Prof. Klaartje de Weerdt-01

2021 Robert L’Hermite Medalist

Prof. Klaartje de Weerdt, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Professor de Weerdt holds a Chair in the Department of Structural Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), in Trondheim, Norway. The Robert L’Hermite medal is granted to recognise her outstanding and influential research in concrete durability, with a particular focus on understanding the mechanisms of attack on reinforced concrete by chloride and carbonation, designing concrete to resist deleterious alkali-silica reactions, and the use of blended cements to produce more sustainable, highly durable concrete. Her many contributions to these research topics show proof of leadership and active participation in RILEM Technical Committees, she is Deputy Chair of RILEM TC ASR and has been Work Package leader in RILEM TC 258-AAA.  She leads a prominent and successful research team at NTNU. She holds a Master degree in Civil Engineering from KU Leuven, Belgium, and a PhD from NTNU, and has also worked as a researcher at SINTEF in Trondheim prior to taking on her academic appointment. Her research is supported by an extensive portfolio of EU, national, and industry sponsorship, and she has made important and highly cited contributions to the scientific literature in the areas of cement hydration and concrete durability.

Dr Emilio Martínez-Pañeda-01

2021 Gustavo Colonnetti Medalist

Dr. Emilio Martínez-Pañeda, Imperial College London, UK

Emilio Martínez-Pañeda is a Lecturer at Imperial College London and head of the Mechanics of Infrastructure Materials Lab. Dr Martínez-Pañeda has made multiple contributions to the areas of durability, material degradation and structural integrity. He combines experiments, theoretical analysis and computer simulations to develop mechanistic models that can reliably capture material deformation and fracture. Among these, the predictive, mechanistic model for hydrogen embrittlement is probably the most renowned. Dr Martínez-Pañeda is leading a successful research team in in the growing area of multi-physics material degradation and has an outstanding publication record. His achievements have been recognised with prestigious awards by academia (e.g., Acta Materialia Student Award, Simo prize, Springer PhD Thesis Prize) and industry (Keith Miller Prize, IMechEPrestige Award for risk reduction). Dr Martínez-Pañeda has been involved in RILEM; he has supported the activities of RILEM’s TC CCH (Stress Corrosion Cracking and Hydrogen Embrittlement of Concrete-Reinforcing Steels). He has been invited to deliver talks in many top institutions (MIT, Oxford, Texas A&M, etc.), as well as at the International Hydrogen Conference.

Dr. Prannoy Suraneni-01

2021 Gustavo Colonnetti Medalist

Dr. Prannoy Suraneni, University of Miami, USA

Prannoy Suraneni is an assistant professor in the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Miami in the United States.  Dr Suraneni is head of  the Advanced Cement Chemistry, Engineering, Sustainability and Science Lab (ACCESS Lab) at the University of Miami.  His research focus is on supplementary cementitious materials (SCM), alternative cementitious materials, and concrete durability with important contributions regarding the reactivity of SCM and the clarification of the interactions between cementitious materials and chlorides. In addition to an excellent publication record in these research areas, his research has resulted in a national test standard. For his outstanding contributions, he has been recognized as ACI Ambassador Speaker and has been awarded with the PCA Fellowship and University of Miami’s SEEDS You Choose Leadership Award. Dr Suraneni has been actively involved in RILEM, he is member of the Educational Activities Committee (EAC) and deputy chair for TC EBD on test methods to evaluate durability of blended cement pastes against deleterious ions. He has been remarkably active on the fronts of doctoral research guidance (both as supervisor and thesis committee member), as a journal peer reviewer, editorial board member and guest editor, and in a leadership role that fosters younger and emerging professionals in ACI and ASTM International.

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Prof. Liberato Ferrara

Politecnico di Milano; Italy

Laboratorio Prove Materiali, Strutture E Costruzioni Del Politecnico Di Milano

Advanced cement based composites: an asset for civil engineering to contribute to societal and economical challenges. The approach of the H2020 Project “ReSHEALience”.

