Message from the Scientific Committee

        František Wald


The Scientific Committee of the IABSE Symposium Prague 2022 has prepared an interesting technical programme  to discuss the latest developments of bridge and structural engineering with respect to the advanced and new methods of design and analysis.


Scientists, experts, designers, contractors and all those who are interested in advances and problems in civil engineering structures and bridges, in numerical modelling and advanced methods of design, are cordially invited to submit their paper to discuss and contribute to the theme “Challenges for Existing and Oncoming Structures (CEOS)”.

The technical programme will include renowned Keynote Speakers, Plenary and Parallel Sessions, and technical visits will be organised. All written papers submitted are peer-reviewed by the Scientific Committee. The large majority of the presentations will be delivered orally in normal sessions, nevertheless special sessions will take place as well. Task Groups of IABSE can apply for these special sessions. Keynote Speakers will introduce relevant topics to the theme and give a state‑of-the‑art lectures.


We look forward to your contribution to the IABSE Symposium 2022 and to meeting you in Prague.


František Wald
Scientific Committee Chair, Czech Republic

About the Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee (SC) is chaired by Prof. František Wald, Czech Technical University in Prague, Department of Steel & Timber Structures. The SC consists of approx 70 expert members from all over the world and is elected by the Technidal Committee of IABSE, chaired by Prof. Daia Zwicky, Fribourg University of Applied Sciences.


To contact the Scientific Committee (SC) , please send an email to:


Scientific Committee




František Wald, Czech Rep.  (Chair)
Jan Vitek, Czech Rep.  (Vice-Chair)

Michal Jandera, Czech Rep.
Martina Eliášová, Czech Rep.
Petra Kamenská, Czech Rep. (Secretary)





Dimitra Achillopoulou, UK
Naida Ademović, BIH
Gülay Altay, Turkey
Andrea Apitz, Germany
Eftychia Apostolidi, Austria
Rudolf Ároch, Slovakia
Itsaso Arrayago, Australia
Mourad Bakhoum, Egypt
Antonio Barrias, Portugal
Jan Bień, Poland
Abdelhamid Bouchair, France
Eugen Brühwiler, Switzerland
Alain Bureau, France
Joan R. Casas, Spain
Vladimir Cervenka, Czech Republic
Eleni Chatzi, Switzerland
Cosmin Chiorean, Romania
Ane de Boer, The Netherlands
Hervé Degée, Belgium
Jelena Dobric, Serbia
Jakub Dolejš, Czech Republic
Milos Drdacky, Czech Republic
Laszlo Dunai, Hungary
Sam Easterling, USA
Lennart Elfgren, Sweden
J Ramon Gaixola-Camacho, Mexico
Konstantinos Georgiadis, Greece
Christos Giarlelis, Greece
Guðmundur V. Guðmundsson, Iceland
Ma Haiying, China
Rade Hajdin, Switzerland
Paweł Hawryszków, Poland
Milan Kalny, Czech Republic
Igor Kavrakov, Germany
Markus  Knobloch, Germany
Johann Kollegger, Austria
Seyedmilad Komarizadehasl, Spain
Peter Koteš, Slovakia
Ulrike  Kuhlman, Germany
Andreas  Lampropoulos, UK 
Poberto Leon, USA
Maria Pina Limongelli, Italy
Poul  Linneberg, Denmark
Fernando Madrazo-Aguirre, UK





Filipe Magalhães, Portugal
Sebastien Maheux, Canada
Zlatko Markovic, Serbia
Andrew  Martin, Denmark
José  Matos, Portugal
Kristo  Mela, Finland
Primoz  Moze, Slovenia
Zsolt Nagy, Romania
David Nethercot, UK
Renata Obiala, Luxemburg
André Orcesi, France
Fabrizio  Palmisano, Italy
Nikolaj Rask  Pedersen, Denmark
Eberhard Pelke, Germany
Jindrich Potucek, Czech Republic
Marion  Rauch, Germany
Paulo Vila  Real, Portugal
Pavel Ryjáček, Czech Republic
Roman  Safar, Czech Republic
Vanja  Samec, Austria
Luis  Santos, Portugal
Atsushi  Sato, Japan
Peter Schaumann, Germany
Kristian Schellenberg, Switzerland
Dominik Skokandic, Croatia
H. H.  Snijder, The Netherlands
Helder Sousa, Portugal
Alfred Strauss, Austria
Richard Stroetmann, Germany
Andreas  Taras, Switzerland
Lip Teh, Australia
Petr Tej, Czech Republic
Ourania Tsioulou, UK
Viorel Ungureanu, Romania
Harald Unterweger, Austria
Brian Uy, Australia

