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Delegate Information

Welcome and Introduction

Welcome to the University of Liverpool’s and the BSSM’s 18th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Mechanics.

It's a pleasure to welcome you to Liverpool for the conference. 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 and 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 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.

Please take the time to explore Liverpool city, its pubs, parks, galleries and museums. Should you have time there are also numerous companies offering guided tours of significant Beatles sites around the city.

Dr William Christian and Dr Ksenija Dvurecenska, University of Liverpool, UK.
Conference Chairs

Dr William Christian
Senior Lecturer
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of Liverpool

Dr Ksenija Dvurecenska 
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of Liverpool

Look out for the BSSM flags at the entrance to the Harrison Hughes Building, School of Engineering, The Quadrangle, The University of Liverpool.

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

Delegate and Visitor Information

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

The Conference Meeting Rooms
Hele-Shaw Lecture Theatre
Walker Lecture Theatre
Mason Bibby Room

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

Venue Information

How to get to Liverpool

Venue parking 

Campus Information

Campus Map

Local Facilities

Explore Liverpool – visitor information

Minicabs: Uber,
Black cabs:

Nearest cash point (ATM) is outside the Tesco Express on Brownlow Hill
Most major banks have branches on or just off of Church Street in the city centre.

Chemist Cares on Myrtle Street.

Delegate Accommodation

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.

Additional Hotel Accommodation

Where to stay in Liverpool

Information for Presenters

The University of Liverpool 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.

Wi-Fi Instructions

Delegates will be provided with individual Guestnet usernames and passwords to access Wifi during registration.


View the Draft Programme here. Link to abstracts to follow

Plenary Sessions

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

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

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.

2024 YSA finalists

Maureen A. Fitzpatrick, University College London, UK
Influence of Laser Preheating on Residual Stress in Ti-6Al-4V Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF)

Carla N. Villacís Núñez, University of Michigan, USA
Intact and Torn Rotator Cuff Behavior Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Variational System Identification

Xavier A. Ojeda, University of Manchester, UK
Slip activity in Ti-6Al-4V under cold creep conditions

Lewis S. Wallace, University of Strathclyde, UK
Woven Bio-fabric Material Characterisation and FEA Comparison to Scanned Stents


The exhibition will take place in the Active Learning Lab on 3rd Floor Harold Hughes Building, University of Liverpool on Wednesday 4 September 2024.

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.

Information for Exhibitors

More about EMex

Social Programme

Conference reception 
Victoria Gallery and Museum

Conference dinner
Maritime Museum, Royal Albert Dock. Liverpool

Conference website

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 2023
to be announced

Conference venues

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