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The Thirteenth International Conference
Computational Structures Technology
Sitges, Barcelona, Spain
4-6 September 2018

This Civil-Comp Conference is organised by Elsevier the link to their site is here. Please see the Elsevier site for abstract submission, registration and uptodate details.

This is the Thirteenth Conference in the Computational Structures Technology series that commenced in 1991. Previous venues for the conference have included: Budapest, Edinburgh, Prague, Leuven, Lisbon, Gran Canaria, Athens, Valencia, Dubrovnik and Naples. The conference is concerned with the application of the latest computational technology to structural mechanics and engineering. Computational Technology encompasses both the latest hardware and software developments as well as algorithmic and theoretical techniques.

The conference is also concerned with both theoretical, mathematical and scientific developments as well as applications of established technology to new domains. The word 'structures' is interpreted in its widest sense.

The conference runs concurrently with the Tenth International Conference on Engineering Computational Technology. Participants may attend sessions from either conference.

The themes for this conference will include (but are not limited to):

Computational Methods applied to all Engineering Disciplines including:

  • Computational Structures Technology (where Structures is interpreted in its widest sense.)
  • Computational Stochastic Mechanics
  • Integration of Computational Structures Technology and Computational Fluid Mechanics
  • Computational Nano-mechanics
  • Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Computational Geotechnics
  • Computational Biomechanics
  • Static and Dynamic Analysis
  • Non-Linear Analysis
  • Dynamic Analysis
  • Stochastic and Reliability Analysis
  • Fractional Methods
  • Methods for Chaotic Phenomena
  • Impact and Contact: Analysis and Simulation
Analysis: Methods and Techniques
  • Finite and Boundary Element Analysis
  • Discrete Element Methods
  • Particle Methods
  • Meshfree Methods
  • eXtended Finite Element Method
  • Adaptivity
  • Isogeometric Analysis
  • Eigensolvers
  • Spectral and Wave Element Methods
  • Differential Quadrature Methods
  • Partial Differential Equations
Materials Modelling and Characterisation
  • Material Models
  • Functional Graded Materials
  • Geomaterials
  • Smart Materials
  • Piezoelectric Materials
  • Composite Materials
  • Fracture and Fatigue
  • Brittle Materials
  • Materials Characterisation
  • Poromechanics
Pre and Post Processing
  • Error Estimation, Verification and Validation
  • Visualization and Graphics
  • Mesh and Grid Generation
  • Tools for Post- and Pre- Processing
Optimization and Design
  • Computer Aided Design
  • The Role of Finite Element Method in Design
  • Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization
  • Structural Re-analysis & Sensitivity Analysis
  • Shape and Topology Optimization
  • Computational Tools for Integrated Design
  • Reliability-based Optimal Design
  • Stochastic Optimal Structural Control
  • Stochastic Optimization Methods
  • Robust Design
Software Development: Tools, Techniques and Issues
  • Software Standards and Quality Control
  • Verification and Validation
  • Autonomic Computing
  • Parallel, Distributed and Cloud Systems
  • Use of High Performance Computer Architectures
  • Supercomputing
  • Domain Decomposition and Partitioning
  • MIMD Architectures
  • Distributed Computing and Networking
  • Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge-Based Systems
  • Novel Software Tools and Development Environments
  • Virtual Reality and Immersive Systems
  • Algorithms for Vectorization and Parallelisation
  • Genetic Algorithms and Evolutionary Processes
  • Neural Networks
  • Object Oriented Methods
  • Data Mining
  • Solution Procedures for Large Scale Problems
  • Hardware and Software developments for HPC
  • Grid and Cloud Computing
  • WWW Applications
  • Large Scale Systems
  • Computational Steering
Areas of Application: include all aspects of aerospace, civil, mechanical, geotechnical, railway and offshore structures including:
  • Numerical Modelling of Foundations
  • Soil-Structure Interaction
  • Structural Modelling
  • Damage Identification
  • Micro-Mechanics Models
  • Dynamic Systems
  • Smart Structures
  • Fluid-Structure Interaction
  • Large Scale Systems
  • Earthquake and Structural Dynamics
  • Active Control
  • Damage Tolerant and Fail Safety Computer Design
  • Uncertainty and Probabilistic Analysis
  • Multi-Scale Modelling
  • Multi-Body Dynamics
  • Acoustics and Vibrations
  • Damping
Structural Types and Studies shall include but not limited to:
  • Plate and Shell Structures
  • Aerospace Structures
  • Offshore Structures
  • Lightweight, Membrane and Fabric Structures
  • Retractable Roofs
  • Composite and Concrete Structures
  • Timber Structures
  • Steel and Aluminum Structures
  • Brick, Blockwork and Masonry
  • Geotechnical Structures
  • Smart Structures
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Computer Simulated Demolition
  • Structures under Extreme Loading (e.g. Blast and Fire)
  • Protective Structures
  • Forming and Coupled Problems
  • Inverse Problems
  • Human Induced Vibrations
Computational Engineering: Education and Training
  • Course Development
  • On-line Training Systems
Opening Lecture
The CST2018 Conference will be opened jointly with the ECT2018 Conference with a lecture presented by Professor K.J. Bathe of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA, USA.

