ICTB 2021 PLUS
4th International Conference on Timber Bridges
The Bern University of Applied Sciences in cooperation with Empa – Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material and Technologies have the pleasure to welcome the international scientific community for timber bridges in Switzerland. 4 days of international exchange, inspirational keynote speeches, presentations, exhibition, and technical tours will be organized.
30.08.2021 until 02.09.2021
– Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland and Online. Hybrid conference with online participation/presentations or being onsite as usual.
Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland and Online. Hybrid conference with online participation/presentations or being onsite as usual.
February 2021 Notification of Acceptance of Abstacts, March 2021 Opening Registration
The ICTB 2021 PLUS will be a meeting point for engineers, architects, experts, as well as scientists and students from all over the world in the field of timber bridges, including highway, railway and pedestrian structures. The successful conferences ICTB 2010 in Lillehammer, Norway, ICTB 2013 in Las Vegas, USA, and ICTB 2017 in Skellefteå, Sweden is now being followed up by a forth conference in Switzerland, where you can be a guest or join as online participant.
Within the conference, we would like to show the past, current and future in timber bridge engineering:
Railway, roadway or slow traffic timber bridges
Design and construction of timber bridges
Construction details, systems or solutions
Maintenance of historical timber bridges
Constructive protection, materials and coatings
Assessment and monitoring of timber bridges
The conference provides the opportunity to present a research or construction project
Become an ICTB 2021 PLUS participant or sponsor/exhibitor for your strategic position and relationships
Meet and build contacts with experts, producers and scientists from all over the world
Share experiences and information in the area of timber bridge research, construction and maintenance
Attend a technical tour on recent and historical timber bridges in Switzerland
About 100 people from several countries all over the world attend the conference each time.
Promotional video ICTB 2021 PLUS
International Scientific Committee
Research Engineer, James Wacker, USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Lab., USA
Prof. Kjell Arne Malo, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU, Norway
Prof. Roberto Crocetti, Lund University, Sweden
Prof. Dr. Caroline Frenette, Université du Québec à Rimouski, Canada
Prof. Hideyuki Nasu, Nippon Institute of Technology, Japan
Prof. Mats Ekevad, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
Prof. Dr. Antje Simon, University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Germany
Research Engineer Robert Widmann, Empa – Structural Engineering Research Laboratory, Switzerland
Prof. Andreas Müller, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
Dr. Bettina Franke, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. Steffen Franke, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
Bern University of Applied Sciences
The Bern University of Applied Sciences represents an innovative, attractive and young timber main research centre in Switzerland. The focus of the four research institutes at the Bern University of Applied Sciences is on practical solutions. New products, building optimizations and solutions are developed by a team of around 140 scientists together with the industry.
EMPA | Materials Science and Technology
The Empa is the famous building material testing laboratory of Switzerland for over 100 years. The five “Research Focus Areas” concern their work on converting research and technology into marketable innovations.
The research work of the hosts of the ICTB 2021 PLUS comprises projects in e.g. high performing material and connections in hardwood, quality assurance of timber structures, assessment and reinforcement of large span timber structures, long-term behaviour of block-glued glulam members under varying moisture content, and the assessment and non-destructive testing of timber structures. The laboratories and Tech Park at Bern University of Applied Sciences are open to visit for guests in Switzerland.
The Call of Abstracts has been expired. We are happy to announce that many engineers, architects, researchers and PHD students submitted numerous abstracts for presentation to one of the topics of the conference:
Decisions about acceptance or rejection of abstracts will be notified no later than February 2021.
The full papers will be reviewed for high quality and completeness of content including state of art, material and methods, results and discussion. The full paper will be upload on a secure conference website during the time of the conference and published in an E-Book as proceedings of the ICTB 2021PLUS conference.
Deadline full papers: 5 July 2021
Template for full papers
Technical presentation time will be 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for Q&A
Presentation can be done online and onsite at the conference venue
Please hand in your presentation as *.ppt or *.pdf in advance in case of technical issues
Pre-recorded presentations are welcome und will be uploaded on the secure conference website for all participants especially outside of Europe
Technical tour and social events for onsite participation (included)
The topography of Switzerland requires a great number of bridges thereunder many famous and innovative timber bridges. The history from still existing Swiss timber bridges stretches from the “Kapellbrücke” in Lucerne (1333) via the “Grubenmann bridge” (1767) and hundreds more historical covered bridges to modern bridges like Neumatt bridge (2013). Most of the historical bridges are used for pedestrians and cyclists as well as road traffic up to 16 tonnes; whereas modern timber bridges can carry traffic loads up to 40 tonnes. The conference tour will give a short impression of famous, efficient and innovative timber bridges in Switzerland as well as a technical discussion with planers, engineers or owners.
30.08.2021 Technical tour to recent and historical timber bridges start/end Biel/Bienne
30.08.2021 Welcome evening with apéro at the Bern University of Applied Sciences
01.09.2021 Visit OMEGA Museum including Dinner
Besides bridges, Biel/Bienne shows various examples of wooden buildings. Two innovative examples are currently in planning and erection. The first one is the new headquarter for the Swatch Group and Omega designed by the world-famous Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, (swatchgroup.com). The second one is the new campus of the Bern University of Applied Sciences. The project – named “trèfle” - has been designed by a pool of architects from Zurich. It is proposed to present/visit wooden buildings on a short tour in the evening of the conference.
The inhabitants of the bilingual city of Biel/Bienne are lucky to live in a region where others come for their holidays. With the largest interconnected lake and river area in Switzerland on its doorstep; all around is wonderful, unspoiled countryside.
On the other side, the watch industry like Rolex, the world's leading watch brand, as well as the Swatch Group, the world's biggest watchmaking group are part of the town just as is the sports centre of Switzerland with the WTA tournament "ladies open" or the Olympic sports center in Magglingen. The city has numerous cultural attractions and hosts international events every year. Two museums, in a leafy alley setting – Neues Museum Biel and Pasquart, make up the city’s «Museum mile». Biel/Bienne can easily be reached with public transportation from the international airports Zurich, Geneva and Basel within 90 minutes.
If you have not yet booked your accommodation, we recommend making a reservation at one of the hotels listed below, where we have blocked some rooms:
MERCURE HOTEL PLAZA BIEL
You may book directly with the hotel (www.accorhotels.com/Biel, E-Mail: email@example.com) at the cost of CHF 165.00 per night. Please refer to the key word “The 4th International Conference on Timber Bridges ICTB 2021”