Date of Keynote: TBD

Liberato Ferrara is associate professor of Structural Analysis and Design and holds the Italian National qualification to full professor. He has been Fulbright visiting scholar at the Center for Advanced Cement Based Materials, Northwestern University, IL, USA and is visiting professor at Beijing Jiaotong University, PRC. He is coordinator of the H2020 project ReSHEALience (GA 760824): Rethinking coastal defence and green energy service infrastructures through enhanced durability high-performance fiber reinforced cement based materials, deputy coordinator of the MSCA-ITN SMARTINCS (GA 86006): Self-healing multifunctional advanced repair technologies in cementitious systems and also involved, as WP leader, in the recently funded RFCS project MINRESCUE (GA 899518): From mining waste to valuable resource: new concepts for a circular economy. He is Italian representative in the COST Action 15020 SARCOS- Self healing as preventive repair in concrete structures and chair of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) TC 544-Fiber Reinforced Concrete and member several international technical committees in research and standardization bodies (ACI, RILEM, fib). He authored more than 60 papers published in peer reviewed journals on his research interests, which include material concept and structural applications of advanced cementitious composites, self-healing concrete, 3D printing with cementitious materials and sustainability of cement-based materials and structures.

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Prof. Ana Fernández-Jiménez

Researcher. Instituto de Ciencias de la Construcción Eduardo Torroja (IETCC). Madrid, Spain

Sustainable Cements: Hybrid Alkaline Cements Overview

Date of Keynote: TBD

Ph.D. Chemistry (CSIC scientist Research, female). Main lines of research: chemistry of conventional cements (portland, belite, calcium aluminate, calcium sulfoaluminate cement, etc.); development of sustainable cementitious binders: alkaline cements (alkaline activation of fly ash, slag, metakaolin, Clay, waste, etc..) and hybrid cements (with clinker, OPC content of <50 % plus SCMs and alkaline activator); (C-S-H, N-A-S-H, C-A-S-H) gel synthesis; synthesis of glass liable to alkaline activation; valorization of industrial waste; mortar and concrete formulation; durability and technological applications, etc.. Director of international post-graduate course on alkaline cements. Collaborator with many Spanish and foreign research groups and/or institutions. Participant in national and international research projects, and research contracts with national and foreign private companies. Co-supervisor of seven PhD. Theses. Co-author of more than 140 articles published in SCI-listed journals,

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Prof. Carmen Andrade


How oxygen availability and concrete moisture affect corrosion of reinforcement

Date of Keynote: TBD

Carmen Andrade is Dr. in Industrial Chemistry. Until retirement she has been as Research Professor at the Institute of Construction Sciences “Eduardo Torroja” of the CSIC of Spain devoting his research to concrete durability and reinforcement corrosion. At present is Research Visiting Professor at the International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE). She is Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Trondheim (Norway) and of Alicante (España). Her specialty is the reinforcement corrosion and concrete durability. She is the author of numerous papers, has been editor of several books, and has supervised around 30 PhD theses. She has received several awards: R. N. Whitney Prize 2013 by NACE, Robert L’Hermite Medal 1987 from RILEM, “Manuel Rocha” of the Presidency of Portugal”, “ALCONPAT Prize” for the merits of the whole carrier, the “ACHE” Medal  (Spanish Association of structural Concrete) andPaul McIntyre Award” of the Institute of Corrosion of U.K.. She is Honorary Member of RILEM and of the Spanish Association of Concrete Repair (ARPHO. She has been President of several international organizations related to her specialty (UEAtc, RILEM, WFTAO and Liaison Committee, which brings together associations: CIB, FIB, IABSE, IASS, RILEM and ECCE). She has been General Director of Technological Policy of the Ministry of Education and Science and Advisor to the Secretary of State Universities in the Ministry of Science and Innovation, Spain. At present is the President of Alconpat: the Latimoamerican organization for Rehabilitation and assessment of structures.

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Prof. Daman K. Panesar

Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada

Life Cycle Assessment:  Implications of Modelling Approaches and Assumptions

Date of Keynote: TBD

Daman K. Panesar, Ph.D., P.Eng. is a Professor with the Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada. Dr. Panesar’s research activities are focused on the sustainability and durability of cement-based materials and structures. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, she was a Design Engineer with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited where she was involved with: the construction, commissioning, evaluation, repair, and plant life management of power reactors. She serves on various national and international committees such as: Chair of Canadian Standard CSA-N287.5; Advisory Board Member and Division I Chair for the International Association Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology; Research Management Committee for the India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships; Member of the RILEM Technical Activities Committee; and Member of the RILEM Bureau.  She also serves on the editorial board for Cement and Concrete Composites, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering and RILEM Technical Letters.

