Within the last thirty years there is a growing ackwledgement that prevention of catastrophic failures necessitates engagement of a large pool of expertise. Herein it is t excessive to seek advice from disciplines like materials science, structural engineering, mathematics, physics, reliability engineering and even ecomics. Today's engineering goals, independently of size; do t have the luxury of being outsideaglobalperspective.Survivaloftheintegratedmarketsand?nancialsystems require a web of safe transportation, energy production and product manufacturing. It is perhaps the ?rst decade in engineering history that multidisciplinary - proaching is t just an idea that needs to materialise but has matured beyond infancy. We can witness such transition by examining engineering job descriptions and postgraduate curricula. The undertaking of organising a conference to re?ect the above was t easy and de?nitely, t something that was brought to life without a lot of work and c- st mitment. The 1 Conference of Engineering Against Fracture from its conceptual day until completion was designed in a way of underlying the need of bringing all the key players on a common ground that once properly cultivated can ?ourish. To achieve that the conference themes were numerous and despite their, in principle tional differences, it was apparent that the attendees established such common ground through argumentation. The reader can see this from the variety of research areas re?ected by the works and keyte lecturers presented.