The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released a report warning that even a global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels would be life threatening for millions of people, stressing the urgency to cut CO2 emissions by 45% by 2030 (and reach carbon neutrality by 2050). In this context where incremental innovation will not be sufficient, this GRS aims to gather the concrete specialists of tomorrow to envision and discuss the drastic shifts necessary for the cement and concrete technologies to meet such ambitious (but necessary) sustainability goals.
Graduate students, postdocs and young professional are invited to present their contributions to the field, including their vision for the future of the industry. The call for abstracts is open to the different fields of cement and concrete science and technology: from novel binders with low-CO2 footprint and CO2 sequestering systems, to extending service life of concrete structures, including the recycling and optimal use of resources, the development of highly efficient concrete solutions for specific applications, the life-cycle assessment of these solutions, low-carbon design and construction methods and other out-of-the-box carbon-neutral approaches.
Attending this GRS represents a good opportunity for young researchers not only to share ideas about the future of concrete, but also to attend the associated GRC (for which applications are strongly encouraged). Furthermore, financial support may be available for selected presenters and/or exceptional attendees coming from abroad. Please contact conference organizers for more details.
The seminar will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS, either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.
The seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted by November 22, 2019. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Information section above.
Gordon Research Seminars are 2-day meetings which take place on the Saturday and Sunday just prior to the start of the associated GRC. The GRS opens with a 1-hour introductory session on Saturday afternoon, followed by a poster session, dinner and a 2-hour session in the evening. Sunday morning begins with breakfast and is followed by another 2-hour session, a second poster session, and lunch. A final 1-hour session takes place just after lunch, and the associated GRC begins later that evening.
An outline of the program components for this GRS is displayed below. The seminar chair is currently developing their detailed program schedule, which will include the speakers they select from submitted abstracts, in addition to any additional components outlined below. The detailed program will be available by December 22, 2019. Please check back for updates.
Rémi Barbarulo (LafargeHolcim, France)
"Is Carbon-Neutral Mineral Construction Possible? Industrial Challenges and Need for Innovation"
- To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts
Hongyan Ma (Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA)
Sabbie Miller (University of California, Davis, USA)
Shiho Kawashima (Columbia University, USA)
- Additional Discussion Leaders May Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts
- "You Are Not Prepared: Some Advice I Wish I Had when Becoming an Assistant Professor"
Ben Amor (Laboratory on Sustainable Engineering and Ecodesign (LIRIDE), Université de Sherbrooke, Canada)