Press Release


23 July 2020



Facing the New Age! – How do Structural Engineers tackle the COVID-19 era?
 2-3 September, 2020 (online)


The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented consequences across the globe and has affected the traditional offline IABSE events planned for year 2020 that aim at exchanging knowledge and advancing the practice of structural engineering worldwide. To cope with such circumstances, IABSE puts forward the IABSE Online Conference 2020, which is a new IABSE event format. With the unappeased COVID-19 pandemic, IABSE’s inaugural Online Conference to be held on September 2-3, 2020 on Zoom, will be themed ‘Facing the New Age! - How do structural engineers tackle the COVID-19 era?’, to address the new challenges structural engineers across the globe are confronting in the field of disaster reduction and mitigation, the maintenance and rehabilitation of structures, digital solutions for bridge engineering, international cooperation, etc. With a series of curated topics and content from 20 speakers of diverse background, the IABSE Online Conference 2020 will enable designers, consultants, researchers, students, owners, contractors, authorities and other interested participants alike to gain latest insights in the international bridge and structural engineering community on the virtual platform of Zoom and exchange ideas in four dedicated live Q&A discussion sessions.


Conference Registration:

  • IABSE Members (All Types): Free Registration
  • Non-IABSE Members: Registration Fees of 100 CHF
    Young Engineers receive one-year online membership.


Registration is via:


About the Organisers:

The Chinese, Japanese and Korean Groups of IABSE are organising the 1st IABSE Online Conference 2020. The Organising Committee (OC) is being led by H. Xiang, Honorary Chair, China, and Co-Chairs Y. Ge, China, H.M. Koh, South Korea.


About the Scientific Committee:

The Scientific Committee (SC) is being led by Y. Fujino, Honorary Chair, Japan, and Co-Chairs S. Nakamura, Japan and L. Sun, China. The SC consists of expert members from all over the world and is elected by the IABSE Technical Committee, chaired by Prof. Daia Zwicky, Switzerland.


Themes and Topics:

1. Recent Extreme Events on Infrastructures
2. AI-based Monitoring and Maintenance of Infrastructures

3. Development of Long-span Cable-supported Bridges
4. Digital Inclusion in Structural Engineering


Preliminary Programme:



Sponsorship Opportunities
The IABSE Online Conference 2020 offers attractive sponsorship packages in the categories Gold, Silver Bronze. Join us as a sponsor and enhance global exposure of your brand, products and services and showcase your projects and innovations. For more information contact:, or



Dr. Ye Xia, Department of Bridge Engineering, Tongji University, China,





The International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) founded in 1929, operates on a worldwide basis and deals with all aspects of planning, design, construction, maintenance and repair of civil engineering structures. The mission of IABSE is to exchange knowledge and to advance the practice of structural engineering worldwide in the service of the profession and society. To fulfil its mission, IABSE organises conferences and publishes a high-quality journal, Structural Engineering International (SEI); publishes books reflecting the work of its Technical Groups; creates Working Groups, as required by new needs and technological progress; offers activities within National Groups of IABSE; supports Young Engineers with a programme, and presents annual Awards in recognition.


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