Young Researchers' Conference 2018


The Young Researchers' Conference turned 20 in 2018, celebrating two decades of supporting young researchers and future structural engineers.

23 researchers were selected to give either an oral or poster presentation at the conference, held on 10 April 2018 at Institution HQ, London.

To mark the 20th conference, the Institution was joined by Dr Sarah Prichard as keynote speaker. Sarah was a joint winner in the oral category at the very first Young Researchers’ Conference in 1998. She has since completed her PhD on the response of concrete to impact at Trinity College Dublin and has worked for BuroHappold for 16 years. Sarah is one of the practice’s leaders in the field of building vibrations and dynamics and consults widely in this area, particularly on mixed use, transport stations, sports structures, hospitals and laboratories projects. She has recently been appointed a Partner of the firm.

In addition to the keynote, the Institution received presentations from the winners of the 2017 Young Researchers' Conferences in Australia and China respectively.

Read about the 2018 conference.


Oral category

First prize
Dorothy Winful, Brunel University London
Designing resistance against progressive collapse into framed structures.

Second prize
Joshua Mudie, University of Bristol
Continuous timber-concrete composites

Third prize
Nicolas Hadjipantelis, Imperial College London
Prestressed cold-formed steel beams

Winner of the inaugural Young Researchers' Conference, Australia: Mateo Gutierrez Gonzalez of The University of Queensland - "Design of fire safe bamboo structures".

Winner of the inaugural Young Researchers' Conference, China: Xuan-Ding Wang of Chongqing University - "Confinement model for circular tubed concrete columns".

All oral winners' presentations are available to watch on the Institution's YouTube channel


Poster category

First prize
Jack Denny, University of Southampton
Structural response of steel columns to long-duration blast loading – the influence of section orientation
Second prize
Elina Efthymiou, City, University of London
Cable-stayed bridges under spatially variable ground motions

Joint Third Prize
Robert Ataria, University of Manchester
Bending and shear behaviour of RC beams with two layers of different grades of concrete
Adeyanju Teslim-Balogun, Imperial College London
Effect of blast and travelling fire on steel structures


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