The conference opening lecture will commence at 9am on Tuesday 4th September 2018.

Special Sessions
A number of special sessions will be organised at this Conference. If you wish to participate in a special session please indicate this when you submit your paper proposal. Over the coming months the list of special sessions will gradually grow. Please visit this page regularly to keep up to date.

The list of special sessions is being assembled. Proposals for the organisation of a special session on your specialist topic including six or more papers are welcome.

Proposals for special sessions may be sent to the conference editor via: conf2018  AT

  • Special Session CST2018-1: Uncertainty Analysis and Design Optimization of Structures,
    organised by:
    Prof. Gang LI (Dalian University of Technology, China, email: ligang AT
    Prof. Dixiong YANG (Dalian University of Technology, China, email: yangdx AT
    Prof. Jianbing CHEN (Tongji University, China, email: chenjb AT,
    Prof. Gengdong CHENG (Dalian University of Technology, China, email: chenggd AT
  • Special Session CST2018-2: Non-Linear Finite Elements and Safety Formats,
    organised by
    Assoc. Prof. Alfred Strauss, (Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, Austria email: alfred.strauss AT
  • Special Session CST2018-3: Dynamic Interactions across the Scales: Recent Advances & Current Challenges,
    organised by
    Dr G. Barone, Dr M. Lombardo and Dr A. Palmeri
    (School of Architecture, Building & Civil Engineering, Loughborough University, UK email: G.Barone/M.Lombardo/A.Palmeri AT )
  • Special Session CST2018-4: Structural Topology Optimization under Uncertainty,
    organised by
    Prof. A. Csébfalvi, (University of Pécs, Hungary, email: csebfalvi.witch AT and
    Prof. J. Lógó, (Budapest University of Technology & Economics, Hungary, email: logo AT )
  • Special Session CST2018-5: Structural Analysis of Steel and Steel-Concrete Composite Structures,
    organised by
    Prof. J.G. Santos da Silva, (State University of Rio de Janeiro, UERJ, Brazil email: jgss AT and
    Prof L.F. Costa Neves, (University of Coimbra, Portugal email: luis AT
  • Special Session CST2018-6: Recent Advances on Vibration-Based Structural Health Monitoring of Age-Old Masonry Buildings,
    organised by
    Dr M. Girardi, (Institute of Information Science and Technologies, Pisa, Italy, email: maria.girardi AT
    Dr M. Betti, (University of Florence, Italy, email: mbetti AT and
    Dr D. Pellegrini, (Institute of Information Science and Technologies, Pisa, Italy, email: daniele.pellegrini AT
  • Special Session CST2018-7: Computational Modelling of Progressive Collapse,
    organised by
    Dr J.M. Adam Martinez, (ICITECH, Universitat Politčcnica de Valencia, Spain, email: joadmar AT
  • Special Session CST2018-8: The Development of Computer Programmes for the Eurocodes,
    organised by
    Professor J.W. Bull, (Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, email: john.w.bull AT
  • Special Session CST2018-9: Analytical and Numerical Dynamics,
    organised by
    Dr J. Náprstek (Institute of Theoretical & Applied Mechanics, Prague, Czech Republic, email: naprstek AT
  • Special Session CST2018-10: Improved Understanding of Wind-Structure Interactions in Flexible Structures,
    organised by
    Professor G. McClure (McGill University, Montreal, Canada email: ghyslaine.mcclure AT
  • Special Session CST2018-11: Seismic Assessment of New Structures and Vulnerability Reduction of Existing Buildings: Advanced Numerical Modelling,
