).
At the end of the celebration session the current IFToMM President, Marco Ceccarelli, and the Chair of the 2019 World Congress, Tadeusz Uhl, revealed the commemorative plaque (Fig.4) to the enthusiastic applause of the congress attendees.
In Fig. 5 the living past IFToMM presidents share their appreciation for the celebration.
Figure 6 shows the Executive Council members serving in the years 2016–2019 surrounding the just-unveiled plaque with satisfaction for the celebrations, which were coordinated with the Congress organizers since the early days of 2016 through much discussion among World Congress 2019 organizers and the IFToMM Executive Council members.
Figure 7 is the group photo of the attendees at the end of the celebration session, with more than 600 participants at the congress coming from 66 countries and regions.
The celebration was brought to a close with a familiar wine toast and will live in the memory of all attendees through the specially designed celebratory congress gift to the attendees (Fig. 8).
Appendix 2. List of posters exhibited during the IFToMM 2019 World Congress in Krakow, Poland.
 Uhl T. (Editor), Advances in Mechanism and Machine Science - Proceedings of the 15th IFToMM World Congress on Mechanism and Machine Science, Springer Nature Switzerland AG, Cham, 2019.
 Ceccarelli M., A short account of History of IFToMM and its role in MMS, Mechanism and Machine Theory, Vol. 89, 2015, pp.75-91, 10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2014.09.007.
 Angeles J., Bianchi G., Bessonov A.P., Maunder L., Morecki A., Roth B., A History of IFToMM, Chapter 2 in Proceedings of HMM2004 - the Second IFToMM Intern. Symposium on History of Machines and Mechanisms, Kluwer, Dordrecht, 2004, pp. 25-125.