International Symposium on Automotive Lighting

The International Symposium on Automotive Lighting – or ISAL for short – encourages the exchange between lighting engineers, road safety experts and regulative bodies.

ISAL offers the opportunity to present the most recent results of research and development to continue the established traditions of this conference to be able to promote a bright future for automotive lighting.

Held every two years since 1995, ISAL is organized and hosted by the Laboratory of Adaptive Lighting Systems and Visual Processing of the Technical University Darmstadt in the impressive and representative congress center darmstadtium.

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Save the date!

ISAL 2023 September 25 -27

Thank you to all presenters, exhibitors, and visitors for a successful ISAL 2021!

This year over 600 visitors from all over the world attended ISAL both in-person and online. We thank each and every one for their contribution to educational and inspirational discourses and an overall successful conference.

Thanks also go out to the darmstadtium congress center for their tireless work in making ISAL a success and to Calla by Gaul’s Catering for the delicious food and drink offered during the symposium.

Congratulations to Mr. Anil Erkan for Best Paper, Mr. Christian Hinterwälder for Best Presentation, and Dr. Peter Hartmann for Best Video on Demand.

All Videos from the conference will be available by April 15, 2022, on

ISAL 2021 may be over, but ISAL 2023 is just around the corner!

We look forward to welcoming you (back) to Darmstadt from September 25-27, 2023.

Your ISAL Organizing Team

In 1995 the first symposium took place in the “Kekulé” lecture room at the TU Darmstadt. Since then, more than two decades have passed, and the event’s location has been changed to the immense and representative new congress centre darmstadtium.

ISAL encourages the exchange between lighting engineers, road safety experts, and regulative bodies. ISAL offers the opportunity to present the most recent research and development results and promote a bright future for automotive lighting.

Date September 25 – 27, 2023
Location Science & Congress Centre
Schlossgraben 1
64283 Darmstadt, Germany (30 km from Frankfurt/Main)
Conference Language English (no simultaneous translation)
Proceedings The proceedings are published as a book and are distributed at the Symposium. After the Symposium the proceedings are available at bookshops.
Registration opens in Spring 2023
Programme will be available early September 2023
September 01, 2022 Call for Papers – Abstract submission begins
February 28, 2023 Abstract submission deadline
April 17, 2023 Confirmation of paper acceptance
June 30, 2023 Deadline full-paper submission
Spring 2023 Start of ticket sales through XING Events
September 25, 2023 Opening and Get-together
September 26-27, 2023 ISAL Symposium


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Anil Erkan M.Sc
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Katherine Anne Chatziannidou B.A.(Hons)
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Jens Balasus M.Sc.

Exhibition and Meeting Rooms

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Jens Balasus M.Sc.
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Tim Hegemann M.Sc.


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Stefan Klir M.Sc.
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David Hoffmann M. Sc.

PR, Social Media

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Julian Klabes M.Sc.

Update Jan 2023: Booking for exhibition spaces for ISAL 2023 will begin shortly

More Information on available spaces, regulations and costs to follow.

ISAL hosts one of the largest and most dynamic international exhibitions focused on automotive lighting bringing together scientists, technologists, and key players. Leading companies in automotive lighting showcase their latest products, hardware and software solutions to a broad audience of more than 1000 visitors.

Car Exhibition (CE) spaces to present new innovations live on cars are only available outside on the plaza in front of the darmstadtium.

Prices and availability for all exhibition areas available upon request.

Booking for meeting rooms for ISAL 2023 begins in December 2022.

More Information on available rooms, regulations and costs to follow.

Impressions of past symposia