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Young Engineers Programme (YEP)

IABSE motivates and encourages young members, researchers and practitioners to share their experiences and learn with their more experienced colleagues and help them build up their professional network early on. 

The objectives are to: 

- Actively support the objectives of IABSE, with the focus on issues relevant to young engineers
- Increase the participation of young members in the Association's activities.
- Increase the activities for young engineers under their leadership during the IABSE events
- Facilitate international networking with more experienced and senior members
- Encourage the growth IABSE Membership

IABSE launched the Young Engineers Programme (YEP) in cooperation with the Australian Group of IABSE at the IABSE Symposium in Melbourne 2002. As a result of its success, the Programme has since then been repeated at every IABSE Symposia and the local events of IABSE National Groups. In 2024 the YEC launched the Young Engineers Mentorship Programme, which connects senior engineers with YE worldwide.

Benefits offered to Young Engineers under 35, at the IABSE events:

- Reduced conference fee and free IABSE membership for the following year of the conference
- Prizes awarded to two outstanding contributions personally presented by the author (paper or poster), sponsored by the Organising Committee and the IABSE Fellows
- YEP Social Event
- Networking with IABSE Fellows.

The YEP is supported by IABSE Fellows and the Organising Committee of the IABSE Conference. It is open to all young engineers, member (younger than 35 years) or non-member participating in IABSE Symposia or Conference.

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the Young Engineers Programme (YEP)

Young Engineers Mentorship Programme 2024

Young Engineers Mentorship Programme was launched on 23 February 2024 by the YEC, and the Speaker was Tina Vejrum, IABSE President. This programme is being led by Gledson Tondo from YEC. For more information contact IABSE secretariat.

Young Engineers Colloquium 2023

On the 24 and 25th of November 2023, the Belgian and Dutch National Groups of IABSE jointly organized their third Young Engineers Colloquium 2023 (YEC2023) at the Aula of Ghent University in Ghent in Belgium. YEC2023 is especially meant for young engineers to exchange knowledge internationally, with  focus on Belgium and the Netherlands. This Colloquium offered young engineers the opportunity to present their interesting research, engineering or construction projects to an audience of fellow engineers from the structural engineering sector. The event was sponsored by 8 Belgian and Dutch sponsors and attended by 68 participants.  The Proceedings can be downloaded from IABSE Members Area. Below are some photos from the YEC 2023 event. The Keynote Lecture was delivered by Prof. José Campos e Matos (ISISE, University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal) on the subject “Case study for a KPI-based Quality Control system of roadway bridges”. The Technical Excursion took place visiting several bridges under construction in Ghent and visiting the construction site of the Oosterweel tunnel project in Zeebruges under the guidance in Ghent of prof. em. dr. ir. Philippe Van Bogaert and under the guidance of technical specialists of the contractor TM COTU on site in Zeebruges.

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Paper awards:

1. Adrien Palm (Bureau Greisch) for the paper ‘Wind Tunnel Tests and Normative Approaches of the ARC MAJEUR Subject to Vortex Shedding’  2. Maarten Van Craenenbroeck (Besix) for the paper ‘Structural Design and Analysis of Tour Triangle’

Poster awards:

1. Angeliki Christoforidou (Delft Univ. of Technology) for the paper ‘Shear and Wheel Loading on Bolted Connectors for Composite Bridge Decks’   2. Jeroen van Oosten (Heijmans) for the paper ‘Train Underpass Rijen: Sustainable Design by Applying Self-Healing Concrete’. You can read the full report in SEI February 2024 issue.



Young Engineers Colloquium 2019

The Belgian and Dutch National Groups of IABSE have the pleasure of inviting you to attend the jointly organized Young Engineers Colloquium 2019 (YEC2019) on 15 and 16 March 2019 at Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands. YEC2019 is especially meant for young engineers to exchange knowledge internationally, with the focus on Belgium and the Netherlands. The colloquium is open to all professionals interested in structural engineering regardless their age, but apart from the keynote speaker, all presenters are young engineers under 35 years of age.

IABSE Young Engineers Colloquium in East Asia, (Tongji University, Shanghai, China) was jointly organized for the first time by the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Groups of IABSE. The colloquium was initiated by Profs. Shunichi Nakamura, Limin Sun and Hyun-Moo Koh in April 2018. Photos from Colloquium.

Young Engineers Symposium 2018

On 4 October 2018, the eighth edition of the Swiss Young Engineers’ Symposium (YES2018) took place at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. More than 80 participants from all over Switzerland used the opportunity to attend inspiring speeches from industry experts, interesting presentations by young engineers, and discussions about prevailing civil engineering topics during interactive seminars. Of course, YES2018 also served as a great platform to meet friends and connect with colleagues from other engineering offices.

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