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The start of a New Year focuses our attention on hopes for the future. The IABSE Symposium Manchester 2024 invites you to present, discuss, learn and even speculate on the many contributions that our Industry could and should be making.


Preliminary Invitation and Call for Abstracts

Construction's Role for a World in Emergency

10-12 April 2024

  • Designing and building for net zero
  • Regeneration, rehabilitation and adaptation of existing structures
  • Designing for resilience and extreme events
  • Reducing waste – productivity, efficiency and resource economy
  • The role of structural health monitoring and damage identification
  • The essential value of competence, professionalism and ethics.

Please come back for more information on Abstract Submission.

The start of a New Year focuses our attention on hopes for the future. It also sees publication of a swarm of polls, predictions and portents. At or very near the top of all these is the Climate Emergency. But ever-growing concern does not solve the issue; as remarked by the former President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Lord Browne, only Engineers have the capacity to provide the necessary solutions. Politicians may pontificate, economists may advocate for and seek to support financially, journalists may campaign and communities may protest but in the end only Engineering can provide the advances and  innovations needed to achieve the scale of change involved in averting the widespread and irreversible consequences of inaction. Within Engineering, the Construction Industry is generally seen as having the greatest potential because it, quite literally, underpins the fabric of modern life. Transport, communications, utilities, shelter, business, farming, industrial production - all these and more depend upon infrastructure. How should we conceive, design, build, maintain, upgrade, adapt and replace that infrastructure in ways that take us closer to Net Zero?

The 2024 IABSE Symposium in Manchester invites you to present, discuss, learn and even speculate on the many contributions that our Industry could and should be making. Now is the time to reflect on work you have been undertaking that, in some way, can assist in combating our Climate Emergency. We intend providing a variety of formats, including scientifically based presentations, hands-on workshops, round table style debates and informal discussions. So, get thinking, and be ready to submit your abstracts and contributions in response to the call in the summer.

Manchester is an excellent venue for addressing these issues. It is both the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, which led to massive exploitation of fossil fuels  and the consequent emissions crisis we face today, and also a leading centre for research into many of the solutions we require. We look forward to seeing you there!

- Prof. Dr. David Nethercot, Scientific Committee, Chair.


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