International Conference Protection of Children in Cars

The Langwieder Conference

Tagung / Kongress
November 30 - December 2, 2022
Exchange with experts
The conference language is English

As an international forum for child safety, the 20th International Conference will provide an overview of trends in safety regulations, results of recent research, product development, and testing/evaluation procedures, taking into account needs and trends not only in developed countries, but worldwide. A particular focus will continue to be on how new mobility concepts are impacting transportation intermodality and autonomous driving on CRS design and use. Based on the results of last year’s panel discussion, the main topic in the pre-conference workshop on Nov. 30 will be accident and field data gathering and analysis. We want to critically look at the parameters and priorities for data collection and develop suggestions for improvement and achieve more exchange between disciplines.

The international program committee invites experts from the industry and research to actively participate in the conference and to submit proposals for presentations on the core topics listed bellow by September 7, 2022.

The final form of the conference, either onsite at TÜV SÜD in Munich as an online or hybrid conference will be decided in September. This will depend on the pandemic and any restrictions in place.


  • New Mobility / Future Transport Challenges
  • Standards and Rulemaking
  • Consumer Information
  • Test Procedures and Dummies
  • Human Body Modeling


November 30 - December 2, 2022


Newton Munich, Ridlerstraße 57, 80339 Munich, Germany
The conference is acting as worldwide forum for safety engineers, accident researchers, experts in biomechanics, pediatricians, behavourial scientists, representatives of rulemaking, consumer organizations, promotors of safety campaigns and specialists in vehicle and CRS rating procedures as well as for students, working in the field of child safety.


VAT is not applied to non-German companies. The net cost of participation will be charged.

There will be a 50 % discount for members of universities.


The conference language is English
The Conference


New Mobility / Future Transport Challenges
• Car- or ride sharing and portability of CRS
• Child occupant protection in fully automated and autonomous vehicles
• Public transport, safety of children in buses & coaches

Standards and Rulemaking
• Update of international safety standards/regulations
• Activities in rulemaking worldwide
• Experience with new regulation

Accident Research and Biomechanics
• New studies of accident research regarding children as road users (occupants / pedestrians / cyclists …)
• Injury mechanisms
• Recent knowledge in biomechanics
• Child anthropometry for system specification
• Gender aspects
• Long term consequences for children due to road accidents
• Data gathering and analysis (Workshop)

Development of Safety Products by CRS and Car Manufacturers
• Innovation in Child Protection Systems design
• Improvement of Car-to-CRS interface
• Child presence detection and warning strategy
• Child protection by OEMs, car design and CRS vehicle installation
• The use of virtual tools, dummy- and human models
• Optimization of CRS against misuse, improved usability
• Communication between CRS and its environment (vehicle and mobile devices)

Test Procedures and Dummies
• New test procedures, experience in reliability and repeatability
• Global harmonization of test procedures
• Child dummy development, biofidelity, new products
• Influence of tests tracks on performance evaluation

Human Body Modelling
• Child model development
• Child human properties for human body modelling
• Use of child human body models

Consumer Information, Safety Programs and Rating Systems for CRS
• Statistics on misuse, installation problems of CRS
• CRS/Car Safety Ratings, NCAP requirements
• User feedback / educational tools
• Consumer acceptance and new ways of consumer information

Field Observations
• Field observation research on restraint use, non-use, incorrect and/or inappropriate use
• Child safety campaigns in different countries and continents

Global View on CRS Markets
• Consumer habits
• CRS production
• Socio-economic impact of the CRS industry
• Safety and cost-benefit considerations (related to car fleet)
• Child safety and cultural approach

Call for Papers

Call for Papers

The International Program Committee invites all experts working in the field of child safety to submit their proposals for presentations by September 7, 2022.

Authors interested in presenting a paper on the topics are invited to submit an abstract to:
Ute Alius, TÜV SÜD Akademie GmbH, [email protected]

The conference will likely accommodate remote virtual presentations so we encourage everyone to submit an abstract, even if travel restrictions currently apply.
• Submission of abstracts: September 7, 2022
• Notification of authors: late September 2022
• Submission of full papers: November 24, 2022

Guidelines for submitting proposals

Program Committee

  • Dr. Reinhard Kolke, ADAC e.V. (DE)
  • Stephan Schwald, AUDI AG (DE)
  • Philipp Wernicke, BMW Group (DE), 
  • Bernd Lorenz, Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (DE)
  • Farid Bendjellal
  • Kristy Arbogast, PhD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (US)
  • Costandinos Visvikis, CYBEX GmbH (DE)
  • Joachim Fausel, Daimler AG (DE)
  • Ralf Ambos, DEKRA Automobil GmbH (DE) 
  • Jessica Jermakian, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) (US)
  • Dr. Reiner Nett, Kegelmann Technik GmbH (DE)
  • Dr. Heiko Johannsen, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (DE)
  • Dr. Sjaan Koppel, Monash University (AU)
  • Prof. Dr. Lothar Wech, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (DE)
  • Jiří Socha, Ph.D., TÜV SÜD Czech s.r.o. (CZ)
Philippe Lesire, LAB Peugeot Citroën Renault (FR)
Suzanne Tylko, Transport Canada (CA)

The conference "Protection of Children in Cars" was initiated by Professor Dr. Klaus Langwieder and shaped and influenced over decades. Klaus Langwieder passed away on November 22, 2020, and it is in his memory that we are continuing the conference, to him who placed the safety of car occupants at the center of his work.

Professor Dr. Klaus Langwieder, recipient of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Professor of Vehicle Safety, studied mechanical engineering in Munich and was head of the Vehicle Safety Department at the German Insurance Association (GDV) for many years.

Child safety in vehicles was always particularly close to his heart. He analyzed accident data, initiated numerous ambitious research projects to gain a deeper understanding of this data, and he was very successful in his efforts to use this knowledge in expert circles and legislative groups for better protection of children as occupants. For example, he was deeply involved in the successful international standardization of ISOFIX, the introduction of side impact requirements and the optimization of the usability of child seats. Early on, he recognized the need for improved and new regulatory standards for child seats and, in addition to his great expertise, he also used his human empathy and communication skills to achieve these important goals at the international level.


Conference Management 
Ute Alius
Westendstr. 160

80339 Munich
T +49 89 5791 1647

[email protected]

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