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.

One of the main goals of EYIC is to create exciting and unusual event formats at the major ECCOMAS conferences.

We are therefore very pleased to invite you to participate in the activities listed below. These events are restricted to registered participants to the ECCOMAS congress 2022 in Oslo. They are all dedicated to young investigators (less than 40 years old), other than the Arts & Science contest, which is instead available to every participant without age restrictions.

Some of these activities (EYIC Career Forum, EYIC Junior workshop, EYIC Pub Crawl) require registration - to this end, use the google form available here:>

EYIC Career Forum

The ECCOMAS Young Investigators Career Forum is a unique networking activity, during which young researchers will have the opportunity to interact in small groups with scientists at different career stages to gain essential insights into the academic application process, and receive tips for their next career steps. 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

    The career forum will take place during the regular program of the congress. To register, tick the box in the google form above - please note that participation is limited to 100 people (first come, first served). For any questions, please contact Dave Kammer (, Leo Nouveau ( or Lorenzo Tamellini (

  • EYIC Arts and Science Contest

    The Arts and Science Contest aims to show science in all its beauty and elegance, by visualizing scientific works with an artistic point of view. Topics cover the broad fields of mechanical engineering, applied mathematics, and computer science.

    To participate, send in to Eccomas YIC by May 6, 2022 (1pm Central Europe Time) the following:

  • an artistic visualization (picture, rendered image, painting, drawing) of your research work (either experiment or numerical simulation). Accepted formats are .pdf, .png, .jpg, .eps, with resolution at least 300 ppi and max size 20 MB.
  • a short description of the image (300 char, text only)
  • the copyright disclaimer available at this link (filled, signed and printed in pdf)

    The competition is open to every participant with an accepted abstract (please send in proof of registration). The Young Investigators Committee will do a first selection of the best 40 pieces of art. These 40 visuals will be uploaded in 4 groups of 10 visuals on the ECCOMAS Facebook page, one group per week.

    The visual with the most likes of each group will be put in the finalists short-list, and a jury composed of three members (selected by the Young Investigators Committee) will choose the final winner of the contest.

    The short-listed visuals will be put on display during the ECCOMAS congress, and the winner will be awarded a free registration for an ECCOMAS thematic conference or short course of their choice in 2023. The free registration can also be transferred to a colleague in case the winner cannot use it.

    EYIC Junior Workshop

    This junior workshop aims at providing introductory thematic lectures for young investigators within a relaxed and familiar atmosphere to foster interactive discussions between the attendees and the lecturers. Therefore, three invited experts will give a two-hour lecture on interesting topics related to the congress. The three sessions will take place during the regular parallel sessions of the conference programme.

    The preliminary list of speakers is:

    Stefanie Elgeti, TU Vienna: “Introduction to shape optimization”
    Pietro Carrara, ETH Zurich: “Data-driven fracture mechanics”

    We are looking forward to great lectures and to seeing many active young researchers within the EYIC Junior Workshop! To register, tick the box in the google form.

    For any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Bastian Oesterle, Konrad Perzynski or Enrique Nadal Soriano

    ECCOMAS PhD Olympiad

    The 12th ECCOMAS PhD Olympiad will be organized in the framework of the ECCOMAS Congress.

    The ECCOMAS PhD Olympiad, organized every year, aims at presenting the best PhD theses defended during the previous year. Every affiliated National or Regional Association of ECCOMAS is represented by a number of selected PhDs submitted for consideration for the two ECCOMAS PhD Awards.

    The local organizers of the Olympiad are responsible for this process including the decision on the number of participants of the Olympiad and the inquiry of the member associations.

    A complimentary registration to the conference where the Olympiad is held will be offered to all the finalists of the ECCOMAS best PhD thesis award.

    During the congress there will be two PhD Olympiad sessions during which the presentations will be evaluated by an evaluation committee. The two best presentations will be awarded.

    In assessing the quality of the presentations, the evaluation committee should explicitly take into account the following attributes:

  • quality of the talk
  • clarity of the slides
  • communication to the audience
  • scientific interest
  • reference and credit to works of others

    For any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Konrad Perzynski or Toshniwal Deepesh.

    ECCOMAS Young Investigators Minisymposium

    The ECCOMAS Young Investigators Minisymposium is organized by young investigators for young investigators. The format, which has been first introduced at the ECCOMAS Congress 2016 with great success, is quite different from the regular minisymposia in order to particularly attract young researchers.

    There are three possibilities for presentations:

  • Presentations in pairs. Two presenters prepare and submit their abstract together, and they also give the presentation together – whether as a “duet” or more as a “duel” is up to you. The two presenters should know each other but should ideally not work at the same institution. The idea is to view a topic from two different perspectives, thus leading to discussions on pros and cons or complementarity of the presented approaches. Presentations in pairs are allowed 1.5 times the time of regular talks.

  • Presentation of things that did not work (as expected). This session is dedicated to those works which did not work or led to different outcomes than expected. This gives the chance to present “negative” results. Authors should discuss why things went “wrong” with the aim to prevent others from falling into the same traps.

  • Presentation of open/unsolved problems. The main idea of this scientific format is to present a problem that you have been working on for quite some time, but for which you could not yet find a good solution. This gives the chance to present “unfinished” work and to get valuable input from an audience full of “fellow sufferers”. Authors should give a clear and comprehensive introduction to their unsolved problem, but allow for more time than usual to interact with the audience and to discuss new ideas and suggestions.

    The minisymposium id organized by: Simone Morganti, Carina Schwarz, Markus Lukacevic and Leo Nouveau

    EYIC Pub Crawl

    The ECCOMAS Congress 2022 in Oslo is a great chance for finally meeting in-person. We would like to take the opportunity not only to meet people from the young investigators community at the conference, but also to get together in a relaxed event. Therefore, EYIC is organizing a Pub Crawl through downtown Oslo. The goal is to create space for networking, getting to know each other and just having a nice evening together.

    We plan to visit some bars and pubs together. Details about the planning will be communicated to the registered participants in a separate mail. To register tick the box in the google form.

    The event is free of charge, the number of participants is limited to 50.

    We look forward to meeting you in Oslo!!