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Prof. Hans Beushausen

University of Cape Town

Developments in durability design and service life extension of RC structures exposed to marine environments

Date of Keynote: TBD

Hans Beushausen is Professor for Structural and Materials Engineering at the University of Cape Town, UCT. After completing his first degree in Structural Engineering in Hamburg, Germany, he obtained his MSc and PhD from UCT and made South Africa his home. His research interests concern advanced concrete technology, assessment and repair of concrete structures, durability design and service life modelling, recycled aggregate concrete, and concrete with low clinker contents for improved sustainability. He manages the concrete laboratory at UCT and acts as industry consultant on all aspects related to concrete technology and associated forensic engineering. Hans is currently the Chairman of the Development Activity Committee (DAC) at RILEM and the Head of the fib National Member Group South Africa.

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Prof. John L Provis

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Sheffield, U.K.

Alkali-activated materials, from the laboratory to reality

Date of Keynote: TBD

John Provis is Professor of Cement Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Sheffield, UK, and has held this position since 2012. John received the 2013 RILEM Robert L’Hermite Medal, and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Hasselt University, Belgium to recognise his leadership in the development of novel cementitious materials. He is a TAC Expert and former Honorary President of RILEM, active in RILEM TCs including having acted as Chair and Secretary for committees since 2009, a Voting Member of committees of BSI, ASTM and ACI, Editor-in-Chief of the leading journal Materials and Structures, Associate Editor of Cement and Concrete Research, and Speciality Chief Editor for the Structural Materials section of Frontiers in Materials.


Prof. Lauren Y Gomez-Zamorano

Universidad Autónoma De Nuevo León, Facultad De Ingeniería Mecánica Y Eléctrica, Centro De Investigación Y Desarrollo Tecnológico

Effect of the use of nanoparticles in alkali activated materials and hybrid cements

Date of Keynote: TBD

Professor at Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León since 2004. PhD in Metallurgical and Ceramic Engineering, Sabbatical stay at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Member of the National System of Researchers (SNI), level II, with 40 scientific articles and more than 30 presentations in international events worldwide. Main lines of research: chemistry of ordinary portand (OPC) and sulfoaluminate cements (CSAC), alkaline activated cements and hybrid cements in presence of OPC and CSAC, including durability and applications, synthesis of gels and hydrotalcites, and materials reutilization. Supervisor of 12 MSc and 4 PhD students, and currently with a group of 15 students. Professor at graduate level since 2004 in the areas of ceramic materials, materials science, advanced ceramics, thermodynamics and microstructural characterization. Director of more than 30 different research projects with the Mexican and U.S. governments and with several companies in the cement sector, focused on solving technological and scientific problems.

Prof. William C. Buttlar

College of Engineering, University of Missouri

Prof. José Fernando Martirena Hernández

Universidad Central de las Villas, Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo de Estructuras y Materiales, CIDEM (Director)

Calcined clays and limestone for the production of sustainable concrete

1983: Graduated from Civil Engineering in, Cuba; 1988: PhD in Construction Technology, La Habana; 2004: Habilitation in Building Materials, La Habana. Head of the Group for Building Materials at the Universidad Central de las Villas, Santa Clara, Cuba, and consultant of various international institutions, among them the International Network for the Sustainable Habitat EcoSur. Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, and recipient of the Cuban Academy of Science National Prize (2005). RILEM Senior member since 2015. Chair of the RILEM TC-282 Calcined Clays as Supplementary Cementitious Materias

Prof. Jason Weiss

Civil & Construction Engineering, Oregon State University

Mrs. Ishita Manjrekar  

Technical Director
Sunanda Speciality Coatings Pvt. Ltd.

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Prof. Chi Sun Poon

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Plenary Speaker

Novel upcycling technique of recycling of cement paste powder by a two-step carbonation process

Date of Conference  TBD

Prof. Chi Sun Poon obtained his PhD from Imperial College, London, and spent two further years as a Post-doctoral Fellow at Oxford University specialising in cement and concrete research. Currently, he is the Chair Professor of Sustainable Construction Materials and Head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He was awarded the title of Changjiang Chair Professor by the Ministry of Education in 2017. He specialises in the teaching and research of eco-friendly construction materials, concrete technology and waste management. He has published over 500 papers in international journals and conferences (including over 350 international journal papers, and 8 patents). He is an Editor of Consturction and Building Materials. He has received a number of local and international awards for his research development in eco-construction materials including the State Technological Innovation Award in 2017 (2nd Class).

