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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, https://www.ietcc.csic.es/team-members/fernandez-jimenez-ana-maria/

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Prof. Carmen Andrade


Role Of Humidity And Oxygen In The Reinforcement Corrosion

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

High-Recycle Asphalt Mixes for Heavy Traffic Applications Emphasizing Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic and Ground Tire Rubber

Dr. Buttlar holds the Glen Barton Chair in Flexible Pavements at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he oversees the Mizzou Asphalt Pavement and Innovation Lab (MAPIL), funded by members of the Missouri Asphalt Pavement Association, or MAPA.   Dr. Buttlar is also the Founding Director of the Missouri Center for Transportation Innovation and serves as an Editor-In-Chief of Road Materials and Pavement Design – a Q1-ranked international journal. Dr. Buttlar served as chair of RILEM TC-MCD, and oversaw the 8th International Conference on the Mechanisms of Cracking and Debonding in Pavements.


Dr. Buttlar has authored over 300 technical publications and has delivered over 100 invited presentations and keynote lectures. His areas of expertise include asphalt pavements, pavement cracking, data science in pavements, and sustainable and resilient infrastructure materials.

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

Supplementary Cementitious Materials and Portland Limestone Cements

Jason Weiss is the Edwards Distinguished Chair in Engineering and the Director of the Kiewit Center for Infrastructure and Transportation Research. Before joining Oregon State as the Head of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering he was a faculty member at Purdue University for over 16 years where he held the position of the Jack and Kay Hockema Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Pankow Materials Laboratory. He earned a B.A.E. from the Pennsylvania State University and a MS and PhD from Northwestern University in 1997 and 1999 respectively. He is actively involved in research on cement and concrete materials specifically focused on early age property development, cracking, transport in concrete, and concrete durability. Specifically, he is known for research his group has performed in the areas of shrinkage and cracking reduction, the use of the ring and dual ring test, use of electrical resistivity and the formation factor, use of internally cured concrete, and concrete pavement durability.


Dr. Weiss has taught courses in civil engineering materials, concrete materials, service life, repair and non-destructive testing. His primary research interests are in the area of early age shrinkage cracking and mitigation as well as service life sensing and prediction.


He is also a primary author of the durability tests for the Performance Engineered Mixtures/Performance Related Specifications programs underway at FHWA. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the American Concrete Institute’s Journal of Materials, Associate Editor of the Transportation Research Record, and is the former editor in chief of the ASTM journal of Advances in Civil Engineering Materials and the RILEM journal Materials and Structures.


Dr. Weiss has authored over 425 publications with over 225 peer-reviewed journal articles. He is recipient of the NSF Career Award, the RILEM L’Hermite Medal, the ACI W. P. Moore, ACI Young Member, ACI Philleo, and ACI Wason Awards, the ESCSI Erskine Award, the TRB Burgraff, AFN040 section award, and Mather Awards for outstanding research and publications, the ACPA Knutson award, and the ASCE Huber Award. He is a fellow of ACI and is also the recipient of the Wansik, Munson, Buck, and Burke award for outstanding teaching/advising in the School of Engineering, the Potter award for outstanding teaching in the College of Engineering, the University Murphy Award for undergraduate teaching, and has been inducted into the Purdue Teaching Academy.

Mrs. Ishita Manjrekar  

Technical Director
Sunanda Speciality Coatings Pvt. Ltd.

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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. 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

Towards a multi-scale approach to design eco-compatible alternative cement systems

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

Email: a.tagnit@usherbrooke.ca

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Prof. Pedro Jesus Herrera-Franco 

Instituto de Investigaciones Científicas de Yucatán, México

 Durability concerns of FRP multiscale composites resulting from fatigue cycles

MSc and PhD from Michigan State University (1981-1896); BSc in Industrial Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico de Mérida (1978).

Currently a Professor at Centro de Investigaciones Científicas de Yucatán. His research lines include: composite materials, fiber-matrix interfacial properties, mechanics of solids, fatigue and fracture mechanics.

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Prof. Edgardo Fabián Irassar  

Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Production of calcined common clays as supplementary cementing materials for Portland, hybrid and alkali activated cements

Eng. Irassar is Full Professor of Civil Engineering Department at UNCPBA, Olavarría. He received his Specialization in Concrete Technology from Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina and his Construction Engineer from UNCPBA. He is the head of INMAT Research Group and currently is Vice-Chair of CIFICEN Research Unit. He served as the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and was President of Argentine Concrete Technology Association. His research aims include concrete durability and service life, hydration of blended cements and supplementary cementing materials. Actually, he studied calcined clays and micro-filler processing for sustainable building materials. He has published more than 100 papers in international journals and conference proceedings, 1 co-authored book and 5 book chapters and more than 20 research reports for the construction and building industries participating in scientific and industrial R&D projects. Also, he has participated in international collaborative projects with Brazil, Czech Republic, Germany and Colombia.

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Prof. Nicolas Roussel   

Navier Laboratory, France


Nicolas Roussel graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure in 1998 and is now in charge of the research activities dealing with rheology and processing of construction materials at the Naiver Laboratory, FRANCE.


He is the founding editor of the RILEM technical letters journal and vice-president elected of the RILEM association. He has received in 2007 the Robert L’Hermite award for his work on rheology of fresh concrete. With a Thompson Reuters H-index of 45 and more than 600 citations, he is the author or co-author of 120 papers in scientific journals such as Cement and Concrete Research, Physical Review letters or Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics.


His research focus shifted in the last decade from concrete rheology and rheometry to the understanding of construction processing technologies. His work covers various technology readiness levels and includes mixing and dispersion, centrifugation and granulation, vibration and compaction, molding, spraying and coating along with automation in construction.