IABSE Congress 2021

IABSE Congress 2021

IABSE Congress 2021

The Organising Committee is pleased to confirm that the IABSE Congress Ghent 2021 will be held from 22 to 24 September 2021. The IABSE Congress 2021 that had been foreseen as an onsite event in Ghent, Belgium, will now be held as a virtual online event from 22 to 24 September 2021. 

The Congress is organised by the Belgian and Dutch Groups of IABSE in co-operation with Ghent University.

Due to the still unpredictable situation of the Covid19 pandemic, travel bans, and fear to travel factor, the Organising Committee of the IABSE Congress Ghent 2021, on recommendation of the Administrative Committee, has decided to change the format of the Congress into an entirely virtual event for the safety of IABSE Members and Congress participants.

The Congress

The IABSE Congress Ghent 2021 is a large international structural engineering conference bringing together scientists, students, designers, contractors, owners and experts from international organisations around the world. The Congress serves as an important event for stimulating industry discussion, exchange of cutting-edge knowledge and networking. IABSE’s aim as a technical society is to promote the advancement of structural engineering practice while taking into account technical, economic, environmental, aesthetic and social aspects. IABSE Congresses are annual events held each September and hosted in all parts of the world.  In recent years the number of delegates to the technical Congress has ranged between 550 and 1000.


The theme of the Congress is “Structural Engineering for Future Societal Needs”, comprising building and maintaining safe and reliable buildings and infrastructures under the effects of climate change in a world with scarcer resources and the ambition to reduce mankind’s CO2 footprint. Future Societal Needs can be divided into three parts, Structural Safety and Reliability with Respect to Climate Change, Circularity, Re-use and Sustainability of Structures and Emission Free Building of Structures.

Who is invited?

Scientists, students, designers, contractors, owners and experts from international organisations around the world are invited to share their latest experiences on the latest innovations on structural and bridge engineering, regarding the future needs of society.

Further information: https://iabse.org/ghent2021.