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Technical Programme

      Dong Xu, (SC Chair)                                                               Naeem Hussain, (Co SC Chair)
            China                                                                                   Hong Kong, SAR China

In behalf of the Scientific Committee of IABSE Congress Nanjing 2022, it is our great pleasure to invite you to attend the congress. Bridges and Structures: Connection, Integration and Harmonisation was chosen as the theme to emphasize the societal purpose and cultural influence of infrastructure rather than its structural functionality. Buildings and bridges not only work as connections between human and natural barriers but also integrate the society into the surroundings and creates a harmonisation environment, which, we believe, is the eventual goal of technical development and research innovation.

The conference will embrace fundamental and applied aspects of major frontier topics in this congress theme. Emphasis will be placed on new concepts and developments in both research and industrial applications. Active participations of younger researchers will be strongly encouraged by the Young Engineers Programme (YEP) and fee reductions for registered students.

The congress theme "Bridges and Structures: Connection, Integration and Harmonisation" remains more relevant than ever in the current extremely uncertain environment around the globe. We need to think and act collectively and collaboratively to understand how infrastructure and structural engineers are dealing and responding to the new challenges and demands of these times.While many of our colleagues and friends cannot meet in person due to travel restrictions, We hope you will still have plenty of opportunity to exchange knowledge and build long-lasting memory during this hybrid meeting.

Looking forward to meeting you in Nanjing Congress Online or Onsite.

 Dong Xu, China,  SC Chair                                       Naeem Hussain, Co  SC Chair 

About the Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee (SC) is chaired by Prof. Dong Xu, Tongji University,  Dept. of Bridge Engingineering. The SC consists of approx. 70 expert members form all over the world and is elected by the Technical Committee of IABSE, chaired by Daia Zwicky, Fribourg University of Applied Sciences.

Scientific Committee


Dong Xu, China (Chair)
Naeem Hussain, Hong Kong SAR,China


Dimitra Achillopoulou, UK

Eftychia Apostolidi, Austria

Mourad Bakhoum, Egypt
Antionio Barrias, Ireland
Annette  Boegle, Germany
Eric Brehm, Germany
Bruno Briseghella, China
Ainhoa Marin Camero, Spain

Robby Caspeele, Belgium
Zhihua  Chen, China
Hugo Coelho, Portugal

Christian Cremona, France

Salvatore Di Bernardo, USA

John Duntemann, United States

Elina Efthymiou, USA

Peng Feng, China

Ian Firth, UK

J. Ramon Gaxiola-Camacho, Mexico

Christos Giarlelis, Greece

Anxin Guo, China

Rade Hajdin, Switzerland

Robert Hertle, Germany

Niels Peter Hoj, Switzerland

Xugang Hua, China

Dongzhou Huang, USA

Hongwei Huang, China

Naeem Hussain, Hong Kong SAR, China

Vesa Järvinen, Finland
Xu Jiang, China

Kotas Kalfas, USA

Igor Kavrakov, Germany

Ho-Kyung Kim, Korea Rep. of

Jochen Kohler, Norway

Milad Komary, Spain

Debra Laefer, USA

Andreas Lampropoulos, UK

Roman Lenner, South Africa

Kefei Li, China
Maria Giuseppina Limongelli, Italy

Poul Linneberg, Denmark

Zhao Liu, China

Xinzheng Lu, China

Fernando Madrazo-Aguirre, UK
Filipe Magalhães, Portugal

Xu Jiang, China
Wen Xiong, China


Filipe Magalhães, Portugal
Sebastien Maheux, Canada
Nisrine Makhoul, Lebanon

Andrew Martin, Denmark

José Matos, Portugal
Carlos Mendez Galindo, Mexico
Raz Mor, Israel
Guido Morgenthal, Germany
Shunichi Nakamura, Japan
Alan O'Connor, Ireland
André Orcesi, France
Fabrizio Palmisano, Italy
Marion Rauch, Germany
Xin Ruan, China
Laurent Rus, Spain
Vanja Samec, Austria
Franziska Schmidt, France
Ann Schumacher, Switzerland
Dominik  Skokandic, Hungary
Bert Snijder, The Netherlands
Hélder Sousa, Portugal
Richard Stroetmann, Germany
Harshavardhan Subbarao, India
Zhi Sun, China
Peter Tanner, Spain
Orania Tsioulu, UK
José Turmo, Spain
Brian Uy, Australia
Matias Andres Valenzuela Saavedra, Chile
Pierre van der Spuy, South Africa
Tina Vejrum, Denmark
František Wald, Czech Republic
Dalei Wang, China
Yingliang Wang, China
Chunsheng Wang, China
Biao Wei, China
Jan Wium, South Africa
Congzhen Xiao, China
Gongyi Xu, China
Nan Zhang, China
Yangwen  Zhang, Germany
Haijun Zhou, China
Stefan Zmigrodzki, Canada
Tobia Zordan, Italy

Important Dates

Submission of Abstracts Opens: 28 June 28 2021
Deadline Submission of Abstracts: 15 November 2021
Notification of Abstract Acceptance:  28 February 2022

Deadline Submission of Full Papers:

15 April 2022 

Notification of Paper Acceptance: 15 May  2022
Final Invitation and Registration Opens:  10 June 2022
Early Bird Registration deadline:

10 July 2022

IABSE Congress Nanjing 2022: 21-23 September 2022

Themes and Topics

Future Trends and Innovations in Material, Design and Construction

  • Mega structures (Projects)
  • Long span and high-rise structures
  • Future structural and functional demands
  • Improvements of current codes and standards
  • High and ultra-high performance materials
  • Advanced experimental testing and techniques
  • Advanced numerical models and simulations
  • Building Information Modeling in structural engineering
  • Innovative construction methods
  • Innovative structural devices and products
  • Digital technology and fabrication
  • Applications of artificial intelligence

