Dr. Vladimir Bratov graduated from St. Peterburg State University, Department of Elasticity year 2000. 2000-2007 he was working at Malmo University Sweden as a PhD student and postdoctoral researcher. He received his PhD degree in 2004 in mechanics of materials. Since 2008 Vladimir Bratov is working at the Institute of Problems in Mechanical Engineering of the Russian Academy of Sciences as a senior researcher. Since 2009 he is teaching several undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Fracture Mechanics and Computational Mechanics at St. Peterburg State University and Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University. 2016-2017, as a visiting professor he also worked at Mile East Technical University. Major collaborations include Keele University, UK, Manchester University, UK,
Novo Mesto University, Slovenia, IPM RAS, Moscow, Gazprom-Neft company, Gazprom company, Russian Railways company.