The Advanced Materials for Sustainable Infrastructure Development GRS provides a unique forum for young doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to present their work, discuss new methods, cutting edge ideas, and pre-published data, as well as to build collaborative relationships with their peers. Experienced mentors and trainee moderators will facilitate active participation in scientific discussion to allow all attendees to be engaged participants rather than spectators.
The rising global population has put pressure on the demand for sustainable infrastructure, with construction materials such as cement and concrete being undeniably essential. With concrete production currently responsible for 8% of global anthropogenic CO2 emissions, drastic transformations are needed to achieve carbon neutrality in concrete by 2050. To address the environmental impact of construction materials, the main challenge is to find sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives that maintain structural integrity and safety. This GRS will focus on the utilization of alternative materials (I.e., waste sources), processes, and carbon capture technologies. Additional topics of discussion will be identifying and developing large-scale, resource-available, and energy-efficient solutions.
The 2024 GRS aims to engage early-career researchers and industry professionals involved in cement and concrete in exploring a range of topics, including innovative cementitious materials, infrastructure longevity and durability, sustainable solutions for developing countries, environmental assessment approaches in construction industry, and end-of-life management practices. Participation in this event presents a valuable opportunity for young researchers to engage in meaningful discussions and idea-sharing concerning the future of cement and concrete, as well as other innovative materials. The associated GRC follows the seminar, and applications are strongly encouraged. Financial support may be available to selected presenters and exceptional attendees traveling from abroad. For more information, please contact the conference organizers.
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 19, 2023. 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.