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Technical Programme

Invitation from the Scientific Committee

Bert H.H. Snijder

Scientific Committee Co-Chair

Bert H.H. Snijder

Scientific Committee Co-Chair


Davide Leonetti

Scientific Committee Co-Chair


Bart De Pauw

Scientific Committee Vice-Chair


The theme of the congress is The Essence of Structural Engineering for Society. Structural Engineering is of essential importance for society as a whole.

But what is the essence of structural engineering? Society expects structures to be reliable and to perform well under all possible conditions, from normal to extreme, such as those imposed by climate change and natural and man-made hazards.

At the same time, society demands modern structures to be sustainable from an economic and environmental point of view, meaning that structures need to be designed avoiding the depletion of resources and CO2 emissions. To ensure this, modern structural engineers have more and more sophisticated tools at their disposal, which shall be used with judgment coming from a deep understanding of the fundamentals of structures.

One could summarise The Essence of Structural Engineering for Society as ‘back to basics’: making understandable, reliable and future-proof structures. Under this theme, the congress will address topics such as safety, reliability, serviceability, deterioration, monitoring, and maintenance of new and existing building structures and infrastructure, besides economy, sustainability, circularity, climate change, extreme loads and conditions, and natural and man-made hazards. Within the spirit of IABSE, all kinds of structures in all materials are addressed.



Bert H.H. Snijder & Davide Leonetti
Scientific Committee Co-Chairs, The Netherlands

Bart De Pauw

Scientific Committee Vice-Chair, Belgium