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Keynote Speakers

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Karen Scrivener has been Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Construction Materials in the Department of Materials of EPFL(Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne for the last 20 years. She is a Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering and author of over 200 journal papers.


Her research focusses on the understanding the chemistry and microstructure of cement based materials and improving their sustainability. In 2008, she came up with the idea for LC3 cement, this material has the potential to cut CO2 emissions related to cement by more than 400 million tonnes a year.


She received her bachelor’s degree in Materials Science from the University of Cambridge in 1979 and her PhD from Imperial College London in 1984.


Lothenbach Switzerland

Barbara Lothenbach is head of the group cement chemistry and thermodynamics at EMPA (Switzerland) and (associate) professor at university of Berne and at NTNU (Norway). After her PhD at ETH in Zürich in 1996, she has worked as a project leader and consultant scientist for nuclear wastes at BMG Engineering, Switzerland. In 2002, she has joined the Laboratory Concrete & Asphalt at EMPA. Her current research topics include hydration mechanisms of cementitious materials, thermodynamic modelling, characterisation techniques, pore solutions, supplementary cementitious materials and non-Portland cement binders such as calcium sulfoaluminate and magnesium based binders.




Dr. Tongbo SUI is currently vice president of Sinoma Int’l, CNBM, and Director General of Sinoma Int’l Research Institute. He has been intensively engaged for over 20 years in R&D of belite-based low energy & low CO2 clinker cements and led to the successful use of belite cement in many hydropower projects of China. His recent research on calcined clay resulted in the development of energy efficient suspension calcining technology for thermal activation of clay.

He is now also visiting professor at University College London of UK and senior advisor of China Cement Association. He is also co-chair of WKG5 for Cement Innovation under GCCA and Fellow of ICT, UK.

Before joining Sinoma in 2010, he worked as vice president of China Building Materials Academy during 2006-2010.




Nicolas Roussel graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure in 1998 and is now the director of the physical chemistry laboratory of Gustave Eiffel University in Paris, France. He is the founding editor of the RILEM technical letters journal and the current president of the RILEM association. He has received in 2007 the Robert L'Hermite award for his work on rheology of fresh concrete. With a Thomson Reuters H-index of 54 and more than 10.000 citations, he is the author or co-author of around 130 papers in scientific journals such as Cement and Concrete Research, Physical Review letters or Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics. His research focus spreads from concrete rheology and rheometry to the understanding of construction processing technologies...

R. Douglas Hooton


Professor Doug Hooton is the NSERC/CAC Industrial Research Chair in Concrete Durability and Sustainability. His research involves finding ways to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with concrete infrastructure. He investigates the use of materials such as supplementary cementitious materials and ground limestone to produce a stronger and more durable concrete product. His research has informed the specification codes associated with the American Concrete Institute, the Canadian Standards Association and ASTM standards.

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