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24th International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems (MTNS 2020): Cambridge, UK >>> New dates: 23-27 August 2021

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Posted on 17 May 2020.

Final versions of papers and extended abstracts that have been notified as being accepted in May 2020 may be uploaded without further review in 2021, with a condition from IFAC that full papers are not substantially different from the accepted version. Full papers presented at the conference will be published in the official Proceedings, which will be hosted on-line on the IFAC-PapersOnLine website shortly after the conference. Extended abstracts will be posted on the conference website.  In the exceptional event that the conference cannot be held in August 2021, there will be no further postponement and the conference will be cancelled. Accepted full papers will still be published in IFAC-PapersOnLine, without oral presentation. Hence the publication of accepted full papers will not be delayed by more than one year.  In this exceptional event extended abstracts will not be posted on the website.

Online registration and upload of the final version of your paper are currently suspended. These will open again in 2021 with dates to be announced in due course.


For the first time, MTNS 2020 is co-sponsored by IFAC.  All submissions to MTNS 2020 are through the papercept platform: 

The IFAC paper layout and templates can be found at:


Deadline for submission: February 3, 2020.

Manuscripts submitted as full papers must conform to IFAC copyright conditions - see below - and will undergo a peer review process. The length of a full paper must be between four (4) and eight (8) pages and the final version should use the template files available at: Final papers will be limited to 6 pages with possible extension to a maximum of 8 pages on payment of overlength page charges.

The full paper should include a maximum of 5 keywords and a maximum of 3 AMS subject classifications (see  Papers must be original and hence cannot be already published, nor can they be under review elsewhere. Accepted papers that have been presented at the MTNS conference will be published in the proceedings of the event using the open-access IFAC-PapersOnLine series. 


Deadline for submission: February 3, 2020.

Extended abstracts will undergo a simplified review process.  The length of extended abstracts must be between two (2) and four (4) pages and the final version should use the template files available at: The final version is limited to a maximum of 4 pages.

The extended abstract should include a maximum of 5 keywords and a maximum of 3 AMS subject classifications (see

Extended abstracts presented will be available to conference participants and on the conference website but they will not be published.  Accordingly the IFAC copyright conditions do not apply to extended abstracts.


Deadline for submission of proposals : January 12, 2020.

Each invited session consists of 4-6 papers/extended abstracts, dealing with several issues of a unified theme. Talks are provisionally scheduled to last for 25 minutes. If a double invited session is envisaged 5+4 papers/extended abstracts are recommended. The proposals should contain a 2-4 page long summary statement in pdf format describing the relevance and importance of the session, including a brief summary of the invited papers. Each paper in a proposed invited session will be first individually reviewed, and then the invited session will be evaluated as a whole. The International Programme Committee reserves the right to accommodate the accepted papers/extended abstracts from rejected invited sessions into the regular programme.

The invited session proposals should be submitted using the Papercept system by the session organiser(s). After the submission of the proposal, the invited session will be assigned a code that the session organisers will receive and have to communicate to the session participants.

The session participants can then submit their papers as invited papers indicating the session code and following the submission procedure in Papercept.


Deadline for submission of proposals : January 12, 2020.

A mini-course consists of 1 or possibly 2 blocks. Each block contains 4 or 5 slots provisionally scheduled to be of 25 minutes duration.  If 2 blocks are proposed 5+4 slots in total are recommended.

Each block of 4 slots consists of 2-4 talks and each block of 5 slots consists of 3-5 talks, prepared and presented in a unified and coherent manner by a team of at most 4 people. A talk may take up 1 or 2 slots.

A mini-course proposal requires a 2-4 page long extended abstract providing the structure of the whole mini-course, with no requirement of abstracts for the individual talks. The proposals should be submitted using the Papercept system by the minicourse organiser(s).

IFAC copyright conditions

All publication material submitted for presentation at an IFAC-sponsored meeting (Congress, Symposium, Conference, Workshop) must be original and hence cannot be already published, nor can it be under review elsewhere. The authors take responsibility for the material that has been submitted. IFAC-sponsored conferences will abide by the highest standard of ethical behavior in the review process as explained on the Elsevier webpage
and the authors will abide by the IFAC publication ethics guidelines

Accepted papers that have been presented at an IFAC meeting will be published in the proceedings of the event using the open-access IFAC-PapersOnLine series hosted on ScienceDirect ( To this end, the author(s) must grant exclusive publishing rights to IFAC under a Creative Commons license when they submit the final version of the paper. The copyright belongs to the authors, who have the right to share the paper in the same terms allowed by the end user license, and retain all patent, trademark and other intellectual property rights (including research data).
(Revised 25 November 2019)

MTNS is a major symposium in the general area of mathematical systems theory, networks and control. The symposium is interdisciplinary and attracts mathematicians, engineers and researchers working in all aspects of systems theory and its applications. The symposium is held every two years. Mathematical methods which play a role in the areas mentioned above stem from a broad range of fields of pure and applied mathematics, including ordinary and partial differential equations, real and complex analysis, numerical analysis, probability theory and stochastic analysis, operator theory, linear and commutative algebra as well as algebraic and differential geometry. Application areas range from biology, communications and mathematical finance to problems in electrical, mechanical, aerospace and chemical engineering, and robotics. The satellite meeting IWOTA takes place in the preceding week in Lancaster, U.K.

MTNS is co-sponsored by IFAC