Who we are

The ICMS is an association of scientific and educational professionals and other interested persons concerned with the improvement or performance and safety in motor sport. Our members are interested in all forms of motorsport including powerboat racing, off-road racing, motorcycle racing, and any other competition using motor power and drivers.

What we do

Our purpose is to inform the international motorsport community, difference scientific and medical disciplines, automobile manufacturers, and the general public of the latest innovations and advancements in scientific research on human performance and safety in motorsport.

Why we formed

The ICMS was formed to promote research and discussion related to motorsport safety and performance and to share that information with the motorsport participant, race team management, and organizing bodies and federations in order to improve the human element of the sport.

How to join

Individuals whose professional activities and/or interests are associated with motorsport can join any of our three categories of membership: Medicine, Science & Education, and Associate Members. For more information on the categories and how to join the ICMS, please download our Membership Form here.

Where to find us

The ICMS hosts conferences, seminars and professional demonstrations each December during Race Industry Week in conjunction with the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show in Indianapolis. You can find a list of all of our symposiums here or read through the history of our Annual General Meetings here.


In May of 1988, a group of medical, scientific, and educational professionals met in an auditorium at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and conducted the first World Congress on Motor Sports Medicine. From that meeting, the constitutional guidelines were developed for the World Council of Motorsport Sciences, which became the International Council of Motorsport Sciences in 1990 at the request of the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile).

The International Council of Motorsport Sciences (ICMS) is incorporated in the State of Indiana as a 501(c) not-for-profit corporation.

The initial ICMS meeting and the First Annual General Meeting of The International Council of Motorsport Sciences were held in Indianapolis. The third AGM/Congress was the first ICMS “international” meeting and was held at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. An Annual Congress has been held each year since 1988 with numerous meetings being hosted internationally in conjunction with the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety annual meeting.

The founding members of the ICMS were Dan Marisi, Ph.D. (deceased), Jacques Dallaire, Ph.D., Jacques Bouchard, M.D., Steve Olvey, M.D., Terry Trammell, M.D. and Sam Odle, (Methodist Hospital Administrator).

To see details and a year-by-year recap on the Annual Congress, click here.


  • The Annual Congress registration fee is $450 for Medicine, (this category includes CME Credits).
  • $300 for Science and Education Members.
  • And $200 for Associate Members.
  • A non-member can attend for $800.
There are three (3) categories of membership in the ICMS. The level of your membership depends on your occupation or field(s) of interest. Associate Membership: $100.00 per year. Science & Education Membership: $200.00 per year. Medecine (Doctor or Professor/Equivalent) Members: $300 per year. Discount: New members are eligible to receive the New Member $50.00 Discount. If you are a returning member and renew your membership between January 1 - March 31, you are also eligible to receive a $50.00 discount.
Yes, but we highly recommend early registration and payment to avoid any delays on your arrival. When you pre-pay, your Annual Congress Packet will be waiting for you at the ICMS Registration Table (located in the Host Hotel on Tuesday afternoon and then the Convention Center Meeting Room thereafter).
You may elect to stay at any of the many hotels in the Indianapolis area. However, we recommend the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show (PRI) Official Host Hotels as the rates are contractual and they are conveniently located close to the Convention Center. For more information and to go to the PRI Website to select your hotel: Click here
There are multiple choices and rates for ground transportation between facilities in the Indianapolis area. We recommend you go to the PRI website under Trade Show, Hotel/Travel, and drop down to Ground Transportation to arrange this service. If you are driving to the Convention Center, please click on the PRI Logo, go to Hotel/Travel, and drop down to Parking In Indy for more detailed information. Click here for more information.
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The International Council of Motorsport Sciences (ICMS) is an organization of professional persons in the scientific, medical, and educational aspects of the human element in motor sport.



Address: 5139 Greenheart Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46237

Email: info@theicms.org