The International Conference on Through-life Engineering Services (TESConf 2020) brings together academia and industry to deliver engineering solutions for the life of complex and long-life assets. This blends research and industrial solutions related to processes and methods that can optimise the value and cost in-use.

The topics will explore functionality, performance, reliability and availability as well as cost in-use for long-life engineering assets, such as planes, ships, land-based vehicles, power plants, heavy machinery and buildings. The research streams cut across the entire life cycle with an emphasis on understanding the through-life implications. The overview below breaks down the areas and topics that will be covered in TESConf 2020:


  • Design for prognosis
  • Design for service


  • Advanced manufacturing e.g. additive layer manufacturing
  • Application-tuned materials


  • Maintenance and optimisation
  • Repair technologies


  • Sustainable manufacturing
  • Re-manufacturing









Important dates

6 April 2020

Submission of paper abstract proposals
(max. 300 words with title, full details of the authors and their contact details)

1 June 2020
Full-length paper submission
Extended abstract for presentation (without full paper)
20 July 2020
Notification of acceptance of full paper
16 August 2020
Final camera-ready full paper submission 
1 September 2020
Author and early bird registration
1 October 2020
Late conference registration


Full papers and extended abstracts

The TESConf 2020 organising committee invites you to present scientific results and engineering solutions for assessing and assuring the life of complex and long-life assets. To deliver an oral presentation at the conference, all contributions are required to have either an extended abstract or full paper accepted. Full papers will undergo peer reviewing prior to being accepted for publication in Procedia Manufacturing. Accepted extended abstracts will not require a full paper, but an oral presentation will need to be delivered at the conference. Selected papers may be published after further extensive improvement as a special scientific journal issue.

Download templates for abstracts

Access the abstract/paper submissions portal

Academic session

We also welcome academic experts to host scientific sessions within the conference. To host a session, please send us a proposal using the provided template (max. 500 words) covering the title, chair and topic area. Templates for the proposal can be downloaded from the conference website under the submissions tab.

Industry workshops

There will be multiple industry workshops during the conference spanning many topics, including digital service engineering, repair technologies for advanced materials/composites, degradation assessment using non-destructive testing, diagnostics, prognostics and health monitoring, to name a few.

Call for industrial exhibition

Organisations around the world are invited to book a stand to exhibit their products and services in through-life engineering services. The conference will allow the organisations to showcase their exhibits in front of their potential customers and network with world-class academics for future collaboration. 


Please note: The invitation to submit an abstract does not constitute an offer to pay travel, accommodation or registration costs associated with the conference. Similarly, no speaker fee is paid to successful participants. All speakers must register for the conference and forward the appropriate registration fee. In specific cases the organisation reserves the right to deviate from the foregoing.

Event programme

The conference programme will be uploaded in 2020 closer to the conference dates. Please refer to the conference web page for more information.

Tuesday 3 November: 08.30-17.30
Wednesday 4 November: 08.30-16.00

Location and travel details

Vincent Building (52a)
Cranfield University
MK43 0AL

Cranfield University is located at the very heart of the UK – within the innovation triangle between London and the cities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Our central location provides easy access from the M1, excellent main line rail service as well as proximity to key international airports. Set in rolling countryside, Cranfield offers a rich, rural landscape complemented by thriving towns and picturesque villages.

Road: we are just 10 minutes from Junctions 13 and 14 of the M1 motorway; there is free parking on campus.
Rail: Milton Keynes or Bedford.
Air: London Luton (22 miles), Heathrow (50 miles) or Birmingham (70 miles).

For further travel details please visit our location page.

Who should attend

This conference is for academics, early career researchers, research students and industry experts working in the area of through-life engineering. The conference itself is a congregation of experts involved in supporting the life of high-value, long-life products and combines academic knowledge and industrial penchant to deliver engineering solutions at optimal operational and maintenance costs.


Conference fees: early bird and author registration fee - £475; general/author registration fee - £550; student author (paper/poster) - £225; exhibition space & delegates - £700; exhibition rate, including one delegate - £700