The 16th IB2MAC will take place in Padova, Italy, on June 26-30 2016, hosted by the University of Padova. The conference will be held in the beautiful former Monastery of San Gaetano, in the very heart of the ancient city centre.
This conference continues the successful series started in Austin, Texas, in 1967. Since then, IB2MAC, which is held every four years, has become the most prestigious international event in the field of masonry.
In an ever-changing world in which innovations are rapidly implemented but soon surpassed, the challenge for masonry, the oldest and most traditional building material, is to demonstrate that it can meet the increasingly pressing requirements of quality of living, safety, and sustainability.
Italy and Padova, where the exceptional concentration of historic constructions raises the issue of re-using existing masonry buildings, and where research and practice in the development of novel masonry construction systems have been active for decades, are perfect locations in which to discuss and disseminate the latest advances in the use of this essential material.
The conference is intended to attract representatives among masonry researchers and practitioners, masonry industries and building management authorities, construction professionals and educators. The conference will thus represent a unique platform for discussion, networking, sharing new ideas and gaining insights into trends, innovations and challenges related to masonry, in both research and building practice.