Organizational structure

The EUROMECH Council delegates responsibility for the general planning and supervision of each series of Conferences to a Standing Conference Committee (SCC), presently
  • the European Solid Mechanics Conference Committee (ESMCC);
  • the European Fluid Mechanics Conference Committee (EFMCC);
  • the European Turbulence Conference Committee (ETCC);
  • the European Nonlinear Oscillations Conference Committee (ENOCC);
  • the European Mechanics of Materials Conference Committee (EMMCC).
Appointments to these Committees are made by the EUROMECH Council, and there is normally some common membership with the Council.

For the ESMC and ENOC, which normally take place at intervals of three years, there are ten members of each SCC. Each member is appointed for a term of about two conference periods. One of these members is appointed Chairperson and during such a period he or she is normally also invited to a meeting of the Council. One or two elected members of the Council are normally among the ten members of each SCC. Five members are replaced after each Conference.

For the ETC and EFMC, which normally takes place at intervals of two years, there are nine members of the SCC. Each member is appointed for a term of about three conference periods. One of these members is appointed Chairperson and during such a period he or she is normally also invited to to a meeting of the Council. One or two elected members of the Council are normally among the nine members of each SCC. Three members are replaced after each Conference.

For the EMMC, which normally takes place annually, there are nine members of the SCC. Each member is appointed for a term of about six conference periods. One of these members is appointed Chairperson and during such periods he or she is normally also invited to a meeting of the Council. One or two elected members of the Council are normally among the nine members of each SCC. Three members are replaced after each interval of two Conference periods.

The detailed organizational work for a European Conference is carried out by a Local Organizing Committee (LOC), the Chairperson of which will be appointed at an early stage by the appropriate SCC. The preparation of the scientific programme is the responsibility of the SCC, in consultation with the LOC.

There are thus three tiers to the organization of a Conference:
  • the EUROMECH Council, which carries the ultimate responsibility and whose role when things are running smoothly is largely to receive reports on developments and to make new appointments;
  • the appropriate SCC, which is the generator of ideas and is the primary decision-taking body; and
  • the LOC, which implements the plans of the SCC and makes the practical arrangements for one Conference.