Safety Summit confirms jam packed schedule

Tuesday 18 May, 2021
Australian born Adam Baker, who is now the FIA Director Safety, is the latest high-profile name to form part of next month's AIMSS Motorsport Safety Summit
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The inaugural Australian Institute of Motorsport Safety (AIMSS) Motorsport Safety Summit has confirmed additional high profile guest speakers for its upcoming event.
Taking place on Tuesday, 1 June, the virtual event will be the first of its kind in Australia with guests from both Australia and overseas to discuss the biggest safety issues and showcase the latest developments in the sport.
It won’t just be scheduled guests speaking, the summit will also include panel debates and live scenarios, promoting a two-way conversation between presenters and participants.
The summit will be opened by Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) President Jean Todt and will feature international stars already announced such as Romain Grosjean, Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso, as well as Australian based names such as Paul Morris and Roland Dane. 
Another new addition is FIA Director of Safety Adam Baker, who will also be a keynote speaker throughout the summit and will touch on areas such as global motorsport safety trends and where the FIA is heading with its research and new safety measures. 
Originally from Melbourne, Baker studied engineering and law before beginning a career at Holden in 1998, working on high-performance road car projects for Holden Special Vehicles.
His time at Holden led him to his first motorsport role with parent company Tom Walkinshaw Racing just three years later where he worked in the NTT Indycar Series. Not long after that, Baker made the switch to Formula 1 working for teams such as Jordan and Jaguar.
A move to BMW in Munich saw him take on several roles over the next decade at BMW-Williams, BMW-Sauber, the Race and Test department for the F1 powertrain, BMW World Superbike team and the head of Powertrain Development at BMW Motorsport.
Before joining the FIA in his current role in 2018, Baker also spent five years responsible for the racing activities of all BMW Motorsport projects, including WEC, Formula E, and DTM.
With Baker just one of many experienced speakers to feature, Chair of AIMSS, Garry Connelly believed the summit would include information relevant to every individual involved with motorsport.
“I truly think this is an event not to be missed,” Connelly said.
“Whether it be from a driver, official or event organiser’s perspective, there will be a lot to gain throughout the event and I highly recommend it.
“It’s not everyday people will have the opportunity to hear from individuals like this. Each speaker has extensive experience in motorsport and will be sharing stories and ways how safety plays a pivotal role in our sport. 
“We are very fortunate to have people like Adam, Romain Grosjean and Fernando Alonso part of this initiative and it just goes to show how important motorsport safety is.”
The inaugural Australian Institute of Motorsport Safety (AIMSS) Motorsport Safety Summit takes place at 9:30am AEST on Tuesday 1 June. 
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