    organised by
    Dr F. Clementi, (Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona, Italy, email:
    Dr A. Formisano, (University of Naples "Federico II", Naples, Italy email:
    Dr G. Milani, (Technical University of Milan, Italy, email:
  • Special Session CST2018-12: Advanced Solutions for the Structural Design and Numerical Modelling of Steel Racks,
    organised by
    Dr S. Caprili, (University of Pisa, Italy, email: silvia.caprili AT and
    Dr F. Morelli (University of Pisa, Italy, email: francesco.morelli AT
  • Special Session CST2018-13: Building Information Modelling in Structural Analysis and Design,
    organised by
    Prof. L.F. Costa Neves, (University of Coimbra, Portugal email: luis AT and
    Dr José Carlos Lino,(NEWTON, Consulting Engineers, Portugal, email: jclino AT
  • Special Session CST2018-14: Modelling, Assessment and Monitoring of Dam Structures Including Soil-Structure Interaction,
    organised by
    Prof. Y. Petryna (Technical University Berlin, Germany, email: yuriy.petryna AT ) and
    Prof. F. Rackwitz (Technical University Berlin, Germany, email: rackwitz AT
  • Special Session CST2018-15: Optimization Driven Architectural Design of Structures,
    organised by
    Prof. N.D. Lagaros (National Technical University Athens, Greece, email: nlagaros AT
    Prof. G.C. Marano (Fuzhou University, China, email: marano AT, and
    Dr B. Briseghella (Fuzhou University, China, email: bruno AT
  • Special Session CST2018-16: Continuum And Discrete Modelling of Nanomaterials: Theory and Applications,
    organised by
    Prof. N.L. Rizzi (University Roma Tre, Roma, Italy, email: nicolaluigi.rizzi AT, and
    Ass. Prof. G. Salerno (University Roma Tre, Roma, Italy, email: ginevra.salerno AT
  • Special Session CST2018-17: Degradation of Reinforced Concrete Elements: From Mathematical Modelling to Assessment through Structural Monitoring,
    organised by
    Prof. R. Greco (Technical University of Bari, Italy, email: rita.greco AT, and
    Dr. M. Morga (Anglia Ruskin University, UK, email: mariantonietta.morga AT
  • Special Session CST2018-18: Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics,
    organised by
    Prof. J. Náprstek, Institute of Theoretical & Applied Mechanics, Prague, Czech Republic, (email: naprstek AT, and
    Prof. R. Banerjee (City University, London, United Kingdom, email: j.r.banerjee AT
  • Special Session CST2018-19: Vibration Based Damage Detection in Structures using the Dynamic Stiffness Method and other Approaches,
    organised by
    Professor D. Kennedy, (Cardiff University, UK, email:,
    Professor C.A. Featherston, (Cardiff University, UK, email:,
    Professor S. Ilanko, (University of Waikato, New Zealand, email:, and
    Professor J.R. Banerjee, (City University of London, UK, email:
  • Special Session CST2018-20: Buckling and Post-Buckling of Structures at Different Length Scales under Tensile Loading,
    organised by
    Prof. F.G. Rammerstorfer, (TU Vienna, Austria, email: ra AT
  • Special Session CST2018-21: Laser Cutting Technology,
    organised by
    Eng. A. Kanyilmaz (Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy email: alper.kanyilmaz AT and
    Dr F. Morelli (University of Pisa, Italy, email: francesco.morelli AT
Conference Editorial Board
The Conference Editors are Professor B.H.V. Topping (University of Pécs, Hungary and Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK) and Professor J. Kruis (Czech Technical University of Prague, Czech Republic)

