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ECCOMAS Young Investigators Conference (YIC 2017) - Report
The 4th ECCOMAS Young Investigators Conference (YIC2017) took place from September 13th through 15th, 2017 at Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy. The conference was organized by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and chaired by Massimiliano Cremonesi. 

The conference was attended by 152 participants from many different European countries, but with some participants even coming from the US and Canada. Each day of the conference started with two invited plenary lectures given by distinguished young researchers: the first day, Santiago Badia and Alexander Popp presented their research, and the second day Gianluigi Rozza and Stefanie Elgeti followed. On the last day, the two winners of the ECCOMAS Best PhD Award 2016, Diane Guignard (nominated by SWICCOMAS, Switzerland) and Rogelio Ortigosa (nominated by UKACM, U.K.), presented their award-winning theses. During the final ceremony of the conference, an ECCOMAS representative officially conferred the ECCOMAS Best PhD Awards. 

ECCOMAS Best PhD Awardee 2016 Diane Guignard (Switzerland) with Professor Umberto Perego (Politecnico di Milano).

ECCOMAS Best PhD Awardee 2016 Rogelio Ortigosa (U.K.) with Professor Umberto Perego
(Politecnico di Milano)

As a part of YIC2017, also the seventh edition of the ECCOMAS PhD Olympiad was organized. The two winners, Tom de Geus (nominated by NMC, The Netherlands) and Nicola Nodargi (nominated by AIMETA, Italy), have been awarded with their prize during the final ceremony.

On Thursday night, a social dinner was organized in the city center. This was an excellent occasion to foster informal discussion between participants and to enjoy “la dolce vita”. The three exciting days at YIC2017 have been a great success and further strengthened the very active young investigator community within ECCOMAS. We are all very much looking forward to YIC2019, which will be organized in Krakow, Poland in September 2019.

All finalists of the ECCOMAS PhD Olympiad together with YIC2017 chairman Massimiliano Cremonesi.