Prof. Urs Meier

Prof. Urs Meier


Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

To say that Urs Meier has enjoyed an illustrious professional career is a definite understatement. He has held various positions at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa). In 1983, Urs Meier rose to the rank of the Managing Director of Empa in Dubendorf, a position that he held until his recent retirement. In addition, he has also been professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. Over the years, Urs Meier’s accomplishments in the application of FRPs in civil engineering have had a tremendous impact on the field; indeed, he has received many accolades and worldwide recognition for his pioneering work. Especially noteworthy is his work on the post-strengthening of civil structures with carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) strips, which has been successfully implemented at a growing rate worldwide, and the application of CFRP stay-and post-tensioning cables.

Getting to know Urs

What can participants expect to take away from your presentation?

‘A quarter of a century’s worth of proof that highly loaded components of CFRP are very reliable in construction, along with a glimpse into the future of possible FRP megastructures.’

Looking at the 2019 CompIC programme, aside from your own, who’s presentation are you looking forward to?

‘ Most of the presentations are looking very interesting, in particular, the keynote, the DACOMAT project and The Market for Composites in Infrastructure Applications.’

What excites you about the future of the use of Composite Materials in the Construction Industry?

‘The ability to reduce maintenance cost, avoid failures such as the bridge in Genoa and new innovative opportunities.’

What do you like to do in your spare time?

‘I enjoy teaching children how to design bridges and to construct suspension and arch bridges in the laboratory or across a creek – such as the below:’

Cats or Dogs?


Speaker sessions:

Keynote: An Update of Past Visions of Fibre-Reinforced Megastructures at 09:00 on 11th April 2019