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Technical Programme

    Dr. Harshavardhan Subbarao

    Chair of the Scientific Committee

On behalf of the Scientific Committee, I am very pleased to invite you to the IABSE Congress in New Delhi, India from 20th September (Wednesday) to 22nd September (Friday), 2023 on Engineering for Sustainable Development. The Congress is being organised by the Indian National Group of the IABSE.

The main theme is “Engineering for Sustainable Development”, a theme most pertinent and relevant to our times. Whilst the various sub-themes will have an emphasis on sustainability issues, in keeping with the UN’s declared Sustainable Development Goals; there is also the possibility of traditional topics and sub-themes.

The Technical Programme will include renowned Keynote Speakers, Plenary and Parallel Sessions, and technical visits will be organised. All written papers submitted are peer-reviewed by the Scientific Committee. Session formats will be paper presentations, panel discussions, special forums, Young Engineers Programme and workshops. In addition, there will be outstanding Key Note addresses. The large majority of the presentations will be delivered orally in normal sessions, nevertheless, special sessions will take place as well.

Commissions & Task Groups of IABSE can apply to have their own special sessions. Keynote Speakers will introduce relevant topics to the theme and give state‑of-the‑art lectures. We have also organized a Technical Exhibition showcasing the latest developments, which will offer tremendous opportunities for networking, collaboration and furthering your business prospects.

We look forward to your contribution and participation in the IABSE Congress 2023 and to meeting you in New Delhi. We are eager to welcome you!

Dr. Harshavardhan Subbarao

Chair of the Scientific Committee, India 

About the Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee (SC) is chaired by Dr. Harshavardhan Subbarao, India with Co-Chair B.C. Roy, India. It consists of 79 members from 31 countries. The SC is elected by the Technical Committee of IABSE, chaired by Tobia Zordan, Italy.

Important Dates:

Call for Abstracts opens

Deadline of Abstracts Submission 

Notification of Abstracts Acceptance

Submission of Full Papers

Final Invitation, Registration opens

Notification of Full Papers Acceptance

Deadline for Authors registration

Early Bird registration deadline

IABSE Annual Meetings

IABSE Congress

      20 June 2022

 (Extended)  31 January 2023

      15 February 2023

      15 March 2023

        1 May 2023

      15 May 2023

        7 June 2023

      15 June 2023

      18 - 19 September 2023

      20 - 22 September 2023

Call for Abstracts

The IABSE Congress is intended for civil and structural engineers, architects, planners and associated professionals interested in the proposed themes and topics. Participants wishing to present a paper are invited to submit an abstract, not exceeding 300 words, related to the Theme and Topics of the Congress. Abstracts will only be accepted through online peer review system using the template available at the online submission platform.

Submission of Abstract is now open
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Congress Proceedings
The Congress proceedings will be available in electronic format at the beginning of the Congress. Authors must register for the Congress in order to have their paper presented in the Congress and published in the proceedings.

Themes and Topics

Engineering for Sustainable Development


  • Initiatives of Professional Bodies for Sustainable Built Environment
  • Sustainability through the life cycle of the project
  • Service-life of sustainable structures
  • Disaster mitigation for Sustainability
  • Sustainability in Transportation Structures
  • Sustainable Urban Habitat and Smart Cities
  • Evolving Design Standards & Codes for Sustainability
  • Preserving Heritage Structures
  • Poverty alleviation centric materials and technology for built environment
  • Climate change adaptation and disaster resilience
  • Case Studies in Sustainable Materials, Technology & Practices
  • Climate change impact on structural safety
  • Sustainability Road Map for India
  • Engineering education with Sustainability Focus
  • Conventional and Special Structures
  • Special Sessions.

Technical Programme
The scientific programme will include Keynote, Plenary and Parallel Sessions over three days. The official language of the Symposium is English.

Young Engineers Programme
Delegates born in 1989 or later will enjoy reduced registration fees. In addition, a jury will present the Young Engineers’ Contribution Award to two young authors, born in or after 1989, who have personally presented their paper during the Congress. The prize is sponsored by the IABSE Fellows and the Organizing Committee. These awards consisting of financial prizes will be presented at the Closing Ceremony of the Congress.

