Call for Proposals to hold WCSMO-15

Deadline: 19 November 2021

WCSMO brings together researchers and practitioners in the field of structural and multidisciplinary optimization. Preference is given to proposals that ensure the geographical diversity.

Selection criteria include:

  • conference facilities,
  • affordable costs to all members of the society (including registration, hotel, travel expenses, considering also free lunches, banquet, excursions etc.),
  • proven congress organizing experience and strength of the local organizing group,
  • geographical diversity reflecting the distribution of SMO researchers over the world.

The congress should be held within the mid-May — mid-June period and expected to last between  4.5 and 5 days.

Please send the proposals to H Alicia Kim,


The following is the guideline for consideration. The proposals are encouraged to be creative and make the most of the latest technology.

1.Expected number of participants.

2.Registration fee to be charged (including a 10% fee per participant to be transferred to ISSMO as a membership fee).

3.Special rates should apply for students (including PhD students). State this rate and the expected number of students. Student registration should give full access to all congress events, like any regular participant.

4.ISSMO recommends the extension of similar special rates to retired Professors that are members of ISSMO.

5.The abstracts are to be published. The proceedings of paper with an ISBN number is optional.

6.The International Paper Committee will review the papers via on-line meetings.

7.Details should be provided regarding what is covered by the registration fee (e.g. proceedings, coffee breaks, lunches, social functions, excursions, banquet, transport, etc.). Details regarding coffee breaks, lunches and banquet are important for a proper quality assessment.

8.Proposed schedule of events, e.g. Welcome Reception, General Assembly, SOTA Panel, Banquet, and Excursion.  Proposers are encouraged to consider holding the Excursion mid-week (e.g., Wednesday Afternoon) in the tradition of past WCSMO.

9.Expected amount of financial support to be acquired from, e.g., companies, foundations and universities.

10.Budgeted amount for travel, subsistence and registration subsidies for participants in need. (If part of this amount is requested from ISSMO funds, please state the magnitude of this amount.)

11.Budgeted amount for hosting the EC-WCSMO liaison in advance of the conference (e.g., cost of local accommodations, etc).

12.Accessibility of the congress site by various means of transport (air, train, car, etc.).

13.Description of conference facilities for approximately five parallel sessions.

14.Price of hotels, including expected group rates and low-cost hotel options for participants with very limited budgets.  Distances of these hotels from congress site should also be stated.

15.Prior experience of the proponents in organization of meetings.

16.A plan for the preparation of the conference, including deadlines for submittal of papers, meeting of the International Papers Committee, payment of registration fee, advertising of the conference, publication of abstracts (dissemination to participants via web and USB flash drive) etc.

17.Touristic attractions of the surroundings of the conference site (for participants and accompanying persons).

It is recommended that the proposal contains letters of endorsement from institutions, universities, and organizations that will support the proposers in organizing the Congress.