Student days

8th International Conference on Discrete Element Methods

The organisers of DEM8, MercuryLab are offering students a free 2-day training course on The Fundamentals of Discrete Particle Simulations.

The Fundamentals of Discrete Particle Simulations course will teach you the background knowledge required to apply the Discrete Particle Method (DPM) to real scientific and industrial problems. You will learn how to design and create simulations which can accurately reproduce the dynamics and behaviours of particulate and granular systems, and how you can use these simulations to better understand, predict, control and optimise real-world systems. Topics include an introduction to granular materials, contact modelling, contact detection, complex geometries, calibration and validation, and post-processing.

  • All training material will be provided free-of-charge by MercuryLab (usually the course is priced at €450).
  • The course will take place on 20th and 21st July 2019 at the University of Twente.

Please note, the course is limited to 50 spaces, so these will be given out on a first come, first served basis, therefore, if you would like to attend, please email

More Information


Conference hotel: U Parkhotel The rooms at the U Parkhotel are available at these discounted prices when booked via the link below by 19th June 2019. 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th & 25th July 2019: Comfort room € 84,50 per night Superior room € 99,50 per night Superior View room € 105,00 per night Panorama room…
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Important Dates

Here you can find the overview of the important and conference dates of DEM8.


We invite everyone to propose mini-symposia for the upcoming DEM8 conference.


Full Papers The organisers of DEM8 are inviting all participants whose abstract has been accepted for presentation to kindly submit the full paper to before 30th June 2019. The submission of the full paper is optional, but recommended. Papers will be invited for submission to special issues at the discretion of the journals. All…
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Plenary Speakers

For DEM8 we have invited wonderful speakers. We are proud to present the following plenary speakers.

Presenter information

Oral Presentations Talk slots are 20 minutes, we recommend a 15 minute presentation leaving 5 minutes of question time. Keynotes in mini-symposia are allocated 40 minutes, we recommend a 35 minute presentation leaving 5 minutes of question time. Poster Presentations Any poster size up to a maximum size of A0 - 841mm x 1189mm will…
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Click here for the provisional programme, please note that this is not the final programme and is therefore subject to change. Please refer to your abstract ID to find your provisional presentation slot. If your abstract is attached to a mini-symposium, please note that talk orders have not yet been confirmed for all mini-symposia, therefore…
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DEM8 registration and abstract submission are open.