Matías A. Valenzuela, Chile
Josef Vičan, Slovakia
Dana Janova Wangler, Czech Republic
Ye Xia, China
Riccardo Zandonini, Italy
Bin Zhao, France

Alphose Zingoni, South Africa


Important Dates

Early Bird Registration: Closed
Deadline Authors registration: Closed
Symposium: 25–27 May 2022

Themes and Topics


The sub-themes are especially:
• Advanced models of structures and bridges
• Coming design standards
• Bridges and footbridges
• Advanced solutions for refurbishment and strengthening
• New and innovative materials, technologies and structural solutions
• Standards for refurbishment
• Building information modelling for life of structures


Also, traditional topics may be addressed, such as:
• Advanced structural analysis
• Architecture of structures
• Cold-formed and thin-walled members and structures
• Connections
• Damage repair and assessment of steel structures
• Dynamic behaviour and analysis
• Fatigue and fracture mechanics
• Fire engineering
• High strength, aluminium & stainless steel
• Innovative structural designs and applications
• Lightweight fibre reinforced plastic composite structures
• Large span and high-rise structures
• Off-shore structures
• Plate, shell and space structures
• Reliability, safety and risk analysis
• Robustness
• Seismic-resistant structures and blast loading
• Stability of glass and hybrid structures
• Steel-concrete composite members and structures
• Structural health monitoring
• Strengthening and retrofitting of structures and bridges
• Trusses, towers and masts
• Tubular constructions

Confirmed Special Sessions


• Bridge Management System and Building Information Modelling: Challenges and vision (chairs: Vanja Samec, Rade Hajdin, José Matos)

• New European Standardisation on Monitoring, Safety Assessment and Bridge Maintenance (chairs: Diego Lorenzo Allaix, Maria Pina Limongelli)

• The Storstrøm Bridge in Denmark - Challenges in Design and Construction (chairs: Martin Svendsen, Marco Raimondi)

• Structural Steel Connection Design - Challenges and Vision (chairs: Milan Veljkovic, Hitoshi Moriyama)

• Ultra-High-Performance Concrete is Ready to Revolutionize (chairs: Eugen Brühwiler, Petr Tej)

• Membrane Structures – Recent Achievements in Practice and Standardization (chairs: Jörg Uhlemann, Vipul Surana)

• Design Assisted by Finite Element Analysis (chairs László Dunai, Mohammad Ashour)


Conference Proceedings

All papers accepted by the Scientific Committee for oral presentation will be published in the Symposium Report. The Report will be available in electronic format at the beginning of the Symposium. The publication of each paper is conditional upon the presenting author registering to attend the symposium. IABSE Conference Reports are abstracted and indexed under Scopus.



Technical Programme

The technical programme will include renowned Keynote Speakers, Plenary and Parallel Sessions, and technical visits will be organised. All written papers submitted are peer-reviewed by the Scientific Committee. The large majority of the presentations will be delivered orally in normal sessions, nevertheless special sessions will take place as well. Task Groups of IABSE can apply for these special sessions. Keynote Speakers will introduce relevant topics to the theme and give a state‑of-the‑art lectures. 


The Final Technical Programme is now available. Click here to learn more information.
Click here to browse the Interactive Programme.




The IABSE Symposium Prague 2022 Oral Presentation Template is available for download here.




Guided walking tour will be held on Wednesday, 25 May  at 14:00h (10-40 participants each).


Keynote Speakers


Eugen BrühwilerSwiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
'UHPFRC is Ready to Revolutionise Existing and New Structures' 


Eugen Brühwiler is a Professor of structural engineering and Director of the Laboratory of Maintenance and Safety of Existing Structures at EPFL – the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland, since 1995. His teaching and research activities include modern methods of examination in structural engineering including structural and fatigue safety, monitoring and reliability of bridges and buildings as well as the use of Ultra-High Performance Fiber Reinforced Cementitious Composites (UHPFRC) for the rehabilitation and strengthening of existing RC structures and the design and construction of new UHPFRC structures. 

