Traditionally a school is organised the day before the annual conference, where young researchers have a unique opportunity to expand their knowledge on advanced topics in the area of computational mechanics.

In addition, a new initiative was created in 2023 to organise an Autumn School that involves theoretical aspects of computational mechanics combined with hands-on practical activities.

Previous editions of this School took place in:

2023 Autumn University of Glasgow

Dr Ignatios Athanasiadis Taylor-Hood element with block solvers (abstract)
Dr Andrei Shvarts Mixed formulation for thermo-elasticity (abstract)
Prof Lukasz Kaczmarczyk
Multifield formulation for plasticity. Mixed formulation for large strain incompressible hyperelasticity (abstract)
Dr Chun Hean Lee
Explicit fast-transient solid dynamics. Stabilised FEM for 1D linear elasto-dynamics  (abstract)
Dr Callum J. Runcie
Hands-on training sessions with topics related to the first-order hyperbolic system for large strain solid dynamics (abstract)

2023 University of Warwick

Dr Radu Cimpeanu Mathematical modelling, analysis, and high-performance computing in fluid mechanics (abstract)

2022 University of Nottingham

Dr Kris van der Zee Computational phase-Field modelling (abstract and slides)
Prof Dominik Schillinger A primer on cut finite element methods (abstract)
Prof Ender Özcan Introduction to optimisation using metaheuristics (abstract and slides)

2021 Loughborough University

Prof Elías Cueto and Dr Alberto Badías Model Order Reduction methods. Theory and practice
Introduction (slides)
Introduction to Proper Orthogonal Decomposition techniques (slides and computer codes)
Introduction to Proper Generalized Decomposition techniques (slides and computer codes)
Dr Łukasz Kaczmarczyk and MoFEM Team ‘Weak form’ in many flavours. Sustainable development of research code for complex engineering problems
Introduction, design, and sustainable development (slides)
Implementation in MoFEM: a simple Poisson’s problem (slides)
Linear acoustics (slides)
Elasticity in large and small strains (slides)
Mixed finite elements (slides)

2017 Birmingham University

Prof Chris Baker and Dr Hassan Hemida The context and use of Computational Fluid Dynamics in the study of train aerodynamics
Prof Michal Kocvara New Numerical Tools for Very Large Scale Topology Optimization

2016 Cardiff University

Dr Pierre Kerfriden Introduction to computational multiscale modelling
Prof Tony Jefferson Micro-mechanical solutions and their use in constitutive models for cementitious materials

2015 Swansea University

Dr Antonio J. Gil Bridging methodologies for the computational simulation of fluids and solids
Dr Paul D. Ledger High order hp-finite elements in electromagnetism and coupled problems
Prof Kenneth Morgan Low order simulation methods for aerospace engineering
Dr Rubén Sevilla High-order methods for the next generation of computational engineering software

2014 University of Exeter

Dr Ido Akkerman 3D Isogeometric finite elements for fluid flow
Prof Sven Klinkel Isogeometric analysis of shells at finite deformations
Dr Robert Simpson Isogeometric boundary elements
Prof Philippe Young Image-based meshing

2012 University of Manchester

Prof Stephane Bordas Extended Finite Element Method
Prof Carlo Sansour Generalised continua and scale effects
Dr Dongfang Liang Computational Fluid Mechanics and Wave Impact on Structures

2011 Heriot-Watt University

Prof Harm Askes Introduction to Meshless Methods
Dr Charles Augarde Scaled Boundary Methods
Prof Jon Trevelyan Boundary Element Method