Past Conferences & Summits

10-25 April 2024 ~ The Masonry Society’s Spring Virtual Meetings

The Masonry Society’s 2024 Spring Meetings will be held virtually with two or three meetings held each day. A draft schedule is available here and registration is now open –  please visit the TMS website for more information.

8-13 November 2023 ~ TMS 2023 Annual Meeting ~ Albuquerque, New Mexico

2023 TMS Annual Meeting including TMS 402/602 meetings.

13 October 2023 ~ Housing Summit 2023 ~ Solihull

Building Alliance 2023 Housing Summit at Arup Campus, Solihull. An event to discuss the challenges ahead for the UK housing market, including speakers from the Bank of England, Keepmoat and Birmingham City University. Tickets available here.

5-6 October 2023 ~ 14th International RILEM Conference ~ Vilnius

14th International Conference “Modern Building Materials, Structures and Techniques” in Vilnius, Lithuania.

6-8 September 2023 ~ 7th International Conference on Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (7ICAAC) ~ Prague

Celebrating 100 years of Autoclaved Aerated Concrete.

To mark 100 years of Autoclaved Aerated Concrete, the European Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Association (EAACA), supported by the Polish Concrete Producers Association (SPB) is happy to announce the 7th International Conference on Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (7ICAAC) on Sep 6-8, 2023, in Prague, Czech Republic.

The conference will bring together numerous international experts from scientific institutes, manufacturers of AAC, raw material suppliers, and associations connected with a Worldwide interest in AAC. Individuals from the building sector, such as architects, planners, civil engineers, builders, academics and investors, are cordially invited as well.

Registration is now open at the Conference website at

19-20 June 2023 ~ ICMSBCM ~ Vienna

International Conference on Masonry Structures, Brick and Concrete Masonry in Vienna, Austria.

Masonry Structures, Brick and Concrete Masonry Conference aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Masonry Structures, Brick and Concrete Masonry Conference. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners, and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Masonry Structures, Brick and Concrete Masonry Conference.

11-14 June 2023 ~ 14NAMC ~ Omaha

The 14th North American Masonry Conference (14NAMC) will be held, in the heart of historic Old Market in Omaha, Nebraska, United States, at Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District. The conference will be jointly hosted by the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and the Nebraska Alliance.

14NAMC | 14th North American Masonry Conference (       REGISTRATION OPEN

14 October 2022 ~ Housing Summit 22 at Arup, Solihull

Please find the link to register for the Housing Summit 2022 on Friday 14th October at Arup, Solihull Campus. Building Alliance have a fantastic line-up of speakers and will cover key matters of great importance to the industry including, the economy, market outlook, fire and climate change.

The link for details and to register is:

 11-13 July 2022 ~ 11th International Masonry Conference

Following discussions with the principal organiser, Professor Steve Garrity, it is clear that it is not possible to run 11 IMC in July 2022 as planned and it is therefore proposed to postpone the event. Further information to follow.

11 IMC information (now superseded)

14 June 2022 ~ Masonry Symposium: Advancing Masonry Technology, Seattle, USA

[NOTE This event information has been archived in the absence of reliable information. The links are not working and the event  appears to have been cancelled. JCH. 11 Jan 2022]

The symposium will take place on June 14 2022, at the Hyatt Regency, Seattle, USA. Its objective is to gather and disseminate the latest information on all aspects of innovation in masonry materials, design, specification, construction, maintenance and rehabilitation. It will emphasise the application of ASTM standards to those areas, and their co-ordination with building codes, project specifications and international standards.

The Symposium is co-sponsored by ASTM Committees C01 on Cement, C07 on Lime, C12 on Mortars and Grouts for Unit Masonry (Lead Committee), and C15 on Manufactured Masonry Units.

More information can be found on their website, ASTM International – 2022 Masonry Symposium: Advancing Masonr..

