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Fifty years of concrete progress

ICT at 50

ICT to celebrate fiftieth anniversary at commemorative annual convention event in London

THIS year the Institute of Concrete Technology (ICT) marks the 50th anniversary of its foundation in 1972 and will celebrate at a commemorative event, its 50th annual convention, to be held in London on 23 June.

Over the last 50 years the Institute has staunchly supported training and education in concrete technology, offering respected qualifications, routes to certification and professional registration, and the dissemination of technical developments across the range of its discipline. It helps nurture qualified professionals for the concrete sector at all levels.


The last 50 years have seen many changes both for the industry and for concrete as a material. The ICT has remained at the forefront of these changes and contributed significantly to responsible adoption or adaption. This anniversary Convention aims to reflect aspects the ICT’s involvement.

As with all previous ICT conventions this will comprise a technical symposium – following on from a short AGM – and a gala dinner in the evening. It will be an opportunity to learn and keep up to date, and to socialise in a convivial atmosphere of celebration.

The technical symposium will take place at the Prince Philip House, the home of the Royal Academy of Engineering in Carlton House Terrace. The anniversary programme comprises eight substantial papers dealing with advances in issues emanating from each of the five decades during the period 1972-2022.

The papers will be given by notable specialists, including speakers from Australia, France, and Portugal, as well as the UK. The topics range from admixtures, low-carbon and precast concretes, self-compacting and high-performance concretes, standards, and supplementary cementitious materials, together with comments on future directions.

A special feature at the start of the symposium will be the 11th Sir Frederick Lea Memorial Lecture, which this year is given by Professor Jorge de Brito of the University of Lisbon. The title of his talk, which is kindly sponsored by ICE Publishing, is ‘Sustainable concrete – A review and prognosis’.

The gala dinner will be enjoyed in the Great Hall at the Institution of Civil Engineers, Great George Street, following an optional guided tour of the ICE’s impressive library, archives, and exhibition space, and a champagne reception in the Smeaton Room.

After dinner there will be speeches and the presentation of several awards. The guest speaker will be Dr Roma Agarwal MBE, an award-winning engineer, author, and broadcaster. Dr Agarwal is a tireless promoter of engineering and technical careers to young people, particularly under-represented groups. As an engineering storyteller, she presents documentaries, hosts the Building Stories podcast, and is now writing her third book about engineering, Nuts & Bolts.

The day and evening sessions may be booked together or separately and are open to members and non-members alike. For further details, click here or contact [email protected]


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