Dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the JCSS

Date and Place:

The workshop will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, on May 22-23 2024


Society expects buildings, bridges, and other civil engineering structures to possess an adequate level of safety for the intended service life. However, structural safety is affected by many uncertainties related to material and geometrical properties, system behavior, load, and degradation effects etc. The need to systematically quantify and correctly consider such uncertainties in reliability assessments of structures made of various materials and for various purposes was one of the main reasons for establishing an international research organization – the Joint Committee on Structural Safety. Over half a century ago, the founding associations included IABSE, CIB, ECCS, fib, IASS, and RILEM.

The Scope

The workshop organised on the occasion of the 50th anniversary attempts to overview the JCSS achievements and identify and discuss the challenges to be addressed in future. Experts from the founding associations and key JCSS members will present invited contributions focused on the following topics:

  • quantification of uncertainties of loads, load effects and structural resistance,
  • reliability analysis of new and existing structures made of common and new materials,
  • risk assessment, acceptance criteria,
  • decision making under uncertainty, climate change and sustainability aspects,
  • simplified safety concepts and code calibration

Workshop format

The workshop will only comprise of invited contributions of experts from JCSS-founding
associations and JCSS members. Both in-person and online participation will be supported. The
number of in-person participants is limited to 50.

Technical and Organization Committee:

Miroslav Sykora, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
Maria Pina Limongelli, Politecnico Milano, Italy
Michael H. Faber, Aalborg University, Denmark
Jochen Kohler, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Contact information

Jana Pallierova, mobile: +420 732 629 737,
Miroslav Sykora, mobile: +420 721 709 387,


Klokner Institute
Czech Technical University in Prague
Solinova 7
16608 Prague 6
Czech Republic


Possible until 15.04.2024, via email – Miroslav Sykora,

Workshop Flyer

The workshop flyer can be found below. Please feel free to distribute the information among your colleagues.