Organiser's Message

The IABSE Symposium Guimarães 2019 ‘Towards a Resilient Built Environment - Risk and Asset Management’ will be held on March 27-29, 2019, at Vila Flor Cultural Centre.

The Symposium aims at providing an international forum for the debate on, among others, issues such as the sustainability of the built environment, risk assessment and asset management in infrastructures. In addition to Future Trends, the conference shall be focusing on cutting-edge issues, such as Novel Management Tools for the Built Environment, Lifecycle Quality Control of Infrastructures, Advanced Frameworks for a Sustainable Built Environment and Risk Analysis Procedures. The Symposium is thus targeted at attendees from different stakeholders, respectively, from academia to industry.

Guimarães is a cosy and lively UNESCO city, considered as the cradle of Portugal. Attendees will have the opportunity to increase their network through a set of social events, such as the welcome reception and the gala dinner. Young attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy the Symposium through a tailor-made young engineers programme, including a happy hour. Finally, ‘IABSE Tank’ is a new initiative where young engineers will have the opportunity to show their ideas to investors in a purely entrepreneural environment.

Preceding this Symposium is the final conference of COST Action TU 1406 on ‘Quality specifications for roadway bridges, standardisation at a European level’ (, to be held on March 25-26 2019. We believe that such an event will also attract a large number of leading participants who may take advantage of both events being in the same location.

On behalf of IABSE, we are looking forward to welcoming you to Guimarães for this promising event.