Assessment, Strengthening and Management

  • Structural health monitoring
  • Evaluation and assessment techniques
  • Model updating, safety evaluation and reliability forecast
  • Innovative inspection techniques
  • Maintenance, repair and retrofitting strategies
  • Load carrying capacity and remaining lifetime
  • Strengthening and repurposing of structures
  • Expanding structures service life
  • Deconstruction and recycling
  • Bridge management systems
  • Resilience of structures and cities

Sustainability, Durability and Harmonisation of Structures

  • Learning from previous errors: Forensic engineering
  • Life-cycle based design
  • Reducing risks of earthquakes, wind and other natural hazards
  • Reducing risks of fire and other man-made hazards
  • Extreme and exceptional loads on structures
  • Climate change
  • Fatigue and fracture
  • Climate change adaptation and disaster resilience
  • Environmental risk assessment
  • Emission free building of structures
  • Aesthetics in structural design
  • Arcology



Full papers accepted by the Scientific Committee will be published in the IABSE Congress Proceedings, which will be available in electronic format before the Congress begins. The publication of each paper is conditional upon that the presenting author registers to attend the Congress. IABSE Congress Proceedings are abstracted and indexed under Scopus.


All presenters are required to deliver their presentations in English. Simultaneous interpretation in Chinese is provided for the Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony and Keynote Sessions.

Congress Proceedings and Publication 

A electronic version of full-paper proceedings will be provided to all registered participants prior to the Congress. A printed IABSE Congress Report will be published before the Congress which consists of the keynote full papers and the extended abstracts of all accepted full-papers. The IABSE Congress Report will be included in Ei Compendex database.
Please note that authors must register to the congress to have their full papers included in the electronic proceedings and the extended abstracts published in the IABSE Congress Report.

Technical Programme

The scientific part 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.


    Final Programme 

    The Technical Programme is now available. Click here to learn more information.

Keynote Speakers

Stephanos E. DRITSOS, Emeritus Professor, University of Patras, Greece

Title of the Keynote: Assessment and Retrofitting of Existing R.C.Buldings- Recent Trends

Ho-Kyung Kim, POSCO Chair Professor, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Seoul National University, Korea

Title of the Keynote: Probabilistic Assessment of Vehicle Driving Safety under Strong Winds –Cause Investigations on Two Sea-Crossing Bridges

Gonzalo Ramos Schneider, Full Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya – Barcelona TECH (UPC). Spain

Title of the Keynote: Effects of Subsidence Induced by Tunnelling on Buildings: The Sagrada Familia Temple case

Shunquan Qin, Chairman, China Railway Major Bridge Reconnaissance & Design Institute Co., LTD. China

Title of the Keynote: Long Span Cable-Stayed Bridge Development

Yaojun Ge, IABSE President, Professor at Department of Bridge Tongji University, China

Title of the Keynote: Innovation and creation of recent bridge development under the direction of IABSE Outstanding Structure Award

Bijan KhaleghiState Bridge & Structures Design Engineer, WSDOT, Bridge & Structures Office. Adjunct Professor, Saint Martin’s University, USA Title of the Keynote: Seismic and Tsunami Resiliency of Bridges and Transportation Structures

Marc MimramArchitect-engineer, Professor of Architectural Schools of Marne la Vallée, France Title of the Keynote: Specific Infrastructures in Relationship with the Landscape


Yeong-Bin Yang, Honorary Dean of School of Civil Engineering, Director of Engineering Vibration and Disaster Prevention Research Center, Chongqing University, China Title of the Keynote: Vehicle-Bridge Interaction Dynamics.

Young Engineers Programme

Participants born in or after 1988 will benefit from a reduced registration fee and are granted a free IABSE membership for the year 2022. In addition, authors born in or after 1988, who personally present their papers at the Congress, will be recognized with awards consisting of a money prize offered by the OC and the IABSE Fellows.

Technical Visits

The Technical Visits include two world record-breaking bridge projects, both of which are under construction and located in Jiangsu Province across the Yangtze River near Nanjing. All Congress participants and accompanying persons will be privileged to visit these two bridges. More detailed information will be available in the final invitation and be updated on the congress website.

Chang-Tai Bridge, Jiangsu Province, China

• Railway / Highway cable-stayed bridge (under construction 2019-2024)
• New World record: main span 1176 m
• Time and Date: 08:00 - 12:00, 24 September 2022

The Chang-Tai Bridge is a highway and railway cable-stayed bridge that crosses the Yangtze River
and connects Taixing in the North bank and Changzhou in the South bank. When completed, its
1176-meter-long main span and 338-meter-long side span will set a new world record of the same
kind. The construction began in January 2019, and is expected to be finished in 2024.

Zhang-Gao Highway Bridge, Jiangsu Province, China

• Highway, Suspension bridge (under construction 2021-2026)
• World record: main span: 2300 m
• Time and Date: 12:00 - 17:00, 24 September 2022

The Zhang-Jing-Gao Bridge is located in the downstream of Chang-Tai Bridge. It crosses Yangtze
River, connecting three cities, namely Rugao, Jingjiang and Zhangjiagang. The total length of Zhang-
Jing-Gao Bridge is 29.8 km with a main-span of 2300m, which will be the longest suspension bridge
in the world.
Zhang-Jing-Gao Bridge will make many world records once it finished: It will become the longest
suspension bridge boasts the largest anchorage foundation, the longest continuous steel box girder,
the longest main cable and the highest steel-concrete composite cable tower.


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