COST Action TU1404 will host a training school on ‘MODELLING OF CEMENT BASED MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES’ during the week of 9-13 October 2017 at the Silesian University of Technology in Poland.

The program has intricate connections with the objectives of TU1404, with particular emphasis on subjects related to Workgroup 2 ‘MODELLING OF CEMENT BASED MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES’ (see details in this link).

This course offers an opportunity that is mainly targeted to young researchers (normally enrolled in PhD programmes) and allowing them to have a deep contact with several subjects related to modelling of cement-based materials at different levels (from micro to macroscopic modelling).


The course will cover important topics related to modelling of cement-based materials and structures with a special focus on the aspects related to service life:

  1. Modelling hydration and temperature evolution (focus on massive structures)
  2. Modelling evolution of microstructure
  3. Modelling shrinkage and creep
  4. Modelling cracking
  5. Numerical methods
  6. Modelling real-life cases and benchmarking

The course consists of lectures and practical sessions with numerical exercises to be solved by the students. All the necessary notes will be provided before the course.

A tentative program of the course can be found here. Please mind that the program can be slightly modified.


The total work load is approximately 140 hours corresponding to 5 ECTS credits, including the contact time during the course, the preparatory reading assignments given before the course, the preparation of a poster presentation at the start of the course, and the oral presentation at the end of the course. Certificates will be issued based on active participation in the entire course and the final evaluation.


Registration is compulsory. Registration is free and covers participation in the course and coffee breaks; lunches can be provided by the Organiser if booked in advance (further details will be given to the accepted participants via e-mail).

To register please fill in the following form.

Registration must be made before 15th June 2017. However, the number of attendants is limited to 30, so early registration is recommended to ensure vacancy.

COST Action TU1404 will support 26 grants of 500€ each (to cover all relevant expenses). Depending on the number of applications, the number of grants and value of grants may be slightly adjusted, provided that the global budget is kept. The awarded grants will be paid in the form of ‘reimbursement’ after the complete attendance to the course. In order to be eligible to apply for the Grant, the applicant trainee must either belong to: (i) a COST Country; (ii) an approved NNC institution; (iii) an approved European RTD Organisation. The process for application for the grant involves the following steps, to be completed before 15th June 2017:
  1. Make a successful registration in the doctoral course through the registration form as mentioned above; in the form you choose whether you apply for Grant or not.
  2. In case you want to apply for the COST Grant, submit application by e-mail ( with the following attached documentation:
    (i) a letter of motivation containing information about current/future research (maximum length of one A4 page);
    (ii) detailed CV;
    (iii) demonstration of eligibility through proof of institutional involvement in a COST country, an approved NNC institution or an approved European RTD organisation.
After evaluation of all received applications, the Organising Committee of the Training School will perform the selection and inform all candidates of the final results on 30th June 2017. Further instructions shall be given to all approved candidates by then. More general information about the Grant system for training schools can be found in the COST Vademecum document.
Training School: October 09-13, 2017
Application deadline: June 15, 2017
Notification of acceptance: June 30, 2017

PhD students, Master-students, researchers and practicing engineers with a background in civil engineering, materials science, architectural engineering or similar. All lectures will be given in English.

Faculty of Civil Engineering
Silesian University of Technology
Gliwice, Poland

Trainees are expected to arrange their own travel and accommodation. The recommendations will be posted on the webpage of the event in due time.

Organizers: Agnieszka Knoppik (PL), local organizer
Mateusz Wyrzykowski (CH)
Farid Benboudjema (FR)

Apart from the organizers, the teaching staff further includes:
Guang Ye (NL)
Dirk Schlicke (AT)
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