29th ISB

WELCOME to the portal for the 29th International Symposium on Ballistics (ISB) to be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 09 - 13 May 2016.

Edinburgh, Scotland, is known as the “Athens of the North” because of its Georgian neo-classical buildings. It also has a fascinating medieval old town that is dominated by the 12th century hilltop castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, traditionally used in the coronation of Scottish rulers and, since the time of Edward I, all British monarchs. These are just some of the many attractions to see in the administrative and judicial capital of Scotland. There's also the Royal Yacht "Britannia" at Leith.

We therefore decided that holding the 29th ISB in Edinburgh presented a unique opportunity for you to spend time in a very special place. From the outset we wanted to make the 29th ISB a very special and memorable event. We have therefore arranged to hold our main networking event in the Castle, which we will have all to ourselves. You will be able to wander around the Castle hearing about its history and the history of Scotland. As a ballistician you can even think about how you might have attacked it some 300 years ago!

To round off our time in Edinburgh we will hold the dinner in the National Museum of Scotland, a building that has to be seen to be believed. You will have the opportunity to wander around the exhibits to learn the many ways in which Scotland has contributed to the cultural and scientific heritage of many countries around the world.

The symposium will be held in the world class Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), a place we are sure offers the best venue the symposium has ever graced. It is the place for you to make your contribution to Ballistics Science.

We believe the 29th ISB will be a special symposium held in a memorable and special place. We look forward to welcoming you to the symposium and offering you that renowned Scottish hospitality.

The 29th ISB is hosted by QinetiQ, supported by the NDIA.
QinetiQ is the Platinum Sponsor of the 29th ISB.

Weibel is the Small Business Sponsor of the 29th ISB.

The ISB will include a Technical Programme during the period 10-13 May and the following networking activities:

Monday 9 May: Reception in the EICC

Wednesday 11 May: Reception at Edinburgh Castle

Thursday 12 May: Symposium Banquet.

Courses on ballistics will be held on Monday 9 May at the EICC.
The cost of a full day course will be $425.

The following courses should be held:

You can find details of these courses and the biographies of the presenters here: http://www.ballistics.org/docs/29th_ISB_courses.doc 

The course fee allows you to choose any AM course and any PM course. 
Contact Clive Woodley for more information about registering for the courses at 29th_ISB@ballistics.org.

The current agenda for the symposium, as at 23rd February can be found here:

29th Programme Agenda
The Social Programme for spouses will include the following events:
Eat, Walk Edinburgh
Royal Yacht Britannia
Holyrood House

More details on Edinburgh can be found at the link below

Edinburgh Tourist Information


Registration is now OPEN.

Registration rates are as follows:

Category IBS Member Non-IBS member
Normal (until 24 April 2016) US$1825 US$1925
Late (from 25 April 2016) US$2000 US$2100

These rates include attendance at the networking activities (i.e. the two receptions and the banquet).

If you need a letter of invitation then please contact Clive Woodley at president@ballistics.org.

Please read carefully the instructions for registration below.

Registration is a two-step process.

If you are an existing IBS member then:

If you are not an existing member then:

Online registration is now closed. If you wish to register then please contact Clive Woodley at the link below:

There is no dedicated hotel for the 29th ISB. A range of hotels is available nearby and special arrangements have been made with the Edinburgh convention bureau to enable attendees to select their preferred hotel. Please use the link below for using the hotel booking service.
Hotel booking

Please note that if you are attending the ballistics reunion for which Rob Ijsselstein has helped to organise then when registering you should select the spouse program option if you wish to go on those tours.

If you have any questions about the registration process or encounter any difficulties in registering then please contact Clive Woodley or Ian Cullis at the following email addresses:
Clive:     president@ballistics.org
Ian:        info@ballistics.org


There are two options for presenting a paper, either orally or poster, at the ISB. Either the full paper is published in the proceedings of the ISB or it appears in the journal Defence Technology. If the paper appears in Defence Technology then a 4 page extended abstract must be submitted for the proceedings.

If you are a PhD student then please consider submitting your paper for a Student Award - see the separate link on the front page for further information.

PAPER: The format for papers in the Proceedings can be found at this link:

The paper for the proceedings must be uploaded to the link below by 26 February 2016 (26 January 2016 if applying for a Student Award):
Paper upload

A copyright transfer form must also be uploaded at the same time. This form is at the link below:
Copyright licence

If you have been selected to give an oral presentation then the PowerPoint presentation must be uploaded using the link below:
Presentation upload

POSTER: There are no formal guidelines for posters. However there are two things to note: the poster board dimensions are 2m high by 1m wide and the banner should include a picture of the lead author. The SABO Award is an award presented by the South African Ballistics Organization for the best poster. Use the link to see what winning posters look like. 

If you wish to have a copy of your poster retained by the Society then please send a PDF copy to info@ballistics.org

president@ballistics.org  or  info@ballistics.org

Journal Papers:

The journal papers from the 29th ISB will be published in Defence Technology. This document (Guide for authors for ISB) provides details of accessing the DT homepage on Elsevier.com as well as instructions on how to prepare your paper. Authors should download this file and follow the instructions when preparing their paper. Please note the different deadlines for the Defence Technology journal.

Important dates to remember:

Last date for submission of abstracts: 1 July 2015 - EXTENDED TO 31 JULY 2015

Last date for initial submission of Defence Technology journal papers: 15 September 2015

Notifications of acceptance of abstracts: 1 September 2015

Formal papers due for ISB Proceedings: 26 February 2016

Formal Powerpoint presentations due: 18 April 2016

The Mons Meg bombard at Edinburgh Castle.

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