O XII Congresso de Construção Metálica e Mista contará com personalidades internacionais de relevo como palestrantes convidados:


Professor Charalampos (Lambis) BANIOTOPOULOS, MSc, PhD, Prof hc 

High Strength Steel (HSS):
A Material for High Performance Structures to enhance Urban Resilience and Sustainability

Professor Dr. Charalambos (Lambis) Baniotopoulos is Chair of Sustainable Energy Systems, University of Birmingham, UK; Visiting Professor at Taylor’s University-Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Honorary Professor at the Jordan University of Science and Technology-Irbid, Jordan; Professor Em. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
After a post-doc research activity as Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Technical University of Aachen, Germany and as Marie-Curie (HCM) Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the ELSA Laboratory, JRC-Ispra in Italy, in 1987 he was appointed Lecturer, later Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and in 1998 Full Professor and Director of the Institute of Steel Structures, School of Civil Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki where he coordinated for more than 30 years teaching and research on steel, composite and aluminium structures and buildings, and sustainable energy systems. As research project leader, he successfully carried out more than 50 research projects on topics from Structural Steelwork and Sustainable Energy Systems funded by the EU, national and international Organisations, and the European steel and aluminium industry.
Recently, he was the Chair of the TU1304 COST Action (2014-2018). He is author or editor of 20 scientific books, more than 370 scientific journal and conference papers and he supervised 28 PhD dissertations. Baniotopoulos was also delegate at several International Organisations: SAG member of RFCS; member of the TUD Domain Committee COST; member of the Management Committee of several COST Actions (COST C1, C12, C14, C26, TU0905 and TU1304); rapporteur of COST Action C25; delegate at the CEN-Structural Eurocode 9 Committee and the BSi mirror committee; delegate at the CESAER; member of the Editorial Board in a couple of prominent engineering journals. He deserves a multiplicity of robust academic research collaboration links with all leading Technical Universities of almost all EU and Middle East countries and around the world and in particular, with China, Canada and Mexico.
Updated details on CB’s activities are available at and



Professor Jean-Pierre JASPART, Agreg. Dr. Ir.

Joints in Steel and Composite Structures: New Modelling Issues

Jean-Pierre Jaspart is Full Professor for steel and composite structures, chairs the research group CMM and is the director of the Laboratory for Structures and Materials at Liège University in Belgium. He is recognised worldwide for his expertise in the field of steel structures and, in particular, in the field of structural joints and connections. His team is also deeply involved in research activities on structural robustness and progressive collapse of steel and composite buildings.
Amongst his numerous recent past and present activities, the following few can be quoted: Liège responsible for Erasmus Mundus Master Program “Sustainable Constructions under Natural Hazards and Catastrophic events”, member of technical committee TC 10 Connections of ECCS (European Convention for Constructional Steelwork), member of the ECCS Editorial Committee, expert of CIDECT (Comité International pour l’Etude et le Développement de la Construction Tubulaire).
His involvement in national and European research projects is continuous since 1985. In total, he has participated to more than 40 funded research projects, many as coordinator. He is the author of more than 300 publications (see .
The standardisation has always caught his attention: Eurocode 3 « Steel Structures » on column stability and structural joints, Eurocode 4 “Composite Construction” for the design of joints, Belgian Normalisation Institute, Belgian Mirror Group for Eurocodes 3 and 4, Working Group CEN/TC 250/SC 3/WG 8 for Eurocode 3 Part 1-8.
Besides that, he regularly contributes to actual construction projects with design offices or constructors. He also acts as technical expert for steel structures in the SECO Belgian control office. His contributions to continuous education upon the request of design and fabrication companies are also quite significant since more than fifteen years (stability, robustness, joints …).
More info about his activities may be found on and




Professor Leroy GARDNER, MSc, PhD

Recent developments in the field of 3D printing of steel structures

Leroy Gardner is Professor of Structural Engineering and Director of Research in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London. Prof. Gardner is engaged in teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, industry training, specialist advisory work and leading an active research group in structural engineering. 

