First announcement of conference and venue:
7th to 11th July 2014 University of Cambridge UK

Organised by the British Society for Strain Measurement on behalf of the European Society for Experimental Mechanics

  • Conference Chairman: Professor Janice Barton, University of Southampton, UK.
  • Scientific Committee Chairman: Professor Fabrice Pierron, University of Southampton, UK.

The 16th in a series of conferences, starting in Delft in 1959 and following on from the last conference in Porto in 2012 this is the premier event to showcase novel and innovative research in Experimental Mechanics. The conference will take place in Cambridge with the accommodation at Robinson College and the technical sessions at both Robinson and the West Road Concert Hall.

The conference brings together internationally leading researchers across a wide range of disciplines in both academia and industry to interchange ideas and discuss new research.

An interactive exhibition of state of the art instrumentation will take place at the conference.

The Young Stress Analyst Competition brings together the brightest early career researchers in an event that is sponsored by industry.

Enjoy the sights of Cambridge, the reception at the Fitzwilliam museum and the banquet under the wings of Concorde at the world famous Duxford air museum.

50th Anniversary of Strain

Strain – an international journal for experimental mechanics founded by the BSSM in 1964 will celebrate its 50th Anniversary at the conference with a special birthday reception held at the Fitzwilliam museum and sponsored by the journal publishers Wiley. All conference delegates are invited to join the celebration taking place on Monday 7th July. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


Early bird registration deadline extended to April 25th

In order to accommodate the last wave of registrations, we have decided to extend the early bird registration deadline  to April 25th. Please note that this will be final though. After that date, the £750 fee will apply to all registrations without exceptions. Please also note that we are now proposing single ensuite accommodation at King's College as part of the registration. If you have registered recently when accommodation had run out and want to book a King's College room at £550 single occupancy with breakfast for 5 nights, please contact


Robinson accommodation is not available anymore as all the rooms are sold out, even though a few might be available again in the future if participants withdraw. As registrations are still coming in, we have made arrangements with King's College to have some of their accommodation available to our delegates. This wiil be set up in the next few days in the online registration form so hold on for a few days if you want to register with accommodation. The cost will be £550 for a single ensuite room for the five nights, including VAT and breakfast.

Young Stress Analyst competition now open

New: pre-conference short courses

Sunday 6th July 2014, see here

Sponsorship and Exhibition flyer

Exhibition and Sponsorship opportunities now open, see flyer below (click on image to download).