Message from the Scientific Committee

To be published..


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 Technidal 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.



Themes and Topics

The congress theme 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. The theme will be reflected in the technical papers and invited presentations, which will be underpinned by 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 (to be updated soon)

The scientific programme will include Plenary and Concurrent Sessions over three days. Panel discussions and Poster Sessions will also be incorporated into the programme. Papers dealing with different themes and topics of the Congress will be selected from abstracts submitted to the Scientific Committee. These papers will be presented orally or by poster. At the Plenary Sessions, invited Keynote Speakers will present lectures on key Congress topics. Sub-Plenary Sessions will be devoted to specialized topics. Concurrent Sessions will be organised by topics according to the selection of the Scientific Committee. Panel Discussions will highlight themes of widespread interest as identified by IABSE’s Commissions and Task Groups as well as IABSE members, in agreement with the Scientific Committee and the Organising Committee. Posters will be presented by their authors in facilitated sessions to enable contact with the paper authors during the Poster Sessions.



Programme at a Glance (Adobe PDF File)


Keynote Speakers



The programme will be enriched by well-known, technical and inspirational speakers. The morning sessions will be opened by two Keynote Speakers with afternoon sessions commencing by invited speaker presentations mainly from Australia and New Zealand. Speaker selections reflect the different themes of the congress and views from different perspectives on the recent post-earthquake regeneration of Christchurch and its environs.


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


Pre-Congress Workshops

Pre-technical workshops ranging from half days to two days are offered. The workshop topics are in line with the themes of the conference and are practical oriented for industry. Forensic engineering, heavy timber design, structural fire engineering, climate change and sustainable design and seismic damage resistant design are workshop proposals currently under development.


Finally, a basic earthquake engineering refresher of two days will be offered to young engineers only free of charge.


Technical Visits

Technical Visits will show the experience gained from the earthquakes in 2011, which will include new structures as well as retrofitting that was required for existing structures. Tours of the city will explain how the city has been redeveloped and show implementation of seismic low damage structures, specific buildings that have implemented seismic technology, such as:< /p>

The Trimble Navigation Building

Trimble’s new offices use both post-tensioned LVL frames and walls with energy dissipating devices for lateral load resistance, the first commercial building in New Zealand to do so. This project has won several awards.



Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct:

This development was the first significant project, to start construction as part of the Christchurch central city re-build. The primary lateral force-resisting system above the isolation plane is a two-way structural steel moment-frame. Base isolation is provided by Lead-Rubber Bearings (LRB) under the main seismic column lines of each tower.



Technical CBD Field Tours

Structural engineering themed guided walk. Come and learn about the seismic resilience of Christchurch’s buildings in this 1.5 hr guided walk within the Christchurch CBD. From Buckling Restrained Braces to triple pendulum base isolators, to rocking frames; Christchurch is now home to a wide range of seismic engineering designs that aim to be resilient by minimizing post-earthquake damage and disruption. Discover how existing buildings have been retrofitted to withstand earthquakes and the technologies and designs used in the newest buildings in the city. Daily tours will be offered.



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