Prof. Gardner’s principal research interests, in respect of which he has co-authored 4 textbooks, 7 book chapters and over 400 technical papers, lie in the areas of structural testing, numerical modelling and the development of design methods for steel structures. He is Editor-in-Chief of two international journals and serves on the Editorial boards of five others. He chairs a number of IStructE and BSI committees, is the UK National Representative on the European Working Group for the structural steel design standard EN 1993-1-1, and is a Fellow of both the Institutions of Civil and Structural Engineers. Prof. Gardner was awarded the prestigious IABSE prize in 2017 and was appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in 2018.




Professor José Romo MARTÍN, MSc, PhD, CEO of FHECOR Ingenieros Consultores

Structure and Form; Possibilities of Steel Constructions: Spanish Experiences

José Romo is Lecturer of Concrete and Steel Structures in the Polytechnic University of Madrid and CEO of FHECOR Ingenieros Consultores, S.A. the leading structural engineering company of Spain.  Prof. Romo is Delegate of the Spanish Group of IABSE (International Association of Bridges and Structural Engineering), Vicechair of Commission WC2 Conceptual Design of IABSE, Advisor to the Spanish Ministry of Public Works for the Structural Codes; and member of the Scientific Committee of several IABSE International Congresses.

In regard to the work as professional engineer of Prof. Romo it is necessary to remark his role as main designer of a great variety of bridges and special buildings, including: Mersey Gateway Cable-Stayed Bridge (UK), Suspension Bridge over the Chacao Channel (Chile), Elche Suspension Bridge (Spain), Marseille Velodrome Roof (France), Plasencia Auditorium (Spain) and the Headquarters of the Madrid Transport Agency (Spain).





Professor J. NORBERTO PIRES, MSc, PhD, Post-Doc em Controlo Automático

Impressão 3D de metais. Técnicas e processos de simulação. Uma plataforma robótica para deposição por laser e com soldadura

Norberto Pires, atualmente Professor Associado com Agregação do Departamento de Engenharia Mecânica da Universidade de Coimbra. O Prof. Norberto Pires é autor de várias centenas artigos científicos e técnicos publicados em revistas e conferências de prestígio, 3 livros em Inglês editados pela Springer, 3 livros em Português, com várias edições, editados pela LIDEL, vários capítulos em livros, mais de 500 artigos de divulgação técnico-científica, diretor da Revista Robótica (a única revista Portuguesa de Robótica). Tem uma presença assídua na comunicação social com colunas de opinião e programas de TV e radio.

Foi presidente da Sociedade Portuguesa de Robótica, da Associação Portuguesa de Controlo Automático, Presidente da Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Centro, Presidente do Comité de Investimento JESSICA Holding Fund Portugal, membro do Conselho Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia, membro do Conselho Nacional de Empreendedorismo e Inovação, entre outros cargos.

Em meados 2007 assumiu a Presidência do Conselho de Administração do iParque, Parque de Ciência e Tecnologia de Coimbra, cargo que exerceu até final de 2011, à frente de uma pequena mas muito dedicada equipa, com a qual planeou, obteve o financiamento e construiu esse importante espaço de localização empresarial de Coimbra. A estratégia de médio e longo prazo baseava-se na qualidade do espaço, nos edifícios VINCI e TESLA, na forte ligação à UC e numa muito eficaz coleção de serviços que permitisse sem atrativo para investimento e localização empresarial baseada em conhecimento.





Professor António ADÃO DA FONSECA, PhD

EVOLUÇÃO DAS ESTRUTURAS DE EDIFÍCIOS ALTOS: exemplo do empreendimento “Cinnamon Life”, no Sri Lanka

Adão da Fonseca, é Engenheiro Civil, licenciado pela FEUP, Doutor em Engenharia de Estruturas pelo Imperial College, da Universidade de Londres, Professor Catedrático Reformado da Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Membro Conselheiro da Ordem dos Engenheiros e Especialista em Estruturas pela Ordem dos Engenheiros.

