Message from the Scientific Committee


   Prof. Jan Bien


The Scientific Committee invites you to join us for the now online IABSE Symposium “Synergy of Culture and Civil Engineering – History and Challenges” which will be held on October 7-9, 2020.


The Scientific Committee, has prepared an interesting technical programme, including Keynote, Plenary and Parallel Sessions. It has accepted over 150 papers for presentation on the Symposium themes: Civil Engineering Structures as Monuments of Culture and Technical Development; Condition Assessment of Contemporary and Historical Structures; Conservation, Upgrading and Management of Contemporary and Historical Structures as well as the Future of Civil Engineering Structures.


We would like to thank all members of the Scientific Committee 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 look forward to welcoming you online!


Prof. Jan Bien
Chair, Scientific Committee

About the Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee is chaired by Prof. Jan Bień, Poland, and consists of 87 members from 35 countries. The Scientific Committee is elected by the Technidal Committee of IABSE.


Information for Authors/Presenters

Authors of accepted abstracts: Download Template for final papers available here..


Presenters of accepted papers:
- Download
the official IABSE Symposium Wroclaw 2020 ZOOM Virtual Background here..





- Download the official PowerPoint template here..




Symposium Proceedings

The Symposium proceedings will be available in electronic format (ePDF via link) at the beginning of the Symposium. Note that authors must register to the Symposium by June 15. 2020, in order to have their paper published in the proceedings. IABSE Conference Reports are abstracted and indexed under Scopus.



Themes and Topics


  • Civil engineering structures as monuments of culture and technical development: learning from the past; technologies leading to leaps in civil engineering techniques; artistic works in civil engineering; societal impacts on civil works; military structures and civil engineering; cultural and non-engineering values; asset management of historical structures and monuments; dealing with new structures in historic environment.
  • Condition assessment of contemporary and historical structures: degradation mechanisms and defects; testing and classification of historical materials; structural behaviour of historical construction materials; inspection, testing and monitoring of structures; structural analysis of structures with defects.
  • Conservation, upgrading and management of contemporary and historical structures: structural and functional challenges – extreme loads, fire hazards, climate changes, ecological requests; rehabilitation techniques and materials; performance-based management; artificial intelligence and virtual reality in asset management.
  • Future of civil engineering structures: exceptional structures: civil engineering in response to demographic growth; sustainability-based structural design; advanced materials and building technologies; current and future cultural and societal impacts on civil engineering works; quality control and risk management


Technical Programme


Download the detailed Preliminary Programme here..


General Overview (click to download)



Keynote Lectures


Akio Kasuga, Japan
Challenge for Next Generation of Concrete Bridges, Non-metallic Bridge with Zero Cement Concrete.

Enzo Siviero, Italy
Bridges in the World Heritage List between Culture and Technical Development.

Rosario Ceravolo, Italy
Condition assessment, monitoring and preservation of some iconic concrete structures of the 20th century.

Elsa Caetano, Portugal
Achievements and challenges on the condition assessment of cable structures.

Yves Weinand, Switzerland
Towards sustainable timber construction through the application of wood-wood connections.

Wojciech Radomski, Poland
Bridge Aesthetics – Functional and Structural Needs versus Architectural Imagination.

Wojciech Lorenc, Poland
Composite dowels: the way to the new forms of steel-concrete composite structures.

Jan Biliszczuk, Poland
Outstanding civil engineering structures built in Poland.

Jan Bień and Marek Salamak, Poland
Management of bridge structures – challenges and possibilities.


Young Engineers Programme

Delegates born in 1986 or later will enjoy reduced registration fees. In addition, a jury will present the Young Engineers’ Contribution Award to two young authors, born in or after 1986, who have personally presented their paper during the Symposium. The prize is sponsored by the IABSE Fellows and the Organising Committee. These awards consisting of financial prizes will be presented at the closing of the Symposium.

Scientific Committee


Jan Bień, Poland, Chair

Eftychia Apostolidi, Austria
Miguel A. Astiz, Spain
Flavio Barbosa, Brazil
F. Michael Bartlett, Canada
Konrad Bergmeister, Austria
Jan Biliszczuk, Poland
Corneliu Bob, Romania
Fernando Branco, Portugal
Eric Brehm, Germany
Eugen Brühwiler, Switzerland
Jan Bujnak, Slovakia
Elsa Caetano, Portugal
José Campos e Matos, Portugal
Alp Caner, Turkey
Joan Ramon Casas, Spain
Eleni Chatzi, Switzerland
Christian Cremona, France
Alvaro A.M.F. Cunha, Portugal
Ane de Boer, Netherlands
Jorge de Brito, Portugal
Vincent de Ville de Goyet, Belgium
Stephanos Dritsos, Greece
John Duntemann, USA
Lennart Elfgren, Sweden 
Ian Firth, United Kingdom
Dan M. Frangopol, USA
Yozo Fujino, Japan
Yaojun Ge, China
Roman Geier, Austria
Carmelo Gentile, Italy
Christos Giarlelis, Greece
Bruno Godart, France
Roberto Gomez Martinez, Mexico
Rade Hajdin, Switzerland
Sergio Hampshire Santos, Brazil
Paweł Hawryszków, Poland
Stephen Hicks, New Zealand
Chris Jurgens, South Africa
Akio Kasuga, Japan
Igor Kavrakov, Germany
Ho-Kyung Kim, Republic of Korea
Michael Kleiser, Austria

Johann Kollegger, Austria

Ryszard Kowalczyk, Poland
Andreas Lampropoulos, UK
Dariusz Łydżba, Poland
Fernando Madrazo-Aguirre, UK
Ana Mandic Ivankovic, Croatia
Steffen Marx, Germany
Philippe Menétrey, Switzerland
Daniel Oliveira, Portugal
Luis Oliveira-Santos, Portugal
Vikram Pakrashi, Ireland
Fabrizio Palmisano, Italy
Carlo Pellegrino, Italy
M. Dolores G. Pulido, Spain
Wojciech Radomski, Poland
Daniele Rocchi, Italy
Marek Salamak, Poland
Kristian Schellenberg, Switzerland
Mike Schlaich, Germany
Geralt Siebert, Germany
Peter Simonsson, Sweden
Enzo Siviero, Italy
Tomasz W. Siwowski, Poland
Bratislav Stipanic, Serbia
Alfred Strauss, Austria
Harshavardhan Subbarao, India
Anton Syrkov, Russia
Lars Toverud, Norway
Wojciech Trochymiak, Poland
Brian Uy, Australia
Matias A. Valenzuela, Chile
Tina Vejrum, Denmark
Jan Vitek, Czech Republic
Alois Vorwangner, Austria
Frantisek Wald, Czech Republic
Dawid Wiśniewski, Poland
Adam Wysokowski, Poland
Ye Xia, China
Mariano Angelo Zanini, Italy
Stefan Żmigrodzki, Canada
Henryk Zobel, Poland
Krzysztof Żółtowski, Poland