ECCOMAS Young Investigator Activities

The ECCOMAS Young Investigators Committee (EYIC) has been created in order to promote the main goals of ECCOMAS among young researchers and to encourage activities of young ECCOMAS members. The main focus of our efforts in recent years has undoubtedly been on creating exciting and unusual new event formats at the major ECCOMAS conferences. At the WCCM-ECCOMAS Congress in Paris you can experience the most comprehensive offer by (and for) Young Investigators ever at an ECCOMAS conference, which will certainly bring a lot of action and fun into the well-established congress program. Of course, everybody is welcome to join, i.e. both young and young-at-heart scientists! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the EYIC co-chairs Alexander Popp and Stefanie Elgeti

CSMA-GAMM Junior Workshop

This event, organized by the Junior sections of CSMA and GAMM associations, is specifically dedicated to young researchers attending the WCCM-ECCOMAS congress. It will take place in Paris (Mines ParisTech building), ahead of the congress, from Friday 17 July to Sunday 19 July.

The program of the two first days will mainly consist of a school with short classes (for and by young researchers) on specific topics of plenary and semi-plenary talks given during the congress. Each topic will be introduced by a theoretical session (30 min) followed by a practical session (1h30) in order to implement concepts

Other scientific activities (information on international project calls, construction of the draft of a research project in groups) will also be proposed, and an open science/open data session along the Seine banks is planned.

On Sunday 19/07, there will be social activities with an unconventional visit of Paris focused on some scientific places of the town.

The registration for this event has to be made through the WCCM-ECCOMAS website, with limited number of 150 places available. The fees are 140€ with accommodation. Accommodation is guaranteed by the organization team for about 110 participants; other participants may have to find their own accommodation possibilities. Deadline for registration is May 1st 2020

For any questions, please contact:

Ludovic Chamoin: ludovic.chamoin@ens-paris-saclay.fr

View of the Mines ParisTech building (left) and the Seine banks (right). (c)

Arts in Science Contest

The ECCOMAS Young Investigators Committee is launching, in collaboration with the congress organization team, an “Arts in Science” contest that aims to show science in all its beauty and elegance, with connection between Science and Art. It consists in visualizing scientific works with an artistic point-of-view. Topics cover the broad fields of mechanical engineering, applied mathematics, and computer science which are connected to the scope of the congress.
Consequently, participants to the WCCM-ECCOMAS Congress (with accepted abstracts) will be invited to provide, if they wish, an artistic visual (picture, rendered image, painting, drawing) of their research work with a small description of the image, whether it comes from an experiment or a numerical simulation. An international jury composed of researchers, artists and journalists will select the best pieces of art which will be exhibited during the congress. Note that it is expected that all submissions be also displayed on screens during the congress.
In addition, the authors of the 3 best artworks will have the opportunity to present them during a specific session of the congress and will receive a prize

-       the competition is open to any congress speaker with an accepted abstract;
-       visuals must be related to the presented research work, and must be submitted with a short description of the piece of art (max 100 words);
-       competitors must provide their visual with a minimum resolution of 400dpi for a sufficient printing quality;
-       only one visual will be accepted per competitor.

Submissions are open from March 15, 2020 to June 15, 2020.
Selected contributions will be announced early July.

For any questions and submission, please contact:
Matthieu Vitse: matthieu.vitse@ens-paris-saclay.fr

Ludovic Chamoin: ludovic.chamoin@ens-paris-saclay.fr

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Visualization of airway pressure distribution in computational lung model at full inspiration. (c) Ebenbuild, www.ebenbuild.com

ECCOMAS PhD Olympiad

The ECCOMAS PhD Olympiad, meanwhile a well-established competition organized every year, aims at presenting the best PhD theses in Computational Mechanics from all across Europe defended during the previous year. The event is closely connected (and complementary) to the ECCOMAS Best PhD Award. While the ECCOMAS Best PhD Award aims at awarding a prize for the best written thesis, the ECCOMAS PhD Olympiad decorates the speaker with the best oral presentation of a thesis work. The award jury consists of members of the ECCOMAS Young Investigators Committee, and further details can also be found on the ECCOMAS website.

The presentations of all ECCOMAS PhD Olympians will be integrated into the regular scientific program of the conference, so make sure to watch out for “ECCOMAS PhD Olympiad” when browsing the daily conference schedule. The winners will receive an award during the closing ceremony.

For any questions, please contact:

Massimiliano Cremonesi: massimiliano.cremonesi@polimi.it

Participants of the seventh edition of the ECCOMAS PhD Olympiad at the ECCOMAS Young Investigators Conference 2017 in Milan. (c) Alexander Popp

ECCOMAS Young Investigators Minisymposium

Have you ever wondered how truly collaborative work of two researchers could be cast into a more fitting presentation format? Or have you ever reached a “dead end” with your own research after many months of hard work and therefore know how important it is to share such experience with others in order to prevent them from falling into the same traps? This minisymposium is organized by young investigators (all of which are members of the ECCOMAS Young Investigators Committee) for young investigators. The format, which has been introduced at the ECCOMAS Congress 2016 and at the ECCM-ECFD Conference 2018 with great success, is quite different from the regular minisymposia in order to particularly attract young researchers and to foster intensive scientific exchange. More details can be found in the official minisymposium description.

All the sessions will be integrated into the regular scientific program of the conference, so make sure to watch out for “MS 160: ECCOMAS Young Investigators Minisymposium” when browsing the daily conference schedule.

