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
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:
- Alternative concrete formulations for adaptation to climate change
- 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
- Performance-based and multiphysics/multiscale design and innovative testing
- Multi-scale in time and space modelling
- Multi-physics simulation and structural design
- Novel testing techniques
- Structural health monitoring (SHM) and maintenance management
- Proven techniques and new approaches for SHM
- Consideration of measurement data in maintenance strategies
- Infrastructure maintenance management
- Integral BIM-based planning
- Planning in a perfect BIM-environment
- BIM and structural design
- Novel approaches in BIM
- Practical examples
- Resource-responsible building
- Innovative building methods
- Recent developments on guidelines and standardization
- Sustainability and life-cycle assessment of concrete materials and structures
- Robotics and cement-based materials
- Digital fabrication
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
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
Ali Abbas, UK
Jean-Luc Adia, FRANCE
Syed Yasir Alam, FRANCE
Ouali Amiri, FRANCE
Sofiane Amziane, FRANCE
Carmen Andrade, SPAIN
Shingo Asamoto, JAPAN
Violeta Bokan Bosiljkov, SLOVENIA
Ruben Paul Borg, MALTA
Alexandra Bourdot, FRANCE
Matthieu Briffaut, FRANCE
Antonio Caggiano, ITALY
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, UK
Eduardo Fairbairn, BRAZIL
Rui Faria, PORTUGAL
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, UK
Antonios Kanellopoulos, UK
Anja Klausen, NORWAY
Barbara Klemczak, POLAND
Eduardus Koenders, GERMANY
Konstantin Kovler, ISRAEL
Markus Krüger, AUSTRIA
Paulo B. Lourenco, PORTUGAL
Ippei Maruyama, JAPAN
Kyuichi Maruyama, JAPAN
Enrico Masoero, UK
Sree Nanukuttan, UK
Cécile Oliver-Leblond, FRANCE
Małgorzata Pająk, POLAND
Arnaud Perrot, FRANCE
Nivin Phillip, INDIA
Bernhard Pichler, AUSTRIA
John Provis, UK
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
Vít Šmilauer, CZECH REPUBLIC
Mohammed Sonebi, 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
Luca Valentini, ITALY
Ab van den Bos, THE NETHERLANDS
Roman Wan-Wender, BELGIUM
Mateusz Wyrzykowski, SWITZERLAND
Guang Ye, THE NETHERLANDS
Hongzhi Zhang, CHINA
Xiangming Zhou, UK
Mariusz Zych, POLAND
Dates & Submission
Submission of the abstracts and full papers is made through the submission platform sciencesconf.org. Use the button below to go to the submission platform. If you are already a sciencesconf.org user, you can use your account to log in to the SynerCrete’23 conference; otherwise, you will have to register.
Call for abstracts is now open.
To submit your abstract, please log in to the SynerCrete’23 submission platform. You will be asked for the title of your proposed paper, the list of co-authors and 250-word abstract (in plain text).
Abstract submission (extended!) 15.09.2022
Notification of abstract approval 31.08.2022 / 30.09.2022
Full text submission 15.11.2022
Notification of full text approval 31.12.2022
Final full text submission 31.01.2023
Early-bird registration 01.06.2022 - 31.01.2023
Regular registration 01.02.2023 - 31.05.2023
The event 15-16.06.2023
(welcome reception on 14.06 evening)
Registration is open. Early-bird registation fees apply.
Early-bird registration fees before 31.01.2023
RILEM member 400€
Regular registration fees after 31.01.2023
RILEM member 500€
Maria Stefanidou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GREECE)
"Substituting natural pozzolan with artificial derived from industrial perlite waste for mortar production."
Jean-Michel Torrenti (Gustave Eiffel University, FRANCE)
"Fast carbonation of recycled concrete aggregates - the results of the FastCarb project."
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
RILEM TCs related to the topics of the conferece will organise special sessions and/or TC meetings within SynerCrete’23, including:
TC 275-HBD: Hygrothermal behaviour and durability of bio-aggregate based building materials
(Chaired by Sofiane Amziane & Florence Collet)
TC 281-CCC: Carbonation of concrete with supplementary cementitious materials
(Chaired by Nele de Belie & Susan Bernal Lopez)
TC 287-CCS: Early-age and long-term cracking analysis in RC structures
(Chaired by Miguel Azenha & Fragkoulis Kanavaris)
TC 298-EBD: Test methods to evaluate durability of blended cement pastes against deleterious ions
(Chaired by William Wilson & Prannoy Suraneni)
TC 299-TES: Thermal energy storage in cementitious composites
(Chaired by Jorge Dolado & Antonio Caggiano)
TC MCP: Accelerated mineral carbonation for the production of construction materials
(Chaired by Ruben Snellings & Thomas Matschei)
A special session on “Current research and applications of concrete technology in Greek construction” will be hosted by the Federations of Civil Engineers and Concrete Technology of Greece.
Awards & Special Issue
Best Papers Awards
Papers presented during the Conference and published in the Proceedings are eligible for one of the three awards:
Best Paper Award
(open to all papers)
Best Interdisciplinarity Award
(open to all papers which reach over disciplines)
Best PhD Paper Award
(open to papers authored by PhD students as first authors)
The Awardees will be granted extended time of presentation of their papers and will be waived of the registration fee (the fee will be returned). The Authors will be also invited to feature in the Special Issue of the Journal of Advanced Concrete Technology.
The authors of selected papers presented at SynerCrete’23 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’) related to SynerCrete’23. ACT Journal publishes original scientific papers or technical reports on innovative or advanced techniques of concrete industry.
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.
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 (with links).
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€
Suggested Hotel Indicative cost per night in single room
Iliopetra Rooms 70-90€
Ippocampos * 70-90€
Dionysis Hotel * 70-90€
Semiramis Hotel * 70-90€
Hotel Eleni ** 70-90€
Aeolis Hotel Milos ** 70-90€
Capten Giorgantas ** 70-90€
Meltemi Hotel ** 70-90€
Anezina Hotel ** 70-90€
Liogerma Hotel ** 70-90€
Milos Hotel ** 100-130€
Portiani Hotel ** 100-130€
Glaronisia Hotel *** 100-130€
Santa Maria Village **** 180-190€
Publication of a paper in the Proceedings requires a unique registration associated with the paper, i.e. each registered participant is eligible for publication of one paper.
All accepted papers will be published by Springer as RILEM Bookseries and indexed in SCOPUS and Google Scholar.
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