The annual conference on Boundary Elements and other Mesh Reduction Methods (BEM/MRM) which started in 1978, reached its 42nd version this year. The 2019 conference took place at ITeCons-University of Coimbra, home of Professor Antonio Tadeu, Conferences Co-Chairs and Member of the WIT Board of Directors The Conference was organised by the Wessex Institute, UK, ITeCons-University of Coimbra, Portugal and the University of Mississippi, USA.

Since its beginning in 1978, the Conference has attracted high-quality papers reporting further advances in techniques that reduce or eliminate the type of meshes associated with finite elements or finite differences, for instance. The meeting acts as a forum for discussion of new formulations and for critical comparison of results before solutions and numerical tools are released to end-users.