SUSI 2020

16th International Conference on Structures Under Shock and Impact


22–24 June 2020


SUSI 2020

With the main objective to preserve our delegates’ well-being, but also with the belief that the scientific community should not be stopped, WIT decided that SUSI 2020 should not take place as scheduled in Lisbon but take place as an online event instead.

The conference was organised by the Wessex Institute, UK, represented by Prof Stavros Syngellakis and the University of Liverpool, UK, represented by Professor Graham Schleyer.

The conference, which started in Cambridge, Massachusetts (1989), is well-established and always attracts a wide international spread of delegates. The contents of the conference are of primary importance to scientists and engineers working in a variety of academic disciplines and industrial organisation who need to be aware of the latest developments in the impact response of materials and structures and the vulnerability of our infrastructure and environment to accidental explosions and terrorists’ attacks.

Opening of the Conference

The conference was opened by Prof Graham Schleyer who welcomed the delegates to the event.

Conference Sessions

The papers presented during the conference were classified under the following headings:

  • Impact and blast loading
  • Structural response and protection
  • Seismic behaviour

Conference Publication

Papers presented at this conference are published in Vol. 198 of the WIT Transactions on the Built Environment (ISSN 1743-3509). Papers presented at the meeting are available Open Access in the eLibrary of the Wessex Institute ( from where they can be freely downloaded by any interested parties.

Closing of the Conference

We are very sorry that we were not able to meet our delegates in person this year.

WIT is aware that one of the benefits of the conferences is the networking among colleagues and the only reason for implementing this strategy is the exceptional circumstances created by the COVID-19 crisis. Thus, to allow the authors to maintain that capability, delegates registered at SUSI 2020 and have their paper accepted for publication, will be able to attend the next conference in the series (or a different conference of their choice devoted to similar topics that takes place prior to that) free of charge, and if they wish, make an oral presentation of their published paper.

We would like to thank the delegates for participating in the event and look forward to meeting them at the next conference in the series.

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