Zdeněk P. Bažant, McCormick Institute, USA

'Fracture Size Effect in Concrete Design Codes'


Zdeněk P. Bažant is a full professor at the McCormick Institute, Northwestern University. His interests lie in new interdisciplinary problems of the mechanics of solids and structures, with applications in structural, mechanical and aeronautical engineering, materials science, geophysics and petroleum engineering. His research group works on nonlinear fracture mechanics, size effects and scaling of failure, stability of structures, micromechanics of damage in materials, inelastic constitutive laws, creep and hygrothermal effects in nanoporous materials, chemo-mechanics, failure of fiber composites, hydraulic fracturing of shale, geothermal energy, impact problems, probabilistic mechanics of quasibrittle structures, plasticity and finite strain, with related numerical methods. He is a Member of NAS, NAE, AAAS , Royal Society of London, National Academies of Austria, Czech Republic, Italy (dei Lincei), India, Spain and Lombardy; Academia Europaea, and Eur. Academy of Science and Art. He has 7 honorary doctorates and many other international awards. 

Manfred Curbach, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
'Carbon Concrete - Towards a Climate Neutral Building Industry'


Graduated civil engineering at the University of Dortmund in 1982. He received his PhD. In 1987 at the Institute of Reinforced Concrete Structures and Building Materials at the University of Karlsruhe under Prof. Josef Eibl. Since 1994 he is university professor, holder of the chair for concrete structures at Technische Universität Dresden. He is a member of many organizations, such as ACI, ASCE, DAfStb, IngKammer, PCI, RILEM, VDI, VPI, member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and others. 

László​ Dunai, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
'Steel Strucuture Design Assisted by Finite Element Analysis'


Graduated Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Budapest in 1983 and Engineering Mathematics in 1986. PhD title was obtained in 1996 and in 2002 he acquired the habilitation. In 2008 he got the Doctor of Sciences degree, and in 2016 he was elected as the Corresponding Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He participated in postdoctoral study programmes in Lehigh University (USA) and in Osaka University (Japan). He is now professor at the Civil Engineering Faculty and head of the Structural Engineering Department, Budapest University of Technology and Economics. His key areas of research cover the following subjects: steel and steel-concrete composite structures; thin-walled structural systems; stability and fatigue of bridges; numerical modeling, finite element analysis and design of structures; on these fields he supervised 16 PhD thesis. He participates actively in editorial boards of international journals, in the development of the new generation of steel structural Eurocodes and in conference organising and scientific committees. 

Marco Di Prisco, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
'The Bridges in Italy: How to Manage the Infrastructural Heritage Guaranteeing Safety and Sustainability'

Marco di Prisco is full professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. His main research interests are constitutive modeling of advanced cement-based materials, reinforcement-concrete interaction mechanisms, sustainable design of R/C and P/C and FRC structures, prefabricated structures, structural response at exceptional loads. He is author of more than 350 papers, coordinator of many research projects financed by private Companies, Regional and National funds and European Community. Series Editor of Springer Tracts and Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering for Springer-Nature, honorary Editor of ISI Journal European Journal of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Presidium member of fib, member of several National and International Technical Committees, Coordinator of the Committee for Model Code 2020 chapters on FRC and of Rilem Commission TC 288 on Impact and Explosion. He is currently convener of the Commission TC250/SC2/Wg1/TG2 to introduce FRC in EC2 and is coordinating a National Research Project on existing bridges (“FIRMITAS: multi-hazard assessment, control and retroFIt of bridges for enhanced Robustness using sMart IndusTriAlized Solutions”). Since 2018, he is Technical Director of the design company DSC-ERBA s.r.l.


Franitsek Wald, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
'Multilevel FEA and BIM for the Design of Structural Steel'


Works at Czech Technical University in Prague as Professor the Department steel and timber structures. In his professional life he concentrates to the connection, fire design of steel structures, and aluminium structures. 
In structural steel connection design he prepared the component model for column bases and the component based finite element model of joints and members (CBFEM). He supervised 19 PhD, 121 Master and 127 Bachelor theses, managed Erasmus Mundus Master Program Sustainable Constructions under Natural Hazards and Catastrophic events – SUSCOS_M and established bachelor's program Fire Safety of Buildings, master's Integral Building Safety and doctoral Integral Safety. Coordinated of 19 research projects. Author of 9 books, 169 research-based publications. Prof received the award Ministry of the Interior 2008 Prize for Merit for Safety, CAOK 2017 Prize of Pavel Juchelka for Outstanding Contribution to the Field, ECCS 2018 Charles Massonnet Award, and Czech Head Prize for MERLION Project.

