DuRSAAM 2023: Instructions for authors
1. Symposium thematic tracks
The DuRSAAM2023 Symposium “Advancing alkali-activated materials” focusses on new developments in all aspects of alkali-activated or geopolymer concrete. The contributions, among which the extended abstract (max. 3 pages) and associated presentations, should pertain to, at least, one of the following thematic tracks:
Track 1: "Mix-design and microstructure"
Mix design and rheology | microstructure & transport properties | microstructural modelling and reaction kinetics | (etc.)
Through understanding mix formulations, their reaction kinetics and time-dependent microstructural development, value insights are gained into alkali-activated materials, especially at paste or mortal level and in view of workability, mechanical performance and durability of alkali-activated concretes. Mix designs targeting a wide variability of precursors, including those from local urban mining, are of interest; as well as hybrid solutions combining Portland cement with alkali-activated slags and ashes.
Track 2: "Durability performance"
Carbonation, chloride ingress, rebar corrosion | freeze-thaw and other forms of concrete degradation | creep and shrinkage | fire | (etc.)
To scale up the use of alkali-activated concrete into practices, a good understanding of their durability performance is key. Grasping degradation of alkali-activated concrete in relevant service environments and enhancement of durability, allows to explicitly design concrete products and structures for the required service life or may demonstrate equivalent performance with traditional concretes.
Track 3: "Structural behaviour and design"
Load-bearing behaviour | long-term deformations | reinforced and prestressed concrete | fibre reinforced concrete | precasting| repair and strengthening | (etc.)
Structural applications of alkali-activated concrete refer to both new and existing structures. This looks into various forms of alkali-activated (load-bearing) concrete members, in terms of reinforcement and fabrication/repair types; and focusses on structural behaviour and design.
Track 4: "Service life and life cycle assessment"
Service life modelling| life cycle assessment| life cycle costing | sustainability performance indicators | (etc.)
To apply alkali-activated concretes into the built environment, nowadays, it is important to underpin their sustainability performance in terms of achievable service life and life cycle performance.
Track 5: "Industry perspective and application cases"
Applications | demonstrators & cases | lessons learned by practitioners & governments | standardisation | policies | (etc.)
This last track focusses on application or demonstration examples and experiences by all stakeholders involved in the implementation of alkali-activated concrete, including standardisation efforts, tendering experiences, etc..
2. Submission types
Linked to the symposium thematic tracks:
-> poster session with pitches, meet & greet at the posters and a poster competition
-> talk during one of the sessions
3. Submission process and instructions
The submission process follows the following steps:
Step 1. Pre-registration and Registration (call for contributions)
In respond to the call for contributions, corresponding authors are asked to pre-register themselves no later than August 27, 2022. The pre-registration states the title and authors, co-authors, the submission type and the thematic track. No abstract is required at this point. Information on pre-registration is provided in the section "Registration info".
Beyond August 27, 2022 Authors can still register their contributions no later than October 21, 2022.
Step 2. Submission of the manuscript
Authors are invited to submit their manuscript no later than October 28, 2022, to . Only manuscripts of pre-registered authors will be considered eligible. The manuscript is an extended abstract in accordance to the template instructions provided below.
Step 3. Preliminary acceptance
Manuscripts within the scope of the symposium will be selected by the organisation committee and forwarded to the review process by the scientific committee. Authors will be notified about preliminary acceptance or rejection, no later than November 11, 2022.
At this occasion, authors will be asked to finalise their registration by paying the conference fee within 7 days. Only manuscripts accompanied with the payment of the conference fee will be considered eligible.
Step 4. Camera-ready manuscript submission
Each manuscript will be reviewed by at least two experts in the relevant field. Reviewers' feedback will be forwarded by the author's email address provided at the registration no later than December 16, 2022.
The submission of the camera-ready manuscript, in due consideration of the review comments, is due no later than January 20, 2023, to . The camera-ready manuscript should be submitted in Word and PDF versions.
Authors retain full copyright on their publication, yet need to sign a copyright clearance form allowing the manuscript to be included in the open access (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike) proceedings of the DuRSAAM2023 Symposium. Together with the signed copyright clearance form, authors make an ethical statement on the originality and truthfulness of their work. The copyright clearance/ethical declaration can be downloaded at this link: a link will be provided
4. Manuscript and presentation templates
Authors are requested to apply the following rules concerning manuscript and presentation templates.
To help ensure correct formatting, please use the Word template available at this link.
Violations of any of the style specifications may result in the rejection of your manuscript.
Summary of the basic style information
The manuscript size is A4. Do not manually set the paper size using mm or inch scale.
Language: the official language of the conference will be English.
Paper length: Up to 3 pages, including figures, tables & references.
Paper Formatting: single-spaced, #11 point Times Roman font
Margins: Left and Right: 20 mm, Bottom: 25 mm, Top margin: 27 mm
Authors are allowed to make use of their own templates. However, the following minimum requirements should be followed for poster and oral presentations.
The poster size should be A0, clearly mention the title and authors, their affiliation (including institutional logo's) and be well structured (e.g. problem statement, methods & results, highlights or conclusions, contact info) and clearly mention DuRSAAM2023 by means of this banner logo: a link will be provided.
Slide size should be widescreen (16:9). Presenters should make use of the cover slide of the DuRSAAM2023 Symposium available at this link: a link will be provided.
Accepted manuscripts accompanied by a signed copyright clearance form will be part of the open access (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike) proceedings of the DuRSAAM2023 Symposium. This eBook will be made available at dedicated repositories.