Keynote Speakers



Prof. Zongjin LI
Macau University of Science and Technology, China

Dr Zongjin LI is Chair professor at Macau University of Science and Technology. He received his B.E. from Zhejiang University in 1982 and obtained both his M.S. and PhD from Northwestern University, Chicago, in 1990 and 1993, respectively. He is a fellow of American Concrete Institute, Chair of China Group of RILEM and Founding President of ACI China Chapter. As the chief scientist, he has led a China Key National Basic Research Project (973), ‘Basic study on environmentally friendly contemporary concrete’ that promoted the concrete research in China to a world-class level. He also founded the Gordon Research Conference, ‘‘Advanced Materials for Sustainable Infrastructure Development’ in 2014.

He is pioneer in noncontact resistivity/impedance measurement for cement-based materials and lead the research activities in this area for about 20 years. He also developed cement-based piezoelectric and opened a new direction for civil engineering. The methodology he developed to utilizing the in-situ polymerization of monomer during cement hydration process has shown a strong effect in enhancing flexural strength of cement-based composite. He has published 5 technical books, in which ‘Advanced Concrete Technology’ published by John Wiley has been collected by many national libraries and major university libraries and used by many universities as text or reference books for civil engineering. He has also published more than 400 technical papers with a Google Scholar citation of 24958 and H-index of 86. He has also been awarded eight US and twenty Chinese patents. Three of his patents have been developed into commercial products.

He received the Arthur R. Anderson Medal from American Concrete Institute in 2017 and Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Award from British Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014.




Prof. Ing. Milan Holický
Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic

Prof. Dr. Milan Holický got his civil engineering degree at the Czech Technical University in Prague, and doctor degree at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is involved in the research of structural reliability and risk assessment. Since 1965 he is employed at the Klokner Institute of CTU in Prague and lecturing at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Faculty of Architecture of CTU in Prague.
He is an author or co-author of more than 300 scientific and technical publications including textbooks and five monographs (three in English, published by Elsevier and Thomas Telford Publications). He is actively participating in international research within CIB (Conseil International du Batiment), JCSS (Joint Committee for Structural Safety, particularly in WP 2 Risk Assessment) and in international standardisation within ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation). Since 1991 he has represented the Czech Republic in the European Committee for Standardisation CEN (Comité Européen de Normalisation) in the Technical committee TC 250 "Structural Eurocodes”.
Since 1990 Prof. Holicky closely cooperates with BRE Watford, UK, since 1997 he is BRE Associate. In 2010 he became Extraordinary Professor at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, in 2011 he was awarded degree Honorary Doctor of Science and Engineering of Moscow State University of Civil Engineering. Recently Prof. M. Holický was a coordinator of several research and educational European projects concerning Eurocodes. Presently he is a leader of the project team CEN/TC/250 SC2.PT1 developing Technical specification Assessment of existing structures.