5-7 October 2021 ~ UK Construction Week, NEC Birmingham, UK

Free registration is now live! – UK Construction Week 2021 – The UK’s largest built environment event

15 October 2021 ~ Housing Summit 2021 – ONLINE

The Housing sector continues to perform well, despite one of the most challenging periods in living memory, following the tragedy of Grenfell, Covid-19 and the need to adapt in response to Climate Change. There is a responsibility placed on all stakeholders to ensure we deliver more, better quality, safer homes to meet the needs of our fast-growing and ageing population.
This event will be free to attend and Online for 2021 and login details will be sent to those who register.
The Agenda
•    Welcome – Cliff Fudge – H+H UK – Chair
•    The Economy – Jamie Jordan – Bank of England
•    The UK Housing Market – Savills
•    The Pathway to Zero Carbon – Kristian Steele – Arup
•    Panel
•    Break
•    Update on Building Regulations – Victoria Tink – MHCLG
•    Project 80 – Homes for the Future – Tony Hopkins – Midland Heart
•    Housing Quality – Marc Separovic – NHBC
•    The Carbon Pact and Skills – Mike Leonard – Building Alliance.
•    Panel
•    Closing remarks
This half-day annual event will bring you right up to date with the latest developments and the opportunities that lie ahead.
To book your free place click:

1 October 2021 ~ Online Seminar: Sustainable Resilient Masonry – The Route towards Zero Carbon

The seminar will cover the initiatives that the masonry industry is working on to achieve zero carbon by 2050. A range of presentations will be given to explain how the industry in pro-actively collaborating to ensure we deliver resilient building solutions for future generations.

Speakers include:

  • Jane Thornback-UK Construction Products Association-Drivers of change in sustainability
  • Steve Wharton- Brick Development Association- clay brick industry Roadmap
  • Dr Oliver Kreft- Xella Technology and Research Centre, Germany- Circular economy of AAC
  • Alessio Rimoldi – BIBM- CO2 impact of construction products – Joint initiative for a fair assessment
  • Dr Cliff Fudge- H+H UK- Example of the Roadmap to zero carbon for concrete masonry

Start time: 10 am

All participants will be emailed a link to enable them to join the seminar

This is a free half day online seminar.

To register for this event please visit

22 September 2021 ~ Masonry Mortars Online Seminar

This half-day online seminar:  “Are current standards, specifications and performance criteria ‘fit for purpose’ in a changing climatic environment? starts at 2.00 p.m.  All participants will be emailed a link to enable them to join the seminar.

It will be of interest to the specifiers, producers and users of masonry mortars as well as researchers and students.  We hope you will support this IMS event for which there is a small charge for both IMS members and non-members.

In order to stimulate the debate we have masonry mortar experts from a range of backgrounds to present their view or work recently undertaken that helps inform the debate.

  • Dr Andrew Smith (Head of Materials Development – Forterra, & Chair of CEN/TC 125 Masonry) ~ Host for the meeting on behalf of IMS
  • Dr Neil Beningfield (Beningfield Associates, & BSI Convenor Masonry Mortars/Renders)
  • Dr Geoff Edgell (Director – Lucideon, & BSI Chair of B519, UK mirror to CEN/TC 125)
  • Dr Meera Ramesh (Restoration Engineer – Ryan Bigg/Clark Davis Engineering & Surveying D.P.C.  (NY, USA))

Further information and booking details.

16-19 May 2021 ~ 14th Canadian Masonry Symposium, Montreal

Please note the following important information now on the symposium web site:

  • Change of date: now 17-20 May 2021
  • This will be held as a 100% Virtual meeting.
  • Registration is completely FREE and can be made online at:

Free registration has been generously supported by sponsorship from the Canadian Masonry Producers Association and the Ontario Masonry Contractors Association.

21 April 2021 ~ CIOB Annual Conservation Conference: Balancing Heritage & Sustainability

The theme of the  2021 annual CIOB Conservation Conference is highly topical, as it focusses on sustainability in relation to heritage and traditional (pre-1919) buildings and dealing with Climate Change.