For any questions, please contact:

Alexander Popp: alexander.popp@unibw.de

Participants of the first edition of the ECCOMAS Young Investigators Minisymposium at the ECCOMAS Congress 2016 in Crete. (c) Alexander Popp

ECCOMAS Young Investigators Career Lunch

What is the best way to prepare for the next steps on the career ladder? When is the right time for the next step? Is it possible to make a scientific career on part-time? Is the Tenure Track System suitable for getting the most out of research? Does it suit me and my ideas? Should I have a mentor and how do I find one? Are my family and a university career compatible?

Are you a doctoral student or postdoc and would like to stay in the academic world? Have you already pondered on some of these questions? Then join us at the ECCOMAS Young Investigators Career Lunch 2020! Discuss your experiences, career strategies and challenges in science with researchers and academics at different career levels. Gain important insights into the academic application process and get tips for your next career steps. Listen on their approach to harmonizing career, leisure and family and find out what they consider key to academic success.

The ECCOMAS Young Investigators Career Lunch will take place during the WCCM-ECCOMAS 2020 lunch break on Wednesday, 22 July 2020 The discussion will be focused on pursuing an academic career,and relevant topics include e.g.: Career strategies and requirements for young researchers, challenges in the scientific working environment, compatibility of family and career, work-life balance, how to prepare for an interview, scientific proposal writing …

Confirmed mentors:

  • Rémi Abgrall (University of Zurich)
  • Paola Antonietti (Politecnico di Milano)
  • Stephane Bordas (University of Luxembourg)
  • Silvia Budday (FAU Erlangen)
  • Marta D’Elia (Sandia National Laboratories)
  • Laura De Lorenzis (University of Braunschweig)
  • John Evans (University of Colorado Boulder)
  • George Haller (ETH Zurich)
  • David Kammer (ETH Zurich)
  • Stefan Kollmannsberger (TU Munich)
  • Olivier Le Maître (École Polytechnique)
  • Sandra May (TU Dortmund)
  • Olga Mula (Paris Dauphine)
  • Alexander Popp (Bundeswehr University Munich)
  • Alessandro Reali (University of Pavia)
  • Katharina Schratz (Heriot-Watt University)
  • Jörg Schröder (University of Duisburg-Essen)

The discussion will take place in a relaxed World Café format. Food and drinks will be provided. Note that the number of participants is limited to 100. A registration fee of 30 € will be charged for participation in the event; registration has to be made through the WCCM-ECCOMAS congress website by May 1st, 2020.

Finally, note that the ECCOMAS Young Investigators Career lunch is not meant to serve as a professional promotion activity, nor as a discussion on specific scientific topics.

For any questions, please contact:

Eleni Chatzi: chatzi@ibk.baug.ethz.ch
Carina Nisters: carina.nisters@uni-due.de
Lorenzo Tamellini: tamellini@imati.cnr.it

EYIC Career Lunch engages students and mentors in discussion: In the pictures, a similar event organized by the GAMM Juniors group. (c) GAMM 2019, TU Wien

ECCOMAS Young Investigators Science Slam

With kind and big support of the conference organizers, we are happy to announce the third version of the ECCOMAS Young Investigators Science Slam taking place during the joint WCCM-ECCOMAS 2020 congress in Paris. After two very successful events at the ECCOMAS YIC 2015 in Aachen and the ECCM-ECFD 2018 in Glasgow, we are looking forward to the third round of this innovative and entertaining event taking place on

Thursday, 23 July, 2020, 7:30 pm, Palais des Congrès, Maillot Room.
(a welcome cocktail for registered participants will be served at 6:30 pm)

Now you might ask yourself: What is a Science Slam? Science Slam is for speakers who are fed up with looking at tired eyes and the backs of laptops in the audience. Well, it is time to wake them up! Science Slam has evolved from the idea of Poetry Slam. During Science Slam, the presenters are given ten minutes to present their scientific research in an exciting and entertaining way to a general audience. Speakers don’t have to stick to slides, they can have music, make the audience do gymnastics, etc., anything they want and need to convey their message. Our aim is to bring together researchers from all over the world in all stages of their career, i.e. from PhD students, via postdocs, up to well established professors, and provide a forum for entertaining science and for having fun together. Some examples from the first ECCOMAS Young Investigators Science Slam can be found here: http://www.yic.rwth-aachen.de/afterthoughts/

Registration for the EYIC Science Slam is mandatory and has to be made through the WCCM-ECCOMAS congress website before May 1st, 2020. The number of available seats is limited.

Participation as speaker:
We still have free slots for speakers, so please consider participating! In the case you are interested in contributing to this entertaining event, please do not hesitate to contact one of the responsible organizers:

Enrique Nadal: ennaso@upvnet.upv.es
Will Coombs: w.m.coombs@durham.ac.uk
Bastian Oesterle: oesterle@ibb.uni-stuttgart.de

ECCOMAS Young Investigators Science Slam at the ECCM-ECFD 2018 in Glasgow, left: (c) Alexander Popp, right: (c) ECCOMAS

ECCOMAS Young Investigators Pub Crawl

You love science, but you believe that attending a large conference is also about meeting great people? You always wanted to have a fun night out in Paris? Then join us for the first official ECCOMAS Young Investigators Pub Crawl. Several pubs and bars within walking distance from each other will open their doors until late so that you can have a drink in a relaxed atmosphere while getting to know other young researchers from all across the globe. More details will follow soon!

For any questions, please contact:

Alexander Popp: alexander.popp@unibw.de

Impressions from the Pub Crawl organized at the ECCOMAS Young Investigators Conference 2019 in Krakow. (c) Dorota Grzegorczyk, KSAF AGH