Scopes & Themes

The conference programme is organized around three specialized tracks and three general themes. Within both tracks and general themes, sessions are organized by a number of lead academics in these areas, as detailed below. During the abstract submission process, you will be asked to choose a session to submit to. Please note that the themes and sessions below are not exclusive. It is expected that additional sessions will be formed following the abstract submission process.

Please note that the conference only requires a two-page abstract. Full papers are not required. Authors who wish to submit a full paper can do so, they will be made available through the online programme.

TRACK1: Assessment of composite materials and structures

Organized by: Prof. Janice Barton — University of Southampton, United Kingdom
and Prof. Ole Thybo Thomsen — Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Session dedicated to the achievements of Alain Vautrin (invitation only)
    Prof. Frédéric Jacquemin — University of Nantes, France
    Prof. Michel Grédiac — Blaise Pascal University, France
  • Fatigue and fracture
    Prof. Marino Quaresimin — University of Padova, Italy
  • High strain rate characterization
    Dr. Pedro Camanho — University of Porto, Portugal
    Dr. Hannes Koerber — Technical University of Munich, Germany
    Prof. Nik Petrinic — University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Interfacial characterization
    Prof. Christian Berggreen — DTU, Denmark
  • Joining Composites - Bolting, Bonding and New Approaches to Joining
    Dr. Conor McCarthy — University of Limerick, Ireland
  • Experimental assessment of the performance low cost composite materials
    Dr. Michael Johnson — University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Marine applications and fluid-structure interaction
    Dr. Mark Battley — University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Model validation/identification
    Dr. Ana Maria Azevedo Neves — Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom
  • Multifunctional composites
    Prof. Nancy R. Sottos — University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, United States
    Dr. Andrew Hamilton — Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Optical sensors
    Prof. Ioannis Botsis — EPFL, Switzerland
  • Sandwich structures
    Prof. Arun Shukla — University of Rhode Island, United States
  • Thermomechanical behaviour
    Prof. Geoff Gibson — Newcastle University, United Kingdom

TRACK2: High strain rate, shock, impact and blast testing

Organized by: Prof. Fabrice Pierron — University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Blast
    Prof. John Dear — Imperial College London, United Kingdom
    Prof. Genevieve Langdon — University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Brittle materials
    Prof. Pascal Forquin — Joseph Fourier Grenoble University, France
  • Cellular materials and structures
    Prof. Han Zhao — ENS Cachan, France
    Dr. Qingming Li — University of Manchester, United Kingdom
  • High-strain rate testing and behaviour of complex aerospace structures
    Dr. Jason Foley — AFRL, United States
    Dr. Jennifer Jordan — AFOSR, United States
    Dr. Matt Snyder — EOARD, United Kingdom
  • High speed imaging
    Dr. Philip Reu — Sandia National Laboratory, Albuquerque, United States
    Dr. Leslie Lamberson — Drexel University, United States
  • Metals
    Prof. Tore Borvik — Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • Polymers
    Dr. Clive R Siviour — University of Oxford, United Kingdom
    Prof. Arild Clausen — Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • Shear bands, localization
    Prof. Daniel Rittel — Technion, Israel
  • Shock
    Dr. William Proud — Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • SHPB methodological developments
    Dr. Bo Song — Sandia, United States
  • Welds and joints
    Dr. Kathryn Dannemann — SWRI, United States
  • Dynamic damage characterization using X-ray
    Prof. Pengwan Chen — Beijing Institute of Technology, China

TRACK3: Volume-based experimental solid mechanics

Organized by: Prof. Jon Huntley — Loughborough University, United Kingdom
  • Digital Volume Correlation
    Prof. Stéphane Roux — ENS Cachan, France
    Dr. Fredrik Forsberg — Lulea University, Sweden
  • Interferometric techniques
    Dr. Pablo Ruiz — University of Loughborough, United Kingdom
  • Magnetic Resonance Elastography
    Prof. Philip Bayly — Washington University, St Louis, United States
  • Optical coherence tomography
    Dr. David Stifter — Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
  • X-ray computed tomography
    Prof. Ian Sinclair — University of Southampton, United Kingdom
    Prof. Jean-Yves Buffiere — INSA Lyon, France

