IABSE Awards


For many years, IABSE has presented awards to individuals worthy of special recognition and to outstanding structural engineering projects around the world. These awards have usually been presented during the annual Congress in September each year.


The ExC created a special awards committee, chaired by Past President Fernando Branco, to extend the awards scheme to include many more categories, thus providing extra opportunities to recognise outstanding achievements among our members and in our industry. These new awards will be presented at a special Awards Gala Dinner event that will be a showcase for all that is best in structural engineering. The first of these events will be held in association with the proposed IABSE Congress in Nanjing, China, in 2022.


The new IABSE awards will be grouped into two main parts: the IABSE People and Papers Awards and the IABSE Projects and Technology Awards. The categories for the initial launch are listed below, and more may be added later once these new IABSE Awards become well established. Several of the People and Papers Awards will be very similar to some of the existing awards, but all of the Projects and Technology Award categories are new.


IABSE People and Papers Awards

IABSE Projects and Technology Awards

IABSE Honorary Membership

IABSE National Group of the Year

IABSE Member of the Year

IABSE Early Career Prize


IABSE Outstanding Scientific Paper Award

IABSE Outstanding Technical Paper Award

IABSE Best PhD Thesis Award

IABSE International Award of Merit

IABSE Award for Small Projects

IABSE Award for Building Structures

IABSE Award for Pedestrian and Cycle Bridges

IABSE Award for Road and Rail Bridges

IABSE Award for Infrastructure

IABSE Award for Rehabilitation

IABSE Award for Innovation in Construction

IABSE Award for International Development

IABSE Gold Star Award

Previous IABSE Awards (2021 and before)

Outstanding Structure Awards

Outstanding Paper Award