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Message from the Organisers

          Limin SUN                                                    Gong WU

On behalf of the Organisers of IABSE Congress Nanjing 2022, we sincerely welcome all the participants, our colleagues and friends to Nanjing, a beautiful city with a history of over 3000 years. In the evolving cities, buildings and bridges connect people and environments by crossing natural barriers. One of the important responsibilities of structural engineers is to promote the harmony between structures and humans, environment and society, and eventually leading to technical progress, innovation and development. Therefore, we chose “Bridges and Structures: Connection, Integration and Harmonisation” as the congress theme. Nanjing, the host city of the congress, has long been a major cultural, educational, research and tourism center in China.

It is the capital city of Jiangsu province and the second largest city in the Eastern China region, with a population of 8.5 million. Historically, Nanjing has been popularly known as "The Capital City of Six Dynasties". Nanjing, as an ancient capital of China, provides a perfect example of a harmonised city, where modern bridges and structures, environment and society live in harmony with numerous ancient historical tourist attractions.

The Congress is to be held jointly with the 25th National Bridge Conference of the Chinese Civil Engineering Society, and will adopt a hybrid format with both options available for online and onsite participation, leaving decisions to the individual participant due to the pandemic and associated travel restrictions. The online events will be held on a comprehensive virtual and hybrid event platform with fully customizable 3D graphical functionality, providing a more realistic and engaging experience than ever before. Collaborate with us in gathering together academics, researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and service-users in our field, and share your practices and experiences with this community.

Looking forward to meeting you at Nanjing Congress online or onsite.

Limin SUN
Organising Committee Chair, China

                                     Gong WU
Co- Chair, China

About the Organisers

The Chinese Group of IABSE is organising this event in cooperation with Tongji University, Jiangsu Transportation Engineering Construction Bureau, Southern University, Nanjing Works Conctructiion Centre.

Limin Sun, Tongji University
Gang Wu, Southeast University

Ye Xia, Tongji University
Wenming Zhang, Southeast University


Haifan Xiang, Tongji University, China
Yaojun Ge, Tongji University, China

Xianglin Gu, Tongji University, China
Naeem Hussain, Arup, Hong Kong SAR China
Zhengxiong Jiang, Jiangsu Provincial Transportation Engineering Construction Bureau, China
Shunquan Qin, China Railway Group Limited, China
Limin Sun, Tongji University, China
Gang Wu, Southeast University, China
Yonghong Wu, Jiangsu Provincial Department of Transportation, China
Zhishen Wu, Southeast University, China
Dong Xu, Tongji University, China
Yeong-Bin Yang, Chongqing University, China
Xigang Zhang, China Communications Construction Company Limited, China


Congress Secretariat

Dr. Ye XIA

Tel: +86-21-65985130

About Nanjing


     Nanjing City

Nanjing, the ancient city situated in the heartland of lower region of Yangtze River, has long been a major center of culture, education, research, politics, economy, transport networks and tourism in China. It is the capital city of Jiangsu province and the second largest city in the East China region, with a population of 8.5 million. Nanjing is also known as the cradle of Chinese civilization. Built in memory of Confucius, the Confucius Temple was the first national level highest academic institution of ancient China. It is a must-visit place now for the shopping and pedestrian street not far from it, offering all kind of authentic Nanjing snacks and featured souvenirs, such as stationery treasures for calligraphy and painting, teapot and tea, Suzhou embroidery, cheongsam. Dined and wined to satiety, we can choose to boat on the Qinhuai River with old buildings up to 600 years standing on both banks, enjoying the beautiful night scenery along, or walk along the Ming Dynasty City Wall to see the vicissitude of history.

In addition, Nanjing has a wide variety of delicious cuisine. The dishes made of duck have a long history and are quite popular among local people. Other Nanjing specialties also show the perfect combination of color, aroma and taste.

Here in Nanjing, beside scenic spots, historical sites and excellent cuisine, you can appreciate the elegant Kunqu Opera and melodious Pingtan in theater and Chinese tea house.

The Venue

  Nanjing Yangzi River International Conference Center

  299 Binjiang Avenue, Pukou District, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China


Nanjing offers many hotels of various comfort levels. It is best to book your hotel accommodation as soon as possible using their websites, phone numbers, or a third-party service such as

Nanjing International Youth Conference Hotel (5 stars)
Tel: +86-25-8653 8888
Address: 8 Yecheng Road, Jianye District, Nanjing, China

Nanjing Jumeirah Hotel (5 stars)
Tel: +86-25-5878 0888
Address: 2 Yecheng Road, Jianye District, Nanjing, China

Xinhua Media Hotel
Tel: +86-25-5868 1111
Address: 363 Jiangdong Middle Street, Hexi District, Nanjing, China

The Congress Format

The scientific programme will include Keynote, Plenary and Parallel Sessions for three days. A parallel domestic conference on bridge engineering will be held concurrently with shared themes, opening ceremony and keynote speakers. The official language of the Congress is English. The Congress includes: Opening and awarding ceremony, keynotes, parallel sessions, closing session as well as offline activities such as YEP, gala dinner, social activities, technical visits and an exhibition of sponsors all over the world for three days.

