fib Symposium 2021 – NEWS

The fib Lisbon Symposium 2021 will starting soon!

All participants can follow the online event at the WebApp HERE.

The detailed programme can be found HERE.

Welcome to the fib Lisbon Symposium 2021.

fib Symposium 2021

The fib Symposium 2021 will be held online, from the 14th to the 16th of June 2021, gathering together professionals, researchers and students from all over the world to discuss ‘Concrete Structures: New Trends for Eco-Efficiency and Performance’.

On the day before the event, there will be a keynote lecture addressing the maintenance of Vasco da Gama bridge by Julio Appleton followed by a virtual technical visit to the structure. During the event, key-note speakers will address the three most relevant topics: fib Model Code 2020 by Stuart Matthews, sustainable concrete (recycled aggregates concrete) by Jorge de Brito, and high-performance structures (1 km tall Jeddah Tower) by Robert Sinn. Furthermore, the latest scientific and technological innovations and the most impressive projects in structural concrete will be presented. The fib YMG is organizing virtual events and group meetings. A students’ competition will take place, addressing the double challenge of optimizing concrete’s carbon footprint and performance for a specific structural application. The most relevant companies from the concrete construction industry will exhibit their products both during the event and at the fib Symposium 2021 webpage.

We are currently working on alternative solutions  to provide attendees with almost the same possibilities of an on-site event, mainly the possibility of socializing. In addition, the online event will allow attendees to easily access all sessions in real-time and also later on, even after the event.

Lisbon is a breathtaking city with thousands of years of history and it was considered the Worlds’ Leading City Break Destination in 2019. Moreover, it is surrounded by astonishing magical places nearby, such as Cascais and Sintra. We hope that the online event will encourage you to visit Lisbon and Portugal in the near future.

Important dates
Submission of abstracts – CLOSED *
Notification of abstract acceptance – 30th January 2021
Submission of full paper (NEW)14th March 2021
Notification of paper acceptance – 14th April 2021


Organizing Committee

Scientific Committee

Eduardo Júlio (Chairman)
David Fernández-Ordoñez (Co-chair)
Jónatas Valença (Co-chair)
Ana Sofia Louro (Co-chair)

António Pinho Ramos
Eduardo Cavaco
Hugo Costa
João Pacheco
José Alexandre Bogas
José Sena Cruz
Luís Oliveira Santos
Mário Pimentel
Paulo Fernandes
Pedro Cabral
Ricardo do Carmo

Tor Ole Olsen (Norway) (Chairman)

Aad Q. C. van der Horst (Netherlands)
Agnieszka Bigaj-Van Vliet (Netherlands)
Akio Kasuga (Japan)
Albert de la Fuente (Spain)
Alberto Meda (Italy)
Alessandro Palermo (New Zealand)
Alfred Strauss (Austria)
Ali Akbar Ramezanianpour (Iran)
Alper Ilki (Turkey)
Ana Sofia Louro (Portugal)
António Abel Henriques (Portugal)
António Bettencourt Ribeiro (Portugal)
António Costa (Portugal)
António Lopes Batista (Portugal)
António Pinho Ramos (Portugal)
António Santos Silva (Portugal)
Arlindo Gonçalves (Portugal)
Aurelio Muttoni (Switzerland)
Avraham N. Dancygier (Israel)
Aylie Han (Indonesia)
Carlos Chastre Rodrigues (Portugal)
Carlos Félix (Portugal)
Carlos Pina (Portugal)
Carmen Andrade (Spain)
Chris Hendy (United Kingdom)
Christis Chrysostomou (Cyprus)
David Fernández-Ordoñez (Spain)
Eduardo Cansado Carvalho (Portugal)
Eduardo Cavaco (Portugal)
Eva Oller Ibars (Spain)
Fernando Branco (Portugal)
Fernando G. Branco (Portugal)
Fernando Rebouças Stucchi (Brazil)
Frank Dehn (Germany)
Frank Papworth (Australia)
Gennadiy G. Farenyuk (Ukraine)
Giuseppe Mancini (Italy)
Hans Rudolf Ganz (Switzerland)

