European Symposium - Bridge Safety in Europe - spring 2021

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International Symposium · Bridge safety in Europe

At the Palais de l'Europe, Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg

Architects, Project Managers, Project Owners, Engineers, Town Planners, Experts, Contractors, Manufacturers, Academics, Researchers, Professors, Students.


Given the current context, the Symposium has been postponed to the spring of 2021. We will keep you informed of the final date. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Please take good care of yourself, and see you soon.

The Symposium Team

European Symposium

Spring 2021


Under the patronage of the European

Construction Industry Federation (FIEC)

Bridges - Fundamental to economic and social development

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According to our estimates, there are about 800,000 road bridges in the European Union. They are emblematic of engineers’ know-how and have always been essential to ensure the connection of people and economies by guaranteeing the functioning of our transport networks.

Most of them were constructed from the 1950s onwards. They consist of two main materials: concrete and steel. These are impacted by fundamental laws of physics and chemistry. Corrosion is the most common symptom of structural deterioration, of which the consequence is a weakening of the resistance of bridges.

These structures are ageing, and we have observed a continuous degradation of their condition during the past two decades.

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The restricted operation or temporary closure of bridges not only has socio-economic consequences, given that bridges are strategic crossingpoints. A lack of maintenance may also result in their collapse and even human fatalities as has happened on several occasions in the past.

It is not too late to raise awareness of their vital importance and to put in place the right measures in order to restore our bridges’ structural robustness. Budgets for infrastructure and future investments in new structures must take into account regular maintenance. Maintenance must also be part of the education of future technicians and engineers.

The conference on 10 and 11 June in Strasbourg, under the aegis of European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC), is an opportunity to assemble the relevant stakeholders in order to raise awareness on this crucial issue and to exchange on the techniques allowing for efficient maintenance, thus making bridges secure structures for the long term.

This symposium, what for?


Christian Tridon

STRRES' Chairman


Discover the program of the two days of the event!

Simultaneous French/English translation will be provided

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Presentation and animation

Alex Taylor

Franco-British journalist

1st day

  • 8h00

    Welcome of participants

  • 9h00

    Opening of the Symposium

    Opening Speech by FIEC Elect President

  • 9h45

    Presentation of the Trans-European Transport Network

  • 10h15

    Round Table on the European Transport Policy and its financing

    With the participation of:

    • Representative from the European Commission (DG MOVE)
    • Dominique Riquet (Member of the European Parliament, Member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism)
    • Catherine Trautmann (North-Sea Baltic TEN-T Corridor Coordinator, former Mayor of Strasbourg and former Culture and Communication French Minister)
    • Thomas Bauer (FIEC elect President)
  • 12h00

    An example in France: Bridges management in the Eurométropole of Strasbourg

  • 12h30

    Lunch (on site)

  • 14h00

    Presentation of the "Bridges" assets and management model

    14h00 : German Model german flag

    Juergen Krieger (BAST)

    14h30 : Dutch Model dutch flag

    Fred Westenberg (Consultant)

    15h00 : Belgian Model belgian flag

    Pierre Gilles et Paul Meekels (Walloon and Flemish Ministries)

    15h30 : Spanish Model spanish flag

    Alvaro Navareño (Transports Ministry)

    16h00 : Break and exchanges with the exhibiting companies

    16h30 : Italian Model Italian Flag

    Pietro Baratono (Transports Minister)

    17h00 : Swiss Model Swiss Flag

    Jean-Marc Luisoni (Consultant)

    17h40 : Luxembourg Model Luxembourg Flag

    Frédéric Oliveira (Transports Minister)

    18h10 : French Model Franch flag

    Georges Tempez (CEREMA)

  • 18h30

    End of the first day

  • 19h00

    Departure by boat to the gala evening in the historic centre of Strasbourg.

2nd Day

  • 8h00

    Welcome of participants

  • 9h00

    The consequences of climate change

  • 9h40

    The effects of ageing on civil engineering structures

  • 10h20


  • 10h50

    The use of new materials for structural reinforcements

  • 11h30

    The Green Deal and the challenges of the adaptation of infrastructure

  • 12h10

    Which training programmes for young people?

  • 12h30

    Closure of the Symposium

  • 13h00

    Lunch (on site)

* FIEC : European Construction Industry Federation

Prices and registration

The number of places is limited to 600 per day.

The number of seats at the gala dinner is limited to 300.


300€ incl. VAT

When and where ?

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Council of Europe

Avenue de l'Europe, 67000 Strasbourg

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Spring 2021

Date to be defined · from 8:00 a.m.


Photo Christian Tridon

Christian Tridon



Photo Karine LHUILLIER


Event supervisor

Association Le Pont

Photo Pierre HERMANN


Engineering structures supervisor

Eurométropole de Strasbourg

Photo Gilles Dugard


Senior Teacher

Lycée Le Corbusier

Our Partners

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logo FIEC
logo Conseil de l'Europe
logo Lycée Le Corbusier
logo IUT Robert Schuman
logo FNTP

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You can also contact Karine LHUILLIER

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