Declamation of aims and activities
The aim of ESIS is to continuously develop a knowledge base relating to all aspects of Structural Integrity with the objective of improving the safety and performance of engineering structures, components, systems and their associated materials.
- To foster research and collaboration regarding the prevention of failure, by fracture or other physical phenomena, of engineering structures, components, systems and materials.
- To encourage interdisciplinary research into the physical behaviour of engineering structures, components, systems and their associated materials.
- To develop and assess new testing methods, numerical methods, and engineering estimation methods for structural integrity assessments.
- To improve engineering designs.
- To improve manufacturing, inspection and maintenance procedures.
- To disseminate knowledge, by means of scientific publications, technical conferences, seminars, workshops, procedure documents, and to refer new knowledge and developments to national and international code making bodies, including CEN and ISO, where relevant.
- To educate young engineers and scientists in structural integrity matters.
Promoting and intensifying this aim is what we want to achieve through a new blog that ESIS will manage on Imechanica:
for discussing some of the papers which appear in Engineering Fracture Mechanics. Its editors, Profs. Karl-Heinz Schwalbe and Tony Ingraffea,fully support this initiative.
ESIS hopes that this blog will achieve the following objectives:
- To start a scientific discussion on relevant topics through comments by leading scientists (the chief ‘commenter’ will be Prof. Wolfgang Brocks);
- To remind the authors of papers in EFM (and all the fracture community) that perhaps they have forgotten something important which was published in the past (perhaps in old books);
- To promote a real cross-citation of the papers and a substantive discussion of ideas in a scenario where, in spite of the easy on-line access to most journals, there is a serious tendency to restrict the number of ‘external references’ and a snobbish tendency to promote ‘auto-citations’ (to the same group, the same journal, the same country);
- To focus attention on new ideas that run the serious risk of not emerging from the noise of too much published “stuff”;
- To induce bloggers to communicate their opinions on a paper, in particular their interpretation of the research results, thus adding new thoughts to that paper. In addition, to promote excellence in publication in a scenario where deficiencies of a paper may not have been detected by the reviewers, simply due to the pressure of time the reviewers have to do their work.
ESIS Support for Researchers Announcement
The ESIS Exco has agreed that ESIS will support the active participation of scientists to ECF20 Conference by waiving the Conference fee for up to approximately 25 delegates who require financial assistance to attend. Preference will be given to those under 37 who meet the criteria for support. The ECF20 conference fee will be paid by ESIS for those scientists who are awarded support.
Organization & Time schedule
All applications must be received by the ESIS Secretary by 20th December 2013 (5pm, UK time).
The selection of scientists who will receive support will be made by a sub-‐committee consisting of S. Beretta (Vice-‐President), W. Brocks (publication officer) and J. Pokluda (Vice-‐ President), acting on behalf of the ESIS ExCo.
The sub-‐committee will announce its decision by 14th February. The decision will communicated to all applicants by the ESIS Secretary by that date.
Conditions for eligibility for the ESIS support
The conditions of eligibility for ESIS support are
i) to study or work in a low-‐income country (ranked according to average country income);
ii) to be preferably younger than 37 at the time of the ECF20 Conference (applications by older scientists will be considered)
iii) to submit a manuscript to ECF20 by 31st Jan. 2014
iv) to be the prospective presenting author of the paper or poster at the ECF20 Conference.
2. Signed declaration of citizenship and current affiliation;
3. Abstract submitted to the ECF20 conference.
The applicants must submit their full manuscript to ECF20 organizers by 31st January 2014.
The selection of the candidates will be made by the sub-‐committee after ranking according to: eligibility conditions (i) and (ii) and also the quality of the submitted papers.
Selected scientists must substantiate fulfilment of conditions (i) and (ii) by a letter issued and signed by his/her employer and sent to the ESIS secretary by 1st March 2014.