Hans-Dieter Beushausen (South Africa)
Harald S. Müller (Germany)
Héctor Bernardo (Spain)
Hugo Corres Peiretti (Spain)
Hugo Costa (Portugal)
Hugo Rodrigues (Portugal)
Iria L.O. Doniak (Brazil)
Jaime C. Galvez (Spain)
Jan L. Vítek (Czech Republic)
Jean Michel Torrenti (France)
Jim G. Forbes (Australia)
Joan Ramon Casas (Spain)
João Almeida (Portugal)
João Fonseca (Portugal)
João Ramôa Correia (Portugal)
Joaquim Barros (Portugal)
Johan Silfwerbrand (Sweden)
Jónatas Valença (Portugal)
Jorge Alfaiate (Portugal)
Jorge de Brito (Portugal)
José Alexandre Bogas (Portugal)
José Camara (Portugal)
José Luiz Antunes (Brazil)
José Manuel Catarino (Portugal)
Jose Romo Martin (Spain)
José Sena Cruz (Portugal)
Juha Valjus (Finland)
Júlio Appleton (Portugal)
Kaare K.B. Dahl (Denmark)
Koji Sakai (Japan)
Larbi Sennour (United States of America)
Lionel Linger (France)
Lluis Torres (Spain)
Luc Taerwe (Belgium)
Luciano Jacinto (Portugal)
Luís Bernardo (Portugal)
Luís Evangelista (Portugal)
Luis Julian Lima (Argentina)
Luís Oliveira Santos (Portugal)

M. Helena Barros (Portugal)
Manfred Curbach (Germany)
Manuel Pipa (Portugal)
Marco di Prisco (Italy)
Marco Menegotto (Italy)
Mário Pimentel (Portugal)
Maria Rosaria Pecce (Italy)
Michael N. Fardis (Greece)
Miguel Azenha (Portugal)
Miguel Lourenço (Portugal)
Milan Chandoga (Slovakia)
Paulo Cachim (Portugal)
Paulo Fernandes (Portugal)
Paulo Helene (Brazil)
Paulo Silva Lobo (Portugal)
Paulo Maranha (Portugal)
Pedro Cabral (Portugal)
Petr Hájek (Czech Republic)
Piti Sukontasukkul (Thailand)
Radu Pascu (Romania)
Ricardo do Carmo (Portugal)
Rolf Eligehausen (Germany)
Rui Faria (Portugal)
Rui Rodrigues (Portugal)
Sandra Nunes (Portugal)
Sérgio Lopes (Portugal)
Sherif Yehia (United Arab Emirates)
Steinar Helland (Norway)
Stephen J. Foster (Australia)
Stuart Matthews (United Kingdom)
Sung-Gul Hong (South-Korea)
Tamon Ueda (Japan)
Thanasis Triantafillou (Greece)
Tor Arne Martius-Hammer (Norway)
Túlio Bittencourt (Brazil)
Válter Lúcio (Portugal)
Vyatcheslav R. Falikman (Russia)
Wit Derkowski (Poland)


Detailed Programme

The technical programme is organized in order to maximize the interest and intervention of all participants, covering the traditional technical sessions and keynote lectures, as well as technical exhibitions and free time for networking.

  • A keynote lecture, addressing the monitoring, inspection and maintenance works carried out in Vasco da Gama Bridge since 1998.
  • keynote lectures by renowned international experts in the following relevant topics: ‘Recycled Aggregates Concrete’; ‘The fib Model Code 2020’; and ‘Super-tall Buildings’.
  • Technical parallel sessions of individual oral presentations in the main topics of the symposium: ‘Trend-setting projects’; ‘Materials – eco-efficiency and performance’; ‘Structural behaviour – new on-site and precast solutions’; ‘Analysis and Design – advanced methods and innovative approaches’.
  • Technical exhibitions with the most relevant companies from the concrete construction industry at the fib Symposium 2021 WebApp.
  • A students’ competition and the fib 2021 Achievement Award for Young Engineers (AAYE).

Keynote Speakers

Vasco da Gama Bridge – monitoring and maintenance 1998-2020


Júlio Appleton
in representation of Lusoponte
a2p consult partner
Lisboa, Portugal


Structural Engineering for the 1 Kilometer Tall Jeddah Tower


Robert C. Sinn
Thornton Tomasetti
Chicago, USA


MC2020: fib Model Code for Concrete Structures – Advances in design and life cycle management


Stuart Matthews
fib Task Group 10.1:
Model Code 2020


The influence of the recycled aggregates on concrete’s structural design


Jorge de Brito
Instituto Superior Técnico
University of Lisbon, Portugal


Technical Visit

  • The Technical Visit is focused on the Vasco da Gama Bridge, one of the most relevant infrastructures built in the Lisbon area in the past years, with structural concrete as its main material.
  • A keynote lecture will be held by Julio Appleton, addressing the monitoring, inspection and maintenance works carried out in Vasco da Gama Bridge since 1998.

fib YMG

The fib Young Member’s group is organizing activities for the Symposium aiming at fostering the knowledge-exchange and participation of Young Engineers within the fib.

