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IABSE People and Paper Awards 2022

Image Caption Honorary Membership 2022 is presented to Ian Firth, United Kingdom. Ian Firth is a structural engineering consultant with over 40 years of experience in the design, assessment and structural investigation of a wide variety of bridges and other structures. Ian Firth is a Fellow Member of IABSE and has been an active member of the Association since 1994.
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Image Caption Honorary Membership 2022 is presented to Mikael W. Braestrup, Denmark, has been an active member of IABSE since 1979 when he co-organised the Copenhagen Colloquium on ‘Plasticity in Reinforced Concrete’ and received the IABSE Early Career Prize in 1984. In 1991 he became a member of Working Commission 3 ‘Concrete Structures’, served as Vice-Chair from 1997-2001, and Chair until 2005.
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Image Caption The IABSE Member of the Year Award 2022 is presented to Joe Tortorella, USA., is a Fellow Member of IABSE and has been an active member of the Association since 1998. He had an outstanding career at the Silman Corporation with continuous involvement with several professional associations. He Chaired the Scientific Committee for IABSE Congress Chicago 2008 and Chaired the Organising Committee of IABSE Symposium New York 2019. More information, click here. 
Image Caption The International Award of Merit in Structural Engineering 2022 is presented to Yozo Fujino, Japan, has been a professor and a structural engineer for over 40 years, and he has made significant contributions to various aspects of structures, especially bridges. He is currently the President of Josai University. He is also a Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo and Yokohama National University. More information, click here.
Image Caption The IABSE Early Career Prize 2022 is presented to Dr Sotiria Stefanidou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, ‘in recognition of her strong academic background, that is reflected in her research activities related to assessment, rehabilitation, vulnerability and retrofit of critical infrastructure (bridges). In parallel, she has an active career in practice, successfully delivering resource-demanding construction projects and managing start-up companies in leadership roles. More information, click here.
Image Caption The IABSE National Group of the Year Award 2022 is presented to New Zealand for their remarkable commitment, flexibility and resilience in successfully running the IABSE Congress Christchurch 2020, despite the Covid19 pandemic by converting a face-to-face event into a virtual event. More information, click here.
Image Caption Outstanding Paper Award for Scientific Paper:
Round-robin modelling of the load-bearing capacity of slender columns by using classical and advanced non-linear numerical and analytical prediction tools, SEI 2021, Vol. 31, Nr. 1, Pg. 118-135.  More information, click here.

Outstanding Paper Award for Technical Report:
Hålogaland Bridge—A Landmark in Arctic Norway, SEI 2021, Vol. 31, Nr.4, 516-522.
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Best PhD Thesis Award:
2022 Best PhD Thesis Award goes to Dr. Genshen Fang, currently working at the Department of Bridge Engineering, College of Civil Engineering, Tongji University, China; for his PhD Thesis on “Flutter Fragility Analysis of Long-Span Bridges Based on 3D Typhoon Model Using Geographically Weighted Regression”.  More information, click here.


IABSE Congress Nanjing 2022: 
Only 3 weeks away.. register now!

Final Invitation (Click here to download)


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This IABSE Congress Nanjing 2022 is just around the corner! The Congress local organisers are getting ready to welcome all registered delegates onsite and through their IABSE Conference custom-tailored "Online Platform" for those who cannot travel to Nanjing. The Congress theme will be "Bridges and Structures: Connection, Integration, and Harmonisation". Topics will include traditional bridges and structures and will also include new elements such as Artificial Intelligence and dealing with Covid-19. The programme will comprise renowned Keynote Speakers, Plenary and Parallel Sessions. For queries, please get in touch with the Congress Secretariat

Online Registration details: Click Here

This online and onsite event's participation fee shall include the following:
• Access to all online congress activities, including: Opening, Awarding and Closing Sessions, YEP event, Cultural Show and Gala Dinner
• Electronic version of participation certificate
• Access to all Scientific Sessions and Industry Sessions
• Access to the Virtual Exhibition
• Electronic Full-paper proceedings prior to the Congress
• Networking/chat system with fellow participants.

