On 22 and 23 May 2023 we are organizing the conference SMARTINCS’23 on Self-Healing, Multifunctional and Advanced Repair Technologies in Cementitious Systems. SMARTINCS trains a new generation of entrepreneurial early-stage researchers (ESRs) in prevention of deterioration of (1) new concrete infrastructure by innovative, multifunctional self-healing strategies; and (2) existing concrete infrastructure by advanced repair technologies. 15 ESRs are being trained by the consortium to implement new life-cycle thinking and durability-based approaches to the design of concrete structures, minimizing the use of resources and production of waste, in line with Europe’s Circular Economy strategy.
SMARTINCS’23 will not only be a forum for the dissemination of SMARTINCS results, but also an opportunity for all worldwide research groups in this field to come together and present their ongoing research.
This conference focusses on self-healing, multifunctional and advanced repair technologies in cementitious systems. Based on this global topic, the following sub-topics have been defined:
• Self-healing cementitious materials
• (Advanced) repair technologies of concrete structures
• Non-destructive testing of cementitious materials
• Self-sensing, monitoring and inspection of concrete structures and infrastructure
• Service life design and life cycle assessment of concrete structures and infrastructure
• Innovative solutions for service life extension of concrete structures and infrastructure
• Corrosion inhibition solutions of reinforcement steel
• Cementitious grouting technologies
• Computational modelling related to self-healing and repair of cementitious materials
• Commercialization of innovative cement-based construction materials and building technologies
• Automated techniques for repair of concrete structures and infrastructure
The conference will take place in Ghent, Belgium. As can be found on Tripadvisor “Ghent's city center is a pedestrian area that is like a museum to early Flemish architecture and a testament to the city's medieval might. Impressive Gothic sites, such as dramatic St. Bavo's Cathedral and the Castle of the Counts, inspire awe.” Not convinced? Read this recent article in the Washington Post!
The conference venue will be “Het Pand”, a former monastery of the Dominican Order. The building dates back to the 13th century when it served as a hospital.
In order to encourage networking and lively discussions, we aim only at in person presentations (i.e. no possibility to join online).
We proudly present our keynote speakers. Click on the respective title to read more about their keynote presentation.
Nele De Belie
Ghent University, Belgium
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Radboud University Medical Center, the Netherlands
Maria Cruz Alonso
Institute of Construction Science Eduardo Torroja, CSIC, Spain
TU Delft, the Netherlands
Dates and submission
|21 October 2022
Notification of abstract approval
|30 October 2022|
|27 January 2023
Notification of paper approval
|1 March 2023|
End of early bird registration
|10 March 2023|
Final paper submission
|17 March 2023|
Deadline author registration
|1 April 2023|
Deadline conference registration
|14 May 2023|
(until 10 March '23)
(from 11 March '23)
The registration fee includes coffee breaks, lunches, conference dinner, farewell reception and publication of the paper in MATEC Web of Conferences.
Presenting authors need to register by 1st of April 2023 to ensure that the papers can be included in the proceedings.
Please be aware that the conference registration will close on Sunday May 14th, 2023.
For speakers: presentations are scheduled to be 12 min, followed by 3 min of questions. There is no template document that you should follow. Presentations should be uploaded on the computer in the room no later than 10 min before the start of your session.
Travelling to Ghent (or “Gent” in the native tongue) is easy via a short train ride (30-60 min, depending on the line) from Brussels (Airport). There are two large train stations in Ghent: “Gent Sint-Pieters” and “Gent Dampoort”. Gent Sint-Pieters is the major transportation hub. When arriving in Brussels Airport Zaventem you follow the signs for the station which is in the basement of the airport building. People arriving in Charleroi Airport can most conveniently reach Ghent by the Flibco shuttlebus which stops at Gent Sint-Pieters train station. From the Gent Sint-Pieters station, tram line 1 runs directly into the city center.
