CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

MOTIVATION



The previous IB2MaC editions were organized in 9 European cities (7 countries) but not once in country of central or east Europe. Meanwhile the masonry structures are one of the main types of constructions also in these regions. Problems connecting with introduction of new materials, techniques as well as design solutions and procedures are analyzed and solved during research works carried out at some university research centres. Three Technical Universities located at the south part of Poland, i.e. Cracow University of Technology, Silesian University of Technology and Wroclaw University of Technology became the main and the most active research centres in masonry construction in Poland, having also extensive experience in conferences organizing. Therefore, the scientists of these three universities working in masonry and cooperating to each other decide to apply for organizing the next IB2MaC 2020 in Kraków.

The area of contemporary Kraków was originally settled around 50,000 years ago with the first traces of inhabitants on the hill located at the Vistula's bank, currently referred to as Wawel Hill where is located the Medieval Royal Castle. The earliest written documents about the city date back to year 965. Hundreds of years of history of the civilization in the Kraków area have left us with the medieval town centre recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The oldest monuments here date back to the 6th century. Kraków is the heart of the scientific and educational community of Poland. There are many universities located within the city, including one of the oldest in the world, the Jagiellonian University which was founded in 1364. As Poland's history is an exceptional example of openness to other cultures, the rich historical heritage of the city reflects the influences of many nations including Italians, Germans and Jews, which all complement essential Polish achievements. This mixture makes Kraków one of the most interesting cities to visit.

Kraków is very easy accessed by plane. There are two international airports: Cracow International Airport located very close to the city and Katowice International Airport about 60 km away from Kraków (shuttle bus transport from this airport to Kraków is offered).










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 (info@17ibmac.com).
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
www.17ibmac.com
Warszawska 24 Street   |   31-155 Kraków   |   info@17ibmac.com

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