Welcome to IABSE Congress 2020!


              Yaojun GE


Christchurch is well known as the recovery and bouncing back city following a series of damaging earthquakes including September 4, 2010 and February 22, 2011, which has ever been recorded as the highest peak ground accelerations in the world history. Very many residential buildings, schools, hospitals and infrastructures were demolished, but the city quickly re-constructed sustainable infrastructures and provides a unique view on a city rebuilding, which makes it an excellent example of using resilient technologies and a must-see destination.


It is very fitting that the New Zealand Group of IABSE has selected “Resilient Technologies for Sustainable Infrastructures” as the theme for our IABSE Congress 2020 since the expression encapsulates the resilient plan and sustainable development of Christchurch. And, resilience and sustainability are of course so much more than just recovery and development. They stand for easy and quick recovery and long-term growth without compromising the ability of future generations. The congress theme will be underpinned by the specific topics including earthquake engineering, durability, forensic engineering, performance-based fire engineering, performance under multi-hazards, rehabilitation and modification of structures, sustainability, and so on.


IABSE has never held a major international event in New Zealand, and Christchurch represents the first opportunity to participate in an IABSE conference in this fascinating country. IABSE conferences will set the southernmost venue record in its history at the 43.5º South Latitude although the host city is approximately a 10-hour direct flight from most places in the Pacific Rim, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and the west coast of the USA.


Depart from your work for a few days and come to Christchurch in early September to participate in the IABSE Congress 2020 for renewing old friendships, making new contacts, learning more about structural engineering, and enjoying spring in the southern hemisphere. I look forward to meeting up with many of .our members and to welcoming many new friends to the IABSE community. Yaojun Ge, President of IABSE


Yaojun Ge
President of IABSE



The Theme of this IABSE Conference is Resilient Technologies for Sustainable Infrastructures. The Congress is intended to provide the latest in technology and practice to enable structural engineers to design resilient and sustainable structures.


Who is invited?

IABSE Congress Christchurch 2020 will be a forum to present new ideas, practical applications, and new technologies to engineering staff, engineering managers, researchers, and industry.



Important Dates

Notification Paper Acceptance/ Reviewers feedback to authors:

August 7, 2020


Submission final paper:

28 August, 2020


Early Registration:

October 2, 2020


Deadline Author Registration:

October 2 , 2020



February 3-5, 2021