From 12 to 18 May 2023 the Greek Tunnelling Society, organizes the World Tunnel Congress (WTC 2023) in the city of Athens. The WTC is the premier annual event of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA-AITES) and is considered as the top attended tunnelling conference in the world with the participation of more than 2000 professionals. The congress will take place in the international conference center Megaron, which is considered as one of the finest and most technologically advanced conference venues in Europe.
The theme of WTC 2023 “Expanding Underground” will focus on the knowledge and passion that the tunnelling industry offers to make a positive Impact on the world. The WTC 2023 will be carried out in hybrid mode. It will highlight on the multiple advantages and solutions that underground space can provide and will focus on the prospect of a whole new era of smart technology, where sophisticated “digital tools” change investigation, design, construction and operation methods rapidly.
The program of the WTC 2023 will start with the training courses of ITA-TECH between 12 and 13 May 2023, whereas the main congress activities (i.e., 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. Furthermore, a significant number of distinguished keynote speakers will attend the congress, participating with remarkable speeches during the Scientific program, sharing their knowledge and expertise in various topics. The very first announcements of keynote speakers include Professor Marc Panet, delivering the honorary Muir Wood Lecture “The Convergence-Confinement Method” and Prof. Emer. Kyriazis Pitilakis, sharing his expertise on the Seismic design and risk assessment of tunnels and underground structures.
Last but not least, several technical visits will be organized, providing to the delegates various alternatives to choose upon.