Genesis of UKIERI Concrete Congress
In 2007, a project, funded by UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI), and chaired by Professor Ravindra K Dhir, brought together academics at ten UK/Indian higher education institutions to collaborate in research in the areas of concrete science, technology and structural engineering and to develop solutions for providing sustainable high performance concrete infrastructure. Sustainability beyond UKIERI has been an integral part of this collaboration, and during the final stages of the project, an International Congress, 'Concrete for 21st Century Construction' dealing with themes of new developments in concrete construction and concrete for high performance sustainable infrastructure was held at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, India on 8-10 March 2011. More than 300 delegates from cement, construction industry and academic institutions participated in the Congress, which was overwhelmingly supported by the cement and construction industry. Following this success, the Group decided to establish an International Congress series under the name of UKIERI Concrete Congress of which the one to be held in Punjab, on 5-8 March 2013, will be the second event.