Terms and Conditions

The following Terms and Conditions apply to the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) website and to SEM Events, both online and in-person. As a condition of registration, you will be required to acknowledge and accept the SEM Terms and Conditions contained herein.


Using our website indicates your acceptance of our terms and conditions. Your continued visits to our website after changes are posted to these terms and conditions will signify your acceptance of those changes.


The SEM Code of Conduct can be found at www.sem.org/codeofconduct.


Event participants grant SEM the absolute right to take photographs and/or make audio and visual recordings of an event for any purpose in SEM-related publications, promotion or website, at its sole discretion.


Conferences, courses, and sessions: Recordings of any kind are strictly prohibited without prior written consent of both SEM and the session presenter(s) or instructor. Attendees may not capture or use materials presented in any session/course room without written permission. Individuals not complying with this policy will be asked to leave a given session and/or asked to surrender their recording media. Refusal to comply with such requests is grounds for expulsion from the event.
Exposition: Recordings of any kind are prohibited without explicit permission from on-site company representatives. Individuals not complying with this policy will be asked to surrender their recording media and to leave the exhibition hall. Refusal to comply with such requests is grounds for expulsion from the event.


Conference Events: All conference technical and networking events require a badge for admission. Registered attendees may bring a guest if they have been issued a badge. Registration badges for guests are available at the SEM registration desk onsite.
Exposition: Everyone who attends the exposition must be registered and have a badge. Only company representatives allowed in the exposition area during move-in and move-out


SEM accepts VISA, MasterCard, American Express, checks and wire transfers as payment. For onsite registrations, only cash or credit card payments will be accepted. All registrations must be paid in full to access a conference. Invoice options are not available for credit card payments, only a system-generated receipt. All invoices must be requested more than 30 days before a conference start date.


One paid Conference registration is limited to no more than two presentations per registered individual. Author(s)/presenter(s) wishing to present more than 2 presentations must pay for two registrations or have a co-author/presenter register for the Conference.


If for some unforeseen reason SEM should have to cancel an event, processed registration fees will be refunded to registrants. Registrants will be responsible for cancellation of travel arrangements or housing reservations and the applicable fees.


SEM reserves the right to cancel events and/or sessions. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, all registrants will be notified and will receive a refund, if applicable. Conferences, courses and sessions are subject to change, and SEM reserves the right to substitute a program, session, and/or speaker.


Cancellations must be sent in writing or via email. All refunds are provided on a case-by-case basis and are reviewed 30 days post conference.


All materials and information posted on the SEM website are the property of SEM, whether or not a copyright notice appears on the screen displaying the information. Users of the SEM website may save and use the information contained therein only for personal use. No other use, including reproduction, retransmission or editing, of the information and materials posted on SEM's website may be made without the prior written permission of SEM, which may be requested by contacting SEM's headquarters.


In no event shall SEM or any of its affiliates, or the officers, directors, employees, members, or agents of each of them, be liable for any damages of any kind, including without limitation any special, incidental, indirect, or consequential damages, whether or not advised of the possibility of such damages, and on any theory of liability whatsoever, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of SEM's website or events.


SEM is providing information and services on this website as a benefit and service in furtherance of SEM's non-profit and tax-exempt status. SEM makes no warranty, guarantee, or representation as to the accuracy or sufficiency of the information posted on the website, and SEM assumes no responsibility or liability regarding the use or misuse of such information. SEM makes no representations about the suitability of this information and these services for any purpose. Unless specifically stated otherwise, SEM does not endorse, approve, recommend, or certify any information, product, process, service or organization presented or mentioned on the SEM Web site, and information from the website should not be referenced in any way to imply such approval or endorsement. SEM expressly disclaims any and all liability or responsibility for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or other damages arising out of any individual's use of, reference to, reliance on, or inability to use, the SEM Web site or the information presented on the site.

The Terms and Conditions posted on this site were updated on March 11, 2021.