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/dynamics.

COST Action TU1404 “Towards the next generation of standards for service life of cement-based materials and structures” has had a strong interdisciplinary focus since its beginning, back in November 2014. This final conference of the Action is precisely focused on interdisciplinary approaches to CBM and structural concrete. Indeed, COST Action TU1404 has brought about significant interdisciplinary collaboration, mostly between material scientists and structural engineers, with involvement of several other disciplines. Bridging between experts in experimental work and experts in numerical simulation has also been a strong focus.

This conference is open to all interested members of the scientific/practising community, regardless of having participated in COST Action TU1404 or not. 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/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 and Dirk Schlicke
Chairs of SynerCrete’18

Conference Topics

The conference is established as a final discussion around COST Action TU1404, which is centred in early age behaviour and its interaction with service life of cement-based materials and structures.

A strong focus is given to interdisciplinary approaches and towards new exciting fields of research that inherently require collaborative work among scientific disciplines. Therefore, in view of this global reasoning the following set of sub-topics is envisaged:

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  • Concrete technology and advanced material testing
  • Multi-scale in time and space modelling and experiments
  • Multi-physics simulation and structural design
  • BIM and structural concrete
  • Robotics and cement-based materials
  • Digital fabrication
  • On-site monitoring and structural condition assessment
  • Scientific insights vs. standardization
  • New materials : bio-based, geopolymers and alkali-activated materials
  • Fibre-reinforced concrete and non-metallic reinforcement


The conference will be held in the city of Funchal in Madeira (Portugal), at Hotel Pestana Casino Park, which is very convenient and well equipped for conferences in terms of facilities, transportation and proximity to other hotels.

The island of Madeira is located to the southwest of mainland Portugal, in the Atlantic Ocean. The conference takes place in the island’s capital, Funchal. The Municipality of Funchal extends over a large hill, arranged in an amphitheater, from the coast up to Pico do Areeiro, situated at 1818m above sea level. The human occupation of the land over time was conditioned by the steep slopes. According to the 2011 census, the municipality of Funchal has 111 892 inhabitants, spread over 10 parishes.

Funchal is one of the region’s oldest municipalities and it became a city in 1508 by Royal Charter under D. Manuel I, and has always done well due to its strong economic, social and cultural potential. Funchal has many leisure activities on offer, you can visit the magnificent monuments, museums and gardens, shop, explore its pretty Portuguese-style cobbled streets or simply have a pleasant time sitting on a terrace. Don’t miss the chance to visit the city’s old town, a picturesque historic centre that is lively and full of colour. There, along with the various traditional bars and restaurants, you’ll find the “Open Arts Trail” project.

Touristic information about Funchal itself and the island of Madeira as a whole may be found in www.visitfunchal.pt and www.visitmadeira.pt

Invited Speakers

Ippei Maruyama

Nagoya University

Topic: Advanced experiments and simulation

Nenad Gucunsky

Rutgers Universit,

Topic: The RABBIT system for bridge inspection

John Provis

University of Sheffield

Topic: Innovation in research on new binders

Stéphanie Staquet

Université Libre de Bruxelles

Topic: Behaviour of CBM and experimental specification

Tomo Cerovsek

University of Ljubljana

Topic: Industry 4.0, BIM and new trends for concrete

Gianluca Cusatis

Northwestern University

Topic: Modelling and numerical simulations


Miguel Azenha, ISISE, University of Minho, PORTUGAL
Dirk Schlicke, Institute of Structural Concrete, TU Graz, AUSTRIA

COST Organizing Committee
Core Group members of COST Action TU1404

Sonia Esteves, +351 253 510 747, sonia.esteves@civil.uminho.pt

General information

National Organizing Committee
Paulo Lobo, UMA
José Sena Cruz, UMinho
Eduardo Júlio, IST
Rui Faria, FEUP
Manuel Pipa, LNEC
Romeu Vicente, UAveiro

Scientific Committee
Farid Benboudjema (Chair), ENS Paris-Saclay, FRANCE
Agnieszka Knoppik (Chair), Silesian University of Technology, POLAND

