Due to the Covid19 epidemic, this year’s World Construction Symposium will be held online as a virtual event. The theme of the WCS2021 will be ‘Reshaping construction: Strategic, Structural and Cultural Transformations towards the ‘Next Normal’.
The inauguration will take place on July 9, 2021, at 3.00 p.m. with the participation of local and global academics and professionals in the construction industry.
This annual symposium will provide a special forum for researchers and practitioners in the areas of the built environment and construction industry-related research worldwide to share their knowledge, experiences and research findings.
Expressing his views on the World Construction Symposium, the Ceylon Institute of Builders President Dr Rohan Karunaratne said: “In the midst of this global pandemic, prioritizing the health and safety of our symposium participants; including the researchers, practitioners, students, partners, sponsors and everyone who work tirelessly to help make WCS a reality each year; is our main concern.”
“Hence, this year’s symposium will take a hybrid form with virtual paper presentations and minimal onsite participants for inauguration and sum-up events. This will allow us to connect with our global WCS community and share our research and experiences while ensuring the health and safety of participants.”
The advancement of green building practices was identified by the CIOB Council as one of the possible avenues of making Sri Lanka a more sustainable place to live in.
“To give an impetus to the industry, the CIOB Council decided to hold the first World Construction Symposium – 2012 jointly with the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) and the University of Moratuwa. We need to create greater awareness on Green Buildings amongst all industry stakeholders in Sri Lanka too.”
The CIOB took the initiative of sufficiently educating itself on the concept of Green Buildings, and embark on chartering a course for future work to encourage the construction of green buildings in Sri Lanka”.
The Chairperson of the World Construction Symposium is Prof. Chitra Weddikkara. Prof. Yasangika Sandanayake is the Chairman of the Scientific Committee and Prof. A.K.W. Jayawardena will be the Chief Guest of the Symposium.
Keynote Speakers of the WCS 2021 will be Prof. Ioannis Brilakis and Prof. Steve Rowlinson. Prof. Mike Kagioglou, Dr Priyath Bandu Wickrama, Eng. Nissanka Wijeratne, Prof. Andrew Ross, A.P Gajendran will serve as the panellists and Ch.Qs. Suranga Jayasena will be moderator.
The symposium website is being constantly updated and could be accessed at www.ciobwcs.com