The Editorial Board Members for this conference are: Dr J.M. Adam Martinez, Spain; Prof. S. Adhikari, UK; Assoc. Prof. S. Adriaenssens,USA; Prof. M. Amabili, Canada; Prof L.V. Andersen, Denmark; Prof. C.A.C. Antonio, Portugal; Dr S. Arangio, Italy; Prof A.L. Araujo, Portugal; Prof. J.V. Araujo dos Santos,Portugal; Dr R. Ardito, Italy; Prof. A.J. Aref, USA; Prof. A.H. Arias, Spain; Dr A.F. Ashour, UK; Prof. H. Askes, UK; Prof. S.K. Au, UK; Prof. C.E. Augarde, UK; Prof. J. Awrejcewicz, Poland; Prof. L. Baeza, UK; Prof. A. Bahreininejad, Malaysia; Prof. J. Banerjee, UK; Prof. A. Baratta, Italy; Prof. H.J. Barbosa, Brazil; Prof. E. Barkanov, Latvia; Dr M. Barkhordari, Iran; Dr G. Barone, UK; Prof. K. Bathe, USA; Prof. J.M. Battini, Sweden; Prof. Z.P. Bazant, USA; Dr R.G. Beale, UK; Prof. A.A. Becker, UK; Prof M. Beer, UK; Prof. J. Bencat, Slovakia; Prof. A.C. Benim, Germany; Dr M. Betti, Italy; Prof. S.K. Bhattacharyya, India; Prof M. Bischoff, Germany; Prof. M.L. Bittencourt, Brazil; Prof. Z. Bittnar, Czech Republic; Prof. J. Blachut, UK; Prof. P. Boisse, France; Prof. F. Bontempi, Italy; Prof. B. Boroomand, Iran; Prof. H. Borouchaki, France; Prof. M.A. Bradford, Australia; Prof. F. Branco, Portugal; Dr B. Briseghella, China; Dr J. Brozovsky, Czech Republic; Dr M. Bruggi, Italy; Prof. Dr M. Brünig, Germany; Prof. J.W. Bull, UK; Prof. T. Burczynski, Poland; Dr P. Cacciola, UK; Prof. R. Calçada, Portugal; Prof. D. Camotim, Portugal; Dr S. Caprili, Italy; Prof. R.M.M. Carneiro de Barros,Portugal; Prof. E. Carrera, Italy; Prof. F. Casciati, Italy; Dr C.F. Castro, Portugal; Dr G. Cederbaum, Israel; Prof. A.H. Chan, Australia; Prof. H.P. Chen, UK; Prof. J. Chen, China; Prof. G. Cheng, China; Dr J.R.C. Cheng, USA; Prof. G. Chiandussi, Italy; Prof. F. Chinesta, France; Prof. C.G. Chiorean, Romania; Prof. C. Cinquini, Italy; Dr F. Clementi, Italy; Dr P.G. Coelho, Portugal; Prof. A. Combescure, France; Prof. G. Constantinides , Cyprus; Dr J. Coyette, Belgium; Prof. A. Csebfalvi, Hungary; Prof. M. Cuomo, Italy; Assoc. Prof. J.G. da Silva, Brazil; Prof. L. Damkilde, Denmark; Prof. S. De, USA; Prof. G. De Roeck, Belgium; Prof. G. de Saxce, France; Prof. S.O. Degertekin, Turkey; Prof. C. Desai, USA; Prof. P. Devloo, Brazil; Dr D. Dias-da-Costa, Australia; Dr F.A. Diaz Dela O, UK; Dr Z. Dimitrovová, Portugal; Prof. M. Doblaré, Spain; Dr I. Doltsinis, Germany; Prof. M. Domaszewski, France; Prof. L. Dunai, Hungary; Prof. A. El Hami, France; Prof. A. Eriksson, Sweden; Prof. R.E. Erkmen, Australia; Prof. D. Eyheramendy, France; Prof. C.A. Featherston, UK; Dr A. Formisano, Italy; Assoc. Prof. D. Foti, Italy; Prof. A. Frangi, Italy; Prof. M. Friswell, UK; Prof. M. Fuchs, Israel; Prof. C. Gantes, Greece; Prof. L. Gastaldi, Italy; Prof. V. Gattulli, Italy; Prof. P. Gaudenzi, Italy; Prof. Dr-Ing. N. Gebbeken,Germany; Dr M. Girardi, Italy; Prof. D. Givoli, Israel; Prof. L. Godinho, Portugal; Dr A. Gonzalez, Ireland; Prof. F. Gonzalez