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. The city of 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.

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Pestana Casino Park Ocean And Spa Hotel *****

(Conference Venue)

Single Room €90.00
Double Room €109.00

Four Views Baía ****

Single Room €70.00
Double Room €80.00

(new reduced price)

Hotel Girassol ****

Single Room €60.00
Double Room €71.00

(no longer available)

Dorisol Buganvília Hotel ***

Single Room €46.00
Double Room €51.00

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

Hotel location in Goolge Maps

Invited Speakers


Ippei Maruyama

Nagoya University

Topic: Advanced experiments and simulation


Nenad Gucunski

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


Gianluca Cusatis

Northwestern University

Topic: Modelling and numerical simulations

Sofiane Amziane

Blaise Pascal University

Topic: Rheological behavior and durability of bio-based materials

Nicolas Roussel

IFSTTAR and ETH Zurich

Topic: Innovative processing technologies including automation in construction

Nele De Belie

Ghent University

Topic: Self-healing in cement-based materials


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 Jędrzejewska (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
Nele de Belie, Ghent University, BELGIUM
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
Szymon Dawczyński, Silesian University of Technology, POLAND
Eduardo Fairbairn, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, BRASIL
Rui Faria, University of Porto, PORTUGAL
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
Joachim Juhart, Graz University of Technology, AUSTRIA
Terje Kanstad, NTNU, NORWAY
Eduardus Koenders, Technische Universität Darmstadt, GERMANY
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
Kyuichi Maruyama, Nagaoka University of Technology, JAPAN
Enrico Masoero, Newcastle University, UNITED KINGDOM
Hadi Mazaheripour, University of Minho, PORTUGAL
Sreejith Nanukuttan, Queen’s University Belfast, 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
Marta Roig, Instituto Eduardo Torroja de Ciencias de la Construcción, SPAIN
Emmanuel Rozière, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, FRANCE
Mercedes Sanchez Moreno, University of Cordoba, SPAIN
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
Giuseppe Sciume, University of Bordeaux, FRANCE
Marijana Serdar, University of Zagreb, CROATIA
Carlos Serra, National Laboratory for Civil Engineering, PORTUGAL
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
Maria Stefanidou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GREECE
Stéphanie Staquet, Université Libre de Bruxelles, BELGIUM
Aljoša Šajna, Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute, SLOVENIA
Vít Šmilauer, Czech Technical University in Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
Luping Tang, Chalmers University of Technology, SWEDEN
Katrin Turner, Graz University of Technology, AUSTRIA
Jean Michel Torrenti, IFSTTAR, FRANCE
François Toutlemonde, 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
Ismail Yurtdas, University of Reims, FRANCE
Xiangming Zhou, Brunel University London, UNITED KINGDOM
Mariusz Zych, Cracow University of Technology, POLAND

Important dates

Abstract due: 30th March 2018 (extended deadline)
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
Pre-conference events (e.g. RILEM TC Meetings): 23rd October 2018
Conference: 24th-26th October 2018
Technical visit and post-conference tour: 27th October 2018


The submission is closed. Authors still have access to the submission platform, in order to check updates about their submissions.

Submission platform

The accepted papers will be published by RILEM Publications S.A.R.L., Paris, France. After the conference, SCOPUS indexation of all papers will be ensured by RILEM just after publication of the proceedings in their website.

Some information about the paper format: min. 4 pages up to 6 pages for regular papers and 8/10 pages for plenary papers.

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Special sessions will be organised during the SynerCrete’18 Conference (see Program tab for details). Scientific Committee will select papers and recommend them to be presented in the Spcecial Sessions according to their topic. The Authors of the recommended papers will be contacted by the Organisers.

