Leading researchers from several disciplines will be invited to present lectures to shed light on high-impact research areas in which mechanics will contribute experimentally, theoretically, and computationally to a significant degree. Contributed lectures focusing on how mechanics contributes to research that advances battery technology will also be encouraged and accommodated.

The colloquium seeks to place itself within the broad battery research and innovation landscape. Therefore, some sessions will be devoted to the role of industry and industry-academia collaboration in addressing scientific and technological challenges. Specifically, leaders of, and participants in, large-scale international industrial research initiatives will be invited to attend the colloquium and to give presentations.

The colloquium will foster cross-sectoral research interactions between mechanics and other disciplines. Four main areas will be targeted: i) multi-scale approaches, ranging from the atomistics of intercalation, insertion and extraction to phenomenological models of storage, transport and electrochemical reactions; ii) multi-physics modeling, coupling mechanics to other disciplines such as chemistry, electrochemistry, physics, computational design, artificial intelligence and high performance computing to name only a few; iii) mechanics and battery degradation modeling, including shakedown, fracture, dendriting, prediction of battery performance and mitigation of capacity fade; iv) new architectures and materials.