Vidosa, Spain; Prof. R.V. Grandhi, USA; Prof. T. Grätsch, Germany; Prof. G.A. Gravvanis, Greece; Prof. R. Greco, Italy; Prof. M.D. Grigoriu, USA; Prof. A. Groenwold, South Africa; Prof. R. Guedes, Portugal; Prof. M. Hadi, Australia; Dr O. Hasancebi, Turkey; Prof. R.A. Hawileh, UAE; Prof. J. Herskovits, Brazil; Prof. G. Hofstetter, Austria; Prof. O. Hopperstad, Norway; Prof. D. Horak, Czech Republic; Prof. S. Ilanko, New Zealand; Prof. I. Iskhakov, Israel; Prof. C.A. Issa, Lebanon; Prof. A. Ivankovic, Ireland; Prof. P. Iványi, Hungary; Prof. S. Ivorra, Spain; Prof. B. Izzuddin, UK; Prof. H. Jensen, Chile; Prof. M. Jirasek, Czech Republic; Prof. O. Jirousek, Czech Republic; Dr E. Kameshki, Kingdom of Bahrain; Prof. M. Kaminski, Poland; Prof. T. Kant, India; Eng. A. Kanyilmaz, Italy; Prof. J. Kaplunov, UK; Prof. D.L. Karabalis, Greece; Prof. A. Kaveh, Iran; Professsor D. Kennedy, UK; Dr A.I. Khan, Australia; Asst. Prof. D.N. Kim, Korea; Dr H.S. Kim, Korea; Prof. P.H. Kirkegaard, Denmark; Prof. M. Kleiber, Poland; Dr P. Komodromos, Cyprus; Prof G. Kouroussis, Belgium; Prof. J. Kruis, Czech Republic; Dr D. Kvasov, Italy; Prof. H.G. Kwak, Korea; Dr A.S. Kwan, UK; Prof. Y.W. Kwon, USA; Prof. P. Ladevčze, France; Prof. N.D. Lagaros, Greece; Prof. R. Landolfo, Italy; Dr F. Lauro, France; Prof. F. Lebon, France; Dr C.K. Lee, Singapore; Assoc. Prof. P.S. Lee, Korea; Dr J.d.P.B. Leite, Brazil; Dr C. Leo, Australia; Prof. A. Leung, Hong Kong; Prof. R. Levy, Israel; Prof. R. Lewandowski, Poland; Prof. R. Lewis, UK; Prof. G. Li, China; Prof. X. Li, China; Prof. A. Limam, France; Prof. A. Liolios, Greece; Prof. J. Logo, Hungary; Dr M. Lombardo, UK; Prof. H.M. Lopes, Portugal; Prof. P.B. Lourenco, Portugal; Prof. J. Máca, Czech Republic; Dr R.I. Mackie, UK; Dr L. Macorini, UK; Prof. C. Majorana, Italy; Prof. H.A. Mang, Austria; Prof. G. Marano, Italy; Prof. S. Mariani, Italy; Dr V. Markine, Netherlands; Prof. Dr K. Marti, Germany; Dr M.D. Martínez-Rodrigo, Spain; Prof. T.J. Massart, Belgium; Prof. F.M. Mazzolani, Italy; Prof. G. McClure, Canada; Dr G. Mejak, Slovenia; Ass. Prof. G. Milani, Italy; Prof. E.S. Mistakidis, Greece; Prof. A. Miyamoto, Japan; Dr F. Mohri, France; Dr F.A.D.M. Moleiro Duarte,Portugal; Prof. F.J. Montans, Spain; Prof. R. Montenegro Armas, Spain; Dr F. Morelli, Italy; Dr P. Moreno Garcia, Spain; Dr M. Morga, UK; Prof. E.V. Morozov, Australia; Prof. C.A. Mota Soares, Portugal; Prof. C.M. Mota Soares, Portugal; Prof. Z. Mróz, Poland; Prof. W. Mueller, Germany; Prof. J. Murin, Slovakia; Prof. G. Muscolino, Italy; Dr J. Náprstek, Czech Republic; Prof. J. Nemecek, Czech Republic; Dr L.A.C. Neves, Portugal; Prof. L.F.C. Neves, Portugal; Prof. G.P. Nikishkov, Russia; Dr J. Novak, Czech Republic; Prof. J.T. Oden, USA; Dr D.V. Oliveira, Portugal; Prof. E. Ońate Ibanez de Navarra,Spain; Prof. H.R. Ovesy, Iran; Dr A. Pagani, Italy; Dr L. Pallares, Spain; Dr F.J. Pallares Rubio, Spain; Dr A. Palmeri, UK; Prof. M. Papadrakakis, Greece; Dr I. Paya-Zaforteza, Spain; Prof. C. Pearce, UK; PhD D. Pellegrini, Italy; Prof. C. Pellegrino, Italy; Prof. J. Petrolito, Australia; Prof. Y. Petryna, Germany; Prof. Y.L. Pi, Australia; Dr