Participation of GEOSUMAT members at the MATBUD´2023 conference
On 18-21 April 2023, the MATBUD´2023 „10th Scientific-Technical Conference on Material Problems in Civil Engineering“ was hosted by Cracow University of Technology, Poland. During the event, many interesting contributions were presented focusing on sustainable materials and the use of waste materials in low environmental impact buildings. Each day of the conference was divided into several sections, with coffee breaks and a lunch break in between. The conference was attended by speakers from all over the world. On the first day, there was an opening session followed by several distinguished professors giving general presentations on various topics. Presentations on specific topics were given on the second and third days.Presentations were followed by a discussion during which important international contacts were established. The conference was accompanied by a very friendly atmosphere, which was supported by the pleasant environment of the conference facilitated by Polish scientists. The city of Cracow also offers very interesting places and sights to visit. The environment of the town is clean, very nicely renovated and landscaped. The friendliness of the local people should be mentioned. We will look forward to another conference in the future in the very friendly city of Cracow
The scientific community in the field of sustainable binders is strongly targeting the use of waste materials from various productions. The utilization of those secondary raw materials leads to reduce raw materials depletion and overall reduction of the carbon footprint of newly produced materials. Participants of the MATBUD´2023 conference covered all of that during individual sessions divided by coffee breaks and lunch lasting three days. The conference was attended by speakers from all over the world, such as Taiwan, France or Hungary.The conference was opened by two keynote speakers, namely Professor Gilles Pijaudier-Cabot from the University de Pau et des Pays de I´Adour, sharing his expertise in the field of modeling fracture of quasi-brittle materials, and Professor Arezki Tagnit-Hamou from the University of Sherbrooke talking about research and innovations needed on green market ready cementitious materials.
On the second day, Petr Hotek and Martin Mildner from the Czech Technical University in Prague, Department of Materials Engineering and Chemistry , presented their research work in two separate presentations. The lecture of Petr Hotek, entitled „Alkali-Activated Metashale Mortar with Waste Cementitious Aggregate: Material Characterization“, focused on the use of recycled aggregate obtained from waste concrete blocks and their impact on developed material properties. The second presenter, Martin Mildner, gave a lecture with the title „Fiber-Reinforced Alkali-Activated Materials Based on Waste Materials“, where he emphasized the need to use waste materials as a cement replacement.He also pointed out the need for the use of waste activators for alkaline activation, as the activator in geopolymer is the compound with the highest carbon footprint. Presentations were followed by a discussion during which important international contacts were established. GEOSUMAT project supported by M-Era.net . The conference was held in a very friendly atmosphere, which was supported by the pleasant environment of the conference facilitated by Polish scientists.
Apart from attendance at the conference, GEOSUMAT partners from Norway, the Czech Republic and Poland met in person and discussed further progress of the project and increase of cross-border collaboration.