GT1: Materials

  • Biomaterials and tissues
    Prof. Martin Browne — University of Southampton, United Kingdom
    Prof. Sam Evans — University of Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • Glass / brittle materials
    Prof. Jean-Christophe Sangleboeuf — University of Rennes 1, France
  • Cellular materials, foams and honeycombs
    Dr. Robert Mines — University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Elastomers
    Prof. Jean-Benoit Le Cam — University of Rennes 1, France
  • Experimental methods in fracture, damage and durability mechanics of structural concrete
    Prof. Gonzalo Ruiz — Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
    Dr. Xiaoxin Zhang — ETSI Caminos, Spain
  • Multifunctional materials
    Prof. Fabrizio Scarpa — University of Bristol, United Kingdom
  • New trends in experimental mechanics for polymers
    Dr. Noëlle Billon — Mines ParisTech, France
  • Rock and soil mechanics
    Dr. Gioacchino Viggiani — INPG, Grenoble, France
    Dr. Michel Bornert — Ecole des Ponts et Chaussees, France
  • Sheet metal forming
    Dr. Dirk Mohr — MIT, United States
    Prof. Frédéric Barlat — Postech, Korea, Republic Of
  • Shape memory alloys and polymers
    Prof. Elzbieta Pieczyska — IFTR, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
    Dr. Qingping Sun — The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
  • Thin films and coatings
    Dr. Philippe Goudeau — Poitiers University, France
  • Wood and wood-based products
    Prof. Joseph Eberhardsteiner — TU Vienna, Austria
    Prof. José Morais — UTAD, Portugal

GT2: Measurement Techniques

  • Acoustic emission
    Prof. Karen Holford — Cardiff University, United Kingdom
    Dr. Rhys Pullin — University of Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • Digital image correlation
    Dr. Pascal Lava — University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Classic and modern interferometry at multiscale levels
    Prof. Huimin Xie — Tsinghua University, China
    Prof. Ramon Rodriguez-Vera — Research Centre in Optics, Leon, Mexico
  • Micro and nano-scale test methods
    Dr. Johan Hoefnagels — TU Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Moiré and grid-based techniques
    Prof. Harry Morimoto — 4D-sensors, Japan
  • Applications of novel sensors
    Prof. Yu-Lung Lo — National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
    Prof. Wei-Chung Wang — National Tsinghua University, Taiwan
  • Photoelasticity
    Prof. Krishnamurthi Ramesh — Indian Institute of Technology, India
  • Structured light
    Prof. Andrew Moore — Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom
  • Thermomechanics
    Prof. Janice Barton — University of Southampton, United Kingdom
    Prof. André Chrysochoos — Montpellier University, France
    Dr. Albert Wong — DSTO, Australia

GT3: Analysis / Applications

  • Adhesive bonding
    Prof. Takashi Yokoyama — Okayama University of Science, Japan
    Prof. Chiaki Sato — Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Experimental mechanics in art and conservation
    Dr. Christina Young — The Courtauld Institute of Arts, United Kingdom
  • Fatigue and fracture
    Prof. David Nowell — University of Oxford, United Kingdom
    Prof. Krishnaswamy Ravi-Chandar — University of Texas in Austin, United States
  • Identification from full-field measurements
    Prof. Michel Grédiac — Blaise Pascal University, France
    Dr. Marco Rossi — Universita Politecnica delle Marche , Italy
  • Industrial applications
    Prof. Wei-Chung Wang — National Tsinghua University, Taiwan
    Prof. Terry (Yuan-Fang) Chen — National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
  • Experimental characterization of multiscale manufacturing processes
    Prof. Mohamed El Mansori — Arts et Métiers ParisTech, France
  • Model validation
    Prof. Eann Patterson — University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Non-destructive testing
    Prof. Bruce Drinkwater — University of Bristol , United Kingdom
  • Residual stresses
    Prof. Chris Truman — University of Bristol, United Kingdom
    Dr. Michael Prime — Los Alamos National Laboratory, United States
    Dr. Jeremy Robinson — University of Limerick, Ireland
  • Structural Health Monitoring (SHM)
    Prof. Wieslaw Ostachowicz — Polish Academy of Sciences, Gdansk, Poland
    Prof. Huajiang Ouyang — University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Structural testing
    Dr. Nicholas Tsouvalis — NTUA, Athens, Greece
  • Prediction and measurement of residual stress and distortion in welding
    Dr. Simon Smith — TWI, United Kingdom

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).