Message from the Scientific Committee


About the Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee (SC) is chaired by Dr Anthony Abu, University of Canterbury.  The Committee consists of 88 members from 30 countries. The SC is elected by the Technical Committee of IABSE, chaired by Prof. Daia Zwicky Fribourg University of Applied Sciences.


Call for Papers

The Submission of Abstracts is closed. For Authors: Download Template for Full Papers here.


Congress Proceedings

The Congress proceedings will be available in electronic format (ePDF via link) at the beginning of the Congress. Authors must register to the Congress in order to have their paper presented during the Congress and published in the proceedings.IABSE Conference Reports are abstracted and indexed under Scopus. We are delighted to have received over 150 paper submissions. All those that register for the virtual event will have access to the full proceedings.


Themes and Topics

The congress theme is ‘Resilient Technologies for Sustainable Infrastructures’. The Congress will provide the latest in technology and practice to enable structural engineers to design resilient and sustainable structures. The theme is reflected in the technical papers and invited presentations, which will cover the following topics:

  • Earthquake engineering
  • Developments of codes and standards
  • Bridge engineering
  • Multi-storey buildings
  • Durability
  • Rehabilitation and modification of structures
  • Forensic engineering
  • Sustainability
  • Performance-based fire engineering
  • Digital technology and fabrication
  • Innovative forms, technologies and materials
  • Performance under multi-hazards.


Technical Programme 

As a result of time zone differences the Technical Programme will run in a compressed format (approximately 4 -6 hours each day), using a flipped-classroom approach. Presentations (except keynotes) will be made available online two weeks before the event so participants can compile questions for the presenters to answer during discussion sessions. The sessions will cover all topics under our congress theme "Resilient Technologies for Sustainable Infrastructures” and are preceded each day by keynote lectures. We currently have nine confirmed speakers with more confirmations expected. All presentations will be recorded so you will have the opportunity to view in your own time. We are excited to be working with an Innovative Virtual Platform. 


Programme Outline

The specific time zone is still to be confirmed but we will ensure there is an opportunity for live interactions at appropriate times for most participants.


All presentations will be recorded so you will have the opportunity to view in your own time. 
We are excited to be working with an innovative virtual platform which will include the following features:

•    Paper presentations will be available to view on demand from mid-January
•    Ability to add comments to a discussion forum for each paper presentation
•    Live Q&A and discussion sessions with paper presenters
•    Up to 20 keynote and invited presenters sharing their expertise from around the world
•    Opportunity to interact with the industry supporters through product demos and visiting their virtual exhibition booths
•    Various opportunities for networking outside of the conference sessions via small randomly selected conversation groups, larger discussion groups or via the Meeting Hub, which allows you to have 1 to 1 side conversations with attendees either via instant messaging or video calls.
•    We want to encourage you to interact with the virtual event as much as possible, there will a gamification feature which will allow you to earn points for prizes by interacting with certain aspects of the platform.


Keynote Speakers  (more updates coming soon)


The programme will be enriched by well-known, technical and inspirational speakers . We are planning to have a full programme of up to 20 keynotes speakers with the opportunity to hear them present on their specialist topic followed by some interactive discussion sessions.


The confirmed Keynote Speakers confirmed to date are:


Philippe Block, ETH Zurich, Institute of Technology in Architecture, Switzerland
Topic: Digital construction and smart materials


Luke Bisby, University of Edinburgh, UK

Topic: Performance-based fire engineering


Dan Frangopol, Lehigh University, USA

Topic: Extending the life of existing structures


Dr. Akio Kasuga, Sumitomi Mitsu Construction, Japan
Topic: Innovation in structural forms for sustainable design

Stefano Pampanin, The Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Topic: 'Resilience of Structures under Seismic and Multi-hazards'


Carlo Ratti, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Topic: Managing Big Data and the Future of Digital Engineering for Civil Application


A Special Session and will be presented by 3 Keynote Speakers:

G. Michele Calvi, IUSS, Scuola Universitaria Superiore, Italy
Tullia Iroi, or Vergata, University of Rome, Italy
Angello Vittozzi, Technical Director, Italferr, Italy

 'The History, the Failure and the Renaissance of the Morandi Bridge'

See the Speakers' biographies below that have been provided to date:



Philippe Block, Switzerland

Dr. Philippe Block is a full professor at the Institute of Technology in Architecture at ETH Zurich, where he leads the Block Research Group (BRG) with Dr. Tom Van Mele. Philippe is also Director of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) in Digital Fabrication. Philippe studied architecture and structural engineering at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Belgium and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, where he earned his PhD in 2009. He applies research into practice on the design, engineering and construction of novel shell structures. He has won numerous awards, including most recently the Rössler Prize for most promising young professor from ETH Zürich (2018) and the Berlin Arts Prize 2018 for Baukunst.



