15 to 16 June 2023 - Milos Island, Greece

The International RILEM Conference on Synergising expertise towards sustainability and robustness of cement-based materials and concrete structures


Understanding the complex behaviour of cement-based materials (CBM) and concrete structures 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.

Following the legacy of COST Action TU1404, which initiated the SynerCrete conference series in 2018, the 2023 Edition aims to continue the pursuit of bringing together relevant stakeholders in order to synergize their expertise by accelerating transfer of knowledge and promoting international and inter-speciality exchange of information, creating avenues for new developments towards more robust and sustainable solutions for cement-based materials and concrete structures. COST Action TU1404 “Towards the next generation of standards for service life of cement-based materials and structures” and associated RILEM TCs 287-CCS and 254-CMS have 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.

SynerCrete series goal is to support these established collaborations at the same time being open to all interested members of the scientific/practising community to encourage further development of the network. The focus of the conference is to communicate, discuss and arouse progress in research, development and application of CBM and structural concrete through combination of expertise from distinct fields of knowledge, including such exciting fields of research as performance-based design, 3D modelling for analysis/design, Building Information Modelling and even robotics, while keeping focus on multi-scale approaches at time and spatial levels. Specific attention is 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 the interdisciplinary research projects.

The conference will consist of lectures by researchers and other professionals from a variety of scientific disciplines in works targeted to cement-based materials and structures, 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.

Agnieszka Jędrzejewska and Fragkoulis Kanavaris
Chairs of SynerCrete’23

Miguel Azenha, Farid Benboudjema and Dirk Schlicke
Chairs of the Scientific Committee of SynerCrete’23

Conference Topics

The focus of the conference is given to synergising interdisciplinary expertise on cement-based materials and concrete structures towards more robust and sustainable solutions on both material and structural level.

Therefore, in the view of this global reasoning the following set of sub-topics was envisaged:

  • Concrete technology, durability and advanced material testing
  • Cement replacement materials
  • Bio-based, geopolymers, alkali-activated materials and other novel binders
  • Natural and calcined natural pozzolans and calcination processes
  • Fibre-reinforced concrete and non-metallic reinforcement
  • Multi-scale in time and space modelling and experiments
  • Multi-physics simulation and structural design
  • Sustainability and life-cycle assessment of concrete materials and structures
  • BIM and structural concrete
  • Robotics and cement-based materials
  • Digital fabrication
  • On-site monitoring and structural condition assessment
  • Scientific insights vs. standardization


The event is scheduled to take place on the island of Milos in Greece.

Milos, known as the island of Aphrodite, is considered to be one of the most breathtaking destinations in the Cyclades island complex, with unique natural beauty. It is a Greek island known for its spectacular beaches and volcanic landscape, filled with mesmerising colours.

Milos has a long track history in mining owing to its geological morphology with high-quality kaolinite, bentonite, perlite and sulfur deposits found across the island. Few would also be aware that the island of Milos is regarded as an active volcano in the Aegean sea, which justifies the occurrence of the deposits of natural pozzolans in the wider region, such as volcanic ash.

The Milos Conference Center

The Milos Conference Center – George Eliopoulos is located at Adamas, Milos Island’s main port, on a 10,000 sq. meters plot. The Milos Conference Center is housed in a restored old kaolin processing plant, built in 1925, overlooking the gulf of Milos. It is an excellent sample of its period’s industrial architecture.

It was abandoned and derelict for many years, falling apart before the ruin was fully restored with high aesthetic standards and respect to its original architecture. The initial concept was to be preserved and serve as a characteristic benchmark of the country’s industrial heritage. The ultimate decision was the edifice to be used as the home for conferences, cultural and other events, solving thus one of the Island’s perennial problems, the lack of modern large multipurpose halls.


Organizing Committee (Chairs)

Agnieszka Jędrzejewska, Silesian University of Technology, POLAND
Fragkoulis Kanavaris, ARUP, London, UK

General information
Scientific Committee (Chairs)

Miguel Azenha, ISISE, University of Minho, PORTUGAL
Farid Benboudjema, ENS Paris-Saclay, FRANCE
Dirk Schlicke, Institute of Structural Concrete, TU Graz, AUSTRIA

