Sunday, July 5th

14:00 - 18:30 ISCARSAH Meeting

Monday, July 6th

8:00 - 8:30 Opening Ceremony
8.30 - 9.15 Keynote Speaker: M. Hejazi
9:15 - 9:45 Semi-Keynote Speaker: M. Corradi
9:45 - 10:00 Best Paper Award - First place - ID332
10:00 - 10:15 Special presentation on ISCARSAH
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 - 11:00 Bronze sponsor presentation -G&P Intech
11:00 - 11:45 Keynote Speaker: C. Modena
11:45 - 13:00 Expert Panel "Conservation and structural protection of historical masonry structures"
13:00 - 14:00 Break (lunch)
14:00 - 15:30 Session 1
Analysis of masonry structures - 1
Session 2
Construction practice, technology & earthen masonry
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30 Session 3
Earthquake resistance & retrofitting - 1
Session 4
Energy, moisture & thermal performance
17:30 - 18:00 Coffee break
18:00 - 19:30 Session 5
Analysis of masonry structures - 2
Session 6
Codes & standards - 1

Tuesday, July 7th

8:00 - 8:30 Semi-Keynote Speaker: B. Ghiassi
8:30 - 9:15 Keynote Speaker: P. Lourenco
9:15 - 9:45 Semi-Keynote Speaker: M.R. Valluzzi
9:45 - 10:00 Best Paper Award - Second place - ID210
10:00 - 10:15 Sponsor presentation - BORNIT
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 - 11:00 Silver sponsor presentation - EULA
11:00 - 11:30 Semi-Keynote Speaker: C. Papanicolaou
11:30 - 13:00 Special Session 7
TRM Composites - 1
Session 8
Codes & standards - 2
13:00 - 14:00 Time for lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Special Session 9
TRM Composites - 2
Session 10
History & preservation
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30 Special Session 11
TRM Composites - 3
Session 12
Material modelling
17:30 - 18:00 Coffee break
18:00 - 19:30 Session 13
Masonry testing - 1
Session 14
Reinforced & Confined Masonry

Wednesday, July 8th

8:00 - 8:30 Semi-Keynote Speaker: T. Tatara
8:30 - 9:15 Keynote Speaker: M. Masia
9:15 - 9:45 Semi-Keynote Speaker: Stefano De Santis
9:45 - 10:00 Sponsor presentation - SENSE
10:00 - 10:15 Sponsor presentation - RureGold + VISBUD
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 - 11:00 Sponsor presentation - FlexAndRobust Systems
11:00 - 11:30 Semi-Keynote Speaker: T. Rousakis
11:30 - 13:00 Special Session 15
Partitions & infill
Session 16
Earthquake resistance & retrofitting - 2
13:00 - 14:00 Time for lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Special Session 17
Materials & manufacturing & sustainability
Session 18
Masonry testing - 2
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30 Session 19
Numerical modelling & analysis
Session 20
Existing masonry - monitoring, inspection, repair & strengthening
17:30 - 18:00 Coffee break
18:00 - 18:30 Closing ceremony

Thursday, July 9th

9:00 - 11:00 ROOM 1
9:00 - 11:00 Meeting MASONRY VENEER
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 - 13:00 Meeting RILEM TC IMC
13:00 - 14:00 Break (lunch)
14:00 - 16:00 Meeting RILEM TC IMC

Social events available online

Royal Castle Wawel tour
Technical tour
Photo gallery


Best Paper Award
Best Photo Award

Balkema publication

Keynote papers: 4
Semi-Keynote papers: 7
Regular papers: 122


Special Sessions at the IB2MAC Conference:

I. "Sustainable TRM composites: current knowledge and key challenges in durability and response to extreme loads"
Leaded by: Prof. Stefano De Santis and Prof. Bahman Ghiassi

This Session is organized in cooperation with the New RILEM TC IMC "DURABILITY OF INORGANIC MATRIX COMPOSITES USED FOR STRENGTHENING OF MASONRY CONSTRUCTIONS” chaired by Prof. Maria Antonietta Aiello and Prof. Catherine (Corina) Papanicolaou.

