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Belgian Group of IABSE

Mr. Alain Dumortier
Liège Science Park Allée Des
Noisetiers 25 4031 Angleur

Prof. Bart De Pauw
Civil Engineering Department
Technologiepark 60 9052 Gent

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The Belgian Group endorses the International SECO Magnel PhD Award, in memory of Professor Gustave Magnel, a great scholar and engineer inspiring excellence in research, who was one of its founders and subsequently its managing director, SECO created in 1963 a prize initially known as the ‘Gustave Magnel’ prize. The goal of this prize is to encourage scientific research applied to construction while recognising researchers working in this field.

In order to better reflect SECO diversification and international outreach, the ‘Gustave Magnel’ prize has been merged with the ‘Jacques Verdeyen’ prize and is now called ‘International SECO Magnel PhD Award’. This 10.000€ prize is awarded every two years to the author of a doctoral thesis in any construction, civil, structural or architectural engineering or material related topics without any restriction as long as it can be related to the SECO Group ( activities.

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Young Engineers Colloquium 2023 - YEC2023 Proceedings can be downloaded from here.

On the 24 and 25th of November 2023, the Belgian and Dutch National Groups of IABSE jointly organized their third Young Engineers Colloquium 2023 (YEC2023) at the Aula of Ghent University in Ghent in Belgium. YEC2023 is especially meant for young engineers to exchange knowledge internationally, with  focus on Belgium and the Netherlands. This Colloquium offered young engineers the opportunity to present their interesting research, engineering or construction projects to an audience of fellow engineers from the structural engineering sector. The event was sponsored by 8 Belgian and Dutch sponsors and attended by 68 participants.  The Proceedings can be downloaded from IABSE Members Area. Below are some photos from the YEC 2023 event. The Keynote Lecture was delivered by Prof. José Campos e Matos (ISISE, University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal) on the subject “Case study for a KPI-based Quality Control system of roadway bridges”. The Technical Excursion took place visiting several bridges under construction in Ghent and visiting the construction site of the Oosterweel tunnel project in Zeebruges under the guidance in Ghent of prof. em. dr. ir. Philippe Van Bogaert and under the guidance of technical specialists of the contractor TM COTU on site in Zeebruges. Full report will be published in SEI February 2024 issue.

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Report by J.Matos:  Vice President IABSE Prof José C Matos visited the Belgium NG President Bart de Pauw in Brussels on 15 April 2023. It was an opportunity to learn about how the group was structured and to discuss the main activities from Belgium NG and especially on how IABSE could come closer to the younger generation. Additionally, there were some propositions and discussions about the development of joint European activities, pushed by all European IABSE NGs. It is important to discuss at European level topics that are relevant for Europe and these activities could be held in Brussels, Belgium.

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