This GRS focuses on bringing together young researchers to discuss cutting edge solutions to develop sustainable concrete for all. Cement and concrete play a fundamental role in creating infrastructure development throughout the world. With several new cementitious materials developed as ‘low carbon cement solution’ recently, this GRS will attempt to address some of the missing links in the existing cement and new cements for a sustainable future. Global projections suggest that cement consumption is expected to grow mainly in the developing economies in the next few decades. It is necessary to focus on a technological solution feasible for adoption on a large scale without changing the capital requirements for adoption in these regions. Developing alternatives for cementitious materials from widely available resources is crucial for sustainability. Integrating waste materials into the materials flow cycle in cementitious materials is of utmost importance for a sustainable future, which will also be a key focus of discussion in the seminar.
The 2022 GRS seeks to create a path to achieving this ambitious goal with the contributions of early-career researchers and industry professionals working in cement and concrete. It will bring researchers together to discuss novel cementitious materials, durability and service life of existing infrastructure, sustainable solutions for developing countries, carbon management in infrastructure materials and systems, circular economy and best practices for end-of-life management.
Attending this GRS will be a good opportunity for young researchers to share ideas about the future of concrete on the thematic area identified and is followed by the associated GRC (for which applications are strongly encouraged). 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 12, 2021. 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 12, 2021. Please check back for updates.
Christophe Levy (LafargeHolcim Innovation Center, France)
- To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts
Sriramya Nair (Cornell University, USA)
Timothy Wangler (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
- Additional Discussion Leaders May Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts
Joanitta Ndawula (University of Cape Town, South Africa)