IABSE Invites Participants and Calls for Abstracts for Ghent 2021

The International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) has announced that the IABSE Congress Ghent 2021 will be held from 22 to 24 September 2021. The International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) is a scientific / technical association with members including renowned and top-level engineers in more than 100 countries. The upcoming Congress will be held at International Convention Centre (ICC) Ghent, and is organised by Belgian and Dutch Groups of IABSE in co-operation with Ghent University. The theme of the Congress is ‘Structural Engineering for Future Societal Needs‘.

Download the preliminary invitation card and call for abstracts HERE

According to the information on IABSE website, the Congress will be an excellent forum to discuss the latest innovations on structural and bridge engineering, especially regarding the future needs of society. Scientists, students, designers, contractors, owners and experts from international organisations around the world are given the opportunity to share their latest experiences. In addition to the congress, plenty of technical and social events are organised in order to expand your knowledge and network. All of this is organised with the historical city centre of Ghent as the background.

Based on the theme, the scientific committee of the congress stated that future societal needs comprise building and maintaining safe and reliable buildings and infrastructures while coping with the effects of climate change in a world with scarcer resources and satisfying the ambition to reduce mankind’s CO2 footprint. Anticipated sub-themes are therefore amongst others ‘Structural safety and reliability with respect to climate change’ and ‘Circularity, re-use and sustainability of structures’.

Important Dates for the congress are as follows;

February 28, 2020
September 15, 2020
November 30, 2020
January 21, 2021
March 1, 2021
April 30, 2021

June 15, 2021
June 15, 2021
September 20-21, 2021
September 22-24, 2021
  Call for abstracts
Deadline for abstract submission
Notification of acceptance abstract
Submission deadline for full papers
Final Invitation and registration opens
Notification of acceptance of full papers and
announcement of presentation types
Registration deadline for all presenting authors
Deadline for early-bird registration
IABSE Annual Meetings
IABSE Congress Ghent 2021

Anticipated sub-themes amongst others are:

  • Structural safety and reliability with respect to climate change
  • Circularity, re-use and sustainability of structures
  • Emission free building of structures

Special sub-themes are:

  • Enhancing resilience of civil infrastructure to hurricane and thunderstorm hazards under changing climate
  • Structural bearings and anti-seismic devices: innovation, standards and testing requirements
  • Towards extending the service life of existing concrete infrastructure through advanced assessment methods

However, also more traditional sub-themes may be addressed, if the abstract and paper refer to the main conference theme, e.g.:
  • All types of bridges
  • Large span structures
  • Light-weight structures
  • High-rise buildings
  • All structural materials
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Design for earthquakes
  • Case studies
  • Failures and forensic engineering
  • Strengthening and retrofitting
  • Dynamics of structures
  • Innovative structures
  • Fatigue and fracture
  • Structural analysis and optimisation
  • Parametric design
  • Structural behaviour under fire conditions
  • Soil-structure Interaction
  • Exceptional loads on structures
  • Safety, reliability and risk
  • Architecture of structures
  • Additive manufacturing

According to the scientific committee, all written papers submitted will be peer-reviewed. The large majority of the presentations will be delivered orally in normal presentation sessions but also poster sessions, poster ‘elevator pitch’ sessions, discussion sessions, a Pecha Kucha session and special sessions will take place. In order to accommodate all sessions and speakers, parallel sessions run simultaneously in 6 to 8 breakout rooms on the three main congress days. Keynote speakers will introduce relevant topics to the congress theme and/or give a state-of-the-art overview on these topics. The technical programme will attract all those involved and interested in the state of the art and the future of bridge and structural engineering. You are hereby invited to contribute to this IABSE Congress and join IABSE community in Ghent in 2021!

www.structville.com is neither an agent, staff, nor representative of IABSE. This information obtained from IABSE website has been shared here as news in our commitment to spread qualitative information that will beneficial to the civil engineering community for their general development and career enhancement. Therefore all further inquiries regarding this congress should be directed to IABSE official website.


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