Young Engineers Programme:
Participants born in or after 1988 will benefit from a reduced registration fee. In addition, awards with money prizes offered by the OC and the IABSE Fellows will be given to the outstanding Young Engineers. The event is set for the evening of 21 June. More information will be updated on the IABSE official website.
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IABSE Symposium Istanbul 2023! 
26-28 April 2023,  Istanbul Turkey

Submission of abstract will close very soon! To submit, please click here

The IABSE Symposium Istanbul 2023, hosted by the Turkish Group of IABSE, has recently been approved for spring 2023. The theme "Long Span Bridges "aims to identify differences in design and construction practices of long-span bridges built over the past 100 years. In this scope, new and older bridge designs, maintenance techniques, inspection methods, repair and rehabilitation techniques, seismic retrofit methods and the use of digitalisation in bridge engineering will be the focus of discussion during the event. For further information: Click here..

Important Dates: 
Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 August 2022
Notification of Abstracts Acceptance: 30 September 2022
Submission of Full Papers: 15 January 2023
Notification of the status of Submission: 20 February 2023
IABSE Symposium: 26-28 April 2023


Welcome message from I.K. Pandey, Chair of OC and H.Subbarao, Chair, SC

Submit your abstract, read further: Click here..

Have you submitted your Abstract yet? Rush, deadline is approaching, submit your abstract, and next year you could be in India!

The  IABSE Congress 2023 which will be held in New Delhi, India, will be hosted by the Indian Group of IABSE, with the theme "Engineering for Sustainable Development ". This Congress aims to provide a worldwide forum for debate on the most important issues of our times, such as sustainability and the role of engineers in accomplishing this goal. The Congress is intended to serve as a platform for governments, engineering organisations, academic and educational institutions, and industry to build global relationships and promote cooperation in order to deliver on the global sustainable developmental agenda. It is intended for attendees from a wide range of stakeholders, including academia and industry.

Important Dates: 
Call for Abstracts opens: 20 June 2022
Receipt of Abstracts: 14 October 2022
Notification of Abstracts Acceptance: 15 December 2022
IABSE Congress: 20-22 September 2022
Structural Engineering International - August issue is published
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SEI August issue has been published online and must have arrived at your office or home by now. The Editorial in this issue is by Prof. Dr. Andreas Lampropoulos on the topic 'Towards Urban and Structural Resilience in Earthquake Engineering'. A. Lampropoulos is highly engaged with IABSE, and this year he also published a Case Study: 'Case Studies on Conservation and Seismic Strengthening/Retrofitting of Existing Structures'

Task Groups - In Spotlight !

TG 1.3  Chair, Prof. Andre Orcesi: Watch the Video!

Task Group 1.3: Calibration of Partial Safety Factors for the Assessment of Existing Bridges

Mission Statement/Objectives: Investigate how performance models (with a focus on semi-probabilistic approach) can be built with reference to physical models (parametric approach) and use potential information derived from inspection/monitoring strategies.

If you are interested in joining this Task Group, write to us at with your intention to join, and preferably your CV.
More about TG 1.3

Task Group 1.8: Design Requirements for Infrastructure Resilience

Mission Statement/Objectives: 
Various natural and human-induced hazard events are resulting in more and more severe consequences to the built environment which in turn affects the societies and economies that this infrastructure supports – exacerbated by increased urbanization. Therefore, it is essential to sustain the functionality and operability of critical infrastructure during and after the hazard event, minimize the direct and indirect losses, and mitigate the consequences in the aftermath of a disaster.
More about TG 1.8

Recent Activity: 

  • A special session was organized by TG1.8, in ICONHIC-2022 ( ) entitled: « The role of information in infrastructure resilience: Methods and tools», found at this link which was led by Nisrine Makhoul, Sotiris Argyroudis, and John van de Lindt (TG1.8 members). 9 Members took part in this conference.
  • A physical meeting took place on 7 June for the 9 attending TG1.8 members, and online for the other members. It was followed by their first social event, a dinner afterwards. 
  • Finally for this session 8 authors from TG1.8 members submitted articles with topics related to the T1.8 topic. 
National Groups
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Latin America
SEI August issue has an article written by IABSE Vice President Carlos Mendez who has talked from his personal experience, about the challenges, growth and initiation of the Latin American National Groups, during the pandemic. This artilce may inspire you to do the same for your region and for your National Group.

