The International Association of Protective Structures (IAPS) has been formed for the purpose of promoting research and development associated with Protective Structures in Civil Engineering. Primary objectives are: bringing experts together working in the field of PS, being the umbrella for different actions, establishing an International Conference on Protective Structures (ICPS) to be held every two years, promotion of other professional activities, and support the publications of the International Journal of Protective Structures (IJPS). ICPS will address all relevant aspects of the subject of protective structures of the built environment, including structural mechanics, soil mechanics, traffic engineering, waterways as well as safety studies and risk analysis in both research and practice. Authors are encouraged to submit updated papers to the International Journal of Protective Structures, which is well known as the only Journal on Protective Structures worldwide.


4th International Conference on Protective Structures (ICPS4)

The 4th International Conference on Protective Structures (ICPS4) will be held 18-21 October 2016 in Beijing, China. More information can be found in the leaflet.

ICPS 3 took place very successfully at Newcastle, Australia

Professor Mark Stewart and Dr. Michael Netherton did a great job in organizing and hosting ICPS3. With about 130 registered delegates and about 90 papers the conference was an overwhelming success.
Four young distinguished researchers won the IAPS young researcher award. These are: Xihong Zhang University of Western Australia, Mahsa Mirmomeni Monash University Australia, Dimitrios Kakogiannis, Royal Military Academy Belgium, and Vannessa Pickerd Defence Science & Technology Organisation Australia. Congratulations!

New members of the IAPS board

During the general assembly of IAPS the board has been elected for the coming acting period. Members of the IAPS board are:

  • Dr. Crawford John (Karagozian & Case, USA)
  • Prof. Dr. Davidson James (Auburn University, USA)
  • Prof. Dr. Fang Qin (PLA University, China)
  • Prof. Dr. Gebbeken Norbert (University of the Bundeswehr, AJG Consulting Engineers, MJG Consulting Engineers, Germany) President
  • Prof. Dr. Hao Hong (Curtin University, Australia) Vice President
  • Prof. Dr. Li Zhongxian (Tianjin Chengjian University, China)
  • Prof. Dr. Ishikawa Nobutaka (National Defence Academy, Japan)
  • Prof. Dr. Packer Jeffrey (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Prof. Dr. Stewart Mark (University of New South Wales, Australia)
  • Prof. Dr. Yankelevsky David (TECHNION Haifa, Israel) Vice President
The board will soon decide out of the candidate institutions for ICPS4 to be held in summer 2016. This decision has already been made in order to avoid conflicts with other conferences.


Ernst-Mach-Medal awarded to Professor Norbert Gebbeken

On the occasion of the 50th meeting of the Fraunhofer Ernst-Mach-Institute of the board of trustees (04. July 2014) Professor Dr.-Ing. habil. Norbert Gebbeken has been awarded the Ernst-Mach-Medal. The Ernst-Mach-Medal can be awarded to a personality , that has contributed intensively to the success of the Fraunhofer Ernst-Mach-Institute, and has intensive and outstanding contributions to the promotion and advancement of Mach’s philosophy. Professor Gebbeken is the 20th recipient of the Ernst-Mach-Medal.

Impressions from the 15th ISIEMS / 2nd ICPS in Potsdam, Germany