The Greek Tunnelling Society organizes the World Tunnel Congress (WTC) 2023 from 12 to 18 May 2023 in the city of Athens. The WTC is the premier annual event of the International Tunnelling Association (ITA-AITES) and is considered as the top attended tunnelling conference in the world with the participation of more than 2000 professional visitors. The congress will take place in the Megaron Athens International Conference Center (MAICC), one of the finest and most technologically advanced conference venues in Europe. Athens sounds like the ideal conference host city and the meeting hub of the tunnelling and underground space professionals, thanks to the pleasant climate conditions during mid-May and its unique blend of history, art, culture, lifestyle and entertainment.
Positive Impact of Underground Solutions
The theme of WTC 2023 is “Expanding Underground – Knowledge and Passion to Make a Positive Impact on the World”. The congress will highlight on the multiple advantages and solutions that underground space can provide, at the prospect of a whole new era of smart technology, where sophisticated “digital tools” change investigation, design, construction and operation methods and strategies rapidly.
The congress covers all important topics of the tunnelling and underground space industry, whereas a high scientific level will be ensured as all papers, prior to publication, will be peer reviewed by a scientific committee with more than 150 members from all around the world. All accepted papers for publication will be made available to an open access portal. Hence, the WTC 2023 papers will be freely and permanently available.
The WTC 2023 will be held as a hybrid congress. Of course, the organizers prefer personal participation at the event in order to welcome as many visitors as possible on location in Athens, but it is also possible to follow the lecture program from the computer.
WTC 2023 will also host a large exhibition with plenty of space, where traditionally all major international firms involved in the tunnelling industry participate.
The program of the WTC 2023 will start with the training courses of ITA-TECH from 12 to 13 May 2023, whereas the main congress activities – the scientific program and technical exhibition – will take place between Monday 15 May and Wednesday 17 May. During the whole congress week, all regular annual ITA activities will be organized (i.e General Assemblies etc.), along with the various meetings of the working groups and of ITA’ s committees.
Last but not least, thanks to the construction activity that will take place in Athens by 2023, several technical visits will be organized, providing to the delegates various alternatives to choose from.