The IABSE Congress Ghent 2021 was a big international conference on structural engineering that brought together scientists, students, designers, contractors, owners, and specialists from international organisations from all over the world. The Congress was a significant event for promoting industry discussion, exchanging cutting-edge knowledge, and networking. The objective of IABSE, as a technical society, is to enhance structural engineering practise while taking into account technical, economic, environmental, aesthetic, and social aspects.
The Congress was an online event that was broadcasted utilising the OnAIR platform, which provided a comprehensive setting for merging online presentations, breakout sessions, networking, one-on-one meetings, and interaction.
The theme of the Congress is Structural Engineering for Future Societal Needs.
Anticipated sub-themes are amongst others:Structural safety and reliability with respect to climate change
Emission free building of structures
Special sub-themes are:Enhancing resilience of civil infrastructure to hurricane and thunderstorm hazards under changing climate
Also more traditional sub-themes may be addressed, if the abstract and paper refer to the main congress theme, e.g.
All types of bridges
Large span structures
All structural materials
Structural health monitoring
Design for earthquakes
Failures and forensic engineering
Strengthening and retrofitting
Dynamics of structures
Fatigue and fracture
Structural analysis and optimisation
Structural behaviour under fire conditions
Exceptional loads on structures
Safety, reliability and risk
Architecture of structures
Jacqueline Cramer, Utrecht University (NL)
Title: The transition to sustainable concrete in the Netherlands through network governance
Michael J. Cook, Buro Happold (UK) and Imperial College (UK)
Title: Urgent steps to achieve a net-zero carbon construction industry: lessons from the IABSE (UK) Henderson Colloquium 2020
Junho Song, Seoul National University (S. Korea)
Title: Risk intelligence of structural systems: concepts and recent developments
Luc Hellemans, Lantis (BE)
Title: Oosterweel – from an underground and even underwater road infrastructure plan to an urban transformation project
The Belgian and Dutch Groups of IABSE together with Ghent Universtiy are organising the IABSE Congress Ghent 2021. The Organising Committee (OC) is chaired by Hans de Backer and includes 10 dedicated members.
Hans De Backer (Chair)
Bert Hesselink (Vice-Chair)
Ane de Boer
Bart De Pauw
Aad van der Horst
Gilles Van Staen
Bert Snijder, The Netherlands, (Chair)
Bart De Pauw, Belgium, (Vice-Chair)
Ane de Boer, The Netherlands
Vincent de Ville de Goyet, Belgium
Pierre Mengeot, Belgium
Sander van Alphen, The Netherlands
Philippe Van Bogaert, Belgium
The IABSE Congress Ghent 2021 was a large international structural engineering conference bringing together scientists, students, designers, contractors, owners and experts from international organisations around the world. The Congress was an important event for stimulating industry discussion, exchange of cutting-edge knowledge and networking. IABSE’s aim as a technical society is to promote the advancement of structural engineering practice while taking into account technical, economic, environmental, aesthetic and social aspects.
The Congress is an online event and was broadcasted using the OnAIR platform, providing a powerful environment for integrating online presentations, breakout sessions, networking, 1:1 meetings and interactivity.