The Young Engineers Programme

All participants born in or after 1988 will benefit from a reduced registration fee and are offered free IABSE membership for the year 2022. In addition two authors born in or after 1988, who personally present their paper at the Symposium, will be recognised with an award consisting of a money prize offered by the OC and the IABSE Fellows. The awards will be presented at the Symposium Closing Ceremony. 


Sight-Seeing between Young and Fellows – Vyšehrad Castle

Wednesday, 25 May, 19:00- 20:30

Meeting Point: 19:00 Registration Desk 2nd floor

This Sight- Seeing Tour to the Vyšehrad Castle area (just a few minutes’ walk from the venue) is organised to bring together young and Fellow members while visiting Prague´s historical places. Let´s have a nice walk after the Welcome Reception in the area of the oldest castle in Prague ‘Vyšehrad’ with wonderful view to the city and the river Vltava.


Best Presentation Awards for Young Engineers

Friday, 27 May, 17:40 in the Forum Hall - Closing Ceremony

Best presentation awards will be announced during the Closing Ceremony on Friday, 27 May, at 17:40. Two outstanding contributions presented by Young Engineers at IABSE Symposium will be selected by the Jury.

The prizes are awarded to those papers, which largely meet the following characteristics:

  • Originality: Is the topic a new type of research or structure, or does it build on preceding knowledge?
  • Validation: Is the methodology fully substantiated?
  • Absoluteness: Does the contribution allow discussion and do the authors recognize limitations and possible flaws?
  • Presentation: How was the content presented and was an open discussion reached?

The prizes are offered by the IABSE Fellows and the Organising Committee.


Speed Networking: Short Career Advice by Senior IABSE Members

Thursday 26 May, 12:45 – 13:15

Location:  Forum Hall Foyer seating area

Sign up for this event where you can practice your interview/presentation skills with Prominent IABSE Fellows. This event will provide a chance to improve YE communication and presentation skills and obtain advice from experienced professionals from various international backgrounds. The experienced professionals will also have the opportunity to meet motivated young engineers, widen their network or even potential job candidates.


Reserved Bar for Young Engineers

Thursday, 26 May at  22:00 (After Gala Dinner)

Social networking between young engineers and IABSE Fellows, great opportunity to learn about local culture and informally discuss not only scientific topis in the Bar.



Technical Visits 

Technical Visits to interesting projects and to research facilities guided by localengineers are planned during the symposium. Visits will also be open to accompanying persons. Detailed information will be available in the symposium website.


Technical Visit A

Price: 50 Euro per person
Thursday, 26 May 2022, 14:00–18:00
Saturday, 28 May 2022,  09:00–13:00


Technical Visit A enjoy Prague most interesting and exciting bridges while avoiding the busy streets from utter peace and serenity of the Vltava river. From the deck of the boar you will see main Prague bridges including the masonry Negrelli bridge, Troja bridge and expected construction of the UHFRPC pedestrian bridge HOL-KA.

A bus transfer for the way back is organised.

Minimum number of participants is 40.


Negrelli Bridge



Troja Bridge

Technical Visit B

Price: 55 Euro per person (including lunch)
Saturday, 28 May 2022, 09:00-18:00


Technical Visit B will guide participants by bus through most interesting and exciting bridges in Czech Republic. We will start on the Lochkovský bridge, move to the UHFRPC pedestrian cable stayed bridge in Lužec, visit movable  masonry lift bridge in Hořín, visit Žďákovský most and selected ongoing bridge constructions(based on the availability).


Žďákovský Bridge 



Lochkovský bridge


Grand Tour of Prague

This insightful his­torical tour lets you enjoy the city’s most famous sights. The tour starts at Prague Castle (Hradčany), registered as the biggest castle complex in the world. It established itself as the spiritual centre of the Bohemian sovereigns from the 9th century and since 1918 (foundation of Czechoslovakia) it has served as the residence of presidents. The tour then follows the “Royal Route”, the former promenade of kings and part of the official coronation by foot. Winding down to Lesser Town and picturesque Kampa Island you will cross the famous Charles Bridge and continue to discover remarkable monuments in the Old Town area. This remarkable journey ends in front of the Old Town City Hall with its extraordinary astronomical clock.


Price: 41 Euro per person 

Wednesday, 25 May 2022, 13:30 - 17:30 (included in the Accompanying Person Fee)

Duration: 4 hours

Please kindly note THIS IS A WALKING TOUR!

Price includes A/C coach transfer to the Prague Castle and then from the city centre to the Congress Centre, English speaking guide.