The annual conference on Boundary Elements and other Mesh Reduction Methods (BEM/MRM) which started in 1978, reached its 41st version this year. The 2018 conference took place in the New Forest, near Southampton (UK). The Conference was organised by the Wessex Institute, UK, represented by Dr Stavros Syngellakis, and the University of Mississippi, USA, represented by Professor Alex Cheng.

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.