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.

Important Dates
Submission of abstracts opens: June 28, 2021
Submission of abstracts:   August 30, 2021
Notification abstract acceptance:  December 15, 202
Submission of full papers: February 28, 2022
Notification paper acceptance: May 15, 2022
Final invitation, registration opens:  May 15, 2022
Early Bird Registration deadline: June 15, 2022
IABSE Congress Nanjing 2022: September 21-23, 2022

Call for Abstracts   (opens June 28, 2021 on this webpage)

Authors interested in participating are invited to submit up to two short abstracts in English (up to 300 words) to the following Themes and Topics via this webpage by August 30, 2021

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.

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).