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18th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Mechanics - University of Liverpool
3 – 5 September 2024

Showcasing novel and innovative research in Experimental Mechanics - The 18th in a series of conferences organised by the British Society for Strain Measurement showcasing novel and innovative research in Experimental Mechanics, 3 – 5 September 2024,  University of Liverpool, UK.

Call for Abstracts 

Two-page extended abstracts should be submitted on-line. Please follow the Author Instructions for clear guidelines of how your paper should appear.

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Delegate and Visitor Information


To register as a conference delegate, please follow the link below. Registration is separate to Abstract submission.

Delegate Rates (inc VAT)

Student Member £475
Student Non Member £575
Member £765
Non Member £875

Key Dates

Abstract submission deadline 30 April 2024
Initial author notification from 15 April 2024
Early bird registration ends 31 May 2024

Download a printable conference flyer here

Delegate and Accommodation Information

Delegates can book Campus Accommodation at the University of Liverpool here
It is recommended that you book as soon as possible as rooms are limited.

For the latest conference delegate information here

International Research

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

The 18th annual conference organised by the British Society for Strain Measurement will bring together leading international researchers from academia and industry to showcase research and innovation in experimental mechanics. The conference will be held at the University of Liverpool,  UK.

The conference will be chaired and organised by Dr Ksenija Dvurecenska (University of Liverpool) and Dr Will Christian (University of Liverpool), UK.

Conference Highlights

Measurements Lecture 
Professor Genevieve Langdon, University of Sheffield, UK
'Measuring the behaviour of a soft material: from quasi-static to blast response'

Plenary Lectures
Professor Chris Waldon
, FREng, STEP Chief Engineer, UKAEA, University of Liverpool, UK
'Experimental Measurements for Enhanced Insights in Pioneering Fusion Powerplant Development'

Dr Chiara Colombo, Associate Professor, Politecnico Milano, Italy
'Insights on the use of IR-thermography in damage identification'

Speaker bio's

Special Sessions
Automated high spatial and temporal resolution insitu testing in the SEM – Dr Albert Smith (Tescan and Henry Royce Institute)
Experimental Mechanics for Fusion Applications – Dr Allan Harte (UKAEA)
Identification of Residual Stresses – Dr Matthew Roy (University of Manchester)
Low temperature mechanics – Dr Mateusz Kopec (Polish Academy of Sciences)
Management of Residual Stress during Manufacturing – Dr Salaheddin Rahimi (University of Strathclyde)
Materials challenges for ultrasonic devices and their applications – Dr Andrew Feeney (University of Glasgow)
Materials for offshore and subsea applications – Dr Haibao Liu (Queen Mary University)
Materials Testing 2.0 – Prof Fabrice Pierron (MatchID)
Nano and Micro Mechanical Testing – Dr Charchit Kumar (University of Glasgow)
Soft matter, soft electronics & soft robotics – Prof Ben Xu (Northumbria University)
Structural integrity – Dr Tan Sui (University of Surrey) & Dr Hannah Zhang (National Physical Laboratory)
Tribology and Contact – Dr Daniel Mulvihill (University of Glasgow)
Ultrasonic Fatigue Testing – Dr Yevgen Gorash (University of Strathclyde)


EMex24  the BSSM's Exhibition of Experimental Mechanics is the premier UK exhibition for manufacturers and suppliers of strain measurement and stress analysis equipment and will take place on 4 September 2024
More about EMex

Information for exhibitors

Conference Sponsorship 
For more details please complete form here

Strain Best Prize Competition
This annual prize is sponsored by our corporate Member Fylde

Conference reception 
Victoria Gallery and Museum

Conference dinner
Maritime Museum, Royal Albert Dock. Liverpool

Delegates will be served lunch and refreshments throughout each day of the conference

Young Stress Analyst Competition

The YSA Competition is an opportunity to present research and meet Industry and academic experts.

