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Interdisciplinary Approaches for Cement-based Materials and Structural Concrete


  • Tagung/Konferenz


  • Advanced Materials Science (Field of Expertise)
  • Sustainable Systems (Field of Expertise)
  • Lehre/Studium

Understanding the complex behaviour of cement-based materials (CBM) and structural concrete during their entire lifecycle demands that researchers transcend approaches based on a single discipline. Interdisciplinary work is known, however, to bring important challenges in the view of the need to combine approaches and methods that are very distinct by nature, as well as enabling adequate communication between scientific fields with different (sometimes conflicting) terminologies, different perspectives and different collaboration practices and dynamics. This conference is open to all interested members of the scientific and practising community. The focus of the conference is set to communicating, discussing and arousing progresses in research, development and application of CBM and Structural Concrete, which have been attained through combination of expertise from distinct fields of knowledge. Exciting fields of research such as performance-based design, 3D modelling for analysis and design, Building Information Modelling and even robotics (e.g. digital fabrication or robotics design) are included, while keeping focus on multi-scale approaches at time and spatial levels. Specific attention should be also paid to the challenges that are inherent to the combination of different expertises, and the ways through which better management and research collaboration can be achieved in interdisciplinary research projects. The conference will consist of lectures by researchers and other professionals from a variety of scientific disciplines in works targeted to CBM and Structural Concrete, as well as a selected panel of invited speakers. The conference is intended for researchers and practitioners at any career level who have interest in deepening knowledge on the targeted subjects.


Miguel Azenha (UMinho), Dirk Schlicke (TU Graz)

Time and Location

24. October 2018, 08:00 am - 26. October 2018, 06:00 pm

Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal

Additional informations

Language: English

with costs


TU Graz, Instute of Structural Concrete
Phone: +43 316 873 6196