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Welcome and Introduction

We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Oxford’s and the BSSM’s 16th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Mechanics. It will be a pleasure to welcome you to Oxford for a face-to-face conference, after such a long period of remote interactions.

The BSSM sits at the interface between industry, academia and the wider engineering community and promotes their interaction to ensure the wide dissemination of new ideas and best practice in the field of engineering measurement. Meeting in person to discuss science, engineering and technology is an important part of this. This conference focuses on research which advances experimental techniques across the very widest range of applications in mechanics, including stress, strain and vibration analysis. In addition to the main conference, this year’s event includes all the ‘traditional extras’, including the BSSM Measurements Lecture, the annual BSSM EMex exhibition of experimental mechanics, the BSSM Young Stress Analyst Competition. We are looking forward to a technically excellent conference and we are very grateful to the authors for their efforts in producing their contributions to the programme. We also thank the organising committee without whom the conference would not have been possible, Mrs Amanda Boaler (conference secretariat), Mrs Biana Gale (EMex), Dr Daniel Mulvihill and Dr Hari Arora. We hope you enjoy the conference and its many events, all of which are described in this handbook. If you require any assistance during the conference, please do not hesitate to contact the Conference main desk for help.

Please do take the time to explore Oxford city, its pubs, parks, museums and even the St Gile’s Fair – a unique fun fair to take place in the streets of the city for just 2 days each year.

Prof James Marrow, University of Oxford


Delegate Information

The conference will be taking place at St Anne’s College in The Ruth Deech Building and sessions will be held in the Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre and the Danson Room. Main conference page

The exhibition will be taking place in the foyer of the Ruth Deech Building on Wednesday 7 September.

For the latest information for Exhibitors


Campus Information

Look out for the BSSM flags at the entrance to St Anne’s College and the Ruth Deech Building

Throughout the conference there is an Event Support Team on duty to help you. Please look for the distinctive blue tee shirts.

How to get to Oxford

Conference address
St Anne’s College, Woodstock Road, Oxford. OX2 6HS

Venue parking Instructions
There is no delegate parking at the venue, and parking is very limited in Oxford, so please try to arrive by train or bus, or use the Park and Ride.

Pear Tree park and ride - OX2 8JD | Oxfordshire County Council
The park and rides have a maximum stay of 72 hours with a 2 hour no return, this applies regardless of what session is purchased. However you can leave one park and ride and go straight into a different one.

Oxford car parks

Oxford University map 

University park map

Explore St Anne’s – visitor information

Campus Map


Local Facilities

001 – 01865 240000
Oxford Carriage Co – 01865 423264
Royal Cars - Book an Oxford taxi online or by calling 01865 777 333

There are many banks and cash machines in Oxford town centre

Woodstock Road Chemist on corner of Observatory Street
Boots the Chemist - Cornmarket Street, Oxford, OX1 3HL 


St Anne's College
Conference delegates can book accommodation at St Anne's College directly.
Please quote the promotional code BSSM34449.
Rooms are limited and subject to availability.

Additional Hotel Accommodation

Cotswold Lodge Hotel
66a Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6J

The Galaxie Hotel
180 Banbury Road Oxford OX2 7BT

Easy Hotel
Inexpensive Hotel
276-292 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7DY

Premier Inn
Greyfriar Court, Paradise Square, Oxford, OX1 1BE

Getting around Oxford

St Anne’s College is to the west of the city of Oxford, just a short walk or journey either by car from the train and bus station.  Look out for the BSSM flags at the entrance to St Anne’s College. It is set in its own grounds and is within easy walking distance of the university’s principal buildings.

Oxford maps

Transport to St Anne’s College from
Oxford Train Station – Approx 1 mile
Oxford Parkway Train Station – Park & Ride buses available to the town centre
Oxford Bus Station – Approx ½ mile

There will be some travel disruption in Oxford town centre on Monday and Tuesday due to Saint Giles Fair, but there will be diversions in place to enable you to get to St Anne’s College.  For those who use the location app  what3words,  the code is ‘


Registration will open at the conference venue, The Ruth Deech Building, St Anne’s College, Woodstock Road. Oxford OX2 6HS at 0800 on Tuesday 6th September; you will be provided with a delegate pack which includes a hard copy of the final programme. A preliminary programme is available here and will be updated regularly during the conference. 


