Press Release

January 22, 2019

Preliminary Invitation and Call for Papers

IABSE Symposium Wrocław, Poland, May 20-22, 2020
Synergy of Culture and Civil Engineering – History and Challenges

The IABSE Symposium Wrocław, ‘Synergy of Culture and Civil Engineering – History and Challenges’ will be held from May 20 to 22, 2020 in Poland. The Symposium aims at creating a forum for the debate on the development of bridge and structural engineering as part of worldwide culture, and on current challenges in this area. The Symposium is targeted at attendees from different stakeholders, respectively, from academia to industry. The scientific program will include Keynote, Plenary and Parallel Sessions over three days. The official language of the Symposium is English.

The Organising Committee, with Jan Biliszczuk and Paweł Hawryszków as Co-Chairs, and the Scientific Committee chaired by Jan Bień, is preparing a very attractive and innovative Symposium with sessions with specialised themes.

Technical Visits to interesting projects and to research facilities, guided by local engineers, are planned during the Symposium, and are open for accompanying persons. More detailed information will be available in the Final Invitation and at the Symposium website

Young Engineers Contribution Award will be given to two young authors, born in or after 1986, who have personally presented their paper during the Symposium, as selected by the jury from the presentations. The prize is sponsored by the IABSE Fellows and the Organising Committee. These awards consisting of financial prizes will be presented at the closing of the Symposium. Delegates born in 1986 or later will enjoy reduced registration fees.

Call for Abstracts

Participants wishing to present a paper are invited to submit an abstract in PDF format, not exceeding 300 words, related to the theme and topics of the Symposium by March 31, 2019. Abstracts will only be accepted through our online peer review system using the template available at the online submission platform on the Symposium webpage: The Scientific Committee will review all submitted abstracts for acceptance.


  • Civil engineering structures as monuments of culture and technical development
  • Condition assessment of contemporary and historical structures
  • Conservation, upgrading and management of contemporary and historical structures
  • Future of civil engineering structures   

Detailed Themes: Click Here 

  Important Information:

  Topic: Synergy of Culture and Civil Engineering – History and Challenges
  Date: May 20-22, 2020
  Venue: Wrocław University of Science and Technology Congress Centre (WUST), Poland

  Phone: +48 71 320 45 40, 48 71 320 45 62
  Fax: +48 71 320 35 45

  Abstract Submission:    March 31, 2019 
  Notification of Abstracts Acceptance:   May 30, 2019
  Submission of Full Papers:   August 31, 2019
  Notification of Full Papers Acceptance:   November 30, 2019
  Publication of Final Invitation:   December 15, 2019
  Symposium:    May 20-22, 2020

About IABSE - International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering

Founded in 1929, operates on a worldwide basis and deals with all aspects of planning, design, construction, maintenance and repair of civil engineering structures. 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 the owner of 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.

To learn more about this Press Release, please contact:
Brindarica Bose, Publications and Communications Manager
IABSE c/o ETH Zurich Hoenggerberg HIL E21.3
8049 Zurich, Switzerland

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For more information, please contact: 
Brindarica Bose
Publications and Communications Manager 
IABSE c/o ETH Zurich
Hoenggerberg HIL E21.3 
8049 Zurich 

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