The Symposium is organized by the AFGC. The partners are the following :
The Association Française de Génie Civil (AFGC) is an ideal place for everyone involved in civil engineering (engineers or technicians, architects, academics or students) to meet and exchange ideas. The Association’s aim is to link the world of materials to the world of structures, the world of education and research to the world of designing and building and to make the profession of Civil Engineering more appealing to young people. The founder members of the AFGC are the French Ministry of Public Works, professional construction and materials federations, and major public-sector and private-sector infrastructure developers. It currently has more than one thousand members (individual or group memberships). Through close contacts with the IABSE (International Association for Bridges and Structural Engineering), RILEM (International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures), fib (International Federation for Structural Concrete) and the ACI (American Concrete Institute), the AFGC provides invaluable links between French civil-engineering research and practice and the international scientific community. The Association is a network through which French engineers and researchers working abroad can keep up with French know how. Its ambition is to promote French engineering throughout the world. Being decentralized, the AFGC enables members to easily benefit from activities organized by its regional delegations.
Founded in 1904 and headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA, the American Concrete Institute (ACI) is a leading authority and resource worldwide for the development and distribution of consensus-based standards, technical resources, educational programs, and proven expertise for individuals and organizations involved in concrete design, construction, and materials, who share a commitment to pursuing the best use of concrete. The ACI Manual of Concrete Practice, ACI Materials Journal and ACI Structural Journal are major worldwide recognized resources elaborated by the ACI technical committees and under the responsibility of the Institute, for advancing concrete knowledge. ACI has over 101 chapters, among which the ACI Paris chapter for French-speaking European countries, 93 student chapters, and nearly 20,000 members spanning over 120 countries.
The International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib - fédération internationale du béton) is a non-profit organisation created in 1998 from the merger of the Euro-International Concrete Committee (CEB - Comité Euro-International du Béton)and the International Federation for Prestressin(FIP - Fédération Internationale de la Précontrainte).
The parent organisations CEB and FIP existed independently since 1952. The objectives of fib as given in the statutes are to develop at an international level the study of scientific and practical matters capable of advancing the technical, economic, aesthetic and environmental performance of concrete construction. These objectives shall be achieved by the stimulation of research, the synthesis of findings from research and practice, the dissemination of the results by way of publications, guidance documents and the organisation of international congresses and symposia, the production of recommendations for the design and construction of concrete structures, the information of members on the latest developments. The objectives shall be pursued in conjunction with the existing international technical associations and regional standardisation organisations.
RILEM, The International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures, is a non profit-making, non governmental scientific association founded in France in 1947, whose vocation is to contribute to progress in the construction sciences, techniques and industries. RILEM members include the leading building research and testing laboratories around the world with interests in industrial research, manufacturing and contracting, as well as a significant number of individual members from universities and industry. RILEM's focus is on construction materials and their use in building and civil engineering structures, covering all phases of the building process from manufacture to use and recycling of materials. RILEM meets these objectives through the work of its technical committees. Symposia, workshops and seminars are organised to facilitate the exchange of information and dissemination of knowledge.
RILEM publishes the journal Materials and Structures, the flagship of the association, which a unique international and interdisciplinary forum for new research findings on the performance of construction materials. The journal is dedicated to the publication of high quality reviewed papers examining the fundamental properties of building materials, their characterization and processing techniques, modeling, standardization of test methods, and the application of research results in building and civil engineering.
Many other publications, in the form of reports and proceedings, are produced and published on the website www.rilem.net for free.