Introduction

This scientific event comprises new editions of the High Performance of Structures and Materials (HPSM) as well as the Optimum Design of Structures (OPTI) conferences; it follows the success of a number of meetings on structures and materials and on optimum design that originated in Southampton as long ago as 1989. As the HPSM meetings evolved, they gave rise to the current series, which started in Seville in 2002, and continued in Ancona in 2004, Ostend in 2006, the Algarve in 2008, Tallinn in 2010 and the New Forest, home of the Wessex Institute of Technology in 2012. OPTI started in 1989 in Southampton and then took place in Boston in 1991, Zaragoza in 1993, Miami in 1995, Rome in 1997, Orlando in 1999, Bologna in 2001, Detroit in 2003, Skiathos in 2005, Myrtle Beach in 2007, Algarve in 2009 and New Forest in 2012. Joint HPSM/OPTI meetings took place in Ostend in 2014, Siena in 2016 and Ljubljana in 2018. They were organised as online events in 2020 and 2022 due to the COVID pandemic.

The use of novel materials and new structural concepts is not restricted nowadays to highly technical areas like aerospace, aeronautical applications or the automotive industry, but affects all engineering fields including those such as civil engineering and architecture.

Most high-performance structures require the development of a generation of new materials, which can more easily resist a range of external stimuli or react in a non-conventional manner. Particular emphasis is placed on intelligent structures and materials as well as the application of computation methods for their modelling, control and management.

Optimization techniques have much to offer to those involved in the design of new industrial products. The formulation of optimum design has evolved from the time it was purely an academic topic. It is now able to satisfy the requirements of real-life prototypes. The development of new algorithms, artificial intelligence methods and the appearance of powerful commercial computer codes with easy to use graphical interfaces has created a fertile field for the incorporation of optimization in the design process in all engineering disciplines. For instance, additive manufacturing processes allow the fabrication of optimum designs obtained using topology optimization techniques.

The meeting aims to provide a friendly and useful forum for the interchange of ideas and interaction amongst researchers, designers and scholars in the academic and professional community to share advances in High Performance and Optimum Design of Structures and Materials.

The conference addresses issues involving advanced types of structures, particularly those based on new concepts or new materials and the system design. Contributions are expected to highlight the latest development in design, optimisation, manufacturing and experimentation in those areas. The meeting also aims to search for higher performance sustainable materials, which are now receiving increased attention.

In the field of design optimisation, the conference welcomes contributions on numerical methods and different optimization techniques, as well as advances in new software. Formulations of optimization on life cycle and fail-safe design are very much welcomed. Optimization problems of interest to the meeting involve those related to size, shape and topology of structures and materials and their applications in automotive, aerospace and civil engineering as well as architecture and biomechanics.

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at the HPSM/OPTI 2025. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Composite materials & structures
  • Material Characterisation
  • Experiments and numerical analysis
  • Steel structures
  • High performance concretes
  • Natural fibre composites
  • Transformable structures
  • Lightweight structures
  • Timber structures
  • Environmentally friendly and sustainable structures
  • Emerging structural applications
  • Optimization in Civil Engineering
  • Architectural design optimization
  • Evolutionary methods in optimization
  • Shape and topology optimization
  • Artificial intelligence in optimization
  • Multi-objective optimization
  • Aerospace structures
  • Structural optimization
  • Multidisciplinary optimization
  • Biomechanics application
  • Material optimization
  • Fail-safe optimization
  • Life cycle optimization
  • Intelligence structures and smart materials
  • Case studies

Benefits of Attending

USB Drive

Delegates will receive a USB drive at the conference containing the presented papers.

Publication

Papers presented at HPSM/OPTI 2025 are to be published in a volume of WIT Transactions on the Built Environment (Electronic ISSN: 1743-3509). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students

The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at its conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much-reduced conference fee.

Networking

Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, as part of a unique community.

