Final Invitation

2019 IABSE Congress New York City: ‘The Evolving Metropolis’

The IABSE Congress, celebrating the 90th anniversary of IABSE, will take place in the great metropolis of New York City on September 4 - 6, 2019. The theme “Evolving Metropolis” is the over-arching Congress theme with many sub-themes including special sessions on “The 200 Year Bridge” and “Tomorrow’s Affordable Housing”. Preceding the Congress on September 2 – 3, will be the IABSE Annual Meetings at the Silman’s office that overlooks the famous Brooklyn Bridge, the East River and the coast of Brooklyn itself. This IABSE Congress is expected to attract academic and practicing engineers, young and experienced to experts from around the world, and promises to be a window into the future of structural engineering while also taking the opportunity to look back at the past. Presentations covering all aspects of structural engineering in the Metropolis will challenge engineers to identify issues, develop sustainable solutions, and execute innovative designs. Through podium, roundtable, panel, and poster presentations, participants will have an opportunity to share their knowledge with others. Those choosing to participate in one of the two special sessions will become contributors to a state-of-the-practice white paper on each subject to be published by IABSE.  

Main Themes are:
The 200-year Bridge; Tomorrow’s Affordable Housing; Extreme Events, Climate Change and the Resilient Metropolis; Urban Infrastructure: Design and Preservation; Mitigating Fire Hazards through Engineering; Globalization and Structural Engineering; Technology, Automation and Innovation; Urbanization and Population Growth.

Keynote Speakers are:
Janette Sadik-Khan, USA; Edward Glaeser, USA; Jonathan F. P. Rose, USA; Ian Firth, UK; Veronica Cedillos, USA; Vince Beiser, USA.

Pre-Congress Workshop on:
Forensic Structural Engineering Investigations, Causes, and Lessons Learned.

Young Engineers Program will include:
Young Engineers Award; Young Engineers Reception; Ice-Breaker Event; Speed-Mentoring Event; My Thesis/Project in 180 Seconds. 

Social Program will include:
US Group Reception; Welcome Reception; Gala Dinner.

Technical Tours will include:
Bloomberg Building Tour; Grand Canal Terminal/East Side Access Tour; Around Manhattan Architecture Boat Tour; The 200 Year Bridge and Tomorrow’s Affordable Housing Tour.

                                     Important Dates              
July 1, 2019                     Deadline for Early Bird registration

September 2-3, 2019        IABSE Annual Meetings
  September 3, 2019           Pre-Conference Workshops  
  September 4-6, 2019        Congress  
 Congress Venue: 

The Javits Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001, USA

 Scientific Committee Chair:  Jonathan McGormley  
 Organising Committee Chair: Joseph F. Tortorella  
 Contact: Congress Secretariat
c/o Monica Sayers
Venue West Conference Services #301 - 1040 Hamilton Street Vancouver, B.C. V6B 2R9 Canada
phone:    +1- 866 481 5226


International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE)
The mission of IABSE is to exchange knowledge and to advance the practice of structural engineering worldwide in the service of the profession and society. To fulfil its mission, IABSE organises conferences and publishes a high quality journal, Structural Engineering International (SEI); publishes books reflecting the work of its Technical Groups; creates Task Groups, as required by new needs and technological progress; offers activities within National Groups of IABSE; supports Young Engineers with a programme, and presents annual Awards in recognition of outstanding achievements in structural engineering.

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Brindarica Bose
Publications and Communications Manager
IABSE c/o ETH Zurich
Hoenggerberg HIL E21.3 
8049 Zurich 

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