Program & Sessions

Tentative program

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

09:00 – 10:30 | Technical tour to the extension of the Airport of Madeira
10:30 – 19:00 | Social program, with tour around the Island, trekking (including meals)

Special Sessions

Session Title: Concretes with alkali-activated binders

Chairs: John Provis and Marijana Serdar

The production of concretes using alkali-activated binders is rapidly gaining attention in many parts of the world. However, understanding the detailed chemistry of these materials means that we need to move beyond the paradigm of Portland cement-based materials, and develop a new interdisciplinary understanding which draw from this body of work, but also uses knowledge of aluminosilicate geochemistry, mineralogy, glass chemistry, zeolite chemistry, and numerous other areas. Only in this way can we build a holistic picture of how alkali-activated concretes can add value to global society as sustainable, high-performing construction materials.

Session Title: Self-healing and repair of concrete structures (organised by COST Action CA15202 – SARCOS)

Chairs: Mercedes Sanchez and Nele De Belie

Extending the service life of concrete structures appears as a real challenge for the construction industry. During the last decades, several innovative solutions are proposed for the preventive repair of cement-based materials, incorporating advanced functionalities, such as self-healing, self-cleaning, or anti-bactericidal action, but also proposing new concepts for application of the repair. Hence there is also a need for robust and accesible methodologies for assessing the performance and efficiency of the repair. Defining comparative criteria for the assessment of the different solutions involves not only the formulation of well-defined testing parameters for the experimental characterization, but also inputs from predictive models covering self-healing and repair ability up to service life prediction.

Session Title: BIM potential for concrete structures

Chair: Miguel Azenha

R&D and Case Studies on the potential of BIM for cast-in-place and precast structures:

  • Parametrics: global parameterization: of longitudinal and vertical structures, element parametrics: detailing, connectors, form-work, production control.
  • Automation: automated design-for-construction workflows, design of geometrically challenging RC, digital fabrication, lean construction, concrete LCA.
  • Industry 4.0: vertical/horizontal supply chain collaboration, mass customisation, cyber-physical systems and IoT, BIM integration of ERP and production lines.

Session Title: Bio-based building materials

Chairs: Sofiane Amziane and Mohammed Sonebi

In less than 10 years, the construction of houses in the world using plant based materials has exited the field of a limited use by a few environmentalists and emerged as a valuable concept for healthy, ecological and comfortable habitat (moisture management, thermic and acoustic). The introduction of a high concentration of bio-based building material in the construction design is the fundamental principle of this concept. Global warming, energy savings, and life cycle analysis issues are factors that have contributed to the rapid expansion of plant-based materials for buildings, which can be qualified as environmental-friendly and efficient multifunctional materials.

Session Title: JCI “Guidelines for Control of Cracking of Mass Concrete”

Chairs: Toshiaki Mizobuchi and Tsutomu Kanazu

Japan Concrete Institute (JCI) published “Guidelines for Control of Cracking of Mass Concrete” in 1986 for the first time in Japan, which systematized the control technologies of thermal cracking of mass concrete in design and construction practice, in order to remove an adverse effect of thermal cracking on performance such as durability of mass concrete structures. The guidelines were revised twice in 2008 and 2016 incorporating the advanced technologies developed since 1986. They have the following features; (1) to verify cracking due to not only thermal stress but also delayed ettringite formation, (2) to adopt thermal cracking probability as a reference index for prevention and verification of thermal cracking, (3) to adopt performance based design system and to prescribe in principle 3D-FEM for temperature stress analysis, and (4) to prescribe design values of early age physical properties of concrete made with various types of cements. The outlines of the guidelines are introduced in the plenary session and subsequently the grounds are introduced in this special session.


SynerCrete’18 acknowledges the sponsorship of the following entities to the conference. If you want to become a sponsor, please contact info@synercrete.com.



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, University of Madeira and School of Engineering of the University of Minho


Special Issue

The authors of selected papers presented at the SynerCrete’18 conference will be invited to submit original contributions related to their participation in the conference in the special issue of the Journal of Advanced Concrete Technology (published by Japan Concrete Institute, and indexed according to ‘Journal of Citation Reports’) in a special issue regarding SynerCrete’18. ACT Journal publishes original scientific papers or technical reports on innovative or advanced techniques of concrete industry.