A hybrid format will be applied. International participants who can not come to Nanjing in person are welcome to join us online with presentations, watch live broadcasts of all Opening, Awarding, and Closing Sessions, all Keynotes, Parallel Sessions and YEP Event, and get a free access to the Virtual Exhibition.

The Online Platform

New conference technology features will be applied to formulate a memorable hybrid IABSE Congress. Registered online participants would have the opportunity to explore the 3D congress lobby, utilize the communication function to liaise with all participants, visit all virtual exhibition booths, watch videoes from the exhibitors, inquire the on-going and up-coming presentations, leave a message to the host, speakers, or conference organisers. There is no extra appliance needed to access the Online platform.

Domestic Conference

The 25th National Bridge Conference organised by the Bridge and Structural Engineering Institution of China Civil Engineering Society (CCES), will be held concurrently with a shared theme, a joint opening ceremony and keynote lectures. Separated parallel sessions will be an enrichment for the IABSE Congress Nanjing 2022 sessions to all participants.

The Chinese National Bridge Conference is a biennial series with a history of over 40 years, known as the most comprehensive conference on bridge engineering in China. Conference topics shall cover all aspects of bridge engineering including design, construction, static and dynamic analysis, test and experiment, health monitoring, etc.

Social Programme

Bridges in Nanjing and nearby watertowns are unique in aesthetics characteristics. There are also historical and modern civil engineering structures in Nanjing as well as tourist attractions and traditional cultural events which will also be included in the social activities of the Congress.

Exciting social activities on site, in Nanjing City and nearby areas will be available for all congress delegates and accompanying persons. A Welcome Reception and a Gala Dinner will be arranged.


Visa Application

Visa invitation letter can be issued by the Congress Secretariat after the registration is confirmed. If needed, please contact the Congress Secretariat. Please make an appointment for Visa Application Submission with local Chinese embassy at:

Covid Policy Notice for China-bound Passengers

Passengers traveling to China must take Pharyngeal or Nasopharyngeal swabs and get their samples for the nucleic acid rt-PCR tests collected at the departure city of their direct flight to China. Starting from May, 2022, the Chinese Embassy will issue health code according to negative result of nucleic acid rt-PCR tests. Please find out more about health code application from your local Chinese embassy. Passengers are also required to present the negative result of nucleic acid rt-PCR tests on top of Health code when check-in or boarding.

Time Difference and Weather in Nanjing

The Time Zone of Nanjing is GMT+8. In late September, the highest temperature in Nanjing during the day is about 32℃and the lowest temperature at night is around 22℃. Summer clothing is recommended, for example, short sleeve shirts and long pants. Due to the large temperature difference between day and night, preparing long-sleeved cloth to keep warm is also recommended.

Getting Here

To the Venue

By Public Transport
Nanjing Railway Station to the Venue: take Metro Line 1, transfer to Line 2 at the Xinjiekou Station, get off at the Yuantong Station, and walk 1.7 km. It takes 1 hour.
Nanjing South Railway Station to the Venue: take Metro Line 1, transfer to Line 10 at the An’de’men station, get off at the Yuantong Station, and walk 1.7 km. It takes 50 minutes.
Nanjing Lukou international Airport (NKG) to the Venue: take Airport Line S1, transfer to Metro Line 1 at the Nanjing South Railway Station, and follow the guide above. It takes about 1.5 hours.

By Car or Taxi
Nanjing Railway Station to the Venue: A 30-minute drive with a distance of 18 km. Taxi fare: 50 CNY
Nanjing South Railway Station to the Venue: A 15-minute drive with a distance of 11 km. Taxi fare: 40 CNY
Nanjing Lukou international Airport (NKG) to the Venue: A 35-minute drive with a distance of about 40 km. Taxi fare: 130 CNY

To Nanjing City
International passengers could travel to Nanjing Lukou (NKG) International Airport through direct flights, or choose a connecting flight in other major Chinese cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hongkong and Guangzhou. There are frequent domestic flights to Nanjing everyday. Should you choose to arrive in Shanghai, you may take the high-speed train to Nanjing for about 1.5 hours.

International passengers could travel to Nanjing Lukou (NKG) International Airport on direct flights, or choose  a connecting flight in other major Chinese cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hongkong and Guangzhou. There are frequent domestic flights connecting with Nanjing everyday.

Should you arrive in Shanghai, you may also take the high speed train to Nanjing conveniently, which takes about 1.5 hours. 


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