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IABSE Congress Nanjing 2022: Early Bird Registration now open!

Final Invitation (Click Here to Download)

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This IABSE Congress is organised by the Chinese Group of IABSE in cooperation with Tongji University, Jiangsu Provincial Transportation Engineering Construction Bureau, Southeast University, and Nanjing Public Works Construction Center. The Congress will maintain a traditional onsite format with the option to participate online. The congress theme will be “Bridges and Structures: Connection, Integration, and Harmonisation”. Topics will include traditional bridges and structures, and will also include new elements such as Artificial Intelligence and dealing with Covid-19. The programme will comprise renowned Keynote Speakers, Plenary, and Parallel Sessions. 

For queries, please contact the Congress Secretariat:

The Online Platform
The Congress will use the OnAir Platform, the same platform used by IABSE Congress Christchurch and Ghent, to maximise the online participant's experience. Participants will start at the 3D congress lobby and can visit different areas of the Congress. They can jump from one session to another much like in the real event. It is also equipped with a chat function that enables participants to connect with each other, visit exhibition booths, see what’s ongoing and upcoming presentations, leave messages to the host, speakers, or conference organisers etc... There is no extra appliance needed to access the Online platform

Online Registration Fees Include:
• Electronic Full-paper proceedings prior to the Congress
• Access to all online congress activities, including: Opening, Awarding and Closing Sessions, YEP event, Cultural Show in Gala Dinner
• Electronic version of participation certificate
• Access to all Scientific Sessions and Industry Sessions
• Access to the Virtual Exhibition

 **All participants born in or after 1988 will benefit from a reduced registration fee and are offered free IABSE membership for the year 2023.

For group, Sponsors and Exhibitors registrations, please get in touch with the Congress Secretariat for invoicing preferences.


Welcome message from I.K. Pandey, Chair of OC and H.Subbarao, Chair, SC

Call for Abstracts is now open!

The  IABSE Congress 2023  will be held in New Delhi, India hosted by the Indian Group of IABSE, with the theme "Engineering for Sustainable Development ". This Congress aims to provide a worldwide forum for debate on the most important issues of our times, such as sustainability and the role of engineers in accomplishing this goal. The Congress is intended to serve as a platform for governments, engineering organisations, academic and educational institutions, and industry to build global relationships and promote cooperation in order to deliver on the global sustainable developmental agenda. It is intended for attendees from a wide range of stakeholders, including academia and industry.

The IABSE Congress is intended for civil and structural engineers, architects, planners and associated professionals interested in the proposed themes and topics. Participants wishing to present a paper are invited to submit an abstract, not exceeding 300 words, related to the Theme and Topics of the Congress. Abstracts will only be accepted through the online peer review system using the template available at the online submission platform.

Call for Abstracts Submission link:  Click here

Receipt of Abstracts: 14 October 2022
Notification of Abstracts Acceptance: 15 December 2022

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Thank you IABSE Prague Symposium Organisers and Participants!
From 25 to 27 May 2022, more than 360 structural engineers participated in the IABSE Symposium Prague 2022, with the overall theme “Challenges for existing and oncoming structures”. This Symposium was organised onsite by the Czech National Group of IABSE. 210 young engineers took part, 222 presenters from 37 countries gave a lecture, 32 videos were shown, and 4122 slides were presented in a total of 178 presentations. Overall it was a very successful event, where participants could meet once again.

Young Engineers Programme (YEP)
The YEP programme, carefully curated by the YEP Board, chaired by Fernando Aguirre and the Prague Organising Committee, was a big success. Out of 363 participants, 210 were Young Engineers. 29 Young Engineers participated in the Pecha Kucha session as part of the Opening Session to promote their papers. Other programs included: Sight-Seeing between Young and Fellows – Vyšehrad Castle; Speed Networking: Short Career Advice by Senior IABSE Members; Reserved Bar for Young Engineers (After Gala Dinner); and Best Presentation Awards for Young Engineers (Closing Ceremony). A detailed SEI article will be published in SEI August, 2022.

SEI Editorial Board Meeting

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The SEI Editorial Board Meeting took place on 8 June 2022. Chaired by Ana Mandic Ivankovic, Eva Lantsoght (Vice-Chair) other members who were present included, Arndt Goldack (Germany); Dongzhou Huang (US); Andreas Lampropoulos (UK); Andrew Jonathan Martin (Denmark); Laurent Rus (Spain); Elsa de Sá Caetano (Portugal); Franziska Schmidt (France); Hélder Manuel da Silva e Sousa (Portugal); Zhi Sun (China) Teng Wu (US); Takashi Yamaguchi (Japan); and Ignacio Paya-Zaforteza (Spain). Ana welcomed the new members A. Goldack, F. Schmidt, and A. J. Martin to their first SEI Editorial Board meeting.

Technical Groups

Are you curious about IABSE Task Groups?

We are starting a new monthly series, where we shall focus one Task Group and their recent activities each month. This month we shall tell you about IABSE Task Group 1.2 - Design of Bridges against Fire Hazards.

A Task Group (TG) with a mission to increase the awareness of the importance and consequences of fires on civil engineering infrastructure with a special focus on bridges.

According to the Chair of the task group, Ignacio Paya-Zaforteza, Spain, "The group will organise two webinars devoted to structural fire engineering applied to bridges. The first webinar will cover general aspects like the importance of bridge fires, the identification of fire-vulnerable bridges, measures that could be taken to mitigate bridge fires and a very brief introduction to structural fire engineering applied to bridges. The second webinar will focus on specific case studies and experimental tests".

This TG is also organising a special issue of the 'Structural Engineering Journal' (SEI) with papers dedicated to this topic.