Taking advantage of the Rilem TC IMC meeting scheduled in Cracow during the IB2MAC Conference, we expect a significant number of TC members to come to Poland. The New Rilem TC and TC members are invited to submit abstracts that could be related to the issue of this Session. Other contributions, even from non TC members are welcome. The Session will cover a broader field and will deal with durability and also other extreme conditions (e.g.,high temperature, fire, blast, etc).

II. "Repair and strengthening of masonry infill walls working under in-plain and out-of-plain forces"
Leaded by: Prof. Theodoros Rousakis, Prof. Matija Gams and Prof. Arkadiusz Kwiecień

This Session is organized in cooperation with partners involved in the SERA Project "INfills and MASonry structures protected by deformable POLyurethanes in seismic areas (INMASPOL)" chaired by Prof. Theodoros Rousakis.

The aim of this Session is focusing on actual problems related to masonry infills working under in-plain and out-of-plain forces, mainly in seismic areas. It is planned to discuss their influence as non-structural elements on structural behavior of whole structures. All participants are invited to submit abstracts that could be related to mechanical behavior of masonry infills, also after protection, repair or strengthening intervention. Other contributions, covering a broader field of infills (e.g., new standards, innovative ideas and intervention methods, emergency, etc) are also welcome.

... will be updated

Dear Participants of the 17th IB2MaC conference,

Due to the situation related to the spread of COVID-19 in the world, we would like to inform you that the Conference has not been cancelled and it is not planned to postpone it to another date, because no one knows when COVID-19 will expire.

We decided to organize an online conference as close as possible to regular ones and publish articles by the Balkema publisher . Participants want to publish their work already done in this difficult time (only a few articles have been withdrawn), so we will not lose their hard work (especially of young scientists). The future is now still unknown. We are afraid that some universities may have problems with funding for conferences next year.

After calculating of the conference budget, the Organizing Committee decided about partial reimbursement for online participation. All participants who overpaid the reduced fee will receive individual reimbursement forms with calculated refund.

Participation in the conference online without paper publication is also possible, after paying the online participation fee of 220 EUR.

A number of participants declared only paper publication in Balkema, thus we have only a few reserved spaces in online conference sessions for additional presentations. For those participants who want to participate online in the conference and present their work without publication, the online presentation fee is 300 EUR.

Qualification for presentation without publication will be done basing on the sent one page abstract. Please express your interest by sending information to the Organizing Committee (
The amount of reserved space in conference sessions for additional presentations is limited.

Last week we finished the editing process and sent submitted articles to Balkema. Finally, we sent 133 articles: 4 keynote, 7 semi-keynote and 122 regular. Now we are waiting for the ready e-book. A list of the conference articles with authors and titles can be found on the conference website. Access by means of a token to full texts should be available to participants before the conference.

We have started the next organizational stage of the conference. The first draft of the online conference program is presented on the conference website. We organize two parallel sessions blocks over 3 days with two special sessions and invited keynote and semi-keynote lectures. In addition, other conference activities will be available online: expert panel, Royal Castle Wawel tour, technical tour, concert, photo gallery and competitions (Best Paper Award and Best Photo Award). Accompanying events such as meetings and workshops are also planned. Detailed information will soon be available on the conference website.

We hired a professional supplier of online meetings to organize online conference sessions as close as possible to the traditional ones, based on a special platform. Presenters, chairpersons and participants will be connected via internet connections in virtual rooms, with the option of communicating with each other. An online network will also be available in special virtual rooms during coffee breaks. The presentations will be prepared and operated by Google Slides. Relevant information with instructions on how to prepare presentations in Google Slides will soon be send to the authors. Participation in the conference without presentation will also be possible, after receiving a special access code.

More information soon.

17th International Brick and Block Masonry Conference - 17th IB2MaC 2020
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