Jean-Luc Adia, FRANCE

Syed Yasir Alam, FRANCE

Ouali Amiri, FRANCE

Sofiane Amziane, FRANCE

Carmen Andrade, SPAIN

Shingo Asamoto, JAPAN

Violeta Bokan Bosiljkov, SLOVENIA

Alexandra Bourdot, FRANCE

Matthieu Briffaut, FRANCE

Alejandro Caldentey, SPAIN

Jean Philippe Charron, CANADA

Fanjie (Sam) Chen, AUSTRALIA

Özlem Cizer, BELGIUM

Alexis  Courtois, FRANCE

Aveline Darquennes, FRANCE

Nele De Belie, BELGIUM

Abobakr  Elwakeel, UNITED KINGDOM

Eduardo Fairbairn, BRAZIL


Etore Funchal Faria, BRAZIL

Ivan Gabrijel, CROATIA

Dariusz Gawin, POLAND

José Granja, PORTUGAL

Tulio Honorio, FRANCE

Agnieszka Jędrzejewska, POLAND

Ole Jensen, DENMARK

Sri Kalyana Rama Jyosyula, INDIA

Gintaris Kaklauskas, LITHUANIA

Fragkoulis Kanavaris, UNITED KINGDOM

Antonios Kanellopoulos, UNITED KINGDOM

Anja Klausen, NORWEY

Barbara Klemczak, POLAND

Eduardus Koenders, GERMANY

Konstantin Kovler, ISRAEL

Markus Krüger, AUSTRIA

Paulo B. Lourenco, PORTUGAL

Ippei Maruyama, JAPAN

Kyuichi Maruyama, JAPAN

Enrico Masoero, UNITED KINGDOM

Sree Nanukuttan, UNITED KINGDOM

Cécile Oliver-Leblond, FRANCE

Małgorzata Pająk, POLAND

Arnaud Perrot, FRANCE

Nivin Phillip, INDIA

Bernhard Pichler, AUSTRIA


Vlastimir Radonjanin, SERBIA

Ketan Ragalwar, USA

Mezgeen Rasol, FRANCE

Michael Raupach, GERMANY

Kyle Riding, USA

Emmanuel Roziere, FRANCE

Łukasz Sadowski, POLAND

Jacqueline Saliba, FRANCE

Javier Sánchez Montero, SPAIN

David Santillan, SPAIN

Suresh Seetharam, BELGIUM

José Sena-Cruz, PORTUGAL

Marijana Serdar, CROATIA

Carlos Serra, PORTUGAL

Ioannis Sfikas, UK


Carlos Sousa, PORTUGAL

Stéphanie Staquet, BELGIUM

Reignard Tan, NORWAY

Luping Tang, SWEDEN

Jean-Michel Torrenti, FRANCE

Julio Torres Martín, SPAIN

François Toutlemond, FRANCE

Jens Peder Ulfkjaer, DENMARK

Neven Ukrainczyk, GERMANY

Ab Alexander van den Bos, THE NETHERLANDS

Roman Wan-Wender, BELGIUM

Mateusz Wyrzykowski, SWITZERLAND

Hongzhi  Zhang, CHINA

Xiangming Zhou, UNITED KINGDOM

Dates & Submission

Fees & Registration

Registration and fee information to be available soon.

As indication, the early bird registration for regular participants is expected to be 500€ or less.


Tentative Programme
  • Welcome reception (evening) 14 June 2023
  • Conference sessions + Gala dinner (evening) 15 June 2023
  • Conference sessions 16 June 2023
  • Technical visit / Visit of Milos 17 June 2023


The island of Milos is located approximately 186 km from Athens. It is accessible either by plane (Athens International Airport to Milos Airport), or by ferry from Piraeus, the International Port of Athens.

The airport of Milos, is situated 5 km away from Adamas, the harbour of the island, which also is the location of the venue. Flights from Athens International Airport towards Milos Airport operate on a daily basis at frequent time intervals. The typical flight duration is 30 minutes.

High-speed ferries operate from Piraeus, the port of Athens, to Milos’ main harbour (Adamas). The typical duration of the journey is 4 hours. There is a direct connection between Athens International Airport and Piraeus Port via subway and overground railway. 


There are several accommodation options in the wider region of Adamas in Milos. Some accommodation options within walking distance from the venue are given in the list.

Accommodation Tax: The Greek government has introduced the accommodation tax on January 1st, 2018. You may find below the additional tax per room / per night – depending on the type of the hotel:

  • one or two stars: 0.50€
  • three stars: 1.5€
  • four stars: 3€
  • five stars: 4€ 


All accepted papers will be published by Springer as RILEM Bookseries and indexed in SCOPUS and Google Scholar.

RILEM Bookseries

Support / Sponsorship

SynerCrete’23 is a RILEM event.

For information on how to become a Sponsor, please email us directly to

Past Editions

Whole site of SynerCrete’18 here.