Publication of Papers

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Publication

Papers presented at HPSM/OPTI 2025 are to be published in a volume of WIT Transactions on the Built Environment (Electronic ISSN: 1743-3509). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is a beautiful blend of rich history and modern charm. This city offers an opportunity to explore narrow cobblestone streets and old stone buildings. The magnificent Edinburgh Castle, built on an ancient volcanic hill, stands at the heart of it all.

Princes Street and the beautiful Princes Street Gardens are worth visiting. From here, visitors can capture the stunning views of the castle. The famous Royal Mile, a historic thoroughfare with hidden alleys, is a must-see. For nature enthusiasts, a hike up Arthur’s Seat within Holyrood Park offers a breathtaking view of the city and the Firth of Forth. Edinburgh is also well-known for its cosy pubs where you can sample Scotland’s liquid gold, Scotch whisky.

The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1583, is one of the world’s top universities. It holds the distinction of being the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Britain and Ireland’s seven ancient universities. While staying in the capital, you can experience the university’s charm with student-led campus tours.

Edinburgh offers a wealth of cultural treasures beyond the prominence of its academic institutions. Visitors can explore unique museums and galleries such as the National Museum of Scotland, the National Gallery of Scotland and The Writers’ Museum.

Conference Venue

The Apex Grassmarket Hotel, nestled in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town, offers a unique blend of charm and convenience. Situated in the heart of the Grassmarket, this 4-star luxury hotel provides stunning views of Edinburgh Castle. Guests can enjoy dining at the restaurant, Metro, and unwind in the hotel’s pool. Whether you’re exploring the cobbled streets or capturing memories, the Grassmarket Hotel promises an unforgettable stay in the hearth of Edinburgh.

Conference Venue address:

Apex Grassmarket Hotel
31-35 Grassmarket
Edinburgh
EH1 2HS
United Kingdom

Additional Information

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Here's what our delegates have to say...


"Thank you for a fantastic conference, it was a great opportunity to network with other academics with interests in Energy and Sustainability. I will recommend to my colleagues for future events."
(attendee Energy and Sustainability 2023)


"Thank you for organising the excellent conference"
Dr Siyabulela, South Africa  (attended Energy and Sustainability 2023)


"Interesting format and location for the presentation of research and papers, with a varied attendance from all over the world and diverse backgrounds. I am very pleased to have attended."
Richard Valdivia Sisniegas, Peru (attended Energy and Sustainability 2023)


"I want to thank you for the excellent organization of the event. It was a great opportunity to learn from varied topics and international speakers, and to receive valuable feedback. I am especially grateful for the attention of Marta Graczyk, whose support was very helpful for the conference. She was always attentive and guided me at every stage, even on the breaks between sessions.
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Carlos Mora, Ecuador (attended Energy Production and Management 2022)


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Amit Passi, India (attended Air Pollution 2021)


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Ana Silva, Portugal (attended Air Pollution 2021)


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André Buchau, Germany (attended BEM/MRM 44 2021)


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Antonio Pratelli, Italy (attended Urban and Maritime Transport 2021)


"This is my first experience in a conference of this type at the international level. I loved the openness and the welcome, they give you confidence to keep moving forward. We are going to continue participating, I congratulate you."
Bethy Merchan, Ecuador (attended Water and Society 2021)


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Deena El-Mahdy, Egypt (attended Materials Characterisation 2021)


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Deena Govender, South Africa (attended Sustainable City 2021)


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Jhon Chahua, Peru (attended Disaster Management 2021)


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Jone Belausteguigoitia, Spain (attended Sustainable City 2021)


"Organization is perfect, namely the assistance of Marta Graczyk."
Jorge Ribeiro, Portugal (attended Sustainable City 2021)


"My experience at the SAFE conference was, as on previous occasions, excellent: you have the opportunity to present your work with the appropriate level of detail and in front of an interested, competent and international audience."
Marco Bietresato, Italy (attended SAFE 2021)


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Pushpa Jha, India (attended Materials Characterisation 2021)


"Overall, very good. [The Conference Coordinator] did a marvelous job with helping me when needed. "
Tor Stålhane, Norway (attended SAFE 2021)


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Zhongliang Chen, China (attended AFM/MPF 2021)