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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 97 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

Early Bird registration deadline

IABSE Annual Meetings

IABSE Congress

      20 June 2022

                            31 January 2023

      15 February 2023

       15 April 2023

        15 May 2023 (Delayed,Tbc)

                                   30 May 2023

      30 June 2023

      18 - 19 September 2023

      20 - 22 September 2023

Submission of Abstract is now closed.

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.

Keynote Speakers

Six to Eight Keynote Speakers, who are national as well as international experts shall set the scene for the various parallel sessions that will follow during the Congress.

Congress Programme (Tentative)

Special Session

Existing Bridges - Our Vital Responsibility in BIM Environment

Vanja Samec, Sachidanand Joshi, Henar Martín-Sanz, Kristian Schellenberg, Rade Hajdin, Matias Andres Valenzuela Saavedra, Ketil Aas-Jakobsen

Forensic Engineering and Climate Change

John Duntemann Karel Terwel, Laurent Rus Jenni

Earthquake Resilient Structures

Carlos Mendez-Galindo

New Indian Guidelines on Cable Stayed Bridges and Extradosed Bridges

Mahesh Tandon, Alok Bhowmick, V.N. Heggade, Harshavardhan Subbarao and U.K. Rajeshirke

Pre-Congress Workshops

PCW-1 Forensic Engineering

John Duntemann, Karel Terwel, Laurent Rus Jenni

PCW-2 Tie and Strut Models

Arndt Goldack, Vasant Matsagar, Mike Schlaich

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.

A one-of-a-kind Speed Networking event will be organised, in which Young Engineers will meet one-on-one with IABSE Fellows and interact with them for brief Career Advice. A Pecha Kucha session will be scheduled, with each speaker having three minutes for presentation and a certain number of slides on a topic of their choice, as well as a few other activities such as a reserved bar and a sightseeing / bridge modelling / forum discussion.

Technical Visits

Technical visits of some interesting projects built or under construction within the metropolitan region will be available. The tours will also be open to any interested accompanying persons. During the Congress, half-day tours to interesting structures around Delhi will be offered. A two-day technical tour following the Congress is also being planned. The following tours will only be confirmed if a minimum of 10 people sign up for each excursion. More information 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, Chair, SC,  India
Bidhan Chandra Roy, Co-Chair, SC, India
Alok Bhowmick, Secretary, SC, India
Umesh Rajeshirke, India
Venkataramana Heggade, India
Varsha Agarwal, India

Aditya Sharma, India
AFM Saiful Amin, Bangladesh
Akio Kasuga, Japan
Alastair Soane, United Kingdom
Alfred Strauss, Austria
Amitabha Ghoshal, India
Ana Mandić Ivanković, Croatia
Ananth Ramaswamy, India
Andre Orcesi, France
Andreas Lampropoulos, United Kingdom
Andreas Taras,  Switzerland
Ane de Boer, The Netherlands
Ann Schumacher, Switzerland
Anton Syrkov, Russia
Arndt Goldack, Germany
Atul Bhobe, India
Bert Hesslink, The Netherlands
Bruno Briseghella, Italy
Carlos Mendez-Galindo, Mexico
Christian Cremona, France
Colin Caprani, Australia
Dan Frangopol, USA
Daniel Ureña Muñoz, Costa Rica
Debra Lafer, USA
Eftychia Apostolidi, Austria
Eugen Brühwiler, Switzerland
Fabrizio Palmisano, Italy
Fathy Saad, Egypt
Fernando Madrazo-Aguirre, United Kingdom
Guy Larose, Canada
H.H. (Bert) Snijder, The Netherlands
Haiying Ma, China
Hélder Sousa, Portugal
Helena Gervásio, Portugal
Hyun-Moo Koh, Rep of S. Korea
Ian Peter T. Firth, United Kingdom
Ignacio Paya Zaforteza, Spain
Igor Kavrakov, Germany
Indresh Kumar Pandey, India
Jan Bien, Poland
Jan Biliszczuk, Poland
Jan Wium, South Africa
Joan Ramon Casas, Spain
Jonathan McGormley, USA
Jorge de Brito, Portugal
José Matos, Portugal

Katrin Habel, Canada

Luigi Fenu, Italy

Luís Oliveira-Santos, Portugal

Mahesh Tandon, India

Maria Pina Limongelli, Italy

Marion Rauch, Germany

Mike Schlaich, Germany

Mitsuyoshi Akiyama, Japan

Mohan Jatkar, India

Mourad Bakhoum, Egypt

Narayan Pal, India

Padmakar Manjure, India

Paul Mullins, Malaysia

Paweł Hawryszków,  Poland

Peter Seitz, Germany

Petr Hájek, Czech

Raad Abdul-aziz, Switzerland

Rade Hajdin, Switzerland

Rajiv Ahuja, India

Ravindra Gettu, India

Redla Chakrapani, India

Richard Stroetmann, Germany

Rob Vergoossen, The Netherlands

Ronur Jaigopal, India

Sakai Koji, Japan

Sanjay Kumar Nirmal, India

Sébastien Maheux, Canada

Shunichi Nakamura, Japan

Sorin Dan, Romania

Sougata Roy, USA

Stefan Zmigrodzki, Canada

Stephanos Dritsos, Greece

Steve Kite, Hong Kong, SAR China

Svein Erik Jakobsen, Norway

Tamon Ueda, Japan

Thomas Vogel, Switzerland

Tina Vejrum, Denmark

Tobia Zordan, Italy

Venkatram. P. G, India

Vijay Kulkarni, India

Vikram Pakrashi, Ireland

Vinay Gupta, India

Xin Ruan, China

Yaojun Ge, China

Ye Xia, China


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