Technical Programme
   Prof.  Dong Xu, China,  SC Chair

About the Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee (SC) is chaired by Prof. Dong Xu, Tongji University,  Dept. of Bridge Engingineering. The SC consists of approx. 70 expert members form all over the world and is elected by the Technical Committee of IABSE, chaired by Daia Zwicky, Fribourg University of Applied Sciences.


Scientific Committee



Dong Xu, China (Chair)
Xu Jiang, China (Secretary)


Dimitra Achillopoulou, UK

Eftychia Apostolidi, Austria
Mourad Bakhoum, Egypt
Antionio Barrias, Ireland
Annette  Boegle, Germany
Eric Brehm, Germany
Bruno Briseghella, China
Ainhoa Marin Camero, Spain

Robby Caspeele, Belgium
Zhihua  Chen, China
Hugo Coelho, Portugal

Christian Cremona, France

Salvatore Di Bernardo, USA

John Duntemann, United States

Elina Efthymiou, USA

Peng Feng, China

Ian Firth, UK

J. Ramon Gaxiola-Camacho, Mexico

Christos Giarlelis, Greece

Anxin Guo, China

Rade Hajdin, Switzerland

Robert Hertle, Germany

Niels Peter Hoj, Switzerland

Xugang Hua, China

Dongzhou Huang, USA

Hongwei Huang, China

Naeem Hussain, Hong Kong SAR

Vesa Järvinen, Finland
Xu Jiang, China

Kotas Kalfas, USA

Igor Kavrakov, Germany

Ho-Kyung Kim, Korea Rep. of

Jochen Kohler, Norway

Milad Komary, Spain

Debra Laefer, USA

Andreas Lampropoulos, UK

Roman Lenner, South Africa

Kefei Li, China
Maria Giuseppina Limongelli, Italy

Poul Linneberg, Denmark

Zhao Liu, China

Xinzheng Lu, China

Fernando Madrazo-Aguirre, UK
Filipe Magalhães, Portugal




Filipe Magalhães, Portugal
Sebastien Maheux, Canada
Nisrine Makhoul, Lebanon

Andrew Martin, Denmark

José Matos, Portugal
Carlos Mendez Galindo, Mexico
Raz Mor, Israel
Guido Morgenthal, Germany
Shunichi Nakamura, Japan
Alan O'Connor, Ireland
André Orcesi, France
Fabrizio Palmisano, Italy
Marion Rauch, Germany
Xin Ruan, China
Laurent Rus, Spain
Vanja Samec, Austria
Franziska Schmidt, France
Ann Schumacher, Switzerland
Dominik  Skokandic, Hungary
Bert Snijder, The Netherlands
Hélder Sousa, Portugal
Richard Stroetmann, Germany
Harshavardhan Subbarao, India
Zhi Sun, China
Peter Tanner, Spain
Orania Tsioulu, UK
José Turmo, Spain
Brian Uy, Australia
Matias Andres Valenzuela Saavedra, Chile
Pierre van der Spuy, South Africa
Tina Vejrum, Denmark
František Wald, Czech Republic
Dalei Wang, China
Yingliang Wang, China
Chunsheng Wang, China
Biao Wei, China
Jan Wium, South Africa
Congzhen Xiao, China
Gongyi Xu, China
Nan Zhang, China
Yangwen  Zhang, Germany
Haijun Zhou, China
Stefan Zmigrodzki, Canada
Tobia Zordan, Italy

Important Dates
Submission of Abstracts Opens: June 28, 2021
Deadline Submission of Abstracts: November 15, 2021
Notification of Abstract Acceptance:  February 28, 2022

Deadline Submission of Full Papers:


April 15, 2022 

Notification of Paper Acceptance: May 15, 2022
Final Invitation and Registration Opens:  May 15, 2022
Early Bird Registration deadline: June 15, 2022
IABSE Congress Nanjing 2022: September 21-23, 2022