Conference Themes

The conference covers all areas of experimental solid mechanics and aims to draw together researchers and industrialists from a diverse range of sectors, including but not limited to Aerospace, Automotive, Rail, Biomedical, Construction, Power & Energy. Abstracts are welcome on any topic that falls within this broad scope.

The conference will have thematic sessions on specialist and emerging areas in experimental mechanics including:

  • Adhesive and welded joints
  • Aerospace Applications
  • Automotive Applications
  • Biomaterials & Biomechanics
  • Condition Monitoring
  • Data Driven Testing
  • Dynamic Behaviour of Materials
  • Fatigue & Fracture
  • Impact, Blast and High Strain Rate
  • Infrared & Thermal Methods
  • Maritime Applications
  • Medical Applications
  • Metals and Microstructure
  • Model Validation
  • Nano & Micromechanical Testing
  • Novel Experimental Techniques
  • Nuclear Applications: Fision
  • Nuclear Applications: Fusion
  • Optical and DIC Techniques
  • Residual Stresses
  • Soft matter
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Testing of Additive Materials
  • Testing of Composite Materials
  • Testing of Large Composite Structures
  • Testing of Polymers
  • Tomography & Radiography
  • Tribology and Contact
  • Ultrasonic Devices
  • Virtual Fields Method

'I was impressed, you don't see this quality of presentations in most conferences'
Dr Mohammad Fotouhi,(Delft University of Technology, Netherlands)

Organising Committee

General Conference Chairs - Dr Ksenija Dvurecenska (University of Liverpool, UK) and Dr Will Christian (University of Liverpool), UK.
Dr Hari Arora - Chair of BSSM (Swansea University, UK)
Dr Neha Chandarana - Young Stress Analyst Competition Chair (University of Bristol, UK)
Dr Haibao Liu - Queen Mary University of London.
Amanda Boaler - Conference Secretariat (BSSM)

For further information or queries please contact

Scientific Committee

Dr Hari Arora, Swansea University, UK
Dr David Asquith, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Professor Stéphane Avril, École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne, France
Professor Janice Barton, University of Bristol, UK
Professor Thorsten Becker, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Professor Christian Berggreen, DTU, Denmark
Professor Tore Børvik, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Professor John Bouchard, Open University, UK
Professor Martin Browne, University of Southampton, UK
Dr Neha Chandarana, University of Bristol
Professor John Dear, Imperial College London, UK
Dr Ksenija Dvurecenska (University of Liverpool)
Dr Jevan Furmanski, University of Dayton Research Institute, USA
Dr Kheng-Lim Goh, Newcastle University Singapore Campus, Singapore
Dr Yevgen Gorash, University of Strathclyde, UK
Dr Salih Gungor, Open University, UK
Professor Johan Hoefnagels, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Dr Mikko Hokka, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Dr Charchit Kumar, University of Glasgow, UK
Professor Genevieve Langdon, University of Sheffield, UK
Dr Pascal Lava, MatchID, Belgium
Professor Xavier Maldague, Laval University, Canada
Professor James Marrow, University of Oxford, UK
Dr Mahmoud Mostafavi, University of Bristol, UK
Dr Daniel Mulvihill, University of Glasgow, UK
Professor Fabrice Pierron, University of Southampton, UK
Dr Rachel Tomlinson, University of Sheffield, UK
Professor Gianluca Tozzi, University of Greenwich, UK
Professor Christopher Truman, University of Bristol, UK
Professor Satoru Yoneyama, Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan
Professor Keith Worden, University of Sheffield, UK
Dr Hannah (Huixing) Zhang, National Physical Laboratory, UK

Harrison Hughes Building, School of Engineering, The Quadrangle, The University of Liverpool,
Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, L69 3GH
Tel: +44 (0)151 794 4859


Conference Meeting Rooms
Hele-Shaw Lecture Theatre
Walker Lecture Theatre
Mason Bibby Room
Active Learning Lab - Exhibition of Experimental Mechanics (EMex)

Conference Dinner at the Merseyside Maritime Museum
Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AQ
Tel: 0151 478 4499

Download a venue map here

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