Announcement and Call for Papers

3rd Canadian Conference on Nonlinear Solid Mechanics
3ème Congrès canadien sur les aspects non linéaires de la mécanique des solides

CanCNSM 2008

University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
June 25 - June 29, 2008


CanCNSM Conferences are intended to provide an international forum for communicating recent and projected advances in various areas of Nonlinear Solid Mechanics and Materials, to bring together researchers working on common themes from complementary perspectives, and to provide an opportunity for direct information exchange among participants from academia, research laboratories, and industry. The framework of CanCNSM Conferences is truly multidisciplinary.

Scientists from all over the world are encouraged to participate in the Conference. All areas of Nonlinear Solid Mechanics as well as areas of Linear Solid Mechanics that are bridging nonlinear aspects are included. The aim of the Conference is to have a rich, exciting scientific program and an enjoyable social program.


Toronto, capital of the Province of Ontario, Canada, is a vibrant cosmopolitan city and also a cultural and financial centre. Located on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario, one of the five Great Lakes, Toronto is a city of many parks, clean and safe. The architecture is modern, dominated by glass-walled skyscrapers rising from lovely plazas.

Spend some time here in Toronto and enjoy the city and its unique ambiance, warmth and hospitality. Visit the CN Tower considered one of the tallest free-standing structures in the world. Marvel at Phillips Square with its graceful curved towers framing the domed amphitheatre of the Council Chamber and savor some moments at the Peace Garden, fountains, and reflecting pool. Experience the sights and sounds of some of the live theatre, musicals, and symphony at the Centre for the Performing Arts. Attend Distinguished Lectures at Massey Hall. Visit the Royal Ontario Museum that houses exquisite collections of Chinese art and is one of the richest natural history museums in North America. Browse through the art galleries and elegant shops on Yorkville Promenade that charms locals and visitors alike. Enjoy fine dining and music in a relaxed atmosphere at a cozy garden restaurant or at the 33rd floor with a spectacular view of the city.

Reminders of traditional Toronto are the Victorian-Romanesque Parliament Buildings. Majestic, overlooking the Queen’s Park, the buildings quietly cloak bustling Toronto with a light mantle of age and serenity.

Across from Queen’s Park, just steps away from the Parliament Buildings, is the University of Toronto, one of the finest Canadian research universities. Founded in 1827, the University of Toronto evolved into a leading edge graduate education and research institution. The University maintains unique laboratories and specialized aids to research that are made readily available for use by members of other universities. It acquired a library that is considered among the best in the world. The quality and the range of graduate and undergraduate programs attract students from across Canada and from abroad.


Toronto is one of the most accessible cities of North America. Flights with major airlines can be booked through to Toronto Pearson International Airport. The airport and the Metropolitan Toronto area are served by an efficient public transit bus system and subway as well as by airport shuttles, taxi, limousines, and rent-a-car services. Alternatively, Toronto may be reached on land by car, by out-of-town Canada and US National Coach Lines, and by rail. VIA Rail Union Station, located right on Toronto subway line is within walking distance of the CN Tower, financial district, and many downtown hotels and restaurants. For the boat lovers who prefer to travel by boat whenever possible, Toronto offers docking facilities and complete harbor services in the heart of the city.


Block reservations at special rates have been made with high-quality hotels close to the university. In addition, accommodation in comfortable student residences will be available on the University of Toronto Campus. Click Here.

Social Program

The conference will feature a Welcome Reception, a City Tour followed by a Social Dinner and Music, and the Conference Banquet. After the conference, an excursion will be organized to Niagara Falls.


The official languages of CanCNSM 2008 are English and French and papers in both languages will be considered.

Submission of Papers

Original papers are invited on all aspects of Nonlinear Solid Mechanics and Materials. The submissions will be reviewed and the accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings Volumes available at the time of the conference. Suggested length for papers is 6 - 10 pages typed single space.

Deadline for submission of papers:
April 29, 2008

Further information on the general guidelines for paper formatting will be available through the Conference Web site. Click Here.

Registration Fees

 Before May 22, 2008After May 22, 2008
Regular fee:$570 CDN$670 CDN
Student fee:$380 CDN$470 CDN

The registration fee includes Proceedings Volumes, Welcome Reception, Refreshment breaks, and the Banquet. To register please Click Here.

