International delegates to attend UK congress on concrete

The seventh International Congress, Concrete: Construction's Sustainable Option, will take place in Dundee, Scotland, from 8-10 July 2008. Hosted by The University of Dundee's Concrete Technology Unit, the event is expected to attract in the region of 500 delegates from across the globe. The congress will feature three two-day conferences and three one-day conferences focusing on various themes relating to sustainability...

Feb 22nd, 2008

• Concrete's sustainability to be focus of three-day event in Scotland

DUNDEE, Scotland, UK, Feb. 21, 2008 -- The seventh International Congress, Concrete: Construction's Sustainable Option, will take place in Dundee from 8-10 July 2008. Hosted by The University of Dundee's Concrete Technology Unit, the event is expected to attract in the region of 500 delegates from across the globe. The congress will feature three two-day conferences and three one-day conferences focusing on various themes relating to sustainability.

Providing an international platform for the discussion of the key role concrete engineering plays in addressing and implementing sustainability, the conference will bring together professionals from the various areas of concrete design and construction.

Professor Ravindra K Dhir, Director of the Concrete Technology Unit at the University of Dundee explains: "Historically concrete has been a major construction material of mankind and will continue to play a fundamental role in construction, as we look to the future. Ensuring that concrete is designed and used within construction both effectively and efficiently is crucial in guaranteeing its sustainability.

"The conference will focus on the various themes relating to sustainability, from the durability of concrete to the role it plays in global development. Bringing together influential leading experts and professionals from throughout the spectrum of concrete design and construction, the congress will provide an important platform for the discussion of the various opinions and facts surrounding the topic. Addressing the future this globally used construction material has within contemporary society and the impact of, for example, environmental and societal elements will be a key focus of the event. Creating the occasion for significant discussions and networking opportunities across the sector, the congress will be extremely valuable for those involved in the use and beneficial exploitation, of concrete."

Karen Tocher, Business Tourism Manager of Dundee & Angus Convention Bureau comments: "With an internationally recognised reputation for the research conducted by the University of Dundee into concrete technology, the city is the ideal venue to host the seventh International Congress. A high number of international delegates are anticipated to attend the event which presents a significant opportunity to showcase the exceptional qualities which make the area an outstanding tourism destination. Business tourists, such as conference delegates, spend three times as much as leisure visitors during their stay. Continuing to attract and retain key events such as this, is therefore vital in further increasing the economic impact of business tourism to the Dundee and Angus area."

For more information about the seventh International Congress, Concrete: Construction's Sustainable Option, visit: www.ctucongress.co.uk.

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