One of these activities is an online Workshop open for any Young Engineer (of course including students!) at no cost, even for those not attending the Symposium.

The Workshop will take place on the 13th of June, the Sunday before the Symposium, and is designed to promote discussion on the future concrete engineering, allowing you to network and have fun in social activities!

The event will occur online through a very dynamic online platform and includes:

  • The presentation of the YMG, including ongoing activities;
  • A workshop where you will get to know fellow Young Engineers and Researchers interested in concrete and where your views on the future of concrete engineering will be put to test!
  • A social programme, including a quiz.

The agenda of the Workshop is the following:



Do not miss this opportunity to get to know the YMG, to share your views, and to get to know colleagues from all over the World!

Please register by filling this form by the 10th of June.

The other activity is a pitch session on Wednesday the 16th June, from 12:45 to 14:15 CEST, the last day of the Symposium. Young Engineers attending to the Symposium will present concepts, ideas and challenges related to their work, in just 3 minutes, to a very distinguished panel:

  •     Akio Kasuga, President of the fib;
  •     Tor-Ole Olsen, Past President of the fib;
  •     Agnieska Bigaj-van Vliet, Presidium member;
  •     Josée Bastien – Presidium Member;
  •     György Balázs – Honorary President of the fib.

This unique opportunity for Young Engineers and Researchers to have feedback on your work from world-known experts on structural concrete includes very diverse topics and will be a very interesting parallel session of the Symposium!

Participation on this event required registration, which is now closed.


Main Topics

Topic 1:
Trend-setting projects

1.1. Buildings and bridges
1.1. Hydraulic and off-shore structures
1.3. Foundation engineering and other special structures
1.4. Transport and Highways Engineering

Topic 2:
Materials – eco-efficiency and performance

2.1. Sustainable cementitious-based materials and alternative binders
2.2. Durability and extended lifetime
2.3. Advanced materials and high-performance concretes
2.4. Materials characterization

Topic 3:
Structural behaviour – new on-site and precast solutions

3.1. Concrete structures submitted to extreme events
3.2. Advances in precast and prestressed concrete engineering
3.3. Strengthening and repair
3.4. Monitoring and structural assessment
3.5. Composite structures

Topic 4:
Analysis and Design – advanced methods and innovative approaches

4.1. Integrated Design Systems / Building Information Modelling / Life cycle design
4.2. Structural design / Numerical modeling / Codes
4.3. Structural safety and reliability
4.4. Management Systems

Special Issues

The authors of the best papers submitted to the fib Lisbon Symposium 2021 will be invited to further elaborate these and to submit a manuscript for possible publication in Structural Concrete, journal of the fib, or in a Special Issue of Materials, MDPI.



Structural Concrete, Journal of the fib, Wiley

A future issue of Structural Concrete will include a Special Theme dedicated to the fib Lisbon Symposium 2021.

The Special Theme will cover project papers, as well as research papers on structural topics: trend-setting projects, structural behaviour of new on-site and precast solutions; and advanced methods and innovative approaches in analysis and design .  

The best 10 papers in each category (project and research papers) will be selected and the authors will be invited to further develop the original manuscripts and to submit them for possible publication in Structural Concrete.

All information can be consulted here.

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Materials, mdpi

A Special Issue “Structural Concrete Material: New Trends for Eco-Efficiency and Performance” will be launched in the scope of fib Lisbon Symposium 2021.

It will cover the latest developments and new challenges in the following main domains: sustainable cementitious-based materials and alternative binders, including geopolymers, waste cements, alkali-activated cements, modified clinkers, and other emerging low-carbon cements; concrete durability and extended lifetime; advanced materials and special concretes; materials characterization.

The scope of this Special Issue will include outstanding research based on the best papers submitted to the fib Lisbon Symposium 2021 addressing the topic of structural concrete material: new trends for eco-efficiency and performance.

All information can be consulted here.


The abstract should be less than 300 words and related to the Theme and Topics of the Symposium, and the submission is now closed.

The full paper shall be written in compliance with the template provided. Authors should submit their papers in the authors area at EasyChair.


