Ghent University(UGent) is one of the major universities in the Dutch-speaking region of Europe. Ghent University's eleven faculties are composed of more than 120 faculty departments. These departments offer high-quality courses in every one of their scientific disciplines, each inspired by innovative research. The course is organised by the Magnel Laboratory for Concrete Research at the Department of Structural Engineering of the UGent Faculty of Engineering and Architecture.
The Magnel Laboratory is the largest Belgian research centre in the field of concrete technology and concrete structures and has a vast and widely-spread international recognition. It disposes of extensive experimental testing facilities and infrastructures, among which the large strong floor for executing load tests on large-scale elements is a unique instrument. The research areas focus on different aspects of concrete structures, going from fundamental material research on microscopic and sub-microscopic scale to structural behaviour and structural reliability of concrete structures on large scale.
The fib (Fédération International du Béton / International Federation for Structural Concrete), formed by 43 member groups and approximately 1,000 individual or corporate members, is a not-for-profit association committed to advancing the technical, economic, aesthetic and environmental performance of concrete structures worldwide. This course is organised by the following fib working groups:
fib Task Group 5.1 'FRP Reinforcement for Concrete Structures' comprises experts in the field of FRP as structural reinforcement for concrete concrete structures. The task group exists of more than 100 members, representing most European universities, research institutes and industrial companies working in the field of advanced composite reinforcement for concrete structures, as well as members of North-America and Asia.
fib Commission 5 is involved with activities related to 'Reinforcements'.
The Belgium Concrete Society, which is Belgian National Member Group of fib.
The Marie Curie Initial Training Network endure started in October 2013 and includes 14 partner institutions from 11 European countries. The aim of the network is to train a new generation of researchers in the use of advanced composites for construction so as to develop and maintain a critical mass of research groups that will address the main scientific challenges in the field, enable the development of advanced material standards and design guidelines, co-ordinate European research, and offer a link between academia and industry.
COST - Action TU1207
COST is an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level. COST has a very specific mission and goal. It contributes to reducing the fragmentation in European research investments and opening the European Research Area to cooperation worldwide.
Action TU1207 was established in 2013 and will operate until 2017. In these four years the Action will aim:
to coordinate European research in the field of composite reinforcement for structural applications (new structures and strengthening of existing buildings)
to develop and maintain a critical mass of researchers
to offer a link between academia and industry
to assist in the development a new generation of design guidelines based on European Standards.