A final programme as a word document is available to download here
Abstracts can be accessed here

Wi-Fi Instructions

St Anne’s has a free Wi-Fi service – ‘The Cloud’. To connect to this free service, you need to select ‘the cloud’ from the list of Wi-Fi networks, your device will then automatically load a page on your browser where you will either need to log-in if you already have an account or create one. Wi-Fi leaflets are available both at the lodge and with the St Anne’s conference team.

Information for Presenters

St Anne’s College will be operating Windows 7 and 10 and MS Office. If you intend to use animations, please ensure you bring the movie files with you. You should bring your presentation on a USB stick at least 15 minutes prior to the start of your session and upload onto the computer in the room where you will present into the folder for your session. Please check the programme for this information.

There is no support for Macs. Should speakers wish to use their own Mac this is possible however they will need to supply all relevant adaptors. You may wish to use your own laptop – if this is the case you should attend in advance to check that your laptop and presentation will work.

If you are presenting, please allocate 15 minutes for your presentation allowing an additional 5 minutes for questions. The session chairs have been asked to keep to a tight schedule so delegates can move around the parallel sessions, please ensure you keep to time.

Laptops are available in each of the sessions for you to upload your presentation. Please upload well ahead of your session and check that the presentation works. If you wish to use your own laptop then please check this works with the AV.  Microphones are available in each room and we ask that you use these.

There will be a member of the conference support team in each room during the sessions and the breaks to help you – they are easily identified as they will be wearing a distinctive blue tee shirt with yellow writing identifying themselves. Please also make sure you make yourself known to the session chairman as well prior to your session.

Session Chair Instructions

If you are a session chair please make sure you familiarise yourself with the following instructions Session Chair Instructions


Social Programme

The conference welcome Reception will be held in the foyer of The Ruth Deech building at 18:30 on Tuesday 6 September. Canapes and drinks will be served until 20.00.

Conference Dinner
The conference dinner will be held at Mansfield College Chapel, Mansfield Road, OX1 3TF.
Wednesday 7 September 19.00

Plenary Sessions

BSSM Measurements Lecture
Prof Carol Featherston, University of Cardiff 
'Lightweighting aircraft structures for greener aviation - design, optimisation and structural health monitoring'

Plenary Lecture
Dr Catrin Mair Davies, Imperial College London 
'Image analysis techniques for novel analysis of creep tests'

Plenary Lecture
Professor Alexander Korsunsky, University of Oxford 
'Multi-Beam Laboratory for Engineering Microscopy, Department of Engineering Science'


The exhibition will take place in the Ruth Deech Building on Wednesday 7 September 2022 and is open from 10.40 to 15.50.

Delegates are free to visit the exhibition at any time the exhibition is open. Refreshments and lunch will be served to conference delegates in the exhibition hall on the day of the exhibition.

At 10.20 exhibitors will give a short 1 minute pitch style presentation in a plenary session.

More about EMex

Strain Best Paper Award

Each year the BSSM sponsor a prize for the best paper in Strain supported by the generosity of Fylde Electronics. A shortlist of papers is created by the Editor and Associate Editors based on referees’ comments on the papers which is then passed onto a panel of experts selected from the Editorial Board.

Winner of the Fylde Strain best paper award 2021

To be announced during conference

More about the Strain Best Paper Prize

Young Stress Analyst Competition

The BSSM Young Stress Analyst (YSA) competition is an annual competition that is intended to encourage and reward young practitioners in the field of experimental mechanics.

The competition is generously sponsored by Airbus

2022 YSA finalists

To be announced during conference

More about BSSM's Early Careers and YSA 

Become a Member

Membership levels available to meet Individual, Corporate and Student requirements.

I was impressed, you don't see this quality of presentations in most conferences

Dr Mohammad Fotouhi, University of Glasgow

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