Dan Frangopol, USA

Dr. Dan Frangopol is the inaugural holder of the Fazlur R. Khan Endowed Chair of Structural Engineering and Architecture at Lehigh University. He is recognized as a leader in the field of life-cycle engineering of civil and marine structures. His main research interests are in the development and application of probabilistic concepts and methods to civiland marine engineering. He has authored/co-authored 3 books and over 420 articles in refereed journals including 11 prize winning papers. He is the Founding Editor of Structure and Infrastructure Engineering. Dr. Frangopol is the recipient of several awards from ASCE, IABSE, IASSAR, IABMAS, IALCCE, SAE and other professional organizations. He holds 4 honorary doctorates and 14 honorary professorships from major universities. He is a Member of the US National Academy of Construction, Foreign Member of the Academy of Europe (London), Foreign Associate of the Engineering Academy of Japan, Foreign Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium, Honorary Member of the Romanian Academy, and Distinguished Member of ASCE.



Stefano Pampanin,  Italy

Stefano Pampanin is Professor of Structural Engineering at the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” since 2015. He has been Professor of Structural Design and Earthquake Engineering and Chair of the Structural and Geotechnical Cluster at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, which he joined in 2002. 
He is a Past President of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (2012-2014), Fellow of IPENZ (Institute of Professional Engineers NZ,since 2015) and Fellow of NZSEE since 2017). In the past 20+ years, he has dedicated a significant effort in the research and development, codification and practical implementation of innovative solutions for the seismic design of low-damage building systems in concrete and timber, as well as for the seismic assessment and retrofit/rehabilitation of existing RC structures.  He has been an active member of several national and international code/standard/guidelines committees. He is author of more than 450 scientific publications in the field of structural/earthquake engineering and received several awards for his research activities. Following the 2010-2011 Canterbury Earthquakes, he has played active and key roles in the recovery and post-earthquake research and investigation activities, supporting/informing the development of policy making related to the civil design and construction industry sector as well as the development/update of new design and assessment code/standards/guidelines.


Carlo Ratti, USA
An architect and engineer by training, Professor Carlo Ratti teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he directs the Senseable City Lab, and is a founding partner of the international design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati. He graduated from the Politecnico di Torino and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, and later earned his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK. A leading voice in the debate on new technologies’ impact on urban life and design, Carlo has co-authored over 500 publications, including “The City of Tomorrow” (Yale University Press, with Matthew Claudel), and holds several technical patents. His articles and interviews have appeared on international media including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Financial Times, Scientific American, BBC, Project Syndicate,Corriere della Sera, Il Sole 24 Ore, Domus. His work has been exhibited worldwide at venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Design Museum Barcelona, the Science Museum in London, MAXXI in Rome, and MoMA in New York City.

Carlo has been featured in Esquire Magazine’s ‘Best & Brightest’ list and in Thames & Hudson’s selection of ‘60 innovators’ shaping our creative future. Blueprint Magazine included him as one of the ‘25 People Who Will Change the World of Design’, Forbes listed him as one of the ‘Names You Need To Know’ and Fast Company named him as one of the ’50 Most Influen-tial Designers in America’. He was also featured in Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List: 50 people who will change the world’. Three of his projects – the Digital Water Pavilion, the Copenhagen Wheel and Scribit – have been included by TIME Magazine in the list of the ‘Best Inventions of the Year’.


Carlo has been a presenter at TED (in 2011 and 2015), program director at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow, curator of the BMW Guggenheim Pavilion in Berlin, and was named Inaugural Innovator in Residence by the Queensland Government. He was the curator of the Future Food District pavilion for the 2015 World Expo in Milan and chief curator of the "Eyes of the City" section at the 2019 UABB Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism of Shenzhen. He is currently serving as cochair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanisation.  



G. Michele Calvi, Italy
Gian Michele Calvi is Professor at the IUSS Pavia, Italy, and Adjunct Professor at the North Carolina State University. 
He has been the founder of the Eucentre Foundation and of the ROSE School; he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the GEM Foundation and is one of the Directors of the International Association of Earthquake Engineering. He has been designer, consultant or checker for hundreds of structural projects, including the Rion-Antirion cable stayed bridge (2883 m, in Greece); the Bolu viaduct (119 spans, in Turkey); the new housing system after L’Aquila earthquake (2009), with 185 buildings seismically isolated with more than 7,000 devices, completed in about six months; the construction of 103 schools in Costa Rica for the IAD bank; the assessment and strengthening program in the area of Groningen (The Netherlands) due to problems of induced seismicity. He is associate editor of the Journal of Earthquake Engineering (Taylor and Francis) and has been invited keynote speakers in tens of conferences, including two World and four European Conferences on Earthquake Engineering. He has been always active in conceptual innovation in seismic design, focusing on masonry in his early days, on bridges, displacement–based design and seismic isolation from the nineties. For a paper on the subject of this presentation, he received the IABSE Outstanding Paper Award 2020 (Scientific Paper - Once upon a Time in Italy: The Tale of the Morandi Bridge).