Technical Visits
New Delhi is undergoing a major face change with many development activities being undertaken, particularly on the infrastructure front. Some of the activities are metro lines, buildings and others that are under execution. Technical visits and tours will be organised during the event to some construction projects. The details will be included in the Final invitation.

    Delhi Metro:  : Train running on the extra-dosed bridge near Pragati Maidan   

     Rajendra Setu (Simaria Bridge): Across the River Ganges, first bridge to link the northern and southern portions of Bihar (India)


    The Signature Bridge which spans the Yamuna. It is India's first asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge.

    The pylon of the Signature bridge is the tallest structure in Delhi and is double the height of  Qutub Minar.

     Pragati Maidan Tunnel, New Delhi, six underpasses to be covered with roofs to prevent waterlogging, 80 metre-long and 5 metre-wide

Scientific Committee


Harshavardhan Subbarao (SC Chair), India
B.C. Roy, India (Co- Chair)

Alok Bhowmick,( SC - Secretary) India 

I.K. PandeyIndia

Rajiv Ahuja, India

Ravindra Gettu, India

Ananth Ramaswamy, India
Varsha Agarwal, India
SK Nirmal , India
Vikram Pakrashi, Ireland
Alfred Strauss, Austria
Maria Pina Limongelli, Italy
Eftychia Apostolidi, Austria
Luigi Fenu, Italy
AFM Saiful Amin, Bangladesh
Fabrizio Palmisano, Italy
Stefan Zmigrodzki, Canada
Tobia Zordan, Italy
Guy Larose, Canada
Bruno Briseghella, Italy
Katrin Habel, Canada
Shunichi Nakamura, Japan
Sébastien Maheux, Canada
Tamon Ueda, Japan
Xin Ruan, China
Sakai Koji, Japan
Yaojun Ge, China
Akio Kasuga, Japan
Ye Xia, China
Hyun-Moo Koh, Republic of Korea 
Haiying Ma, China
Carlos Mendez-Galindo, Mexico

Ian Peter T. Firth, United Kingdom

Petr Hájek, Czech Republic
Ane de Boer, The Netherlands
Tina Vejrum, Denmark
H.H. (Bert) Snijder, The Netherlands
Fathy Saad, Egypt
Rob Vergoossen, The Netherlands
Mourad Bakhoum, Egypt
Svein Erik Jakobsen, Norway
Christian Cremona, France
Jan Bien, Poland
Andre Orcesi, France
Arndt GoldackGermany
José Matos, Portugal
Mike Schlaich, Germany

Jan Biliszczuk, Poland

Daniel Ureña Muñoz, Costa Rica

Luís Oliveira-Santos, Portugal

Peter Seitz, Germany
Igor Kavrakov, Germany
Sorin Dan, Romania
Stephanos Dritsos, Greece
Anton Syrkov, Russia
Steve Kite, Hong Kong, SAR China 
Jan Wium, South Africa
Mahesh Tandon, India
Ignacio Paya-Zaforteza , Spain
Umesh Rajeshirke, India
Ann Schumacher, Switzerland
RK Jaigopal , India
Eugen Brühwiler, Switzerland
V N Heggade, India
Thomas Vogel, Switzerland
Vinay Gupta, India
Andreas Lampropoulos, United Kingdom
Aditya Sharma, India
Fernando Madrazo-Aguirre, United Kingdom
Narayan Pal, India
Dan Frangopol, USA
Debra Lafer, USA
PY Manjure, India
Jonathan McGormley, USA
Atul Bhobe, India
Sougata Roy, USA
A Ghoshal, India
Jorge de Brito, Portugal
M V Jatkar, India
Mitsuyoshi Akiyama, Japan
R V Chakrapani, India
Joan Ramon Casas, Spain
Venkatram P.G., India
Colin Caprani, Australia
Vijay Kulkarni, India

Raad Abdul- Aziz, Switzerland

Marion Rauch, Germany

Helena Gervásio, Portugal 

Bert Hesslink, The Netherlands

Ignacio Paya Zaporteza, Spain

Richard Stroetmann, Germany 

Andreas Taras,  Switzerland 

Rade Hajden, Switzerland 

Pavel Hawryszkow, Poland

Hélder Sousa, Portugal

Padmakar Manjure, India

Alastair Soane, United Kingdom


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