B. Picoux, France; Dr J. Plesek, Czech Republic; Prof. O. Polit, France; Prof. C.G. Provatidis, Greece; Prof. T. Rabczuk, Germany; Dr F. Rackwitz, Germany; Prof. F.G. Rammerstorfer, Austria; Prof. B. Rao, India; Prof. Y. Ribakov, Israel; Prof. N.L. Rizzi, Italy; Dr J.J. Ródenas García, Spain; Prof. M.L. Romero, Spain; Dr D. Rypl, Czech Republic; Prof. E. Sacco, Italy; Prof. M.P. Saka, Kingdom of Bahrain; Prof. E. Salajegheh, Iran; Prof. G. Salerno, Italy; Prof. W. Salvatore, Italy; Prof. L.M. Santos Castro, Portugal; Prof. E.J. Sapountzakis, Greece; Prof. A.A. Shabana, USA; Prof. S.K. Sharan, Canada; Dr M. Shariff, UAE; Dr Y. Sheng, UK; Prof. L.M.d.C. Simoes, Portugal; Prof. L. Simoes da Silva, Portugal; Prof. S.W. Sloan, Australia; Prof. J. Souza de Cursi, France; Prof. E. Spacone, Italy; Prof. K. Spiliopoulos, Greece; Prof. G.E. Stavroulakis, Greece; Dr G. Stefanou, Greece; Prof. G.P. Steven, Australia; Dr A. Strauss, Austria; Prof. K. Sze, Hong Kong; Dr K. Tai, Singapore; Prof. I. Takahashi, Japan; Prof. I. Takewaki, Japan; Prof. K.K. Tamma, USA; Prof. J.W. Tedesco, USA; Prof. R.A. Tenenbaum, Brazil; Dr A. Tessler, USA; Prof. V.V. Toropov, UK; Prof. J.R. Torregrosa, Spain; Assoc. Prof. Y. Tsompanakis,Greece; Prof. J. Turmo-Coderque, Spain; Prof. V. Tvergaard, Denmark; Dr M. Valdebenito, Chile; Prof. R. Veldman, USA; Prof. P. Venini, Italy; Prof. G. Venter, South Africa; Prof. W. Wagner, Germany; Prof. X.S. Wang, USA; Dr M.C. Weng, Taiwan; Dr Q. Xiao, UK; Prof. Y. Xie, Australia; Prof. D. Yang, China; Prof. J. Yang, Australia; Prof. Y.B. Yang, Taiwan; Prof J. Ye, UK; Prof. A. Zingoni, South Africa; Prof. T. Zohdi, USA;

Journal Special Issues
Papers presented at the CST2018 conference are eligible for submission to a special issue of the International Journal Computers and Structures after the conference. The details of the submission procedures will be given on this webpage early in 2018. The review process and submission process will start in June 2018 participants should start preparing their papers for publication as soon as their extended abstracts are accepted.
Conference Registration
Elsevier is responsible for all registrations and other financial matters. For registration fees and other related matters please see the Elsevier website.
Conference Venue
The venue for the conference is the Melia Sitges Hotel, Carrer de Joan Salvat Papasseit, 38, 08870 Sitges, Barcelona, Spain. The hotel is 30 km from Barcelona Airport and just 25 minutes by taxi.

All presentations, lunches and coffees will be at this location.

Accommodation is available at Melia Sitges Hotel. Further details about hotel bookings will be available on the Elsevier site soon.
Please check with your travel agent or the Spanish Embassy in your country whether you require a visa to enter Spain. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the visa in good time. If you require a letter of invitation, please submit your paper extended abstract soon.