Tullia Lori Italy

Tullia Lori civil engineer, is professor of History of Structural Engineering at University of Rome "Tor Vergata", in Italy. She is director of the Phd Program in “Civil Engineering". She designed and headed with Sergio Poretti the research “SIXXI - XX Century Structural Engineering: the Italian Contribution”, funded by an ERC Advanced Grant in 2012 and which results are available in the books series “SIXXI - Storia dell'ingegneria strutturale in Italia”: SIXXI 1 (2014), SIXXI 2 (2015), SIXXI 3 (2015), SIXXI 4 (2017), SIXXI 5 (2020).  See also: and



Akio Kasuga, Sumitomi Mitsu Construction, Japan

Dr. Akioi Kasuga is an executive vice president and CTO of Sumitomo Mitsui Construction. He has been designing more than 200 bridges and has developed many new technologies. He is the incoming president of fib from 2021.

Young Engineers Programme



Delegates born in 1986 or later will enjoy reduced registration fees. The Young Engineers’ Contribution Award will be presented to two young authors, born in or after 1986, who have personally presented their paper during the Congress. The prize is sponsored by the IABSE Fellows and the Organising Committee. The awards are financial prizes which will be presented at the Closing of the Congress.



Young Engineers Committee

Gabriele Granello, Chair
Royce Liu, Co-chair
Annie Scott, Co-chair
Mike Anderson
Maria Brando
Aaron Kaijser
Craig Miur



Scientific Committee

Anthony Abu, New Zealand, Chair
AFM Saiful Amin, Bangladesh
Eftychia Apostolidi, Austria
Mourad Bakhoum, Egypt
Jan Bien, Poland
Eric Brehm, Germany
Bruno Briseghella, China
Eugen Bruhwiler, Switzerland
Marcin Bulkowski, Germany
Eleni Chatzi, Switzerland
Jae-Yeol Cho, South Korea
Thomas Cooper, USA
Christian Cremona, France
Ane de Boer, The Netherlands
Thierry Delémont, Switzerland
Bart De Pauw, Belgium
Stephanos Dritsos, Greece
Thierry Duclos, France
John Duntemann, USA
Raed El Sarraf, New Zealand
Lennart Elfgren, Sweden
Christos Giarlelis, Greece
Gabriele Granello, New Zealand
Tong Guo, China
Katrin Habel, Canada
Rade Hajdin, Switzerland
Bartlomiej Halaczek, UK
Sergio Hampshire Santos, Brazil
Pawel Hawryszków, Poland
Bert Hesselink, The Netherlands
Stephen Hicks, New Zealand
Niels Peter Hoj, Switzerland
Laurent Rus Jenni, Spain
Konstantinos Kalfas, UK
Igor Kavrakov, Germany
Ho-Kyung Kim, South Korea
Steve Kite, Hong Kong
Hyun-Moo Koh, South Korea
Jochen Kohler, Norway
Andreas Lampropoulos, UK
Guy Larose, Canada
Oskar Larsson Ivanov, Sweden
Roberto Leon, USA
Maria Pina Limongelli, Italy
Poul Linneber, Denmark


Giuseppe Loporcaro, New Zealand
Jose Antonio Lozano Galant, Spain

Fernando Madrazo Aguirre, UK
Nisrine Makhoul, Lebanon
Andrew Martin, Denmark
Jose Matos, Portugal
Jonathan McGormley, USA
Carlos Mendez-Galindo, Mexico
Fausto Mistretta, Italy
Serge Montens, France
Helder Moreira de Sousa, UK
Luis Oliveira Santos, Portugal
Pedro Pacheco, Portugal

Aleassandro Palermo, New Zealand
Fabrizio Palmisano, Italy
Rakesh Pathak, USA
Ignacio Paya-Zaforteza, Spain
Gianluca Ranzi, Australia
Robert Ratay, USA
Marion Rauch, Germany
Armando Rito, Portugal
Daniele Rocchi, Italy
Jose Romo Martin, Spain
B. C. Roy, India
Fathy Saad, Egypt
Martina Schnellenbach-Held, Germany
Ann Schumacher, Switzerland
Peter Seitz, Germany
Ikuhide Shibata, Japan
Geralt Siebert, Germany
Tomasz Siwowski, Poland
Flavio Stochino, Italy
Alfred Strauss, Austria
Richard Stroetmann, Germany
Harshavardhan Subbarao, India
Ian Peter Thomas Firth, UK
Marina Traykova, Bulgaria
Brian Uy, Australia
Rob Vergoossen, The Netherlands
Chao Wu, New Zealand
Teng Wu, USA
Ye Xia, China
Stefan Zmigrodzki, Canada
Henryk Zobel, Poland
Daia Zwicky, Switzerland