The Centre Internacional de Mètodes Numèrics a l’Enginyeria (CIMNE) was founded in 1987 at the heart of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia a (UPC) under the auspices of UNESCO. CIMNE is an autonomous research and development centre, currently employing some 250 scientists from 30 different countries. CIMNE has been recently awarded with the “Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence”. This Excellence Award recognized the international leadership of CIMNE and positions our centre in the lists of top research centres in Spain for its outstanding role in the development of numerical methods and its application to many different fields in science and technology. The research activities of CIMNE aim to promote and foster advances in the development and application of numerical methods and computational techniques for the solution of engineering problems in an international context.