The 1st Scientific Meeting of the Society was the organization of an International Symposium on Rheology and Computational Fluid Mechanics held between July 4-5, 1996, in Nicosia, Cyprus. This Symposium was dedicated to the memory of the distinguished rheologist Prof. Tasos Papanastasiou.

Refereed versions of some of the papers presented in the 1st HSR International Conference were published in a special volume of Rheologica Acta dedicated to the memory of Prof. Tasos Papanastasiou (Vol. 35, 6, Nov.-Dec. 1996) featuring a guest editorial by Prof. Evan Mitsoulis on Papanastasiou’s contributions to Rheology and Computational Fluid Mechanics.