Benefits of Membership

The International Federation of Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering is the multinational organization developed to foster and coordinate the worldwide exchange of information in its field. With the proliferation of conferences regarding heat treatment and surface engineering across the globe, IFHTSE helps coordinate these conferences among member societies to prevent overlap and crowding of conference schedules.

Apart of our annual World Congress, we run several well regarded conference series, such as the “International Conference on Thermal Process Modeling and Simulation”, the “International Conference on Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering in Automotive and Transportation Applications”, the “Asian” and ”Mediterranean” Conferences on Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering, and others which have been held at routine intervals at locations on all continents. For more details, see the tab “Events“ on this website.

We offer a network of individuals, groups and societies of experts involved in the critical processes of heat treatment and surface engineering. We encourage membership and active participation in national and regional organizations.

IFHTSE offers a forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge. The availability of internationally recognized members for review and participation in conferences enhances the information/technology transfer of member conferences and symposia.

The Governing Council of the Federation offers an annual opportunity to meet and interact with other members and associations on an equal footing to facilitate international networking and collaboration.

Lastly, meeting individuals across the globe who share the same passion for heat treatment and surface engineering contributes to life-long friendships that cross international borders.


While national organizations inevitably focus on national interests and priorities, all aspects must be seen in a global context; IFHTSE offers ready access to the global network. The advantages to member organizations include:

  • Conferences held by the member association immediately become “International”; with increased participation by the global community.
  • International contacts for International Organizing Committee members are available for assistance in organizing, advertising and participation in the event.
  • Announcements and advertisement are included on the IFHTSE official events list on the website and in the general world calendar of conferences listing.
  • Assistance is provided for the distribution of Calls for Papers and other conference publicity is provided through member societies.
  • All IFHTSE member societies are asked to support the event.
  • Assistance with planning and budgeting
  • Special awards at qualifying events such as the Tom Bell Young Author Award, the Aichelin Young Speaker Award and poster awards entice students and other participants to attend. The IFHTSE Medal and the IFHTSE Fellowship honour and feature individuals with excellent achievements who are an example and role model for activity and career in Heta Treatment and Surface Engineering.
  • Publicity of the event on the IFHTSE webpage, as well as promotion of published conference proceedings
  • International visibility for a member societies aiding individual member retention.


Industrial activity is global – companies are no longer limited to markets within a single country. Member companies have access to a global platform for the publication of scientific and technological advances, as well as the exchange of scientific and technological information. This technology exchange includes:

  • IFHTSE offers a framework and efficient interface for industry and the academic world globally, including established and developing markets.
  • Sponsoring options which provide outstanding visibility for the international public
  • Company-sponsored awards on IFHTSE platforms and conferences attract the attention of young talents and make excellent hiring opportunities.  
  • Participation in the efficient exchange of information, while providing a platform for product marketing through technical presentations and conference proceedings
  • Positive public relations gained by the open commitment to the international surface engineering and heat treatment community