Professor Nele De Belie elected RILEM vice-president

(08-09-2021) RILEM, the International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures, was founded in June 1947, with the aim to promote scientific cooperation in the area of construction materials and structures.

During the 75th RILEM annual week in Merida (hybrid mode), 29 August to 3 September 2021, Nele De Belie (Professor in Durability of Cement Bound Materials, department of Structural Engineering and Building Materials) was elected as the new RILEM vice-president.

Every three years, the RILEM Presidency changes: the Outgoing President passes the torch to the current President who in turn passes the torch to the current Vice-President, who becomes the next President... and of course, there is a brand-new Vice-President! Nicolas Roussel, current RILEM Vice-President, will become the RILEM President for the next 3 years from January 2022, while the current president, Ravindra Gettu, will then move to the position of Outgoing President. Nele De Belie, the new RILEM Vice-President, has been the chair of the Technical Activities Committee (TAC) since 2019 and is currently also chairing the RILEM technical committee TC 281-CCC - Carbonation of concrete with supplementary cementitious materials, which has more than 100 members.

RILEM currently has around 2400 individual members and 100 corporate members, in 90 countries around the world.