We are excited and are looking forward to your participation. Stay tuned for further updates. In the meantime, to learn more about this task group, you may visit our website and if you are interested to join the Task Group, write to us with your CV at:

To be a TG member, you do not need to be a member of IABSE.

Connect with experts, learn, grow and share with IABSE's Task Groups.

Task Group Chairs are invited to provide activity updates with photos by writing to
National Groups

Switzerland - Register for YES 2022!

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Photo: Feld trip to the Palazzo del Lavoro in Torino, from Pier Luigi Nervi

YES Program for 6 October 2022: Click Here to join and get more information!

Swiss Group of IABSE visited Italy on the 10 and 11 of June, together with the “Gesellschaft für Ingenieur Baukunst”. The group visited the rehabilitation of the Grand-Pont, organised under the NG Chairmanship of Prof. Philippe Menetrey. Photo: Swiss NG's field trip to the Palazzo del Lavoro in Torino, from Pier Luigi Nervi.

YES 2022

The YES2022 young engineers event is planned for 6th October 2022. There is a competition, you shall find all details in the flyer here. Last date for registration is 31st July 2022. For further clarification, you can also contact Prof. Dr. Andrea Frangi, Organising Committee of YES202, read further here.

South Africa - Organising three webinars!

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Our South African new NG Chair, Pierre v.d.Spuy, is busy contacting experts, and consultants who are working in South Africa, to share their knowledge worldwide with IABSE members as well as non-members through our Webinars. Two topics have been announced and you can register for free here. The third webinar's registration shall also be announced soon.

True to IABSE's mission to share knowledge worldwide, our eLearning Board, National Groups and Task Groups are constantly striving to present to you cutting edge theory, practical knowledge through these webinars which are free for all. So, join us, recommend IABSE and support us, by becoming a member or by sponsoring one the Webinars.

Latin America - Seminars in Chile and Colombia

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In June, 2022, IABSE Vice President, Carlos Mendez-Galindo, carried out an official visit to the Chilean Group of IABSE and was welcomed by Matias Valenzuela, Chair of the Chilean National Group.

In addition, C. Mendez also represented IABSE during the Seminar “Monitoring System for Highway Infrastructure”, organized by the Ministry of Public Works of Chile and the Bridge Technical Committee, together with the Engineering School of Construction and Transportation of the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso and the Chilean Group of the IABSE. IABSE was formally presented with the Chilean Bridge Plan 2020-2030, officially handed by the National Director of Highways of Chile, to IABSE Vice President, Carlos Mendez.

Later, IABSE's Colombian NG Chair, Dr. Juan Andrés Oviedo Amézquita, and C.Mendez, were the Panelist and Presenter during the X National Congress on Earthquake Engineering, organised by the Colombian Association for Earthquake Engineering, where they also represented IABSE.


Bangladesh - Visiting for a Project?

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If you are visiting another country for a structural engineering project or assignment, have you considered contacting the IABSE National Group Chair or Vice Chair from that country? 

This is exactly what Laurent Rus, an IABSE member, active across several Committees and Editorial Boards did, on his recent trip to Bangladesh, when he went there for his company 'Singular Structures' assignment. He met Saiful Amin, Professor in the Bangladesh University of Struct. Engineering, and they caught up on current issues, and projects, role of IABSE, in the true spirit of the Association. So, write to us, if you wish to meet a National Group, during your next visit. They can provide you valuable guidance, if required. 

We would also like to give you a teaser here about a forthcoming Webinar series, which is being curated by the Bangladesh Chair, along with the Technical Committee, eLearning Board and YEP Board. Keep watching this space.

Colombia - A National Group and a Task Group join hands!
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The Colombian National Group, chaired by Juan Oviedo and IABSE Task Group 1.1, appointed speaker: Prof. Iman Hajirasouliha, from the University of Brighton, UK; to present a Public Webinar on June 2, Colombian local time 16:00-18:00, on the topic 'Performance-based Optimisation of Energy Dissipation Systems for Seismic Applications'.

It was a very well attended lecture and the participants thanked the Speaker, who stayed up till almost midnight to give this lecture as per local Colombian time. This webinar was also possible because of a collaboration of the National Group and the Task Group, and we hope to have more such projects in the future, connecting countries with experts worldwide.
IABSE Webinars

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IABSE Webinar: Seismic Isolation and Response Control Systems (SED 19), moderated by A. Lampropoulos with Speakers E. Apostolidi, C. Giarlelis, and F. Sutcu, was successfully conducted on June 15, 2022, with over 355 registered participants. We received the following remark from C. A.Claire, after the Webinar which pretty much summarises the excellent presentations and discussions:

"Thank you organisers and speakers for this very informative and beneficial webinar about seismic isolation and response control.  The information we gained will be extremely beneficial for us in the future. I hope you continue to host seminars like this and succeed in your endeavors. We appreciate all your efforts. Thank you!"

We extend our heartfelt thanks to the Moderator, Speakers and to our exclusive Sponsor for this webinar, Mageba, thank you!

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Members News
IABSE Commission 5 Chair, Rade Hajdin gets featured
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Recently Professor Rade Hajdin's interview got published in the e-BrIM magazine: Click here.

In the Interview, he has talked about his role in IABSE and his career, and his plans for the future. We would like to thank Vanja Samec for the collaboration:
Open Access. Subscription possible (free of charge): Click here.

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The 76th JCSS meeting took place in June, at the Trinity College, in Dublin, and online. Michael Faber, Maria Pina Limongelli (IABSE members) and all others conducted discussions on WP1 on 'The Probabilistic Model Code', WP2 on 'Risk Informed Decision Support for Systems Involving Structures', and WP3 on 'The JCSS Continuing Education and Advanced School'. For more details:

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6-8 July 2022

The 5th International Conference on Structures and Architecture
Aalborg, Denmark
Link to the event