Ouali Amiri, University of Nantes, FRANCE
Sofiane Amziane, University of Clermont Auvergne, FRANCE
Shingo Asamoto, Saitama University, JAPAN
Miguel Azenha, University of Minho, PORTUGAL
Violeta Bokan Bosiljkov, University of Ljubljana, SLOVENIA
Alexandra Bourdot, ENS Paris-Saclay, FRANCE
Matthieu Briffaut, Laboratoire 3SR, FRANCE
Tomo Cerovšek, University of Ljubljana, SLOVENIA
Özlem Cizer, KU Leuven, BELGIUM
Gianluca Cusatis, Northwestern University, USA
Aveline Darquennes, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Rennes, FRANCE
Eduardo Fairbairn, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, BRASIL
Ivan Gabrijel, University of Zagreb, CROATIA
Erez Gal, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, ISRAEL
Dariusz Gawin, Lodz University of Technology, POLAND
Ole Jensen, Technical University of Denmark, DENMARK
Terje Kanstad, NTNU, NORWAY
Barbara Klemczak, Silesian University of Technology, POLAND
Laurie Lacarrière, Université de Toulouse, FRANCE
Paulo B. Lourenço, University of Minho, PORTUGAL
Ippei Maruyama, Nagoya University, JAPAN
Enrico Masoero, Newcastle University, UNITED KINGDOM
Małgorzata Pająk, Silesian University of Technology, POLAND
Arnaud Perrot, Université de Bretagne Sud, FRANCE
Bernhard Pichler, Vienna University of Technology, AUSTRIA
Manuel Pipa, Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil, PORTUGAL
John Provis, University of Sheffield, UNITED KINGDOM
Vlastimir Radonjanin, University of Novi Sad, SERBIA
Emmanuel Rozière, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, FRANCE
Ryoichi Sato, Hiroshima University, JAPAN
José Sena-Cruz, University of Minho, PORTUGAL
Dirk Schlicke, Graz University of Technology, AUSTRIA
Geert De Schutter, Ghent University, BELGIUM
Marijana Serdar, University of Zagreb, CROATIA
Ioannis Sfikas, Mott MacDonald Ltd., UK
Paulo Silva Lobo, Universidade da Madeira, PORTUGAL
Mohammed Sonebi, Queen’s University Belfast, UNITED KINGDOM
Carlos Sousa, University of Porto, PORTUGAL
Tayfun Altuğ Söylev, Gebze Technical University, TURKEY
Stéphanie Staquet, Université Libre de Bruxelles, BELGIUM
Vít Šmilauer, Czech Technical University in Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
Luping Tang, Chalmers University of Technology, SWEDEN
Jean Michel Torrenti, IFSTTAR, FRANCE
François Toutlemond, Paris-Est University/IFSTTAR, FRANCE
Jörg F. Unger, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, GERMANY
Neven Ukrainczyk, TU Darmstadt, GERMANY
Mateusz Wyrzykowski, Empa, SWITZERLAND
Guang Ye, Delft University of Technology, THE NEDERLANDS
Xiangming Zhou, Brunel University London, UNITED KINGDOM

Important dates

Abstract due: 23rd March 2018
Acceptance of abstracts: 4th April 2018
Full manuscript due: 22nd May 2018
Acceptance of full manuscript: 29th June 2018
Early bird registration: 12th July 2018
Final manuscript due: 12th July 2018


Abstract submission is not open yet. The submission process will be opened in 6th November 2017. Please look for the template and submission platform here at such time.

Abstracts are due by 23rd March 2018.


Wednesday 24/10/2018

08:00 – 08:30 | Registration desk opens (available during the day)
08:30 – 09:00 | Welcome addresses
09:00 – 18:00 | Conference sessions including coffee breaks and lunch
18:00 – 22:00 | Welcome cocktail

Thursday 25/10/2018

08:00 – 08:30 | Registration desk open
08:30 – 17:30 | Conference sessions including coffee breaks and lunch
18:00 – 19:00 | Guided visit at Funchal’s centre, including Regional Government premises
19:30 – 22:30 | Conference dinner at traditional restaurant including “Interdisciplinarity Award”

Friday 26/10/2018

08:30 – 15:30 | Conference sessions including coffee breaks and lunch
15:30 – 16:00 | Conference closing
16:00 – 17:00 | Meeting of the Management Committee of COST Action TU1404

Saturday 27/10/2018

08:30 – 10:30 | Technical tour to the extension of the Airport of Madeira
10:30 – 22:30 | Social program, with tour around the Island, trekking (including meals)


SynerCrete18 is a COST Conference (TU1404), supported by RILEM, FIB, ACI and JCI.

National organizations are also supporting: GPBE, OE
Local support is also provided by: Regional Government of Madeira and Municipality of Funchal


Sponsorship opportunities are open to all interested parties.
If you are a prospective sponsor and wish more information, please make a direct request to info@synercrete.com


Registration will be open in 2018.

Final values for registration fees are still under definition. The organization is making significant efforts towards minimizing the price and making this an economically attractive conference, without jeopardizing high quality in all processes. For reference it is announced that early bird registrations for the general public will be 500€ or less.

FIB/RILEM/JCI/ACI members will have a reduced registration fee of 450€ or less.

Members of COST Action TU1404 shall only be requested to support voluntary coffee/break, meals/banquet and social program fees of 300€ or less.

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