Press Release - Final Invitation

April 6, 2018

40th IABSE Symposium Nantes 2018

‘Tomorrow’s Megastructures’

Nantes, France, will host the 40th IABSE Symposium with the main theme of ‘Tomorrow’s Megastructures’. Popularised in the 1960s as an architectural concept, a ‘megastructure’ refers to a very large man-made object. The term could be applied to any especially large or tall building, but also to enormous self-supporting artificial constructions.

‘Megastructures’ represent the most ambitious and spectacular constructions in the world which are all incredible technological achievements of great human adventures. As the Jules Verne’s birthplace (who wrote many adventure novels, including a premonitory ‘Paris in the Twentieth Century’ and the famous science fiction novel ‘From the Earth to the Moon’), Nantes is definitively the best place to address the following challenges:

   •   Megastructures: a radical paradigm shift or simply a change of scale?
   •   Today’s and tomorrow’s megastructures and megaprojects
   •   New trends for innovations in the construction, the preservation, the exploitation and the upgrading of structures.

The organisers invite the world’s structural engineering community to share their experiences with today megastructures and to present their vision of tomorrow's megastructures and more broadly their prospect of future outstanding structures. Consultants, contractors, owners, researchers and practitioners will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences on structural design, construction and maintenance issues.

The Symposium is organised by the French Group of IABSE and the French Association of Civil Engineering (AFGC). The Organising Committee, chaired by Bruno Godart has developed a remarkable list of keynote speakers, panellists and industry stakeholders. In addition, several workshops, technical tours, social events, programme for accompanying persons, and event receptions are planned to provide the participants with an enriching and memorable experience. The Scientific Committee, chaired by Christian Cremona, has received over 500 papers and is expecting successful international participation with paper and poster presentations. The Technical Programme will include Parallel Sessions, Workshops, Keynote Lectures and Interactive Poster Sessions.

Keynote Speakers

Mega Projects Towards Egyptian Construction Renascence
Ibrahim Mahlab, Egypt; CEO and President, The Arab Contractors Osman Ahmed Osman & Co. Former Prime Minister of Egypt

The One-Kilometer Tall Jeddah Tower
Robert Sinn, USA; Senior Vice-President of Thornton Tomasetti

Monaco Offshore Extension Project
Régis Adeline, Monaco; General Director, Société Anonyme de Monaco Anse du Portier

The Chernobyl Shelter: A Mega-Structure for a Safe Confinement
Denis Etienne, France; Deputy Director, Design office of Bouygues TP

Challenges of Very Long Span Bridges
Michel Virlogeux, France; Professor at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées Member of the French Academy of Engineering and of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering

The New Coastal Road on the Reunion Island
Jean-Marc Tanis, France; Consultant for EGIS JMI

Young Engineers 

Participants born in/after 1984, may benefit from a reduced registration fee. Any principal author registered as a Young Engineer, who personally presents his or her own paper at the Symposium, will be considered for recognition by a jury, who will select two best contributions (oral or poster) which will each receive a prize.

  Important Information:
  Topic: Tomorrow’s Megastructures
  Date: September 19-21, 2018
  Venue: La Cité de Nantes Events Center, 5 rue de Valmy, 44041 Nantes - France
  Download Final Invitation:
  (EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION FEES offered until MAY 31, 2018)

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.

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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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