RILEM : Réunion Internationale des Laboratoires et Experts des Matériaux, systèmes de construction et ouvrages

The International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures


DAC - Development Advisory Committee

Within DAC (Development Advisory Committee), strategies for the development and improvement of RILEM?s membership profile and its international partnerships are discussed. DAC advises the Bureau on international developments, activities and relations, aiming at increasing and improving international collaboration between RILEM and its international industrial and professional partners. DAC is also tasked with developing strategies to grow RILEM membership and to facilitate cooperation among its various member groups from around the globe.


TAC - Technical Activities Committee

TAC monitors the work of the Technical Committees (TCs) and other technical activities of RILEM, and its responsibilities include the following:

  • Proposal and recommendation of new TCs;
  • Review of the on-going work of TCs and facilitating progress;
  • Approval of proposals for workshops, conferences and other events co-sponsored by RILEM;
  • Proposal of representatives in sponsored congresses and conferences;
  • Discussion of new trends and identification of potential TCs.


RYC- RILEM Youth Council

RYC was created at the 74th Annual Week in " Sheffield", UK, in September 2020, as a sub-committee of DAC.

Its main tasks are:

  • attracting, involving and motivating young RILEM members
  • encouraging participation in TAC and EAC activities
  • increasing awareness on RILEM events and courses
  • preparing young members for leadership positions
  • showcasing / celebrating the achievements of the RILEM Youth
  • creating networks between emerging researchers to increase visibility of / access to RILEM.

RYC is formed by 11 PhD student members, 10 of which are representing each RILEM region and 1 nominated by the DAC chair, for a 3 to 4 years mandate.

EAC - Educational Activities Committee
One of the main purposes of the Educational Activities Committee (EAC) of RILEM is to broaden the education of both PhD students and the professional community through promotion of interesting and informative one-week PhD courses and seminars on subjects of relevance to researchers working in specific areas. RILEM EAC is responsible for RILEM activities in the field of education. These include a number of different tasks, of which the basic and most important one is the courses to which we grant scientific sponsorship. Though RILEM EAC has only existed for a handful of years, our sponsored courses have been enjoyed by more than 2000 participants and about 200 teachers.

TC - Technical committees

The Technical Committees are the heart of the scientific activity of the association. The main forum where RILEM members meet and exchange their expertise. RILEM TCs play a major role in furthering scientific knowledge.

A TC is a group of international experts working together in a particular field in order to: 

  • assemble and evaluate research data
  • harmonise testing methods 
  • suggest new topics for research (this research not to be directly undertaken by RILEM TCs)

and to promote their conclusions by publishing recommendations, technical reports or state-of-the-art reports for test methods or construction practice.

A RILEM TC is in direct connection with a RILEM Cluster. This body is entrusted with co-ordinating and monitoring RILEM TC activities, and to advise the RILEM Technical Activities Committee (TAC). This co-ordination is convened by Clusters? conveners.


MAAS or M&S - Materials and Structures Journal

MAAS is the RILEM flagship publication is Materials and Structures / Matériaux et Constructions. Since 2006, MAAS is published by Springer. It is a leading international journal, publishing results of current research on the properties and performance of building and structural materials, standardisation of test methods and the application of research results. Another scientific journal created by RILEM in 1999, Concrete Science & Engineering, is now included in MAAS. 


RTL - RILEM Technical Letters, open access journal of RILEM

In 2016, RILEM launched its own Open Access journal RILEM Technical Letters. With the new scientific peer review journal, RILEM Technical Letters, RILEM seeks to venture into the new era of open access publishing by disseminating contributions breaking new ground in the field of construction materials science.


Bureau, RILEM organ

The Bureau, the members of which are elected by the General Council, exercises control of the current affairs of RILEM and ensures that the statutes are observed. It is responsible to the General Council to which it submits an annual report.


Secretariat General (SG), RILEM organ

The Secretariat General implements the decisions of the General Council and the Bureau. It is responsible for the daily activities and management of the association. It furnishes the necessary assistance for the proper functioning of the Bureau and its Standing Committees. It also coordinates RILEM?s publishing activities (STARs & proceedings). Finally, it is responsible for disseminating information to the members of the association through the new website, the social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube).


Standing Committees (SC), RILEM organs

The 6 RILEM Standing Committees are: Technical Activities Committee (TAC), Development Advisory Committee (DAC), Educational Activities Committee (EAC), Editorial Board of Materials and Structures, Editorial Board of RILEM Technical Letters and Bureau.


General Council, RILEM organ

The General Council is the decision-making body of RILEM. It is called upon to vote on all important decisions submitted by the Bureau. The General Council is composed of the Members of RILEM (but excluding members who have a temporary free membership). All RILEM Members have thus the voting right at the General Council session.


RILEM expert

A RILEM member that is a world-leading scientist or practitioner and is an appointed member of TAC or DAC.


Liaison Committee

The Liaison Committee of International Associations of Civil Engineering is a body initiating contact between international associations of civil engineering. Formed in 1958, it brings together the member organisations CIB, ECCS, FIB, IABSE, IASS, RILEM


GLOBE, Global Consensus on Sustainability in the Built Environment

GLOBE was initiated at an interdisciplinary workshop held at Tongji University, Shanghai, China co-organized by members of the Joint Committee on Structural Safety (JCSS) and the International Joint Research Center for Engineering Reliability and Stochastic Mechanics (CERSM) at Tongji University. GLOBE has since been adopted by the JCSS and is supported by major international associations within the construction industry, including RILEM, IABSE, CIB, ECCS, fib and IASS.

The GLOBE working team operated under the direction of Prof. Michael Havbro Faber, Department of the Built Environment, Aalborg University, Denmark, President of the Joint Committee on Structural Safety and initiator of GLOBE, assisted by Dr. Dipl.-Ing. Wolfram Schmidt, Bundesanstalt fur Materialforschung und - prufung (BAM), Berlin, Germany.


RILEM Annual Week, event

The RILEM Week is the annual meeting of the Standing Committees of RILEM; this takes place every year in conjunction with a major international conference. 


RILEM Spring Convention, event

Established in 2018 in Barcelona, Spain, the RILEM Spring Convention is an annual event that takes place in conjunction with a major international conference.