The Organising Committee is very pleased to invite you to participate in the IABSE Symposium 2022 in Prague, Czech Republic, on 25-27 May 2022. This IABSE Symposium is organised by the Czech Group of IABSE in cooperation with Czech Technical University in Prague and will be the first international IABSE event hosted in the Czech Republic.
Join us for an amazing event in the beautiful City of Prague. We are preparing a very interesting classical onsite symposium. The Symposium will be a great opportunity for Scientists, experts, designers, contractors to discuss the latest innovations on structural and bridge engineering, especially regarding the challenges for existing and oncoming structures. Prague is easily accessible from around the world by air, train and road, and the Symposium will be held conveniently in the congress centre right in the centre of Prague with excellent connection to all important historical parts of the city.
As your host in the City of a Hundred Spires, beautifully set on the banks of the Vltava River, besides the scientific programme, we are looking forward to welcoming you to our technical visits, guided by local engineers and our wonderful social programme.
We invite you to join us in the historical heart of Europe to enjoy this IABSE event.
Organising Committee Chair, Czech Republic
About The Organisers
The Czech Group of IABSE in cooperation with Czech Technical University in Prague are organising the IABSE Symposium Prague 2022.
Tel.: +420 261 174 301
Fax: +420 261 174 307
Pavel Ryjáček, Chair
Milos F. Drdacky
Beautifully set on the banks of the Vltava River, Prague the City of a Hundred Spires is one of the most majestic cities in Europe. The historic centre of Prague admirably illustrates the process of continuous urban growth from the Middle Ages to the present day. Its important role in the political, economic, social and cultural evolution of central Europe from the 14th century onwards and the richness of its architectural and artistic traditions meant that it served as a major model for urban development for much of central and eastern Europe. Prague represents one of the most prominent world centres of creative life in the field of urbanism and architecture across generations, human mentality and beliefs.
The Prague Congress Centre, is a city landmark and has spectacular views of the city. It ranks among the most significant European conference centres, with a capacity for conferences of up to 9,300 participants in more than 50 halls, lounges and meeting rooms.The largest hall is the Congress Hall, with a maximum capacity of 2,764 seats. A purpose made venue with easy accessibility to many hotels in the near vicinity. With the underground station located within just 1-minute walking distance from the venue, the very heart of the city can be reached within minutes of the most stunning panoramic views over the city. Vysehrad also offers peaceful green parks encouraging relaxation and the perfect location to catch up with cultural and spiritual matters in your free time.
As a courtesy to our IABSE delegates, we are pleased to offer a discounted hotel room rate to assist with travel planning.
There are two hotels in walking distance from the venue
The IABSE Symposium Prague 2022 is a three day international structural engineering onsite conference bringing together students, designers, contractors, owners and experts from around the world to exchange cutting-edge knowledge and networking. Keynote Speakers will introduce relevant topics to the theme and give a state‑of-the‑art lectures, followed by presentations in Plenary and Parallel Sessions. The large majority of the presentations will be delivered orally in normal sessions, nevertheless special sessions will take place as well. Keynote Sessions will be given by renowned experts of each theme of the Symposium and will address the most innovative findings of their ongoing work. Special Sessions will grant the opportunity to present developments related to a specific topic proposed by highly respected individuals on that field of research or technical practice. Each contribution to these sessions consists of a paper of six to eight pages and an oral presentation followed by an open floor discussion for the audience to participate in.
All participants and their guests are invited.
You are invited to the official Welcome Reception, which will take place on 26 May at 18:00 hrs in the Exhibition Area located in the Foyer of the Prague Congress Centre. Don’t miss the chance to discuss the most recent developments and meet new and old friends and colleagues.
Prague’s Unesco Heritage
Beautifully set on the banks of the Vltava River, Prague, the City of a Hundred Spires is one of the most majestic cities in Europe. The historic centre of Prague admirably illustrates the process of continuous urban growth from the Middle Ages to the present days. Its importance in the political, economic, social and cultural evolution of central Europe since the 14th century, as well as the richness of its architectural and artistic traditions, meant that it served as a major model for urban development for much of central and eastern Europe. Prague represents one of the most prominent world centres of creative life in the field of urbanism and architecture across generations, human mentality and reliefs.
Date: Thursday, 26 May, 2022
Time: 19:30 hrs
Besides the comprehensive scientific programme IABSE Prague 2022 is going to be a perfect opportunity to build up and strengthen your social networks and friendships. Sign up for this event and enjoy a fantastic evening with excellent food and fine selection of drinks.
Please note that the number of participants is limited.
Current COVID-19 Measures implemented in the Czech Republic
The Czech Republic has been a member of the European Union since 2004. Citizens of the EU member states are required to carry their passports or other form of valid identification in order to enter the country. The same applies for the citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, who can move freely around the EU states. In 2007, the Czech Republic signed the Schengen agreement. The list of countries whose citizens require a visa in order to visit can be found here.
The Czech Republic is in the Central European Time Zone (CET). CET is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +1). After the last Sunday in March the time in Czech Republic is shifted back by 1 hour to CET and this remains until the end of September.
