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Concrete In Australia : March 2011
INVITATION The Concrete Institute of Australia's 25th Biennial Conference will be held in Perth Western Australia from Wednesday 12 October to Friday 14 October 2011. We are pleased to be able to announce some special features which will make this a great conference for attendees, participants, exhibitors and sponsors: • We have an excellent venue. The Grand Ballroom at the Burswood Convention Centre o ers us an excellent space for the Conference presentations, and also a well integrated, generous space for the Trade Display Booths which are such a feature of this Conference. • We are able to o er our sponsorship packages early to maximise the opportunities for our sponsors to be associated with the conference, both in a public sense and also for their access to the Organising Committee. • Our Technical Program will be highlighted by an Invited Speaker plenary session on each conference day. The three speakers are: Professor Ravindra Gettu: Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India. Professor Gettu is a widely recognised authority on concrete as a material, with interests in a variety of concrete performance characteristics, and also in aspects of sustainability. Linda Figg: CEO Figg Engineering Group, Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.A. The Figg Group is a relatively small but highly in uential consulting rm specialising in bridge engineering, with a portfolio of inspirational structures which have realised the company's philosophy of "creating bridges as art". Martin Clarke: CEO British Precast, Leicester, U.K. British Precast is a vibrant organisation which covers all aspects of precast, and in particular is very focussed on sustainability issues and the role precast concrete will play in the future. Mr Clarke will bring a British and European perspective to our conference. • Our Technical Program will also o er a comfortable time allocation for presenters of submitted papers, with several parallel streams available to cater for the anticipated 100+ speakers. • Our various associated social events will culminate in our Gala Dinner on the Friday. The Concrete Institute Gala Dinner in Perth has become a very popular annual event, and in 2011, we plan to incorporate it into the Biennial Conference to make a really special night, which will feature the presentation of the Excellence Awards. We look forward to your participation in what we are sure will be a popular and rewarding conference, whether as a sponsor, exhibitor, participant or attendee. And we especially look forward to welcoming you to Perth. Joe Wyche Chairman, Conference Organising Committee