68th Stapp Car Crash Conference®


The Stapp Car Crash Conference is the premier forum for presentation of research and developments in impact biomechanics, human injury tolerance, and related fields that advance the knowledge of land-vehicle crash injury protection. The Conference provides an opportunity to participate in free discussion regarding the causes and mechanisms of injury, experimental methods and tools for use in impact biomechanics research, and the development of new concepts for reducing injuries and fatalities in automobile crashes.


Save the date for the 68th Stapp Car Crash Conference, scheduled for 10/22/24 through 10/24/24

This year's Stapp Car Crash Conference will be held October 22 - October 24, 2024, at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.

Further information regarding plans for the 2024 Stapp Car Crash Conference will be made available in the coming months. In the meantime, remember that Stapp Journal is now accepting papers on a rolling basis. For additional details on submitting papers and to the Stapp Car Crash Journal for publication and presentation at the Stapp Car Crash Conference, view Author Resources.

Technical Paper Awards

The John Paul Stapp Award

The John Paul Stapp Award is offered annually for the Stapp paper presented at the previous year's Conference and Journal that best meets the goals of the Stapp Car Crash Conference and Stapp Journal as judged by the Stapp Advisory Committee.

The John W. Melvin Student Awards

The John W. Melvin Student Awards of $1,500, $1,000, and $500 are presented to the three graduate students whose papers are judged by the Stapp Student Award Committee to have made the most significant contributions to the fields of injury biomechanics and injury reduction. Mentors of accepted papers that include significant contributions by a student are invited to describe those contributions in a letter for their student to be considered. The three awards are made at the end of the Conference in which the papers were presented.