European-Latin American Conference of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (ELACTAM 2024)

January 29 - February 2, 2024, University of Havana, Havana, Cuba

The objective of this meeting is to facilitate the exchange of ideas and experiences between researchers, at all career stages, from Latin America with their colleagues from Europe, Asia, and North America. We hope that this meeting generates a cordial and relaxed atmosphere for work and exchange. This will be the third conference focused on topics of mechanics and its applications.

The conference will consist of expository talks with a duration of 20 - 30 min each. We expect to have a series of lectures devoted to different research fields of theoretical and applied mechanics. The main topics of the conference are (but are not limited to):

  • Fluid mechanics
  • Solid mechanics
  • Vibrations and wave propagation
  • New materials and material modelling
  • Biomaterials and material modelling
  • Modelling of green/renewable materials
  • Composite materials
  • Computational mechanics

There exist antecedents of exchanges between Latin American research and outside groups, which have been developed because of this type of scientific meetings. Lectures will be invited from prominent and internationally recognized researchers from Latin American and European countries. Scientists from outside Europe and Latin America are also cordially invited to participate. In addition to invited talks, participants are encouraged to give contributed talks within the general scope of the meeting.

Conference status and submission of the abstracts
If you want to be informed about the planning and status of the conference, kindly send an email to the organizers.

The template for abstract submission can be downloaded here (PASSWORD: Elactam24). The deadline is December 18th, 2023. Please, send the pdf of your abstract by e-mail to Prof Reinaldo Rodriguez Ramos.

Preliminary Programme
Online access to the preliminary scientific programme (PASSWORD: Elactam24).

It is planned to publish the final papers after the conference.

- Selected papers may be considered for publication in the Journal of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (ZAMM) and Mechanics of Composite Materials.

- Participants are encouraged to submit their contributions to the Special Issue titled "Tendencies and challenges in the modelling of composite materials and their applications". For additional information, contact the Special Issue Editors.

Please let the scientific committee know if you wish to publish in one of the mentioned alternatives by indicating your preference when submitting your abstract.

We enthusiastically embrace mini-courses, and we've already registered one. Please find below information for your reference.

- Mini-course "Basics of Continuum Mechanics with Applications to the Theory of Elasticity". Prof Holm Altenbach. For details, please follow the link and use the password ContMech2024.

- Mini-course "An introduction to asymptotic homogenisation and its application to real-world biological problems". Dr Raimondo Penta.

Registration fee
The registration fee for the conference is 450 US dollars (250 US dollars for students). It will have to be paid electronically by following the instructions sent via email by the University of Havana.

Cuba is known for its touristic opportunities, including eco-tourism, colorful cultural and literary heritage, and its deep historical interest. The University of Havana or UH (in Spanish, Universidad de La Habana) is a university located in the Vedado district of Havana, the capital of the Republic of Cuba. Founded on January 5, 1728, the university is the oldest in Cuba, but not one of the first to be founded in the Americas (the National University of San Marcos in Lima was founded in 1551). Originally a religious institution, today the University of Havana has 15 faculties (colleges) at its Havana campus and distance learning centres throughout Cuba. Havana is the capital city, largest city, province, major port, and leading commercial center of Cuba. The city has a population of 2.1 million inhabitants, and it spans a total of 781.58 km2 (301.77 sq mi) – making it the largest city by area, the most populous city, and the fourth largest metropolitan area in the Caribbean region. The city of Havana was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century and due to its strategic location, it served as a springboard for the Spanish conquest of the Americas, becoming a stopping point for treasure-laden Spanish galleons returning to Spain. The King Philip II of Spain granted Havana the title of City in 1592. Walls as well as forts were built to protect the old city.

The situation regarding the coronavirus is being monitored. The planning of the meeting is based on the assumption that the international situation will improve during 2023 in such a way that the meeting can be held safely and without restrictions for participants.

Organizing institutes

  • Facultad de Matematica y Computación, Universidad de La Habana , Cuba.
  • Institute of Cybernetics, Mathematics and Physics of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba.
  • Aix-Marseille University, Mechanics and Acoustics Laboratory (LMA), France.
  • Institute of Mechanics, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Germany.
  • Institute of Engineering Mechanics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany.
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA.
  • Universidade Federal Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
  • School of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Glasgow, UK.

Scientific committee and review board

  • Holm ALTENBACH. Institute of Mechanics, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Germany.
  • Jose ANTONIO-OTERO. Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey CEM, Estado de México, México.
  • Albrecht BERTRAM. Otto-von-Guericke-Universität and Technical University Berlin, Germany.
  • Thomas BÖHLKE. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany.
  • Julian BRAVO-CASTILLERO. Instituto de Investigaciones en Matemáticas Aplicadas y en Sistemas. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. CDMX. México.
  • Gal DE BOTTOM. Mechanical Engineering, Ben-Gurion University, Israel.
  • Marcelo EPSTEIN. Mechanical Engineering, University of Calgary, Canada.
  • Ralf FÖRSTER. Department VIII, Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, Germany
  • Samuel FOREST. Centre des Materiaux, Mines ParisTech, France.
  • Alfio GRILLO. Dipartimento di Scienze Matematiche “G.L. Lagrange”. Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italia.
  • Frederic LEBON. Aix-Marseille University-Laboratoire de Mécanique et d’Acoustique (LMA), Marseille, France.
  • Jose MERODIO. Applied Mathematics ETSISI, Universidad, Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, España.
  • Guillermo MONSIVAIS. Instituto de Fisica. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. CDMX, México.
  • Ray Ogden, FRS, FRSE. George Sinclair Professor of Mathematics. School of Mathematics and Statistics. University of Glasgow, Glasgow.
  • Raimondo PENTA. School of Mathematics and Statistics. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.
  • Ariel RAMIREZ TORRES. School of Mathematics and Statistics. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.
  • Raffaella RIZZONI. Department of Engineering, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy
  • Panters RODRIGUEZ BERMUDEZ. Universidade Federal Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
  • Stephan RUDYKH. University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.
  • Federico SABINA. Instituto de Investigaciones en Matemáticas Aplicadas y en Sistemas. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. CDMX. México.
  • Michele SERPILLI. Department of Civil and Building Engineering, and Architecture, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy.
  • Volne TITA. Universidade de São Paulo, Escola de Engenharia de São Carlos, Departamento de Engenharia Aeronáutica.

Local organizing committee

  • Reinaldo RODRIGUEZ-RAMOS (Chairman). Facultad de Matematica y Computacion, Universidad de La Habana.
  • Raul GUINOVART-DIAZ. Facultad de Matemática y Computación, Universidad de La Habana.
  • Alejandro MESEJO-CHIONG. Facultad de Matemática y Computación, Universidad de La Habana.
  • Juan Carlos LOPEZ-REALPOZO. Facultad de Matemática y Computación, Universidad de La Habana.
  • Angela LEON MECÍAS. Facultad de Matemática y Computación, Universidad de La Habana.
  • Mariano RODRIGUEZ-RICARD. Facultad de Matemática y Computación, Universidad de La Habana.