This years conference will be a virtual conference using Hopin** as our event platform provider. It is an all day event 9:00 am – 5:30 pm GMT.

For details and registration:

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16 February 2021 ~ Part L & F of the Building Regulations 2021 & The Overheating Consultation

by Building Alliance

As you will be aware the Government has now responded to the Future Homes Standard / Part L consultation, confirming the standards and compliance metrics to be adopted as part of the changes to Approved Document L1A. These changes will be regulated for in December 2021, to come into effect in June 2022. Additional consultation documents have been released as the ‘Future Buildings Standard Consultation’ which will provide some further detail in key areas and also address issues relating to overheating, Part F and the required standards for existing dwellings.

On behalf of the Futures Group, I am pleased to invite you to attend a webinar between 1000 and 1200 on the 16th February 2021, where the MHCLG team will articulate the changes, answer questions and introduce the consultation on Overheating.

The link to book your free place is:

Building Alliance Community Interest Company is focused on growing the market and creating skilled employment opportunities whilst ensuring the best possible regulatory and trading conditions to deliver a high quality sustainable built environment.

29 September 2020 ~ Innovationen im Bauwesen durch Forschung und Entwicklung

[Innovations in construction through research and development]

Details in German and English: 29 September 2020

16-18 September 2020 ~ 12th International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions, Barcelona, Spain

15 September 2020 ~ IMS Online Seminar: Practical Guidance on Masonry Testing from the Experts

This half-day online seminar:  “Practical Guidance on Masonry Testing from the Experts” starts at 10.00 a.m. All participants will be emailed a link to enable them to join the seminar.

It will be of interest to the users and producers of masonry products and anyone involved in the design, control or construction of masonry as well as researchers and students.  We very much hope you will support this event for which there is a small charge for both IMS members and non-members.

For full details, registration and payment click here

13-15 December 2019 ~ 13th International Conference on Shock & Impact Loads on Structures (2019)

Brochure: SI2019brochure

Further details:

11 October 2019 ~ The Housing Summit

The Housing Summit 2019 on Friday 11th October is now live and can be booked via the following link:

We have a great line up of speakers and we will commence this dress down Friday event with full English Breakfast. We are most grateful to our sponsors Marley and the Brick Development Association and to Arup who will host the event for the eleventh year.

Please book early, we look forward to seeing you.

16-18 June 2019 ~ 13th North American Masonry Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA


4-6 September 2018 ~ 6th International Conference on Autoclaved Aerated Concrete

Registration now open. Go for more information about this conference, which brings together numerous international experts to discuss issues, share ideas and gain insights into the trends, innovations and challenges of Autoclaved Aerated Concrete. It is an excellent opportunity for PhD and graduate students to share their thoughts and findings with the international research community.

11-14 February 2018 ~ 10th Australasian Masonry Conference

The 10th Australasian Masonry Conference will be hosted by The University of Newcastle and Think Brick Australia at the ParkRoyal, Darling Harbour, Sydney. Further details can be found at the conference website  REGISTER THIS MONTH. Early Bird Registration closes 30th November 2017.

4-7 June 2017 ~ 13th Canadian Masonry Symposium, Halifax, Nova Scotia

For conference programme and other details see:  Registration is now open.

21 October 2016 ~ Housing Summit 2016

To all IMS members.

I am delighted to invite you to book your free place at the Housing Summit 2016 on Friday 21st October .

The timing of our Housing Summit on Friday 21st October in Solihull could not be better given the UK Government’s commitment to support local builders to help deliver one million homes by 2020.

Commencing with full English breakfast this will be half a day well spent with excellent speakers and a great chance to network with all those committed to delivering more new homes.

Kind regardsMike Leonard

Mike Leonard m: 07778 842831

Building Alliance Community Interest Company is focused on growing the market and creating skilled employment opportunities whilst ensuring the best possible regulatory and trading environment to deliver a high quality sustainable built environment.


