The third RILEM Spring Convention and Conference, RSCC2020, will be organized by the University of Minho, in Guimarães, between the 10th and the 14th of March 2020. The same event will combine the RILEM standing committee meetings (TAC, DAC, DEV, Bureau), several RILEM technical committee meetings (TC), a PhD Workshop, a Plenary RILEM Workshop and a Conference. RSCC2020 will be the ideal opportunity to network and meet with partner organizations, as well as to take advantage of a high quality technical programme and appreciate the cultural and emotional atmosphere provided by the social events.
The RSCC2020 main goals are to:
•Discuss sustainability of global societies and contribute to define new trajectories for their enduring development;
•Identify and disseminate innovative technologies for more efficient and less resource-intensive construction and maintenance;
•Establish a closer dialogue around disruptive strategies and the exchange of knowledge between the diverse disciplines, pursuing sound innovations based on multidisciplinary knowledge;
•Discuss and pursue alternative ways to relate the activity of RILEM TCs, between each other, between these and other experts’ associations, the industry and the society;
•Promote a novel and fresh organizational structure for attracting proactive and enthusiastic young researchers and practitioners for the technical and scientific initiatives of RILEM.
The event theme is closely related to the most critical challenges that humanity currently faces, which relate to RILEM activity. “Ambitioning a sustainable future for built environment: comprehensive strategies for unprecedented challenges”. Under this theme, four main topics are proposed:
•Topic 1: Strategies for a resilient built environment
•Topic 2: New materials and structures for ultra-durability
•Topic 3: Service life extension of existing structures
•Topic 4: Shift to a circular economy
Centro Cultural Vila Flor
Located in the city centre of Guimaraes, one of Portugal’s UNESCO World Heritage cities, the Vila Flor Cultural Centre (CCVF) is a true mark of excellence in a place where culture is lived out fully. CCVF incorporates the 18th century Vila Flor Palace with magnificent gardens and lovely architecture. The theatre wing is a totally new design building, equipped with two auditoriums, four conference rooms, an exhibition area of 1,000m2, a restaurant, café-concerto, car park and gardens, offering unique facilities for a very insightful and inspiring Convention.