Currency / Exchange
The Czech currency is called the Czech crown (CZK). Its circulation is in the form of banknotes of the following value: 5,000, 2,000, 1,000, 500, 200, 100 and coins of the following value: 50, 20, 10, 5, 2, 1 crowns. Exchange offices are located all around the city centre (exchange offices, banks, post offices). Always check the terms and conditions in exchange offices. Never exchange money at the street.
The electricity used in Czech Republic is 220 Volts / 50 Hz (type E French 2-pin electrical adapter plug and electrical outlet identified by two round pins spaced 19 mm apart with a hole for the socket’s male grounding pin. Type E outlet will also accept Type C plugs and Type E plugs will also work in Type F outlets. A transformer is necessary for your electrical and electronic equipment if using different voltage (ie USA, Canada).
Prague is the largest city of Czech Republic and also the centre of the country. It can be conveniently reached by air, train, bus and car.
By air: Prague international airport operates two terminals. Terminal 1 is designated for departures to countries outside of the Schengen Area while Terminal 2 handles departures to the Schengen Area member states. Terminal T1 and T2 can be reached by all mainstream international airlines: British Airways, Korean Air Lines, Rossiya Airlines, Air Malta, Czech Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Aegean Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Air Canada, United Airlines Inc., Finnair OYJ, Deutsche Lufthansa, etc.. Also low budget airlines like Ryan Air, Travel Service, Easy Jet or Wizz Air have Prague as destination.
The Václav Havel Airport Prague is located in the northwest outskirts of Prague, some 20 kilometres from the city centre and the Congress Centre Prague. More information about the airport in Prague can be found here.
From London (LON) there are scheduled flights to Prague several times a day. The flight takes 1 hour and 55 minutes. Taxi from airport to Congress Centre Prague cost from 25€.
From Paris (CDG) there are scheduled flights to Prague several times a day. The flight takes 1 hour and 40 minutes. Taxi from airport to Congress Centre Prague cost from 25€.
From Istanbul (IST) there are scheduled flights to Prague several times a day. The flight takes 2 hours 40 minutes. Taxi from airport to Congress Centre Prague cost from 25€.
From Frankfurt (FRA) there are scheduled flights to Prague several times a day. The flight takes 1 hour. Taxi from airport to Congress Centre Prague cost from 25€.
You can book your flight also here.
and Useful Links
Public Transport from/to the Vaclav Havel Prague Airport
• Bus 119: Prague Airport – Nádraží Veleslavín
(Metro, Line A) – 17 min
• Airport Express Bus: Prague Airport – Prague Main
Train Station (Metro, Line C) – 35 min
You can find more information about all kinds of transportation from/to the Vaclav Havel Prague Airport here.
Useful websites to prepare your arrival to Prague and your attendance to the Symposium:
• Airport: www.prg.aero/en
• Currency converter: www.xe.com/ucc
• Central bank exchange rates: www.cnb.cz/en
• Prague (information about):
• Official Tourist Board:
• Public Transport in Prague: www.dpp.cz/en
• Restaurants: www.praguewelcome.cz/en/dine
Further details: https://www.prg.aero/en/taxi
Most reliable taxi companies in downtown are:
AAA Taxi Praha, +420 222 333 222 , https://www.aaataxi.cz/en/home/
City taxi, +420 257 257 257, http://www.citytaxi.cz
Tick Tack, +420 721 300 300, https://ticktack.cz/?lang=en
By any means void freelance taxis at airport or downtown. They can charge triple of affiliated taxis. You better spend your money on good czech food.
How to get from airport to downtown hotel
There are shuttle buses to downtown that will drop you at any desired destination. Excellent low budget solution. Further details: https://www.prg.aero/en/public-transport-buses
By taxi: There is a kiosk where reliable taxis are organized very fast. Use their partner FIX TAXI and Taxi Praha taxi service providers for getting to/from the airport. Credit card payment is possible.
Travel by train to see the countryside and captivating natural sights.
From Budapest (BUD) airport you can get to main railway station by taxi or by bus. There are direct trains to Prague. The journey takes 7 hours.
From Vienna (VIE) airport you take taxi or bus to railway station Vienna (Wien) Westbahnhof or Vienna (Wien) Meidling, where you can take direct express train to Prague. The duration of the journey is 4 hour.
From Bratislava (BTS) airport, the taxi (approx. € 15) takes you to the main railway station. There are scheduled trains going directly to Budapest. The journey takes 4 hours.
Traveling by train in Europe: https://www.omio.com/trains
Getting to Venue By Metro
The Prague Congress Centre is adjacent to the Vyšehrad station on Line C of the Prague underground Metro network, providing convenient access by public transport from the city’s airport and all major rail and bus stations.
Maps, timetables, fares and route planning are available
in English on the Prague Public Transport website
You can easily get to Prague by car. Parking is available in the Prague Congress Centre's underground car park, or above ground on the southern side of the complex.
By Prague Public Transport
The Prague Congress Centre is adjacent to the Vyšehrad station on Line C of the Prague underground railway network, providing convenient access by public transport from the city’s airport and all major rail and bus stations.
Maps, timetables, fares and route planning are available in English on the Prague Public Transport website www.dpp.cz/en/