Message from the Organising Committee


Prof. Jan Biliszczuk            Dr. Paweł Hawryszków


On behalf of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) we have great pleasure to invite you to Wrocław, Poland, for the IABSE Symposium “Synergy of Culture and Civil Engineering – History and Challenges” on October 7-9, 2020. The IABSE Symposium is organised by the Polish Group of IABSE and Wrocław University of Science and Technology (WUST), and will take place at the Congress Centre of Wrocław University of Science and Technology. We look forward to welcoming you in Wrocław, the capital of the Lower Silesia and a strong academic, industrial and cultural centre engaged in various forms of international cooperation.


The main goal of the Symposium is the creation of a forum for debate on the development of bridge and structural engineering as part of worldwide culture, and on current challenges in this area. The Symposium will be an important international meeting of scientists, experts, designers, contractors and all those who are interested in problems of bridges and other civil engineering structures, including not only technical issues, but also their presence in everyday life and in culture.


The Organising Committee has − besides all Symposium activities – arranged technical visits to interesting projects and to research facilities, guided by local engineers and open for accompanying persons. A social programme is being arranged and we look forward to building new friendships and enhance old ones in a pleasant atmosphere at the Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.


We would like to thank all members of the Scientific Committee, chaired by Prof. Jan Bien for preparing the technical programme of this Symposium, and also present our gratitude to all members of the Organising Committee for arranging all Symposium activities.


We are sure it will be a very fruitful event, and look forward to welcoming you to Wrocław!


Prof. Jan Biliszczuk                                 Dr. Paweł Hawryszków

Co-Chair, Organising Committee           Executive Chair, Organising Committee



Update – Wroclaw Symposium 2020 - “Virtual Participation” option

As you perfectly know the IABSE Symposium Wrocław 2020 “Synergy of Culture and Civil Engineering – History and Challenges”, due to Covid-19 pandemic was rescheduled and postponed from May to October 7-9, 2020. It was a tough decision to make, as we were in full swing for the preparations to welcome all the delegates during beautiful spring in Poland.

Observing an improvement of the situation in many countries, the hope is rising in our hearts. Internal travels within the European Union have been just enabled, on the other hand there are restrictions imposed by governments and local authorities according to public events and social distancing. In Poland, currently meetings with less than 150 participants and with 2.0 m social distancing may be organised.

As we are 3 months before the Symposium and the situation is still uncertain, as well as taking into account the above described and difficult situation worldwide, we have decided to offer a new opportunity to attend our conference. We have developed a new registration category “Virtual Participation” with discounted prices. We firmly believe that this will enable many participants to join the event and safely meet.

We are sure that the Symposium will be a successful event. We have achieved very promising statistics: over 160 papers were accepted by the Scientific Committee, 3 Sponsors and 10 commercial Exhibitors are supporting the conference. Comparing with other international conferences organised by our experienced team, it promises to be one of the largest scientific and technical events we have organised. We have doubled our work to make all new arrangements and are doing our best to host the event in a creative and innovative way.

Please, find enclosed the article with brief information about the Symposium and our preliminary plans, published in SEI No. 1/2020. Please, visit the new, attractive website of IABSE and download the Final Invitation to read more about our excellent plans! Stay with us and meet in real or virtual world.

The Organising Committee has accepted the challenge of current times and guarantees that safety and sharing of knowledge is its top priority. The final decisions according to the format of the Symposium will be made in August and will be published on the IABSE website.

We invite you to join us for this outstanding IABSE event! If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. More detailed information is available on the website:



Jan Bien, Jan Biliszczuk, Pawel Hawryszkow

Scientific & Organising Committee Chairs


IABSE Symposium Wrocław 2020, POLAND




About the Organisers

The Polish Group of IABSE, chaired by Prof. Jan Bień, together with Wrocław University of Science and Technology is organising the IABSE Symposium Wrocław 2020. The Organising Committee is chaired by Prof Jan Biliszcuk and OC Executive Chair, Dr. Pawel Hawryszków from the same University and includes 10 dedicated OC members.





Wrocław University of Science and Technology

27 Wybrzeże Wyspiańskiego St.

Wrocław 50-370, Poland

Tel: +48 71 320 45 62

Email us!