Participants' Calendar and Deadlines

April 19, 2008
Deadline for Submission
of Participant Form 1-b

April 29, 2008
Deadline for Submission of Papers,
camera-ready originals

May 11, 2008
Notification of Acceptance of Papers

May 22, 2008
Last day to Register for the Conference
at No-Late Fees

May 27, 2008
Deadline for Hotel Reservation

June 25-29, 2008
CanCNSM 2008, Toronto, Canada

Information and Correspondence

Further information on all aspects of CanCNSM 2008 will be forthcoming and regularly updated on the Conference Web site:

Please let us know if you wish to participate in the Conference and be added to the Conference mailing list by contacting:

Organizing Committee

  Elena M. Croitoro, Chair (University of Victoria, Canada)
  M. Epstein, Interim Chair (University of Calgary, Canada)
  K. Behdinan (Ryerson University, Canada)
  J.C. Curran (University of Toronto, Canada)
  J.B. Haddow (University of Victoria, Canada)
  K.D. Papoulia (University of Waterloo, Canada)
  P. Schiavone (University of Alberta, Canada)
  A.P.S. Selvadurai (McGill University, Canada)
  J.W. Zu (University of Toronto, Canada)

Plenary Speakers

  Rohan Abeyaratne (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  Marcelo Epstein (University of Calgary, Canada)
  James M. Hill (University of Wollongong, Australia)
  Cornelius O. Horgan (University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA)
  Constantinos Soutis (University of Sheffield, UK)

International Scientific Committee

  R. Abeyaratne (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  M.F. Beatty (University of Nebraska, USA)
  T. Belytschko (Northwestern University, USA)
  R.C. Batra (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, USA)
  C. Bucher (University of Weimar, Germany)
  E. Dvorkin (Centre for Industrial Research, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  G. Del Piero (University of Ferrara, Italy)
  R. Fosdick (University of Minnesota, USA)
  M. Grigoriu (Cornell University, USA)
  M. Hayes (University College Dublin, Ireland)
  C.O. Horgan (University of Virginia at Charlottesville, USA)
  J.M. Hill (University of Wollongong, Australia)
  R.W. Ogden (University of Glasgow, UK)
  P. Podio-Guidugli (University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy)
  L. Truskinovsky (Ecole Polytechnique Paris, France)
  G. Saccomandi (University of Lecce, Italy)
  A.P.S. Selvadurai (McGill University, Canada)
  A.J.M. Spencer (University of Nottingham, UK)
  C. Soutis (University of Sheffield, UK)
  D.J. Steigmann (University of California at Berkeley, USA)
  J.R. Willis (University of Cambridge, UK)

Mini - Symposia

A number of Mini-Symposia on specific topics will be organized by:

  K. Behdinan (Ryerson University, Canada)
     and     Il Yong Kim (Queen's University, Canada)
  R. Ben Mrad (University of Toronto, Canada)
  G. Del Piero (University of Ferrara, Italy)
     and     D.R. Owen (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  M. Epstein (University of Calgary, Canada)
     and     L. Sudak (University of Calgary, Canada)
  E. Esmailzadeh (University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada)
  R. Fried (Washington University, St. Louis, USA)
  M. Grigoriu (Cornell University, USA)
     and     S. Wojtkiewicz (University of Minnesota, USA)
  M. Hayes (University College Dublin, Ireland)
  C.O. Horgan (University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA)
  H. Jahed (University of Waterloo, Canada)
  J.W. Mintmire (Oklahoma State University, USA)
  J. Murphy (Dublin City University, Ireland)
  R.W. Ogden (University of Glasgow, UK)
     and     L. Dorfmann (Tufts University, USA)
  K.D. Papoulia (University of Waterloo, Canada)
     and     S.A. Vavasis (University of Waterloo, Canada)
  E. Park (University of Victoria, Canada)
  G. Saccomandi (University of Lecce, Italy)
     and     M. Destrade (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France)
  E. Sancaktar (University of Akron, USA)
  P. Schiavone (University of Alberta, Canada)
  A.P.S. Selvadurai (McGill University, Canada)
  T. Shimokawa (University of Kanazawa, Japan)

Air Canada flight route map
Courtesy of Air Canada

We look forward to welcoming you to Toronto at CanCNSM 2008!
Nous espérons avoir l'honneur de vous accueillir à Toronto à l'occasion de CanCNSM 2008!