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Prof. Robert J Flatt

Institute of Building Materials, ETH Zürich

Date of Conference  TBD

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Prof. Surendra P Shah

Presidential Distinguished Professor, University of Texas, Walter P Murphy Emeritus Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Northwestern University

Sustainability with Graphene based composites.

Date of Conference  TBD

Professor Shah has been actively involved with research in concrete technology. His current research deal with using nano technology to enhance the performance at macro scale. He is a member of US Academy of Engineering, U.S. Academy of Inventors, Chinese Academy of Enginnering and Athens Academy. He is honorary professor at Poly U and a member of Institute of Advanced Studies at HKUST. He is a distinguished professor at IIT Madras, and Jinan University. He is also honorary professor and Tongji University.

He has published more 500 journal articles. He is an horary member of ACI, RILEM and ASCE, he was the founding director of USNSF funder center of Advanced Cement Based Materials. This interdisciplinary center, based at Northwestem University included Universities of Illinois, Michigan and Purdue and NIST. Currently he is the director of the Center of Advanced Construction Materials at University at Texas at Arlington.

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Prof. Viktor Mechtcherine,

Institute of Construction Materials, TU Dresden, Germany

Integrating reinforcement in digital fabrication with concrete

Date of Conference  TBD

Viktor Mechtcherine is Director of the Institute for Construction Materials and Full Professor at the Technische Universität Dresden, Germany. He is Coordinator of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Priority Program SPP 2005 „Opus Fluidum Futurum – Rheology of reactive, multiscale, multi-phase construction materials“ and Speaker of the DFG Research Training Group GRK 2250 „Mineral-bonded composites for enhanced structural impact safety“. Prof. Mechtcherine is Editor of the Journals “Cement and Concrete Composites” and “Materials and Structures”, Member of the Science Academy of Saxony and the Russian Engineering Academy, Chair of RILEM Technical Committee «Assessment of Additively Manufactured Concrete Materials and Structures» and Chair of the Working Group «Digital concrete construction by additive manufacturing» of the German Committee for Reinforced Concrete (DAfStb). He is RILEM Fellow and awardee of Wason Medal for Materials Research by American Concrete Institute (ACI) and Innovation Award of the bauma 2016 Munich.

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Prof. Takafumi Noguchi

Department of Architecture University of Tokyo

“Holistic approach to rehabilitation and conservation of heritage concrete structures”

Date of Conference  TBD

Takafumi Noguchi is a Professor at Department of Architecture, the University of Tokyo and a project manager of Moonshot R&D Program “C4S Research and Development Project”. He is a RILEM fellow and served as a chair of Technical Committee “Fire Resistance of Concrete Structures Repaired with Polymer Cement Mortar”, a cluster convener of TAC and a Bureau member. He is also chairing ISO/TC71/SC8. He has received numerous awards, including the 2013 Publication Award in JSCE, the 2017 Concrete Construction Excellence Award in ACI, the 2018 Award for Outstanding Concrete Structures Winner in Building Category in fib, and the 2019 Paper Prize in JSMS. He has supervised 50 Ph.D. students. His research interest includes durability design and optimum rehabilitation of concrete structures, conservation of historical concrete structures, sustainable recycling of concrete structures, optimum supply-chain of resources and wastes in concrete, and fire resistance of buildings.

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Prof. Kamal H. Khayat

Vernon & Maralee Jones Professor of Civil Engineering
Director, Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Rheology Control of UHPC for Sustainable Infrastructure Applications

Date of Conference  TBD

Kamal H. Khayat is the Vernon and Maralee Jones Professor of civil engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), Rolla, Missouri. He is the director of the Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies at Missouri S&T and past director of the Tier-1 University Transportation Center for Research on Concrete Applications for Sustainable Transportation (RE-CAST) and the National Center for Transportation Infrastructure and Safety. Between 1990 and 2011, he was professor of Civil Engineering at the Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Dr. Khayat has conducted pioneer work in the field of rheology of cement-based materials and self-consolidating concrete. Other research interests include high-performance concrete, fiber -reinforced composites, infrastructure rehabilitation, underwater concrete, and grouting. He has authored and co-authored over 450 technical papers and was recently listed by Elsevier among the 150 most cited people in civil engineering in the world.

