Young Engineers Colloquium 2020: Organiser's Message

Message from the President of IABSE Prof. Yaojun Ge
Young engineers will be the builders of our world in the coming generations when they will have to face the environmental changes effects, they will have to learn how to use new materials and they will need to solve the problems thinking, more and more, in terms of global interconnections. All this means a status of permanent innovation to face the future, building a better world. With these ideas, IABSE strongly supports the organization of the Young Engineers Colloquium as a forum of discussion of innovative ideas that will lead the engineering profession in the next years, ideas that are invited to be brought inside IABSE, as technical groups, keeping IABSE a leading organization in structural engineering. IABSE Belgium Young Engineers Colloquium 2020

Message from the Chair of the Belgian National Group of IABSE, Alain Dumortier
In 2019, The Dutch and Belgian National Groups of IABSE co-organized the Young Engineers Colloquium 2019 in Eindhoven. By this the idea of providing a platform for exchanging ideas, networking and common fun for young engineers continues on an international level. This is another example following the well-known spirit of IABSE. It a pleasure to share this experience with our southern neighbors and now co-organize the Young Engineers Colloquium 2020 in Brussels. Looking forward to welcome many engineers – young of age or young-at-heart – from academia and practice for an exciting two-day event in Brussels! IABSE Belgium Young Engineers Colloquium 2020

Message from the Chair of the French National Group of IABSE, Bruno Godart
After having organized the 40th international IABSE annual Symposium in Nantes in 2018 on the theme “Tomorrow’s Megastructures”, the French National Group of IABSE and the French Association of Civil Engineering have the great pleasure to co-organize the Young Engineers Colloquium 2020 in Brussels, with our colleagues of the Belgian and Dutch National Groups of IABSE. It is with our young colleagues that the performance of our built environment has to be discussed, as they will be the builders of the future, achieving “higher, longer and stronger” solutions in a sustainable way, and meeting the challenges of tomorrow, especially facing the climate change. I am impatiently looking forward to welcome young and less young (!) engineers from academia and practice for an exciting two-day event in the Capital of Europe. IABSE Belgium Young Engineers Colloquium 2020

Message from the Chair of the Dutch National Group of IABSE, Bert Hesselink
On 13 and 14 March 2020 the Belgian and the Dutch National Group of IABSE will be the joint hosts of a colloquium aimed at young engineers. The Dutch National Group is proud to be part of this initiative. YEC2020 builds on the long history of trade and collaboration between France, Belgium and the Netherlands and on the strong common engineering tradition. Offering a unique opportunity for young professionals to meet and exchange ideas across borders, the initiative truly reflects the international spirit of IABSE. Students, young engineers and experienced professionals, who act as mentors and beacons of our profession, are warmly welcomed to participate actively in an inspiring day which will serve as an introduction to the vibrant community of IABSE and its activities. IABSE Belgium Young Engineers Colloquium 2019