Symposium in honour of
Professor Davide Bigoni's 60th birthday


Trento, June 6-7, 2019

Symposium Objectives

The mechanics of solids and structures, from the macro-scale to the nano-scale, is continuously delivering significant contributions to societal and technical progress through the development of new materials and innovative applications including nanotechnology and bio-engineering.

Material and structural instabilities of highly deformable systems motivate new design strategies in soft-robotics for remote-controlled machines in rescue operation, for medical applications (surgery, prosthesis and rehabilitation), as well as in the design of soft actuators and folding structures (from elastomeric membranes to kirigami-like materials).

The architecture of microstructured solids can be exploited to realize ultra-resistant materials for extreme applications and isolation devices for wave shielding.

The mechanics of solids and structures is also key for understanding the biomechanics of single cells, membranes, and cell aggregates. Indeed, mechanical forces spread through the cytoskeletal elements allowing structural remodelling and stress redistribution, and achieve equilibrium in much shorter timescales than biochemical processes.

The Symposium aims at gathering scientists in the field of the Mechanics of Solids and Structures to present and discuss recent results and their impact.

The event is by invitation and will be the occasion to celebrate Prof. Davide Bigoni's 60th birthday.


The symposium will be held at Palazzo della Provincia (Sala Belli), Piazza Dante 15, Trento.


  • Basile Audoly | Caltech, USA and CNRS, France
  • Ferdinando Auricchio | University of Pavia, Italy
  • Mattia Bacca | University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Katia Bertoldi | Harvard University, USA
  • Federico Bosi | University College London, UK
  • Michele Brun | University Cagliari, Italy
  • Alberto Corigliano | Polytechnic Milano, Italy
  • Antonio deSimone | SISSA, Italy
  • Walter Drugan | University of Winsconsin, USA
  • Norman Fleck | University of Cambridge, UK
  • Massimiliano Gei | University of Cardiff, UK
  • John Hutchinson | Harvard University, USA
  • Robert McMeeking | UC Santa Barbara, USA
  • Gennady Mishuris | Aberystwyth University, UK
  • Alexander Movchan | University of Liverpool, UK
  • Alan Needleman | Texas A&M University, USA
  • Giovanni Noselli | SISSA, Italy
  • Sebastien Neukirch | CNRS Paris, France
  • Anna Pandolfi | Polytechnic Milan, Italy
  • Sergio Pellegrino | Caltech, USA
  • Henryk Petryk | Polish Academy of Science, Poland
  • Andrea Piccolroaz | University of Trento, Italy
  • Paolo Podio-Guidugli | Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Italy
  • Pedro Ponte-Castaneda | University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Nicola Pugno | University of Trento, Italy
  • Enrico Radi | University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Alessandro Reali | University of Pavia, Italy
  • Jim Rice | Harvard University, USA
  • Sara Roccabianca | Michigan State University, USA
  • John Willis | University of Cambridge, UK


Scientific Committee

  • Katia Bertoldi | Harvard University, USA
  • Francesco Dal Corso | University of Trento, Italy
  • Luca Deseri | University of Trento, Italy
  • Diego Misseroni | University of Trento, Italy
  • John Willis | University of Cambridge, UK

Local Organizing Committee

  • Francesco Dal Corso
  • Luca Deseri
  • Lorena Galante
  • Massimiliano Gei
  • Diego Misseroni
  • Maria Pantano
  • Andrea Piccolroaz
  • Nicola Pugno
  • Roberta Springhetti