The conference location is Het Pand (Onderbergen 1, Gent).
The registration starts on Monday 22 May at 8h30. The conference will start at 9h00 sharp.
The proceedings of the SMARTINCS’23 Conference on Self-Healing, Multifunctional and Advanced Repair Technologies in Cementitious Systems have been published by Matec Web of Conferences with volume number 378 (2023). The editors of the proceedings, Tim Van Mullem, Nele De Belie, Liberato Ferrara, Elke Gruyaert and Kim Van Tittelboom, thank the Scientific Committee for their extensive work in reviewing every submission.
Each paper has received an individual DOI. The proceedings can be retrieved from here.
Authors of best papers presented at the SMARTINCS'23 conference will be invited to submit an original article related to their presented work in a special issue of Developments in the Built Environment (IF 5.563) entitled "Self-Healing, Multifunctional and Advanced Repair Technologies in Cementitious Systems". Article processing costs for the selected papers will be waived. Developments in the Built Environment is an open access journal published by Elsevier. This journal covers all topics related to construction materials and building sustainability, leading to a holistic approach that will benefit the community.
Nele De Belie, Ghent University,Belgium
Tim Van Mullem, Ghent University, Belgium
Liberato Ferrara, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Elke Gruyaert, KU Leuven, Belgium
Kim Van Tittelboom, Ghent University, Belgium
Mirjam Knockaert, Ghent University, Belgium
Brenda Debbaut, Ghent University, Belgium
Marijke Reunes, Ghent University, Belgium
Laís Bandeira Barros, Ghent University, Belgium
Davide di Summa, Ghent University, Belgium
Vanessa Giaretton Cappellesso, Ghent University, Belgium
Yasmina Shields, Ghent University, Belgium
Harry Hermawan, KU Leuven, Belgium
|Dimitrios Aggelis, Belgium
Maria Cruz Alonso, Spain
Abir Al-Tabbaa, UK
Paola Antonaci, Italy
Miguel Azenha, Portugal
Diana Bajare, Latvia
Andrija Blagojević, the Netherlands
Nico Boon, Belgium
Daniel Bravin, Italy
Emmanuel Cailleux, Belgium
Esteban Camacho, Spain
Ludwig Cardon, Belgium
Nele De Belie, Belgium
Benny De Blaere, Belgium
Frank Dehn, Germany
Yusuf Ersan, Turkey
Paulina Faria, Portugal
Amir Yaghoob Farnam, USA
Liberato Ferrara, Italy
Emilija Fidancevska, Macedonia
Marta Roig Flores, Spain
Enrico Gastaldo, Italy
Luis Sánchez Granados, Spain
Elke Gruyaert, Belgium
Gontran, Herrier, Belgium
Michael Harbottle, UK
Benoit Hilloulin, France
Tony Jefferson, UK
|Henk Jonkers, the Netherlands
Antonios Kanellopoulos, UK
Mirjam Knockaert, Belgium
Kwang Myong Lee, Korea
Gerlinde Lefever, Belgium
Ahmed Loukili, France
Riccardo Maddelena, UK
Arn Mignon, Belgium
Fátima Montemor, Portugal
Mercedes Sánchez Moreno, Spain
Tomoya Nishiwaki, Japan
Kevin Paine, UK
David Palmer, UK
Puput Risdanareni, Indonesia
Erik Schlangen, the Netherlands
Christof Schroefl, Germany
Pedro Serna, Spain
Didier Snoeck, Belgium
Jung-Il Suh, Korea
Roberto Tenorio, Belgium
Jean-Marc Tulliani, Italy
Danny Van Hemelrijck, Belgium
Tim Van Mullem, Belgium
Kim Van Tittelboom, Belgium
Willy Verstraete, Belgium
Jianyun Wang, China
Virginie Wiktor, the Netherlands
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|SMARTINCS'23 is organised by the SMARTINCS consortium. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 860006.|