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Welcome to IABSE Congress Ghent 2021!

 Theme and Topics 

The IABSE Congress Ghent 2021 was a big international conference on structural engineering that brought together scientists, students, designers, contractors, owners, and specialists from international organisations from all over the world. The Congress was a significant event for promoting industry discussion, exchanging cutting-edge knowledge, and networking. The objective of IABSE, as a technical society, is to enhance structural engineering practise while taking into account technical, economic, environmental, aesthetic, and social aspects.

The Congress was an online event that was broadcasted utilising the OnAIR platform, which provided a comprehensive setting for merging online presentations, breakout sessions, networking, one-on-one meetings, and interaction.

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

 Anticipated sub-themes are amongst others:

Structural safety and reliability with respect to climate change
Circularity, re-use and sustainability of structures

Emission free building of structures 

Special sub-themes are:

Enhancing resilience of civil infrastructure to hurricane and thunderstorm hazards under changing climate
Structural bearings and anti-seismic devices: innovation, standards and testing requirements
Towards extending the service life of existing concrete infrastructure through advanced assessment methods
Concepts and methods for the performance assessment of existing structures.

    Also more traditional sub-themes may be addressed, if the abstract and paper refer to the main congress theme, e.g.

    All types of bridges
    Large span structures
    Light-weight structures
    High-rise buildings
    All structural materials
    Structural health monitoring
    Design for earthquakes
    Case studies
    Failures and forensic engineering
    Strengthening and retrofitting
    Dynamics of structures
    Innovative structures
    Fatigue and fracture
    Structural analysis and optimisation
    Parametric design
    Structural behaviour under fire conditions
    Soil-structure Interaction
    Exceptional loads on structures
    Safety, reliability and risk
    Architecture of structures
    Additive manufacturing

       Keynote Speakers

      Jacqueline Cramer, Utrecht University (NL)

      Title: The transition to sustainable concrete in the Netherlands through network governance

       Michael J. Cook, Buro Happold (UK) and Imperial College (UK)

      Title: Urgent steps to achieve a net-zero carbon construction industry: lessons from the IABSE (UK) Henderson Colloquium 2020 

      Junho Song, Seoul National University (S. Korea)
      Title: Risk intelligence of structural systems: concepts and recent developments

      Luc Hellemans, Lantis (BE)
      Title: Oosterweel – from an underground and even underwater road infrastructure plan to an urban transformation project

      About The Organisers

      The Belgian and Dutch Groups of IABSE together with Ghent Universtiy are organising the IABSE Congress Ghent 2021. The Organising Committee (OC) is chaired by Hans de Backer and includes 10 dedicated members.

      Organising Committee

      Hans De Backer (Chair)
      Bert Hesselink (Vice-Chair)
      Ane de Boer
      Bart De Pauw
      Alain Dumortier
      Bernard Espion
      Pierre Mengeot
      Bert Snijder
      Sven Somers
      Aad van der Horst
      Gilles Van Staen

       Scientific Committee 

      Bert Snijder, The Netherlands, (Chair)
      Bart De Pauw, Belgium, (Vice-Chair)
      Ane de Boer, The Netherlands

      Vincent de Ville de Goyet, Belgium

      Pierre Mengeot, Belgium

      Sander van Alphen, The Netherlands
      Philippe Van Bogaert, Belgium







      The IABSE Congress Ghent 2021 was a large international structural engineering conference bringing together scientists, students, designers, contractors, owners and experts from international organisations around the world. The Congress was an important event for stimulating industry discussion, exchange of cutting-edge knowledge and networking. IABSE’s aim as a technical society is to promote the advancement of structural engineering practice while taking into account technical, economic, environmental, aesthetic and social aspects. 

      The Congress is an online event and was broadcasted using the OnAIR platform, providing a powerful environment for integrating online presentations, breakout sessions, networking, 1:1 meetings and interactivity.

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