The 40th IABSE Symposium on ‘Tomorrow’s Megastructures’ organized by the French Group of IABSE, in cooperation with AFGC was a big success with over 575 delegates from 40 countries. Hosted in the beautiful city of Nantes, at the La Cite de Nantes Events Centre.
The Symposium’s Organizing Committee was chaired by Bruno Godart, and Christian Cremona chaired the Scientific Committee has received over 500 abstracts that featured 295 papers in the Technical Program. There were 6 keynote lectures from renowned speakers and 64 parallel sessions. Preceding the Symposium, from Sept. 17 -21 were the IABSE Annual Meetings and three Pre-Symposium Workshops on;
1. Structural Failures—cases, causes, investigations, lessons learned
2. Designing with UHPFRC based on most recent standard
3. Practice of Finite Elements Calculation
The presentation on Genoa bridge collapse by F. Palmisano, was a current topic and was well attended.
The Symposium has lived up to the high expectations of the participants. Exhibitors and participants enjoyed their small yet essential talks over ‘Standing Lunches’ served at the exhibition area and the fine French cuisine and wine during sophisticated yet fun social events.
Watch out for the Symposium article in the forthcoming issue of SEI with more photographs from the event.