21-24 August 2016 ~ Conference ‘Materials, Systems and Structures in Civil Engineering’, Copenhagen

The conference and doctoral course Materials, Systems and Structures in Civil Engineering will be held in Lyngby, Denmark at the campus of the Technical University of Denmark. The full event is a part of the RILEM week 2016 and consists of a series of parallel and consecutive conference and doctoral course segments on different topics. It includes a segment on Historical Masonry. Each conference or doctoral course segment will function as individual events, but they will also have relations to other segments of the full event. In particular there will be thematic links between specific doctoral courses and specific conference segments.

26-30 June 2016 ~ 16th IB²MAC, Padova, Italy

The 16th International Brick and Block Masonry Conference will take place in Padova, Italy, on June 26-30 2016, hosted by the University of Padova. The conference will be held in the beautiful former Monastery of San Gaetano, in the very heart of the ancient city centre. Register Now

20 October 2015 ~ Housing Summit 2015

“Get Britain Building” ARUP Conference Centre, Solihull


20-23 October 2015 ~ Ceramitec 2015, Munich, Germany

Ceramitec – the network that connects the entire sector from manufacturer to suppliers and researchers: as a leading international trade show the ceramitec presents the entire value-added chain. All the key players and innovation leaders turn out for this event in Munich. For more information

17-20 May 2015 ~ 12th North American Masonry Conference, Denver, USA

For details and registration

21st October 2014 ~ “2014 Housing Summit”

Booking is now open for the “2014 Housing Summit” to be held at Arup, Solihull on October 21st 2014.

This is the Housing event of the year and features a great line up of speakers including Sir Michael Lyons who is leading the 2020 Housing Review and Kate Hall, Head of HS2 at Arup, who will examine the huge potential for new homes which will be built as a direct result of this major investment in infrastructure. We also look at the economy, regulation, planning and the role of BIM as a catalyst to deliver better homes for the consumer.


17th-20th May 2015 ~ 12th North American Masonry Conference

12th North American Masonry Conference

Important NAMC Dates

  • Papers Due: October 1, 2014
  • Reviews Completed: December 1, 2014
  • Final Papers Due: January 15, 2015

10th September 2014 ~ Masonry: A look to the future

A 1-day (almost free) CPD event at the University of Leeds. The speakers are all experienced practitioners,
researchers or developers. Register now.


7-9 July 2014 ~ 9th International Masonry Conference – Guimarães, Portugal

9IMC will be held in Guimarães, Portugal in July 7-9, 2014 as a joint initiative from the University of Minho and the International Masonry Society. The first announcement is attached and more information will be available at from end June 2012.

This Conference series has become one of the most important international events in the masonry world and it takes place every four years. The technical program will include plenary sessions with invited speakers and parallel sessions of selected papers arranged according to the most relevant topics in masonry. The organizers will plan an enjoyable social program, taking advantage of Guimarães (a Unesco World Heritage site), and the neighborhood city of Porto and the Douro Valley.

We invite you to add these dates to your agenda and to come to Portugal in 2014,

Paulo Lourenço, Barry Haseltine & Graça Vasconcelos


17 October 2013 ~ Housing Summit 2013

Housing Summit 2013 will be free for IMS members to attend. Register Now.


27th June 2013 ~ Natural Cements for Repair and Renovation of Heritage Structures

New cement plants have been set up in Europe to manufacture natural (or so-called “Roman”) cement. Natural or Roman cements, were key materials for the economic and easy manufacture of renders and cast architectural details for the exteriors of buildings during the nineteenth and early twentieth century. The meeting will be of interest to architects, consultants, materials suppliers, engineers and anyone with an interest in the preservation of historic structures.

17 Sept 2012 ~ MMA Housing Summit, Arup Campus, Solihull

Shadow Housing Minister Jack Dromey is headlining along with Adrian Coles of the Building Societies Association.

Attendance is free to IMS members. Register at: