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Welcome and Introduction

We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Glasgow for the BSSM’s 17th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Mechanics. It will be a pleasure to welcome you to Glasgow and to Scotland.

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 headline ‘Measurements Lecture’, the annual BSSM EMex exhibition of experimental mechanics and the BSSM Young Stress Analyst (YSA) 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 Hari Arora (BSSM Chair), Dr Neha Chandarana (YSA Chair), Dr Yevgen Gorash (University of Strathclyde) and Dr Ksenija Dvurecenska (University of Liverpool).

The University of Glasgow boasts many firsts in science and engineering. In 1840, the UK’s first Professorship in engineering was established with the founding of the Regius Chair of Civil Engineering and Mechanics. Great scientific minds associated with the University include Lord Kelvin (thermodynamics), James Watt (separate steam condenser), William Rankine (thermodynamics) and John Logie Baird (television). In fact, in 1856, it was Kelvin who first discovered the relationship between electrical resistance and mechanical strain (a development that would lead to the invention of strain gauges in the 1930s and indeed, to the foundation of the BSSM in 1964).

We hope you enjoy the conference and its many events, all of which are described below. If you require any assistance during the conference, please do not hesitate to contact the Conference main desk for help or speak to one of the conference support team. Please do take the time to explore the historic University, the City of Glasgow and the architectural splendour of the ‘West End of Glasgow’. Nearby attractions include the Kelvingrove Museum, Kelvingrove Park and Glasgow Botanic Gardens.

Dr Daniel Mulvihill, University of Glasgow
Conference Chair


Delegate Information

The conference will be taking place at Glasgow University Union. Main conference page

The exhibition will be taking place on Thursday 31 August.

For the latest information for Exhibitors


Campus Information

Look out for the BSSM flags at the entrance to Glasgow University Union

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 Glasgow

Conference address

Glasgow University Union
32 University Ave
G12 8LX
United Kingdom

Find car parks in Glasgow

University campus map (Glasgow University Union is situated at E8)

Main Glasgow University website

Local Facilities

Most shops can be found on nearby Byres Road and Great Western Road including Chemists and Banks.

Boots, 693 Great Western Rd, and 277-283 Byres Rd, Glasgow.

The main taxi company is GlasGOCabs -



Download Glasgow hotel map


Getting around Glasgow

Glasgow is a compact city and it’s easy to find your way around, whether on foot, by bike or public transport.

Getting around Glasgow


Registration will open at the conference venue, Glasgow University Union, 32 University Ave, Glasgow, G12 8LX at 0800 on Wednesday 30 August. You will be provided with a delegate pack which includes a hard copy of the final programme. A preliminary programme is available soon here and will be updated regularly during the conference. 


A final programme as a word document is available to download soon from here.
Abstracts can be accessed here when available - please watch this space.

Wi-Fi Instructions

Glasgow University Union has a free Wi-Fi service – the wifi is GUUnion and password is wehavemorefun

Information for Presenters

Glasgow University Union 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 Glasgow City Chambers, Glasgow from 18:30 on Wednesday 30 August Canapes and drinks will be served until 20.00. Coaches will be available to transport delegates from the conference venue to City Chambers at 18.00, please allow sufficient time for boarding.

Conference Dinner
The conference dinner will be held at Bute Hall, Glasgow University Union, University of Glasgow, Thursday 31 August  from 19.00

Plenary Sessions

BSSM Measurements Lecture
Prof. Philip Withers FREng, FRS (Henry Royce Institute, Department of Materials, University of Manchester, UK)Grain Scale Strain Mapping of Deformation in Mg Alloys at Room and Elevated Temperatures by High Resolution Digital Image Correlation.

Plenary Lecture
Dr Eszter Szigeti (Airbus, UK)
Benefits of Using Experimental Mechanics during Aircraft Product Development and Certification

Plenary Lecture
Dr Salah Rahimi (National Manufacturing Institute Scotland)
Stress relaxation and distortion during manufacturing of high value components


The exhibition will take place in the Glasgow University Union on Thursday 31 August 2023 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 2022

To be announced during the 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

2023 YSA finalists

To be announced during the 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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