Abstract submission deadline   4 November 2020  
Welcome to IABSE Congress Ghent 2021!


              Yaojun Ge


The International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) is a scientific/technical Association comprising members almost 100 countries and counting 58 National Groups. The aim of the Association is to exchange knowledge and to advance the practice of structural engineering worldwide in the service of the profession and society. Founded in 1929, IABSE hosted a series of Congresses every four years from 1932 to 2016 and every year from 2019 onwards. The IABSE Congress 2021 will be held in Ghent, Belgium, from 22 to 24 September 2021, as a classical in-person event with the opportunity to join online for those who wish. 


The theme of the Congress is “Structural Engineering for Future Societal Needs”, comprising building and maintaining safe and reliable buildings and infrastructures under the effects of climate change in a world with scarcer resources and the ambition to reduce mankind’s CO2 footprint. Future Societal Needs can be divided into three parts, Structural Safety and Reliability with Respect to Climate Change, Circularity, Re-use and Sustainability of Structures and Emission Free Building of Structures.


This IABSE Congress is organised by the Belgian and Dutch Groups of IABSE in co-operation with Ghent University. Both National Groups are among the earliest IABSE Groups and are very active and productive. This Congress will be, respectively, the first and eighth international IABSE event hosted in the BENELUX since the successful IABSE Conference 2013 in Rotterdam and the third IABSE Congress 1948 in Liege. I wish to express my special thanks and compliment the Organising Committee and the Scientific Committee, for excellently mastering the preparations of this promising event under the difficult circumstances of the past year and months. 


Besides exchanging experience and latest knowledge in structural engineering, I am curious to discover with you the city of Ghent “Europe’s best kept secret”, said to be “the most authentic historic city in the World“.


I look forward to meeting you our members, and welcoming new friends in Ghent, Belgium.


Yaojun Ge
President of IABSE



The theme of the Congress is Structural Engineering for Future Societal Needs.


Who is invited?

Scientists, students, designers, contractors, owners and experts from international organisations around the world are invited to share their latest experiences on the latest innovations on structural and bridge engineering, regarding the future needs of society.



Important Dates

Deadline for abstract submission

4 November 2020


Notification Abstract Acceptance:

15 December 2020 (only 2 abstracts per registered author will be accepted)


EXTENDED: Deadline full paper submission

until 26 February 2021


Final Invitation, Registration opens:

1 March 2021


Notification of Acceptance of Full Papers and Announcement of Presentation types:

30 April 2021


Registration deadline for all presenting authors

15 June 2021


Deadline for Early-bird registration

15 June 2021


Deadline pre-recorded presentations

1 September 2021


IABSE Annual Meetings

20-21 September 2021


IABSE Congress Ghent 2021

22-24 September 2021






Read article about Ghent in Guardian.com

The adoration of Ghent: art, history and flavours in Flanders” by Serena Fokschaner.