Dr. Khayat is active on several ACI committees, including the Technical Activities Committee and the Editorial Board ACI Materials Journal. He is serves on technical committees of TRB and RILEM technical committees and served on the Development Advisory Committee for RILEM in the capacity of Convener for North America. He has chaired/co-chaired several international conferences, including the 2020 Gordon Research Conference (Ventura Beach, CA), SCC2016 (Washington, DC), SCC2010 (Montreal), SCC2018, 2014, 2009, 2005 (China), and Advances in HPC in the Middle East 2008 and 2009 (UAE).

Dr. Khayat is Fellow of ACI and RILEM and recipient of numerous awards from ACI including the 2020 Robert E. Philleo Award from the ACI Concrete Research Council, the 2018 ACI Wason Medal for the Most Meritorious paper, the 2017 J.-C. Roumain Innovation in Concrete Award from the ACI Foundation, and the 2015 ACI Arthur Anderson Medal.

He earned a BS in civil engineering in 1982, MEng in construction engineering and management in 1984, MS in structural engineering in 1985, and Ph.D. in civil engineering in 1989 from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Prof. Sergio Alcocer

Instituto de Ingeniería, UNAM

Challenges in the implementation of performance-based design, quality assurance and best construction practices – the case of Mexico

Date of Conference  TBD

Sergio M. Alcocer is a Research Professor in the Institute of Engineering of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).  At UNAM, he was Provost and Director of the Institute of Engineering.

 Dr. Alcocer is an International Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering;  Past-President and Honorary Member of the Mexican Society of Structural Engineering (SMIE) and Past-President of the Academy of Engineering of Mexico. He is the currently president of the Mexican Council of Foreign Affairs.

 In 2017, Dr. Alcocer was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from The University of Arizona.  Alcocer is a Distinguished Engineering Alumni of the Cockrell School of Engineering of the University of Texas at Austin. In 2019, Alcocer was recipient of the Charles S. Whitney Medal of the American Concrete Institute.

 He received his BSc in Civil Engineering from UNAM, and a PhD in Structures from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Prof. Enrico Sassoni

University of Bologna

Ammonium phosphate for “green” conservation of cultural heritage: 10 years of research in the laboratory and in the field

Date of Conference  TBD

Enrico Sassoni, PhD, is Assistant Professor with tenure track at the University of Bologna (Italy). In 2015 he was awarded a 3-year Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship funded by the European Commission (project title: “Multi-functionalization of hydroxyapatite for the restoration and preventive conservation of marble artworks – HAP4MARBLE»). He has spent visiting periods at Princeton University (USA, 18 months) and Göttingen University (Germany, 6 months). He is member of the Editorial Board of “RILEM Technical Letters” and “Coatings” and has served as Guest Editor for special issues published by “Frontiers in Materials”, “Materials” and “Coatings”. He is currently member of 2 RILEM TCs and Convener of RILEM Cluster E (“Masonry, Timber and Cultural Heritage”). In 2017, he received the «Gustavo Colonnetti Medal 2017″, awarded by RILEM to researchers less than 35 years old who gave “an outstanding scientific contribution to the field of construction materials and structures».

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Prof. Arezki Tagnit Hamou Ing., Ph.D., FACI

Civil Engineering Department, Sherbrooke University

Date of Conference  TBD

Arezki Tagnit Hamou is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Sherbrooke (Canada) and a Head of Cement and Concrete Research Group. He is also the Head of the International Associated Laboratory ECOMAT. He is Chairholder of Industrial Research Chair. He has been working in the field of cement and concrete research for more than 30 years.


Dr. Tagnit Hamou’s main research interests are microstructure and physico-chemistry of cement and concrete and the development of alternative cementitious materials. His studies included material characterization, hydration and durability. As a chairholder he works on the glass valorization in concrete. He has authored many peer-reviewed technical papers in international journals and conferences including patent on glass UHPC. He is also the chair of the International Conference on Cementitious Materials and Alternative Binders for Sustainable Concrete.


Dr. Tagnit Hamou is active on technical committees within the American Concrete Institute (ACI), ASTM, RILEM, and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). He is a recipient of the ACI-SDC’s Jean-Claude Roumain Innovation in Concrete Award and was elected to a Fellow of the Institute in 2009 (FACI).


Head of Cement and Concrete Research Group

Head of International Associated Laboratory ECOMAT

Chairholder, Industrial Research Chair

Civil Engineering Department, Sherbrooke University