Themes and Topics


Future Trends and Innovations in Material, Design and Construction

  • Mega structures (Projects)
  • Long span and high-rise structures
  • Future structural and functional demands
  • Improvements of current codes and standards
  • High and ultra-high performance materials
  • Advanced experimental testing and techniques
  • Advanced numerical models and simulations
  • Building Information Modeling in structural engineering
  • Innovative construction methods
  • Innovative structural devices and products
  • Digital technology and fabrication
  • Applications of artificial intelligence

Assessment, Strengthening and Management

  • Structural health monitoring
  • Evaluation and assessment techniques
  • Model updating, safety evaluation and reliability forecast
  • Innovative inspection techniques
  • Maintenance, repair and retrofitting strategies
  • Load carrying capacity and remaining lifetime
  • Strengthening and repurposing of structures
  • Expanding structures service life
  • Deconstruction and recycling
  • Bridge management systems
  • Resilience of structures and cities

Sustainability, Durability and Harmonisation of Structures 

  • Learning from previous errors: Forensic engineering
  • Life-cycle based design
  • Reducing risks of earthquakes, wind and other natural hazards
  • Reducing risks of fire and other man-made hazards
  • Extreme and exceptional loads on structures
  • Climate change
  • Fatigue and fracture
  • Climate change adaptation and disaster resilience
  • Environmental risk assessment
  • Emission free building of structures
  • Aesthetics in structural design
  • Arcology

Congress Proceedings

Full papers accepted by the Scientific Committee will be published in the IABSE Congress Proceedings, which will be available in electronic format before the Congress begins. The publication of each paper is conditional upon that the presenting author registers to attend the Congress. IABSE Congress Proceedings are abstracted and indexed under Scopus.

Technical Programme

The scientific part will  include Keynote, Plenary and Parallel Sessions for three days. A parallel domestic conference on bridge engineering will be held concurrently with shared themes, opening ceremony and keynote speakers. The official language of the Congress is English.


Keynote Speakers


Stephanos E. DRITSOS, Emeritus Professor, University of Patras, Greece

Title of the Keynote:  Assessment and Retrofitting of Existing R.C.Buldings- Recent Trends


Ho-Kyung Kim, POSCO Chair Professor, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Seoul National University, Korea

Title of the Keynote:  Probabilistic Assessment of Vehicle Driving Safety under Strong Winds –Cause Investigations on Two Sea-Crossing Bridges


Gonzalo Ramos Schneider, Full Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya – Barcelona TECH (UPC). Spain

Title of the Keynote:  Effects of Subsidence Induced by Tunnelling on Buildings: The Sagrada Familia Temple case


Shunquan Qin, Chairman,China Railway Major Bridge Reconnaissance & Design Institute Co., LTD. China

Title of the Keynote:  Long Span Cable-Stayed Bridge Development


Yaojun Ge, IABSE President, Professor at Department of Bridge Tongji University, China 

Title of the Keynote:  Innovation and creation of recent bridge development under the direction of IABSE Outstanding Structure Award

Young Engineers Programme

Participants born in or after 1988 will benefit from a reduced registration fee and are granted a free IABSE membership for the year 2022. In addition, authors born in or after 1988, who personally present their papers at the Congress, will be recognized with awards consisting of a money prize offered by the OC and the IABSE Fellows.

Technical Visits

The Technical Visits include two world record-breaking bridge projects, both of which are under construction and located in Jiangsu Province across the Yangtze River near Nanjing. All Congress participants and accompanying persons will be privileged to visit these two bridges. More detailed information will be available in the final invitation and be updated on the congress website. 


Chang-Tai Bridge, Jiangsu Province, China
Under construction (2019-2024)
Railway + Highway
Steel truss cable-stayed bridge
Main span: 1176m (New World Record)

Zhang-Gao Highway Bridge, Jiangsu Province, China
Under construction  (2021-2026)
Suspension bridge
Main span: 2300m  (New World Record).