36th Danubia Adria Symposium

on Advances in Experimental Mechanics

September 24–27, 2019
Pilsen, Czech Republic

Sponsored by


Thank you all for participation and see you at DAS2020 in Linz!


It is our great honour and privilege to announce that the invited lecture will be given by a long-term NASA technical fellow and a recognized expert Dr. Ivatury S. Raju.

During the past four decades at NASA Langley Research Center, Dr. Raju’s research focused on Fracture Mechanics, Durability and Damage Tolerance, Composite Materials, and development of advanced Structural Analysis Methods such as Finite Element, Boundary Element, and Meshless Methods. Dr. Raju held various positions such as Head of the Mechanics of Materials Branch in the Materials Division; Head of the Analytical and Computational Methods Branch and Senior Technologist of Structures and Materials, NASA Engineering and Safety Center’s (NESC) Structures Discipline Expert, and NASA Technical Fellow for Structures. He made significant contributions to various NASA programs such as the Aircraft Energy Efficiency, Advanced Composite Technology, Aging Aircraft, and Vehicle Systems Programs. During his career, Dr. Raju was called on to participate in many major failure investigations – 7’ x 10’ fan blade failure at Langley, Challenger SRB field joint, X-33 Composite tank failure, and the AA 587 Airbus A300-600 rudder failure. During his Tech Fellow’s position at the NESC, Dr. Raju’s work focused on finding solutions to ensure safe operations of several programs such as Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, the Ares rockets of the Constellation, and the Commercial Crew Program. Dr. Raju retired from NASA Langley in March 2017. He currently serves gratuitously as Distinguished Research Associate at NASA Langley.

Dr. Raju has a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering, M.E. and Ph.D. in Aeronautical Structures, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and an M.S. in Engineering Administration from the George Washington University. He participated in Program in Management Development at Harvard University. Dr. Raju is the recipient of several honors: NASA Langley’s Value Engineering Award; ICCES’s Theodore H. H. Pian Medal; Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, NESC’s MLAS Max Faget Engineering Excellence Award; ICCES’s Lifetime Achievement Award; NASA’s Exceptional Achievement and Exceptional Service Medals.

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Each year since 1984, the Danubia-Adria Symposium on Advances in Experimental Mechanics brings together internationally recognized experts and young researchers in an effort to exchange ideas in different topics having as common link EXPERIMENTAL MECHANICS. The symposium acts also as a platform for establishing connections between different research groups that are trying to establish future scientific collaboration.

The symposium is focused on experimental and measuring methods necessary to deepen the knowledge about the mechanical behavior of materials, mechanical structures, and systems, and to provide the physical bases and verification of numerical or analytical methodologies in engineering design.

The symposium is focused, but not limited to, the following topics:

Faculty members and students, scientists, researchers, engineers and industrial experts are warmly invited to present and discuss the current status and impact of modern technology and development in the field of experimental mechanics.

As a tradition in the Danubia Adria Symposia, a special competition, open to doctoral, graduate and undergraduate students will be organized. The scientific committee will be the jury that will assign three prizes (100 EUR) for the best papers presented by the students.

The symposium will consist of oral and poster presentations. Selected contributions presented at the symposium will be recommended for publication in Elsevier journal Materials Today Proceedings (the proposal was accepted on February 28, 2019).


This symposium is organized by University of West Bohemia, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Department of Mechanics, under the auspices of the Dean of the faculty doc. Dr. Ing. Vlasta Radová, and in co-operation with the following European national agencies:

