Following two successful conferences on Ultra-High Performance Concretes (UHPC) in 2004 and 2008, the University of Kassel will host the 3rd International Symposium on Ultra-High Performance Concrete on 07.–09.03.2012. In light of the high technical and economical potential of UHPC, researchers and engineers from all around the world will present their most recent technological research and their experience in its practical application. The German Research Foundation (DFG) has been supporting a priority research program in Germany comprising 25 research groups at 13 universities since 2005, the results of which will also be presented at the conference. As UHPC is already applied in practical use, the symposium strives to provide a forum to exchange and discuss experience and findings from construction sites. One of the worlds first structures made of UHPC can also be visited in Kassel: the Gärtnerplatz Bridge (Fig.).
The continuous development of high performance materials like UHPC has been possible by applying new methods and knowledge from the field of nanotechnology. Thus, nanotechnology will be a special topic during the symposium. Embracing this aspect, the organizers, Prof. Michael Schmidt and Prof. Ekkehard Fehling from the University of Kassel, have decided to host this symposium under a new name for the first time: HiPerMat, 3rd International Symposium on UHPC and Nanotechnology for High Performance Materials. Registration and more information at: