The 18th International Conference on Nonlinear Elasticity in Materials

The ICNEM XVIII will be held in Ascona, Canton Ticino, Switzerland | Canton Ticino, Switzerland (Ascona) on the edge of Lago Maggiore from June 9-14, 2013. Canton Ticino is the only Italian-speaking Swiss canton and faces the magnificent Lake Maggiore.

The conference is set at the Centro Stefano Franscini, situated on the hill above the charming village of Ascona. The main building of the Centro was designed in 1924 by Emil Fahrenkamp, a member of the Bauhaus. The Hotel Monte Verita building is Switzerland Historical Hotel of the year for 2013 due to its well-preserved Bauhaus design, the avant-garde in architecture in the inter-war period. The bedrooms have recently been renovated extensively to recover their full original design, colors and Bauhaus furniture.

Registration and Fees

As there is no on-site registration this year, all attendees and guests must register on-line with credit card prior to the conference. Early registration is open until March 1st when the fees go up.

Early registration fees are 1050 CHF for single and 850 CHF for double. Fees for regular registration are 1300 CHF single and 1100 CHF double. Registration fees include full board.

Accompanying people not attending the conference must also register - 750 CHF for early registration or 1000 CHF for regular registration.

Accommodation, Meals, and Transportation

Registration includes on-site accommodations for 5 nights, all meals, coffee and tea breaks, welcome reception, conference excursion and diner, and the Young Scientist award ceremony. On Sunday and Friday, a shuttle service between the Locarno train and the hotel is also included. Overnight stays and meals prior to or following ICNEM '18 are not included.


The lodging at the Centro Stefano Franscini conference center is Sunday-Thursday nights only. You will need to make other lodging arrangements for Friday night. Here is a link to lodging options:;l=Ascona,+Switzerland;q=hotels+ascona;d=2013-05-12;n=1;si=6be47aeb;av=r


Please aniticipate cool waeather as well as rain. Along with a bathing suit, consider bring a sweater, raincoat and appropriate layers of colthing.

Travel Tips

To arrive at the conference center at Monte Verita (Ascona) from outside Switzerland - see the quick summary below and the link here for more details. International airports with best access are Zurich and Milano -Linate / -Malpensa. For train connections see SBB.

From either city, take the train to Locarno, CH (Switzerland) - the closest train station. A free shuttle runs from the Locarno train station to the conference Center on Sunday and Friday as noted above. Local public transport is also available between Locarno and Monte Verita.
From Zurich airport to Zurich HB (central train station) takes 15 minutes by train. The train from Zurich HB to Locarno takes about 3 hours with changes.
In Milan, trains to Locarno leave from both the Centrale and Garibaldi train stations and take 2 to 3 hrs with changes. The train from Milan Malpensa airport to these two stations takes approximately 35 minutes. From Milan Linate airport, there is a regular airport bus to Centrale station that takes approximately 20 minutes.
Trains run from both cities to Locarno starting at 5 to 6 AM running until fairly late in the evening including Sunday. In Zurich the trains run approximately every hour. In Milan they run every 1 to 2 hours depending on the station. (Check schedules for the specific train station to avoid delays.) Train tickets can be purchased at the train stations on day of arrival and cost 32 CHF from Zurich. As an estimate, the US Eurail site quotes Milan-Locarno price as $82US. Trenitalia schedules and prices aren't available on-line currently for this itinerary.

SHUTTLE SERVICE - Sunday 9th June from 14:00-18:00 and Friday 14th June from 13:00-17:00

The Monte Vérita mini-bus (11 seats) runs for free for four consecutive hour, i.e. one run every 40 minutes, 6 run in total. This service is on a "first come - first served" basis. Exacte time of shuttle: Friday 14:10, 14:50, 15:30, 16:10, 16:50, 17:30

Abstracts, Schedule, Posters, & Publishing Papers


Posters / Papers

Coming soon

Outstanding Young Scientist Award

A CSF financial award of 500 CHF is offered to the most outstanding young scientist of the conference.

Organizing Committee

Jan Carmeliet, ETHZ Chair of Building Physics, Zürich & Empa Laboratory of Building Science & Technology, Dübendorf
Dominique Derome, Empa Laboratory of Building Science and Technology, Dübendorf
Paul A. Johnson, Los Alamos National Laboratory
James A. Ten Cate, Los Alamos National Laboratory, ICNEM POMA Proceedings Editor


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