Back to the future with man-machine interfaces, Spectacular programme for 50th HISWA Symposium on Yacht Design and Yacht Construction

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

The International HISWA Symposium on Yacht Design and Yacht Construction is a keynote scientific event in the field of yacht design and yacht building. The 50th edition of the symposium will be sponsored and hosted by METSTRADE, the world’s largest B2B leisure marine show, on 12-13 November. Its programme covers many cutting edge topics and developments, including the way intuitive new controls are being designed to improve man-machine interfaces.

The organisers are pulling out all the stops for this golden jubilee edition of the symposium, which is themed ‘Back to the Future’. Yacht designer Gerard Dijkstra and former associate professor at the Delft University of Technology Lex Keuning will kick things off with a retrospective of 50 years of innovation in yacht design and building.

There will also be presentations on improving man-machine interfaces (the systems which help interaction between boat and crew), more efficient use of fuel through energy recovery, and the use of batteries onboard. The results of a study on the optimisation of the routing for the Volvo Ocean Race will be presented and symposium participants will hear the very latest news on the use of ultra-thin glass, the augmentation of design freedom with the aid of software, and a method to assess people’s sensitivity to vessel movements.

A must for yacht builders and designers

“This symposium will be a fascinating event for all professionals in the sector,” says Michaël Steenhoff, department manager for yacht building at the HISWA Association. “In just a day and a half, they will be brought up to speed on the most important developments in their field. Students are also very welcome: this year, we have made room in the programme for them to come into contact with key maritime players such as Feadship, Oceanco, Heesen Yachts, Marin and the Delft University of Technology. This recognises the crucial importance of young people if we are to continue building beautiful yachts in the future.”

About the HISWA Symposium on Yacht Design & Construction

The International HISWA Symposium on Yacht Design and Yacht Construction is organised by HISWA Holland Marine Industry in cooperation with RAI Amsterdam and Delft University of Technology. The event is highly significant as the only scientific event in the world in the field of yacht design and yacht building. The 50th edition will be held on 12 and 13 November 2018 in RAI Amsterdam, the day before and first day of the METSTRADE Show. It will be accessible exclusively to professionals from the sector. More information,the complete programme and registration are available on the website:

About the METSTRADE Show

The METSTRADE Show is the world’s largest trade exhibition of equipment, materials and systems for the international marine leisure industry. Organised by RAI Amsterdam in association with ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations), it includes three dedicated specialist areas: the SuperYacht Pavilion, the Marina & Yard Pavilion and the Construction Material Pavilion. The 2018 METSTRADE Show will be held from 13 to 15 November in the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre. Visitor registration is for free and is open now.