I. K. Pandey
Chair, Organising Committee
The Indian National Group of the IABSE and the Organising Committee take great pleasure in extending you a warm invitation to the IABSE Congress New Delhi 2023 on “Engineering for Sustainable Development” from 20th September (Wednesday) to 22nd September (Friday), 2023. India is a vast country having magnificent heritage as well as modern structures. While planning and designing structures, their sustainability and coexistence with the environment, whilst fulfilling the need of the society are to be given due consideration and importance.
The main goal of the Congress is to create a forum for the debate on why sustainability with respect to environment, culture and social needs is important. Role of engineers is vital in addressing not only the bridge and structural engineering issues, but also basic human needs such as alleviating poverty, supplying clean water and energy, responding to natural disasters, constructing resilient infrastructure, and bridging the development divide among people and many other actions, leaving no one behind.
The Congress shall focus on the most significant issues of our time that of sustainability and role of the engineer in accomplishing this goal. It is hoped that the Congress will serve as a platform for Governments, Engineering Organizations, academia and educational institutions, and industry to forge global partnerships and strengthen collaborations so as to deliver on the global sustainability development agenda.
Besides the deep intellectual discussions at the Congress itself, you will be treated to a socio-cultural feast, be it museums, historical and religious places, arts and crafts, marketing and shopping, street food, etc. New Delhi, the capital city of India has a history dating back 3000 years with a wonderful blend of historical monuments, temples, gardens and modern civil engineering structures. Modern Delhi can boast of a 350 km long metro rail network, and expanding, with 3 million daily ridership, an extensive road network, exclusive green areas, modern luxury hotels as well as business centres. The monsoon in New Delhi recedes in late September, and the post-monsoon season continues with pleasant weather.
Going further, if you choose to, you can take in some of the best tourist attractions near Delhi like - Taj Mahal and Fort at Agra, rich heritage of Rajasthan, Himalayan foothills in the North. These are on offer as comfortable post-Congress Tours. For accompanying delegates, there will be a number of special tours planned to keep them engaged and have a glimpse of the rich heritage and culture of Delhi.
The Organising Committee is making all efforts to ensure that the best available arrangements are made for the Congress. A number of cultural evenings showcasing rich Indian tradition of dance and music are also planned to entertain you.
We are confident that this Indian experience will be a memorable for you and look forward to welcome you in New Delhi in September 2023.
I K Pandey
Chair, Organising Committee, India
About The Organisers
The Indian Group of IABSE is organising the IABSE Congress New Delhi 2023. The Organising Committee (OC) is chaired by Mr. Indresh Kumar Pandey, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and Chair of the Indian Group of IABSE.
Rakesh Kumar Choubey
Mr. I K Pandey (OC Chair)
IDA Building, Ground Floor
Room No.12 Jamnagar House
Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110 011
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Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) adopted by United Nations in 2015 called for action by 2030 to end poverty, balance economic growth with social empowerment, and take Climate action to save the Planet. In the same year, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change required the nations to set their Nationally Determined Contribution to reduce Global warming. For these reasons, the Indian National Group of IABSE is hosting an International Congress of the IABSE on the theme “Engineering for Sustainable Development” to promote the exchange of ideas and experiences and build partnerships at the international level on innovation climate action and environmental protection.
Objective and Scope
The Congress will offer an opportunity for discussions and deliberations with a focus on Sustainability. As a body of professionals, IABSE would wish to contribute to achieving the larger Global Goals of Sustainability by using their domain knowledge and experience, further enriched by adaptation and innovation. Broad areas of the Congress may also address the built environment, disaster resilience, innovations (in materials, technologies, design procedures and codes of practices) and carbon footprints. Besides cutting-edge issues, such as mega-structures, high-rise structures, off-shore structures, new and innovative materials, technologies and structural solutions, advanced structural analysis, dynamic behaviour and analysis, digital technology and fabrication, the resilience of structures and cities can also be the subject of discussions.
About New Delhi
A symbol of the country's rich past and thriving present, Delhi is a city where ancient and modern blend seamlessly. It is a place that not only touches your pulse but even fastens it to a frenetic speed. Home to millions of people, the city takes on the unprecedented responsibilities of realizing dreams by bringing people closer and inspiring their thoughts. All this is combined with the best features of a modern city such as a metro system, bustling markets and fabulous eating places. The past and the present mould seamlessly together, making centuries-old monuments a part of the city's daily life. Delhi is very much a history's child. The story of the city is as old as the epic Mahabharata, when the town was known as Indraprastha, where the Pandavas used to live. Many empires rose to the heights of their power and were destroyed here. Among the prominent dynasties which made Delhi their capital were the Tughlaqs, the Khiljis and the Mughals.
Central Delhi, with its tree-lined avenues, imposing structures and buildings such as the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Parliament House and India Gate, reflects Delhi's colonial past. A number of museums provide a glimpse into the country's fascinating history. But the modern Delhi has a lot more to offer. Delhi has a modern, well planned and extensive Metro network that connects all corners of Delhi; this network is still growing. New roadways and flyovers have improved connectivity, the latest of which is the Signature Bridge, an ambitious Cable-cStayed Bridge project in Delhi – it promises to be a landmark. There are world-class stadia like the revamped Nehru Stadium that can be accessed by one and all, throughout the year. All of this has been developed and sustained while maintaining Delhi's green cover, a unique feature that distinguishes this truly global metropolis from other cities in the world where the tree line is subdued by skyscrapers.
The IABSE Congress venue will be at The Ashok Hotel and India Habitat Centre located in New Delhi, both main hubs of the capital of India.
The Ashok Hotel and India Habitat Centre
The scientific program will include Keynote, Plenary and Parallel Sessions over three days. The official language of the Congress is English.
Who Should Attend
Engineers, Contractors, Developers & Policy Makers, Students, Scientists, Experts, Designers, and all those who are interested in advances and problems in civil engineering and structures are invited to join the Congress for the exchange of experiences, specialist knowledge and information in various fields of structural engineering.
A social calendar will include opportunities for social interactions, entertainment, shopping and visits to nearby places of interest. These will be open to participants and accompanying persons.