Swiss Group
YES Program for 6 October 2022: Click Here!

The YES2022 young engineers event is planned for 6 October 2022. There is a competition, you shall find all details in the flyer here. Contact Prof. Dr. Andrea Frangi, Organising Committee of YES202 for further details, read further here.

The Swiss Group has been regularly conducting YES events and field trips to visit interesting bridges and structures. If you are in a neighbouring country and wish to join, you can always contact the Swiss National Group.

Bangladesh Group
Coming Soon! Online Seminar with 14-15 lectures (1 lecture every weekend spread over three months) on Bridge Engineering Course (Intermediate Level) which is being organised by the Bangladesh Group, chaired by Prof. Saiful Amin and the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in collaboration with IABSE's e-Learning Board. A detailed study course has been planned and is currently being prepared. Keep watching this space for further information!

South Africa
If you missed this month's Webinar, which our South African Chair, Pierre de Spuy organised, then you have the chance to register for the next webinar, check it out here

British Group
British Group is back with its flagship event, which will be held in person after two years of online conferences. It will be a full day catered event with a variety of Keynote Speakers covering a wide range of topics, including Steve McKechnie (Arup), Brian Duguid (Mott MacDonald), Dr Adrienn Tomor (Brunel University), and others. There will be networking and Q&A opportunities throughout the day. It is optional to join after the event for an evening meal at Double Tree by Hilton Manchester Piccadilly starting at 18 hrs. Register here...

If you are a structural engineer living in the UK, consider joining the very interesting list of events our British Group has planned for 2022-23, including an upcoming study tour in Belgium in October, for further details click here: 

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Recently IABSE's Mexican National Group Chair, Dario Rivera Vargas, representing IABSE gave a talk on 'Natural Risk Assessment in Construction' at the House of Representatives in Mexico. We would like to congratulate and thank all our NG Chairs, who take the flagship of IABSE to all international conferences and podiums.

IABSE Webinar

Webinar: The V&A Swingbridge: a unique product responding to multiple needs
This Webinar was organised by the South African National Group and TG 1.7. You can watch the video here: Click Here
Speaker: Ms. Maja Wilson, a Section Manager with SMEC South Africa in Cape Town, is a Chartered Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, London and registered as a Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa. 
Moderators: Prof. Dr. Pierre van der Spuy, who is Adjunct Professor at Stellenbosch University and Associate at Zutari, South Africa.

Task Group: Mr. Rasmus Rempling, Chair, TG 1.7

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Renew your 2022 IABSE Membership now to avoid interruption of your membership benefits at My Account page ! If you need assistance or have concerns with your membership, you may contact us at +41 43 443 97 65 or email us at For more information, visit our website

IABSE Members News

Vice President act as Ambassadors
IABSE Vice President Jose Matos, who has been visiting several National Groups in the past, recently also met up with the Chilean Government. In this photo you see him explaining to the Chilean govt extreme climate measures.

IABSE Foundation Council ties up with Bridges to Property
This week, Alp Caner, Chair of IABSE's Foundation Council tied up with Bridges to Prosperity and invited B2P to participate as the Official Charity of the iBridge Conference 2022; Maria Rodriguez was honoured to share the opening ceremony stage with Dr. Ersin Arıoğlu, Yapı Merkezi Holding Founder and responsible for the longest suspension bridge in the world: the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge.

We are grateful to our structural engineering community for thinking and sharing their expertise beyond borders and helping in IABSE's philanthropic mission. 

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Obituary: Renowned Swiss structural engineer, Dialma Bänziger passed away on 13 July 2022; we express our condolences to his family and thank him for his contributions to the Swiss National Group. In this photo you can see him on the extreme right, during an IABSE Award Ceremony. You can read more about him here: Click Here.

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