General Information


The Congress

The IABSE Congress Ghent 2021 is a large international structural engineering conference bringing together scientists, students, designers, contractors, owners and experts from international organisations around the world. The Congress serves as an important event for stimulating industry discussion, exchange of cutting-edge knowledge and networking. IABSE’s aim as a technical society is to promote the advancement of structural engineering practice while taking into account technical, economic, environmental, aesthetic and social aspects. IABSE Congresses are annual events held each September and hosted in all parts of the world. The 3-day format of the technical Congress follows 2-days of the association’s Annual Meetings. In recent years the number of delegates to the technical Congress has ranged between 550 and 1000.


The City

It can’t be a coincidence that Ghent, the capital of East Flanders, was given several pretty names: medieval Manhattan, historical heart of Flanders, a city of all times, one of the most beautiful historical cities in Europe. According to National Geographic Traveler, Ghent is “the most authentic historic city in the World“. And Lonely Planet called Ghent “Europe’s best kept secret”. The city combines an impressive past with a vivid present. You will hardly ever find such a diversity of architectural styles and treasures of which most are protected as national heritage by UNESCO. Strolling through Ghent often coincides with an adventurous travel through history. But above all, Ghent is alive! Here pounds the young heart of a dazzling city of culture with music, theatre, film and visual arts. A city where cultural perspectives are constantly renewed and enlarged, where culture is a feast and where feasting is a form of culture. Not only art lovers but nearly everyone can find something here to suit his taste. Ghent offers over 500 restaurants, numerous pubs, pleasant shopping streets and an exciting nightlife.


Technical Visits

Technical Visits to interesting projects and to research facilities guided by local engineers are planned during the Congress. Visits will also be open to accompanying persons. More detailed information will be available in the Final Invitation and on the Congress website.


Social Programme

A social programme will be organised for all Congress delegates and accompanying persons, including the Welcome Reception (included in the registration fee) and the Gala Dinner. An accompanying person's programme will be organised.











Preliminary Programme
MONDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2021
IABSE Annual Meetings


TUESDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2021
IABSE Annual Meetings


WEDNESDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2021
Congress Opening Ceremony
Keynote Speakers and parallel sessions
Welcome Reception
Young Engineers Event


THURSDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2021
Keynote Speakers and parallel sessions
Conference Dinner


FRIDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2021
Keynote speakers and parallel sessions
Congress Closing ceremony


Additional technical and social events to be determined later