Following the success of previous BETEQ meetings held in Malaga, Spain (2018), Bucharest, Romania (2017), Ankara, Turkey (2016),Valencia, Spain (2015), Florence, Italy (2014), Paris, France (2013), Prague, Czech Republic (2012), Brasilia, Brazil (2011), Berlin, Germany (2010), Athens, Greece (2009), Seville, Spain (2008), Naples, Italy (2007), Paris, France (2006), Montreal, Canada (2005), Lisbon, Portugal (2004), Granada, Spain (2003), Beijing, China (2002), New Jersey, USA (2001) and London, UK (1999), it was decided to hold the 20th annual meeting of the boundary element and Meshless techniques in Palermo, Italy. The conference series has the support of the leading experts in the field of Boundary Element Methods and has rapidly become a leading computational mechanics forum for presentation of latest research in the field.
The aim of the conference is to promote further international co-operation between Scientist and Engineers from different disciplines involved in the study and development of the Boundary Element Techniques. The Boundary Element Method (BEM) also known as the Boundary Integral Equation Method (BIEM) has in recent years become an established method of solution in several important areas of engineering such as fracture mechanics, acoustics and solid dynamics among others. However, there are still many areas where the method needs to be developed further. The participants are encouraged to explore new formulations and ideas for a wide range of applications as well as report on advances made on the numerical implementation of the method. The application of the method to practical problems is very much encouraged. The conference will cover all aspects of the boundary integral methods.