Foi Diretor Técnico nas empresas: AFA – Adão da Fonseca e Associados, Consultores de Engenharia, SA (Porto), de 1985 a 2005; Adão da Fonseca – Engenheiros Consultores, Lda (Porto)., a partir de 2006; ADEAM – Engenharia e Consultoria, Ltda. (Belo Horizonte), a partir de 2011; Balmond & Adao Consultancy Ltd. (Londres), a partir de 2016. Foi também Presidente Nacional do Colégio de Engenharia Civil da Ordem dos Engenheiros no triénio 1995-1998; Presidente do European Council of Civil Engineers no quadriénio 1998-2002, em 2000 fazendo aprovar por unanimidade o Código de Conduta Profissional dos Engenheiros Civis Europeus; Membro do Conselho Consultivo do Instituto Português do Património Arquitetónico) em 2004 e 2005; Membro do Conselho de Ética da Universidade do Porto entre 2010 e 2014.

Ao longo da sua carreira profissional, colaborou na construção de numerosas obras de referência, na qualidade de Consultor, coordenador ou projetista de pontes e estruturas especiais. Das obras em que teve intervenção, destacam-se os seguintes: Ponte rodoviária Infante Dom Henrique sobre o rio Douro, entre o Porto e Gaia; Ponte Pedro e Inês sobre o rio Mondego, para peões; Ponte sobre a ribeira da Carpinteira, na Covilhã, para peões; Ponte GALP sobre a 2ª Circular, em Lisboa, para peões e bicicletas; Inúmeros viadutos na rede de autoestradas BRISA; Edifício do Oceanário de Lisboa, para a EXPO’98 - Lisboa; Edifício do Pavilhão do Conhecimento dos Mares, para a EXPO’98 - Lisboa; Escola de Economia e Gestão da Universidade Católica, em Lisboa; Fábrica de Semicondutores da Siemens/Infineon/Qimonda, em Vila do Conde, Fábrica de Papeis Finos da SOPORCEL, na Figueira da Foz; Via Catarina Shopping, no Porto; Edifício Península, no Porto; Casa da Música, no Porto; Teatro e Auditório de Poitiers, França; Pavilhão de Portugal, para a EXPO’2000, Hannover – Alemanha; Maison de la Musique, em Bordéus – França; Empreendimento Waterfront, em Colombo - Sri Lanka.






Cezary Bednarski is chartered architect with 38 years of design and construction experience, including buildings, bridges and urban environments. A founder-director of London based Studio Bednarski Ltd. A highly critical and provocative member of juries, panels and scientific committees. Winner of a number of awards and commendations. An outright winner in 23 UK and international architectural and urban design competitions.

Key past and current associations and affiliations: member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), a Fellow and Advisory Council Member of the Royal Society of Arts; a Fellow and a Member of Fellows Committee of the 21st Century Trust / Salzburg Global Seminar); a Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects Panel of Competition Assessors, advisor to UNESCO, architectural and urban advisor to the mayor of Warsaw, a member of the London Borough of Islington Conservation and Design Panel, and of London Borough of Brent Design Review Panel. Member of the British Group of IABSE. A Rome Scholar with the British School at Rome, a Diploma Unit Master at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, an external examiner at the University of Cardiff Architecture School, and a visiting Professor of Architecture at Instituto Superior Politécnico José Antonio Echeverría, in Havana, Cuba. Lectures internationally. In 2009 featured among 34 creative Londoners in LONDON CREATIVES POLISH ROOTS exhibition at the Museum of London. In 2014 awarded the Polish Medal of Bene Merito by the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, first time given to an architect.



Claudia-Antonia MERKLE MA

Dare To Break Rules. What Business Can Learn From Art.

A passionate communicator, Claudia’s creative thought provoking presentation will open your minds and encourage you to think differently, consider multiple alternatives and unfamiliar vantage points – giving you inspiration and ideas in how leverage creativity in your business.

A must-not-miss session for all the creative individuals!s.

Claudia-Antonia Merkle holds a MA in Modern, Medieval, Early Christian and Byzantine History of Art and Sociology from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. She lectured in New York at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and worked in MoMA’s Education Department.

Since 2015 she is a visiting lecturer at the Corporate State University Baden-Württemberg, Germany, where she runs workshops and teaches on Business, Art & Creativity. She lectures at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, V&A, The Royal Academy of Art, The National Gallery and the London Design Museum.