Invitation from the Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee of the IABSE Congress Ghent 2021 in Belgium invites the structural engineering community to attend the IABSE Congress Ghent 2021 to discuss and contribute to the theme ‘Structural Engineering for Future Societal Needs’. Future societal needs comprise building and maintaining safe and reliable buildings and infrastructures while coping with the effects of climate change in a world with scarcer resources and satisfying the ambition to reduce mankind’s CO2 footprint. Anticipated sub-themes are therefore amongst others ‘Structural safety and reliability with respect to climate change’ and ‘Circularity, re-use and sustainability of structures’. All written papers submitted are peer-reviewed by the Scientific Committee. The large majority of the presentations is delivered orally in normal presentation sessions but also poster sessions, poster ‘elevator pitch’ sessions, discussion sessions, a Pecha Kucha session and special sessions will take place. Task Groups of IABSE can apply for these special sessions. In order to accommodate all sessions and speakers, parallel sessions run simultaneously in 6 to 8 breakout rooms on the three main congress days. Keynote speakers introduce relevant topics to the congress theme and/or give a state-of-the-art overview on these topics. The technical programme will attract all those involved and interested in the state of the art and the future of bridge and structural engineering. We invite you to contribute to this IABSE Congress and join us in Ghent in 2021!

Bert H.H. Snijder, Scientific Committee Chair, The Netherlands
Bart De Pauw, Scientific Committee Vice-Chair, Belgium



Bridge Herentals-Lier on the Albert Canal, Belgium











Scientific Committee Board
Bert Snijder (Chair)
Bart De Pauw (Vice-Chair)
Ane de Boer
Pierre Mengeot
Monica Nicoreac
Sander van Alphen
Philippe Van Bogaert

The Scientific Committee consists
of more than 70 expert members
from all over the world.