Call for papers

All who are interested in shell and spatial structures including engineers, architects, educators, researchers and practitioners are invited to participate in the conference. The language of the conference is English. 

Key dates

  • Abstract submission - Opens 1 September 2020 Closes 30 November 2020
  • Abstract acceptance - 31 January 2021
  • Full paper submission - Opens 1 January 2021 Closes 31 March 2021
  • Full paper acceptance - 31 May 2021                                                    


All abstracts that were accepted for the IASS2020 conference will need to be resubmitted via EasyChair. These will then be ‘fast-tracked’ through the review process.

We welcome new submissions, as well as revised abstracts previously rejected. 

How to submit your abstract

Submissions must be uploaded to the Symposium’s Easychair website for review by following the instructions on how to make a submission. Please note that abstract submissions are not yet open, please check back for further information.

Please note: Individuals are limited to a maximum of two accepted papers per registration.

Peer review

All one-page abstracts will be subject to peer review by members of the Symposium’s Scientific Committee. Authors of submitted abstracts that are accepted after the peer review process are guaranteed participation in the IASS 2020/21 Surrey 7 Symposium if they submit correctly formatted full papers and have a valid registration.

Full paper submissions have been postponed to 2021, dates are yet to be announced, please check back again soon for further updates.

This prize is for talented young researchers, designers, and engineers working in the field of shell and/or spatial structures.

Find out more

Get in contact

Please email the conference team with any questions.

Confirmed organised sessions

Session Organiser
21st century fabrication and construction of shells IASS WG 5, Sigrid Adriaenssens and Philippe Block
Tension and membrane structures: Recent developments in and around the United Kingdom IASS WG 6, Ken'ichi Kawaguchi, Marijke Mollaert and Sudarshan Krishnan
High-performance membrane buildings and challenges Wujun Chen and Jianhui Hu
Metal gridshell structures, connections, and stability ASS WG 8, Toru Takeuchi, Su-duo Xue, Shiro Kato, Charles J. Gantes and Carlos Lazaro
Dynamic response of metal spatial structures IASS WG 8, Su-duo Xue, Toru Takeuchi, Shiro Kato, Charles J. Gantes and Carlos Lazaro
Bio-based concepts inspiring the spatial structures and architecture of the next generation IASS WG 12, Minjuan He and Andreas Falk
Formian in the design activity of architects and engineers Janusz Rębielak and Koichiro Ishikawa
Optimisation methods for analysis and design of roof structures IASS WG 13, Ruoqiang Feng and Makoto Ohsaki
Next generation parametric design IASS WG 13, Jeroen Coenders
Transformable structures IASS WG 15, Niels de Temmerman
Conservation and preservation of 20th century historic concrete shells Marisela Mendoza and John Chilton
Life-cycle design and assessment of structures IASS WG 18, Olivier Baverel and Corentin Fivet
Tactile strategies for teaching spatial structures IASS WG 20, Olga Popovic Larsen and S. Alireza Behnejad
The future of structural design - symbiosis in architecture and structural engineering Lars De Laet and Klaas De Rycke