Organising Committee

Jan Biliszczuk, Chair

Paweł Hawryszków, Executive Chair

Olga Szymczyk, Secretary

Elżbieta Burasińska, Financial Assistant

Maciej Hildebrand, Lead Editorial Team

Marta Knawa-Hawryszków, Lead Graphic Design & Young Engineers Award

Krzysztof Sadowski, Lead IT

Krzysztof Galik

Aleksander Mróz

Paweł Rawa

Marco Teichgraeber

Volodymyr Volotsiuga




About Wroclaw

Wrocław – the heart of Lower Silesia – is one of the oldest and the most beautiful places in Poland. This metropolis with over 650,000 inhabitants has diversified cultural life and multi-domain academic societies with a student population of over 130,000. Wrocław is also an important economic centre which continuously develops, tightening relations with Europe whilst and successively meeting new challenges coming from the whole world. The city centre is crossed with an extensive network of the Odra River channels and tributaries making Wrocław a city of 12 islands and over 300 bridges (


Wrocław market square


The Venue

The Symposium venue will be the Wrocław University of Science and Technology Congress Centre (WUST) located in the university campus – in the north-eastern part of the city (

Congress Centre of Wrocław University of Science and Technology
(Photo credit: (Left) Congress Centre of WUST, (Right) Chep Uytiepo).


Symposium Format

The scientific programme will include Keynote, Plenary and Parallel Sessions over three days. The official language of the Symposium is English.


Social Programme
Welcome Reception

6 October 2020 (Tuesday) 7pm - 9pm

Wrocław Town Hall


Town Hall – Welcome Reception (Photo credit: Paweł Hawryszków).



YEP Evening Meeting of Generations

7 October 2020 (Wednesday) 7pm - 10pm

Wroclaw Zoo


Oceanarium in Wrocław Zoological Garden – YEP Evening Meeting
(Photo credit: Chep Uytiepo).



Gala Dinner

8 October 2020 (Thursday) 7pm - 11pm

Four Domes Pavilion


Multimedia Fountain and Four Domes Pavilion – Gala Dinner
(Photo credit: Wrocław Agglomeration Development Agency).



Social Tour
Wrocław Sightseeing – By Electric Cars

See St. Elizabeth Church, Town Hall,

Ostrów Tumski – Cathedral of St. John the Baptist,

Botanical Garden, Wroclaw’s Zoo and Centennial Hall



Travel Information

By Plane

The local airport website: is a useful link to find airway connections to Wrocław.


By public transport from the airport to the city centre.

MUNICIPAL BUS Bus No. 106 goes to/from the Central Railway/Bus Station everyday every 20 minutes. The entire journey takes approximately 40 minutes. See the detailed timetable:


WRO AIRPORT EXPRESS A shuttle bus operates on the route Airport – City Centre (Plac Dominikański) – Dworzec Wrocław (Central Bus and Railway Station). The journey will take about 30 minutes.


By Train

Wrocław can be reached by rail using one of many connections from all over Europe. The travel can be planned by means of the route planner




International delegates are encouraged to review the specific requirements for visas and other requirements to enter Poland. The list of visa-free countries can be found under the following link: Delegates requiring a Letter of Invitation when applying for a visa should contact the Symposium Secretariat:



Accommodation has to be booked individually. Wrocław has plenty of hotels at all comfort levels. You will also find the list below of Hotels suggested at attractive fees during the symposium. While booking, please indicate the password “IABSE 2020” to access the special offer.


Single room 
 Double room
Garanary Hotel ***** 580 PLN 650 PLN
Hotel Park Plaza **** 440 PLN 500 PLN
Novotel Wroclaw City **** 10 % discount
Qubus Hotel **** 395 PLN 495 PLN
Scandic Wroclaw **** 399 PLN 434 PLN
Europeum *** 10 % discount
Hotel Tumski *** 240 PLN 320 PLN
ibis Wroclaw Centrum *** 10 % discount
JP2 *** 290 PLN 360 PLN
Patio *** 440 PLN 540 PLN
B&B Hotel Wroclaw Centrum **

185 PLN

205 PLN