The OSTIV Congress

The OSTIV Congress is held simultaneously with the World Gliding Championships at the same site and addresses all scientific and technical aspects of soaring flight including motorgliding, hanggliding , paragliding, ultralight sailplanes and aeromodeling.

Opportunity for presentation and discussion of papers is given in the following categories:

  • Scientific Sessions: Meteorology, Climatology and Atmospheric Physics as related to soaring flight.
  • Technical Sessions: Aerodynamics, Structures, Materials, Design, Maintenance and Sailplane development.
  • Training and Safety Sessions: Training and Safety, Coaching, Health and Physiology.

Joint Sessions: Scientific and technical topics, reviews or news, presented in an informative and entertaining way for the broader interest of the World Gliding Championships and OSTIV.

Topics on instrumentation, electronics, safety, statistics and other system technologies will be included in the sessions for which the application of the technology is most relevant.

Past OSTIV-Congresses

A most important decision which FAI laid down in its rules was the acceptance of offers for world soaring championships only under the condition, that they assure simultaneously the organization of OSTIV-Congresses at the same time and place as the championships. 

Since the foundation of OSTIV in Paris, France on 27 July 1948 we have had the following OSTIV-Congresses:

I OSTIV-Congress, Samedan, CH 27 July 1948
II OSTIV-Congress, Paris, F 3 - 7 May 1949
III OSTIV-Congress, Örebro, S 3 - 6 July 1950
IV OSTIV-Congress, Madrid, E 3 - 13 July 1952
V OSTIV-Congress, Buxton, GB 22 July - 4 August 1954
VI OSTIV-Congress, St. Yan, F 6 - 13 July 1956
VII OSTIV-Congress, Osieczna, PL 19 - 29 June 1958
VIII OSTIV-Congress, Cologne, D 4 - 18 June 1960
IX OSTIV-Congress, Junin, RA 11 - 21 February 1963
X OSTIV-Congress, South Cerney, GB 4 - 12 June 1965
XI OSTIV-Congress, Leszno, PL 12 - 23 June 1968
XII OSTIV-Congress, Alpine,Texas, USA 27 June - 4 July 1970
XIII OSTIV-Congress, Vrsac, YU 13 - 22 July 1972
XIV OSTIV-Congress, Waikerie, AUS 21 - 27 January 1974
XV OSTIV-Congress, Räyskälä, FIN 18 - 27 June 1976
XVI OSTIV-Congress, Chateauroux, F 18 - 30 July 1978
XVII OSTIV-Congress, Paderborn, D 27 May - 6 June 1981
XVIII OSTIV-Congress, Hobbs,
New Mexico/USA
29 June - 9 July 1983
XIX OSTIV-Congress, Rieti, I 2 - 10 August 1985
XX OSTIV-Congress, Benalla, AUS 21 - 30 January 1987
XXI OSTIV-Congress, Wiener Neustadt, A 18 - 26 May 1989
XXII OSTIV-Congress, Uvalde, Texas, USA 1 - 9 August 1991
XXIII OSTIV-Congress, Borlänge, S 17 - 24 June 1993
XXIV OSTIV-Congress, Omarama, NZ 12 - 19 January 1995
XXV OSTIV-Congress, Saint-Auban, F 3 - 11 July 1997
XXVI OSTIV-Congress, Bayreuth, D 6 - 13 August 1999
- OSTIV-Seminar, Mafikeng, ZA 15 - 18 December 2001
XXVII OSTIV-Congress, Leszno, PL 30 July - 6 August 2003
XXVIII OSTIV-Congress, Eskilstuna, S 8 - 15 June 2006
XXIX OSTIV-Congress, Lüsse-Berlin, D 6-13 August 2008
XXX OSTIV-Congress, Szged, HU 21-28 July 2010
XXXI OSTIV-Congress, Uvalde, Texas, USA 8 - 15 August 2012
XXXII OSTIV-Congress, Leszno, Poland 30 July - 6 August 2014