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Tomorrow’s Megastructures

Tomorrow’s Megastructures


: Nantes, France

: Internacional


: 19 a 21 Setembro 2018

Nantes, France, will host the 40th IABSE Symposium with the main theme of 'Tomorrow’s Megastructures'. Popularised in the 1960s as an architectural concept, a megastructure is referring to a very large manmade object, though the limits of precisely how large this is varies considerably. The term could be applied to any especially large or tall building, but also to enormous self-supporting artificial constructions. 

Megastructures represent the most ambitious and spectacular constructions in the world which are all incredible technological achievements of great human adventures. As the Jules Vernes’ birthplace (who wrote many adventure novels, including a premonitory 'Paris in the Twentieth Centur”), Nantes is definitively the best place to address the following challenges:

• Megastructures: a radical paradigm shift or simply a change of scale? 
• Today’s and tomorrow’s megastructures and megaprojects 
• New trends for innovations in the construction, the preservation, the exploitation and the upgrading of structures. 

The organisers invite the world’s structural engineering community to share their experiences with today megastructures and to present their vision of tomorrows megastructures, and more broadly their prospect of future outstanding structures. Consultants, contractors, owners, researchers and practitioners will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences on structural design, construction and maintenance issues.

Dates and Venue                    

Date:    September 19-21, 2018   

  La Cité de Nantes Events Center
5 rue de Valmy
44041 Nantes

The Annual Meetings will take place prior to the Symposium from Monday September 17 to Tuesday September 18, 2018, at the same venue, which is located in the city centre, close to the railway station. An Icebreaker Reception will be held in the evening of Tuesday, September 18, 2018. 

Symposium Format

The scientific programme will include Plenary and Concurrent Sessions over three full days. Panel discussions and Poster sessions will also be incorporated into the programme.

Papers dealing with different themes and topics of the Symposium will be selected from abstracts submitted to the Scientific Committee. These papers will be presented orally or by poster. 

At the Plenary Sessions, invited keynote speakers will present lectures on key symposium topics. Sub-Plenary sessions will be devoted to specialized topics. Concurrent Sessions will be organised by topics according to the selection of the Scientific Committee. 

Panel Discussions will highlight themes of widespread interest as identified by IABSE’s Working Commissions and Working Groups, in agreement with the Scientific Committee and the Organising Committee. Posters will be presented by their authors in facilitated sessions to enable contact with the paper authors during the Poster Sessions. 

The official language of the Symposium is English. 


The Symposium is intended for civil and structural engineers, architects and associated professionals interested in the megastructures. 

Participants will include designers, consultants, researchers, owners, contractors, operators, suppliers and representatives of authorities and others interested in the Symposium themes and topics.