Call for Abstracts


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The Congress is intended for civil and structural engineers, architects and associated professionals. Participants wishing to present a paper are invited to submit an abstract not exceeding 300 words under the above link.

Important Dates
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


Abstracts should address the conference theme ‘Structural Engineering for Future Societal Needs’. These 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
  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