Association - Mrs. Pascale Ducornet: A Word of Farewell to RILEM
14th October 2019

Mrs. Pascale Ducornet retired as RILEM's General Secretary after 25 years of service. Read her farewell message below in English and French:

"I loved working for the Association, and for those who ran it and directed its activities. I learned so many things, not just work. RILEM has always meant a lot for me, I will not forget all the good memories. I leave the Secretariat in the hands of Anne, Judith and Fanta. I leave happily to take care of my family and enjoy the sunsets on the Atlantic Ocean.

Thank you with all my heart.

Best wishes to RILEM"

 "J'ai aimé travaillé pour l'association...

Association - Ms. Anne Griffoin appointed Head of Publication and Communication
14th October 2019

With the departure for retirement reasons at the beginning of October this year of former RILEM Publications SARL Manager Mrs. Pascale Ducornet, Mrs. Anne Griffoin was appointed Head of Publication and Communication of RILEM Publications SARL. Anne will continue to cover her role of RILEM TAC secretary and website/socialmedia manager.
Anne’s skills cover several fields, such as Project Coordination, Information Management, Website Development & Management and Accounting, to mention a few.
Anne holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations awarded by the Institute of Higher...

Association - Fanta Sylla - New RILEM Management Assistant
10th October 2019

Ms. Fanta Sylla joined the RILEM General Secretariat in Paris in July 2019, to occupy the role of RILEM Management Assistant previously occupied by Ms. Sarah Kessiri Di Giorgio. Fanta has an educational background in Arts and Digital Marketing. Both degrees were awarded by the Madison College in Wisconsin, USA, between 2013 and 2014. Some of Fanta’s roles in RILEM are: Membership administration and EAC Secretary.

Association - Mrs Pascale Ducornet retires from RILEM General Secretary
9th October 2019

After almost 25 years in RILEM, Mrs Pascale Ducornet leaves RILEM for her well-deserved retirement. A farewell from Prof Gettu, RILEM president:

On behalf of the entire RILEM family, I want to thank Pascale for the excellent service she has provided to RILEM and its members over the years. Words can not express enough our appreciation of your integrity, dedication and attention to detail with respect to RILEM's business. You have always been a confident and reliable guide for the RILEM Chair, Standing Committees and Technical Committees, and you have always been committed to RILEM's best...

Association - Judith Hardy new RILEM General Secretary
8th October 2019

It is with great pleasure that RILEM introduces Mrs Judith Hardy, the new RILEM General Secretary. Judith joined RILEM in May this year as Deputy General Secretary. In the last months she helped the Association with the delicate period preceding the scheduled departure, for retirement reasons, of former RILEM General Secretary Mrs Pascale Ducornet.

Judith brings to RILEM, her expertise in Event organization, Project and Communication management, and Editing direction from her former employments. She is an architect graduated at the School of Architecture in Paris – La Villette –...

Association - In Memoriam - Prof. Dr. Fritz Eggimann (1936 – 2019)
7th October 2019

Prof. Dr. Fritz Eggimann was born in Zurich in 1936. He studied at and received his doctorate from the Department of Electrical Engineering at ETH Zurich. His doctoral thesis was awarded the ETH Medal.

On 16 March 1988, the Swiss Federal Council elected Fritz Eggimann as Empa's new Chairman of the Executive Board and full Professor of Information Technology at ETH Zurich. Then he took the task of implementing the newly defined strategy–namely to transform Empa from a materials testing institute into a modern research institution.

During his mandate at Empa, Fritz Eggimann also served...

Association - RILEM is on Twitter!
24th September 2019

Exciting News! RILEM twitter account is live. Please subscribe to keep up with news of RILEM. Happy reading!


Association - 3 new RILEM Technical Committees
24th September 2019
The RILEM Technical Activities Committee approved 3 new Technical Committees:

If you are interested in joining these new RILEM TCs, please send an email to assistant[at]

Association - 73rd RILEM Annual Week and IMSCE report
23rd September 2019

If you wonder what happened at the 73rd RILEM Annual Week and IMSCE event in Nanjing, China, in August this year, this link will take you to the full report presenting the major activities and some pictures of this event!

A short overview of this RILEM gathering is given here:

  • Our full set of RILEM Standing Committees (DAC, TAC, EAC, Bureau and General Council)
  • 6 TC meetings (TMS, SHE, 270-CIM, 244-NUM, FTC and CEC)
  • A splendid conference with 17 keynote speakers, 6 plenary sessions, 289 delegates
  • 6-storey and 400,000 m2 conference venue connected to a 5-star hotel of 68 storeys situated...
Association - Interview with Dr. Augusto Cannone Falchetto, Robert L'Hermite Medalist 2019
9th September 2019

RIM DC: Augusto, tell us something about you. You are Italian and you hold a joint degree with the University of Parma (IT) and University of Minnesota (USA)?

Hmmm… not exactly a joint degree. I started my Ph.D. at the University of Parma. One of the requirements was to spend 6 months abroad so my supervisor (Prof Tebaldi) sent me to the University of Minnesota. In the US, I had the opportunity of completing a Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Marasteanu and Prof. Jia-Liang Le, while still working on my Italian Ph.D. To do so, I had to prepare two distinct Ph.D. theses on different...

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