University of West Bohemia

Czech Society for Mechanics

Danubia-Adria Society on Experimental Methods


Austria: Josef Eberhardsteiner (Vienna), Wilfried Eichlseder (Leoben), Bernhard Pichler (Vienna)
Croatia: Damir Semenski (Zagreb), Lovre Krstulović-Opara (Split)
Czech Republic: Milan Růžička (Praha), František Plánička (Plzeň), Robert Zemčík (Plzeň) — conference chair
Germany: Werner Daum (Berlin), Martin Stockmann (Chemnitz)
Greece: Stavros Kourkoulis (Athens), Ermioni Pasiou (Athens)
Hungary: Rita Kiss (Budapest), Attila Kossa (Budapest)
Italy: Francesca Cosmi (Trieste), Mario Guagliano (Milano)
Poland: Zbigniew Kowalewski (Warsaw), Paweł Pyrzanowski (Warsaw)
Romania:Dan Mihai Constantinescu (Bucharest), Ştefan Dan Pastramă (Bucharest)
Serbia: Marko Miloš (Belgrade), Miroslav Živković (Kragujevac)
Slovakia: František Nový (Žilina), Eva Tillová (Žilina)
Slovenia: Igor Emri (Ljubljana), Anatolij Nikonov (Novo mesto)

Information about DAS, its previous and future events.


400 EUR — full (450 EUR after August 31, 2019)

Included: electronic book of abstracts, welcome reception, coffee breaks, 3 lunches, dinner, gala dinner, trip/excursion, conference bag.

250 EUR — student, member of DAS committee (350 EUR after August 31, 2019)

Included: electronic book of abstracts, welcome reception, coffee breaks, 3 lunches, dinner, gala dinner, trip/excursion, conference bag.

250 EUR — accompanying person (350 EUR after August 31, 2019)

Included: welcome reception, 3 lunches, dinner, gala dinner, trip/excursion (2 items).

The fee in case of authors also includes publication of 1 abstract (if accepted by organizer) in book of abstracts, an oral or poster presentation of the abstract (as chosen by organizer), and the submission of 1 full paper for review in the Elsevier journal after the conference (if selected by organizer).

Authors who submit a second abstract will be charged an additional amount of 100 EUR during registration to cover the corresponding costs.

Fees must be paid before the conference (see deadlines) by wire-transfer. On-the-spot payments will not be possible.

When paying by wire-transfer from a bank within the 36 European SEPA countries you will automatically chose the "SHA" charge option. However, when paying from a bank outside SEPA, you must choose the "OUR" charge option to make sure that we recieve the correct amount.

All fees contain 21% VAT.


Trip for accompanying personsExcursion
Committee meeting
Welcome receptionDinnerGala dinner

You can download the detailed PROGRAM.

Click here for ONLINE CALENDAR. You can subscribe to this public Google calendar.

The excursion and the gala dinner will take place in the world-famous Pilsner Urquell brewery
(click for information for visitors).

The trip for accompanying persons will include: visit to chateau Kozel, sparkling wine tasting in Bohemia Sekt company and/or visit to Radyně medieval castle.

Plan you leisure time during the conference. Visit the official page of City of Pilsen:


September, 2018
First announcement

February 1, 2019
Call for papers

April 15, 2019 Extended to May 6, 2019
Deadline for abstract submission

May 10, 2019
Notification of acceptance

May 27, 2019
By filling in the registration form you can register yourself and your accompanying person(s), request (proforma) invoice, and make a meal preference.

August 31, 2019
Deadline for early-bird registration and fee payment

September 20, 2019
Deadline for registration and fee payment


Parkhotel Plzeň Congress Center ★★★★

U Borského parku 31, 301 00 Plzeň

Special rates for rooms reserved until end of June 2019. You have to book by email. Please note that the prices are subject to actual exchange CZK/EUR rate. Price includes wi-fi, breakfast, fitness, outside pool, and parking.

60–75 EUR — single room

75–90 EUR — double room

There are plenty of other possibilities for accomodation in Pilsen. You can use standard tools, such as Google (Maps), Booking.com, Airbnb, Trivago, Hotels.com etc.

How to get here

Getting to Pilsen and the hotel is super easy.


Your logo can be here! You can present your company during the conference, such as in an exhibition booth, giving presentation within sessions or cultural events, or by providing leaflets, technical datasheets or contest awards etc. We expect more than 100 participants mainly from European countries where DAS has its national agencies.

You can view detailed information in this Sponsoring Brochure (PDF, 2 MB).

If you would like to sponsor our conference, please, contact us using the email below. Thank you.

Partners of the conference


University of West Bohemia, Univerzitní 8, 301 00 Pilsen, Czech Republic

send email to organizer