Templates for full paper and presentation can be downloaded at EasyChair or bellow:

Paper Template
Presentation template (16:9) Presentation template (4:3)

Guidelines for preparation and uploading the video of the presentation can be found HERE

Submission of abstracts – CLOSED *
Notification of abstract acceptance – 30th January 2021
Submission of full paper (NEW)14th March 2021
Notification of paper acceptance – 14th April 2021



1 – Abstracts and papers are written in English.
2 – Each registered author can submit up to two papers.

A total of 383 abstracts were submitted, which were distributed in the topics of the Symposium as follows:

Awards & Competitions


Entries for the 2021 Achievement Award for Young Engineers (AAYE) are now closed

The award includes a €2,000 prize and an invitation to our fib Symposium 2021 in Lisbon, Portugal.

The award is given in two categories in the field of structural concrete: the Design & Construction category and the Research category. All details can be found here.

The call for entries and the entry form are both available online. Please contact the fib Secretariat if you have any questions.


Research category

in honour of Júlio Ferry Borges


Design & Construction category

in honour of Edgar Cardoso

Sponsored by

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Students’ Competition

The fib Symposium 2021 embraces a students’ competition within the spirit of the event: eco-efficiency and performance. Thus, the competition will be devoted to the ‘Prediction of the behaviour of reinforced recycled aggregates concrete (RAC) beams’.

Further details, rules and schedule can be found here.



  • Reception of the registration forms: CLOSED
  • Confirmation of registration acceptance: CONCLUDED – list of teams below
  • Production of the two beams and concrete specimens (8-19 of February 2021): PRODUCED!
  • Announcement of detailed information about the beams (15th March 2021): The report can be downloaded HERE
  • Publication of the remaining details about the beams (28th April 2021): The report can be downloaded HERE
  • Delivery of report-paper and the presentation up to 9th May 2021: the Excel file template can be downloaded HERE
  • Test of the beams: 10-21 of May 2021: CONCLUDED
  • Announcement of the winners: 16th June 2021


Sponsorship & Exhibition

Sponsors & Partners


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Logo Megasa Genérico_JVa


Logo EC PT

Sponsorship Opportunities

The fib Lisbon Symposium 2021 offers an extraordinary opportunity for companies to promote their projects, products and services, since it will gather together contractors, designers, researchers and other professionals from all over the world to discuss the latest developments in the structural concrete industry.

Participating in the symposium will be an excellent opportunity to expand your network and, as an exhibitor, you will be able to stage your company as a prominent world-class brand at the symposium’s website.

Sponsorship possibilities and solutions are presented on the right-hand table. Further information and requirements can be found in the Technical Exhibition Guide.

For Sponsorship registration, please send the completed the Sponsorship & Exhibition form to

* sessions within the sponsors’ core business
** static slide with logos

Social Programme

Cocktail Reception

The Cocktail Reception of the fib Symposium 2021, on the 14th of June, will be presented soon.

Musical event

The Musical Event of the fib Symposium 2021, on the 15th of June, will be dedicated to Fado by Ana Moura.


About the Venue

The online conference will be hosted at LNEC – National Laboratory for Civil Engineering. LNEC is a public institute of Science and Technology (S&T), with the status of State Laboratory that carries out research in all fields of civil engineering, giving it a unique multidisciplinary perspective.

Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil, I.P.
Av. do Brasil 101
1700-066 Lisboa

About Lisbon

Lisbon is a historical city where the sun shines 290 days a year and the temperature rarely drops below 15ºC. A city where you feel safe wandering around day or night, where the cuisine is dedicated to creating over a thousand ways to cook the beloved bacalhau (salted cod), and where you’ll find hotels and restaurants to suit every taste, budget and requirement. Discover Lisbon, a city full of authenticity where old customs and ancient history intermix with cultural entertainment and hi-tech innovation. Lisbon is ageless, but it loves company, as you’ll find out if you meet someone and ask them to explain, with lots of gestures and repetition, where the best place is to listen to Fado. After all, Lisbon is famous for its hospitality and the family-like way it welcomes visitors. (Turismo de Lisboa)


(1) Registration fee also applied to Scientific Committee members, GPBE – Grupo Português de Betão Estrutural members and OE – Ordem dos Engenheiros member.
(2) Students: supporting document of the student’s institution will be requested during the registration process.
(3) Young Engineers (born after 1st Jan. 1991): DoB document (e.g. Passport or ID Card) will be requested during the registration process.

Note: Registration fee includes the publication of a maximum of two papers, except for the one-day delegate registration.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations until May 1st will be fully refunded (excluding cancellation costs – € 35,00)

  • Cancellations after May 1st will be refunded in 25% (free of charges)