IABSE Newsletter November 2019


November 2019

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Important Dates

Next Conference:

IABSE Wroclaw 2020
‘Synergy of Culture and Civil Engineering – History and Challenges’
May 20-22, 2020

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IABSE Christchurch 2020
‘Resilient Technologies for Sustainable Infrastructures’
September 2-4, 2020
Abstract submission by:
December 6, 2019

IABSE Seoul 2020
‘Risk Intelligence of Infrastructures’
November 9-10, 2020

IABSE New Delhi 2021
‘The Changing Skyline and Underground Structures’
April 14-16, 2021

IABSE Ghent 2021
‘Structural Engineering for Future Societal Needs’
September 22-24, 2021


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For just 20 Swiss Francs (CHF), you can entitle a student with an annual membership of IABSE. This is the best way to introduce a young engineer to IABSE.

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National Groups its time to submit your Nominations!


Members of IABSE may propose nominations for the following IABSE Awards by contacting the Chair of their National Group. The Chairs will then submit their proposals to IABSE Secretariat. Contact details of the Chairs of National Groups can be found here..

How to submit? Click Here!

90 Years Anniversary Videos for this Month:
Interview with our new President, Yaojun Ge, China


Interview with Yaojun Ge:
‘When I joined IABSE, and my goals as the new President'.

Interview video: Click Here!
Read his Editorial published in SEI, November 2019 issue:Click Here!

Got something interesting to share with the IABSE Community? Please sent to bose@iabse.org. Make sure to subscribe to IABSE’s Youtube Channel to receive a notification whenever we have new videos update.

Prepare Early for IABSE Conferences!

IABSE Symposium Wroclaw 2020

on ‘Synergy of Culture and Civil Engineering – History and Challenges
May 20-22, 2020


Symposium Topics raise a wide range of problems of bridge and structural engineering, including not only technical issues, but also their presence in everyday life and in culture. Covered subjects are going to be related to various structures: from historical ones, through those designed and constructed contemporary, to the latest and future solutions and concepts.  

More information: Click Here!

About the City of Wroclaw: Click Here! 

IABSE Congress Christchurch 2020

on ‘Resilient Technologies for Sustainable Infrastructures’,
September 2 -4, 2020


New Zealand Team is inviting everyone to Christchurch 2020!

Deadline Extended!
Abstracts Submission by: December 6, 2019

Christchurch, the third-largest city in New Zealand. Known as the Garden City surrounded by mountains, the Canterbury Plains, beautiful coastline, and the Port Hills, which provide a dramatic backdrop to the city. The Scientific Committee is looking forward to abstract submissions from you and your colleagues, so spread the word. 

For more information, visit the Congress official website: Click Here!


Upcoming Events

Calendar of Events


Logo's of National Groups

National Groups can download their logos from their webpage on the
IABSE website


SEI November 2019

Structural Engineering International (SEI):

SEI November 2019 issue is now online in your Members Area (www.iabse.org).

Read the Introduction by Laurent Rus and Charles Darwin Annan 'Extending the Design Life of Structurally Deficient Steel and Composite Bridges' and a full paper from the Series here:

  Laurent Rus     Charles Darwin Annan

IABSE Young Engineers Colloquium Germany and Poland 2019 (ePDF) 

Download free copy from Members Area

IABSE Publications: Buy Here!


BRIDGE Magazine, China

An article was recently published in this popular magazine in China, about IABSE's 90th Anniversary, history and about the Association, which was very well received and generated a lot of awareness in China. This was initiated by the Chinese Group of IABSE. Other National Groups may try to initiate the same with local magazines in their country. This article is also online: Click Here!

News from National Groups

IABSE National Groups Activities: Published in SEI 2019

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United Kingdom


Germany, Poland


October 11-12, 2019

6th Young Engineers Colloquium (YEC) Germany and Poland

About 60 conference delegates from 4 countries attended this event, which took place in Berlin. In three sessions, 29 young engineers presented their current research topics as well as challenging construction projects. Keynote Speaker was Michael Virlogeux.

Further information: Click Here!

United Kingdom


November 12, 2019

The Milne Medal Lecture and David Nethercot Prize

Neil Thomas from AtelierOne received this year’s Milne Medal and delivered his Milne Lecture on 12th November at the Institution of Structural Engineers. 


David Nethercot Prize was also presented the same evening. Ian Firth, British Group Chair, announced the winner Laura Langridge from Knights Architects for her paper on the Tide Mills Level Crossing Replacement.

Further information: Click Here!



October 25, 2019

Executive Meeting

The newly formed Colombian Group of IABSE met for the first time after its inception in August, to discuss plans for 2020, including steps required to officially register the group locally.

Japan, China, Korea,


November 7-8, 2019

2nd Young Engineers Colloquium, Tokyo

This event was held at the Institute of Technology in Tokyo. Yozo Fujino, Chair of the Organizing Committee and Yaojun Ge, IABSE President gave welcome speeches at the Opening Ceremony. There were 99 participants from not only East Asia but also Europe and South Asia. 

Further information: Click Here!



October 28 - Nov. 5, 2020

Annual Field Trip  & Conference

For the third year in a row, the Spanish Group collaborated with the School of Architecture in Princeton University in its annual field trip to Spain, where students and professors could enjoy the Spanish culture, structural engineering and architecture. They visited Madrid, Granada and Cordoba. 

2nd Conferencia de Dinamica Estructural

Abstract submission by
Nov. 30, 2019. 

Further information: Click Here!



Alfred Strauss and Peter Maydl

November 19, 2019

The Austrian Group of IABSE held its Annual Meeting and elected a new Chair for the National Group. IABSE takes the opportunity to thank and bid farewell as the Chair to Peter Maydl and welcomes new Chair, Alfred Strauss, who also won the IABSE Outstanding Paper Award (Scientific Paper) this year.

Further information: Click Here!

Members News

Newly Elected Positions within IABSE

We congratulate all our newly elected members within the Executive Committee and other Boards and convey our sincerest thanks to those who recently stepped down from the Committees.

Welcome on board!

1. Yaojun Ge, China - IABSE President, Press Release

2. Jose Matos, Portugal - IABSE Vice President, Press Release

3. Carlos Mendez, Mexico - Administrative Committee

4. Eva Lantsoght, Belgium - SEI Editorial Board

5. Ann Schumacher, Switzerland - IABSE Bulletin Board

6. Fernando M. Aguirre, UK - Chair of YEP Board

7. YEP Board: Igor Kavrakov (Germany), Sebastian Maheux (Canada), Dominik Skokandic (Croatia), Ntseuoa Motsieloa
(South Africa), Helder Sousa (Portugal), Dimitra Achillopoulou (UK), Ainhoa Marin Camero (Spain), Yangwen Zhang (China), Simone Omarini (Italy).

8. B.C.Roy, India, Outstanding Structure Award Comm. Member

9. Helder Sousa, Portugal, E-Learning Board

Heartfelt thanks and farewell, after ~10 years of service!

1. Jan Wium, South Africa, Administrative Committee - 2019

2. Adam Lubell, Canada, SEI Editorial Board - 2019

3. Ulrike Kuhlmann, Germany, Executive Committee - 2019


Adam Lubell, Jan Wium and Ulrike Kuhlmann

General Call for Members - News!

IABSE Members are welcome to send us information about any recent achievement (individual or your company/university) and we try to shall feature you or your company here. Please report on news from your country as well by month end for inclusion in next month’s Newsletter, website, Social Media and SEI. We are happy to promote and assist you in your activities and spread the news across IABSE community!

Please send your report to: bose@iabse.org


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