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Up to July 12, 2018
Non-COST members
  • Full Registration – regular participants 500€
  • Full Registration – FIB/RILEM/JCI/ACI members 400€ (*)
  • Students 250€ (**)
COST members (TU1404 and SARCOS)
  • Basic Fee for TU1404 (***) 250€
  • Basic Fee for SARCOS (***) 300€
  • Additional option – Conference Dinner + 75€
  • Additional option – Hard copy of proceedings + 50€

Accompanying Persons 75€

After July 12, 2018
Non-COST members
  • Full Registration – regular participants 600€
  • Full Registration – FIB/RILEM/JCI/ACI members 500€ (*)
  • Students 350 € (**)
COST Members (TU1404 and SARCOS)
  • Basic Fee for TU1404 (***) 350€
  • Basic Fee for SARCOS (***) 400€
  • Additional option – Conference Dinner + 100€
  • Additional option – Hard copy of proceedings + 50€

Accompanying persons 100€

Full registration fees cover:
  • Conference bag
  • Proceedings
  • Coffee breaks
  • Lunches
  • Welcome Cocktail and city tour
  • Conference Dinner
  • Entry to all sessions and technical exhibition

Important information on registration

A paper can only be accepted for publication in the proceedings if one of the authors is registered. A registration entitles the author to a maximum of 2 approved published papers, provided that one is communicated as oral presentation and the other presented in a special presentation/poster session.

Accompanying person’s fees includes the participation in the Welcome Cocktail and Conference Dinner.

COST TU1404 members (Please note that you need to be personally invited from the TU1404 COST Action.)

COST SARCOS members (Please note that you need to be a member of SARCOS and participant of SARCOS special session to be eligible for the SARCOS fee.)

(*) FIB/RILEM/JCI/ACI Members must send a copy of a valid certificate together with the registration form.

(**)The students must send a copy of a valid student card or an institutional certification (MSc and PhD students are valid) together with the registration form. The participation in the Conference Dinner is only possible by paying an additional fee similar to that listed for COST TU1404 members under the same conditions.

(***) COST TU1404 (and SARCOS) members are not charged with registration fees. The basic fee mentioned is related to coffee breaks and lunches, as the COST support is not enough to cover such expenses at the Venue. The basic fee allows access to all the commodities of a full registration, except for the Conference Dinner and the hard copy of the proceedings. Even though this basic fee cannot be faced as mandatory, lack of compliance to this basic fee would cause extreme strain on the organization. For more information, please contact info@tu1404.eu.

Post conference tour: 40€

The fee for post conference tour includes bus transportation during the entire day on 27th October 2018, starting at 9h00m and ending at 19h00m. Bus with air conditioning, and guide (english-speaking) through the entire span of the visit.

Program of conference tour (tentative program):

9h00 | Gathering at Pestana Casino Park Hotel
9h20 | Technical tour to the airport of Madeira (interesting for accompanying persons as well, with access to reserved areas or the airport)
10h30 | Departure for the island tour, with visit to Machico and Santana
12h45 | Lunch break (lunch included, with three menu, including wine and other beverages)
14h00 | Return through Ribeiro Frio and Laurissilva Forest Hike on a ‘levada’ up to ‘Balcões’ (1h walk depending on weather and courage of participants). Visit to Pico do Areeiro (third tallest peak of the island -> 1810m)
19h00 | Arrival back to Funchal

Cancelation Policy – Conference & Meals

All the cancelations must be made directly with Abreu (carla.goncalves@abreu.pt). A reimbursement of 50% will be processed to cancelations of conference/meal fees made till 30th September 2018. After this date no reimbursement will be made.

Cancelation Policy – Tours & Transfers

Cancellations should be notified in writing to carla.goncalves@abreu.pt

  • Until 23rd July fully refunded less 20,00 € as administrative fees
  • Until 23rd August 50% will be refunded
  • Until 22nd September 25% will be refunded
  • From 23rd September will not be refunded
  • No-shows will not be refunded

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