Valter Carvelli is Associate Professor of ‘Mechanics of Solids and Structures’ at Politecnico di Milano. The main research interests are in the field of the mechanical behavior of composite materials and the application of composites as internal reinforcement in concrete structural components.
Empa is an interdisciplinary research and services institution for material sciences and technology development within the ETH Domain in Switzerland. Christoph Czaderski is senior researcher at the Structural Engineering Research Laboratory of Empa. He has two main research areas: prestressed fiber reinforced polymers for strengthening of concrete structures and iron based shape memory alloys for strengthening and reinforcing of concrete structures.
Joaquim A. O. Barros is Full Professor of the Department of Civil Engineering of Minho University and coordinator of the Structural Composites Group. His research interests include structural strengthening, composite materials, fiber reinforced concrete and the development of constitutive models for the simulation of the behavior of cement based and polymer based materials, and their implementation in software based on the finite element method (FEM).
Maurizio Guadagnini is a senior lecturer in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at The University of Sheffield, UK. He has extensive research experience in the experimental investigation and use of advanced composites as reinforcing materials for concrete structures and in the development of design recommendations. Dr Guadagnini is the coordinator of the MC ITN endure, Chair of COST Action TU1207 on Next Generation Design Guidelines for Composites in Construction and Secretary of fib Task Group 5.1 on FRP Reinforcement for Concrete Structures.
Renata Kotynia is Professor of Lodz University of Technology (TUL). She is a Vice-President of IIFC. Her expertise relates to structural strengthening of RC structures with fibre reinforced polymer composite (FRP) materials. She has extensive research and field experience in FRP prestressing of existing RC and post-tensioned concrete structures, and use of FRP reinforcement for new concrete and prestressed structures.
Stijn Matthys is full professor on renovation of civil structures at Ghent University (UGent), Magnel Laboratory for Concrete Research, furthermore he is manager of the Ghent University DuraBUILDmaterials knowledge cluster. His expertise relates to structural renovation of civil structures, fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) reinforcement, structural behaviour of concrete structures, damage diagnostics and monitoring, and technologies for durable building materials and techniques. Prof. Matthys is chair of fib Task Group 5.1 on FRP Reinforcement for Concrete Structures, and co-chair of of COST Action TU1207.
Lluis Torres is Professor of Structural Engineering at the University of Girona, Spain. His research interests include behaviour of concrete structures, and more specifically the use of fibre reinforced polymers (FRP) as materials for reinforcing and strengthening of concrete structures.
Thanasis Triantafillou is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Patras, Greece. He has extensive research experience in the field of advanced structural materials, with a focus in the use of polymer or cement-based composites as strengthening and seismic retrofitting materials for concrete, masonry and timber structures.
Prof. György L. Balázs
Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
György L. Balázs is a professor of structural engineering at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. He is also the past President of the International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib). While he was responsible for the whole PhD studies at the Faculty of Civil Engineering in Budapest, he founded the International PhD Symposium in Civil Engineering for candidates who are elaborating their scientific research. It was founded in 1996 and since then gained international recognition.