66th 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.

This year's Stapp Car Crash Conference will be held on November 7–9 at the Hilton Denver City Center in Denver, Colorado, where authors of accepted papers from 2020, 2021 and 2022 will be invited to present. Reservations must be made by October 24th. Make your hotel reservations early to be assured of the special rate for the Stapp Conference.

Topics of technical presentations are expected to include:
  • methods and results of impact biomechanical testing;
  • ATD development and response fidelity;
  • injury risk assessment based on analyses of laboratory and real-world data;
  • human response and injury for the head/neck, thorax, abdomen, and lower extremities;
  • injury biomechanics in military under-body blast environments;
  • human response and injury in lateral and oblique impacts;
  • assessment of human tolerance and inury;
  • development and application of computational human models for different crash/injury environments; and
  • new technologies for crash avoidance and their application to improved occupant protection systems.
The 50th NHTSA-sponsored International Workshop on Human Subjects for Biomechanical Research will be held on Sunday, November 6th, preceding the Stapp Conference. Registration for the workshop is included on the Stapp Car Crash Conference Announcement. No additional registration fee is required. Additional information for the workshop can be obtained by contacting the NHTSA Workshop Chair, Rodney W. Rudd, PhD at the Department of Transportation, NHTSA.

On behalf of the Stapp Advisory Committee, we welcome all prospective Stapp Conference participants and attendees, and thank those of you who have attended previous Stapp Conferences, for your interest and valued contributions. We look forward to seeing you at this year's Stapp Car Crash Conference.

General Chair, Annette L. Irwin
General Motors LLC

Executive Director, Leda L. Ricci
The John Paul Stapp Association

Registration and Reservations


For additional information regarding registration details, as well as hotel reservation requirements, see the Stapp Car Crash Conference Announcement.

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Hilton Denver City Center
Denver, CO
November 7-9, 2022


Technical Paper Awards

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 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.

The Richard F. Chandler Award is presented for the Stapp paper that best serves the needs of industry to improve vehicle safety.

*** Due to the cancellation of the 2021 conference, papers from 2020, 2021 and 2022 will be eligible for these awards in 2022.


Student Stipends

Students who are lead authors and presenters of full papers that have been approved for publication in the Stapp Journal may be eligible to receive $500 from The Stapp Association to help with the cost of traveling to the Conference. A letter from the student's advisor or committee chairperson indicating when the student was enrolled and stating the reasons why the stipend would be helpful should be submitted to the Executive Director after the paper has received final approval.