International Symposium

"Sustainable road pavements worldwide:
from Research to Implementation"

The International Symposium is a unique opportunity to share knowledge from research to implementation on sustainable road pavements worldwide. Eminent speakers from The Netherlands, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Brazil and US will be providing the audience with their experience in going from research on sustainable road pavement to their experience in implementing them. 

The international Symposium is sponsored by the “Associazione Italiana Traffico e Trasporti” (AIIT)

Programme | 21 September (AM)


  • Dr. Davide Lo Presti, University of of Palermo
  • Dr. Clara Celauro, University of Palermo


The International symposium will be held in the beautiful location of Palazzo Chiaramonte-Steri, at Complesso Monumentale dello Steri, Piazza Marina n. 61

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Confirmed Speakers

Prof. Andre A. A. Molenaar

Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Andre A. A. Molenaar is emeritus professor at Delft University of Technology. He was involved in a large number of research projects and consultancy work all over the world. His research mainly focused on accelerated testing of asphalt pavements, pavement evaluation, recycling of construction demolition waste, and the characterization of the stiffness, fatigue, crack growth, and permanent deformation behavior of asphalt mixtures made of virgin and recycled materials.

Prof. Ezio Santagata

Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Ezio Santagata is full professor of “Roads, Railways and Airports” in the Politecnico di Torino, Director of the “Road Materials Laboratory” and Scientific Responsible of the High Quality Laboratory denominated “Experimental Laboratory of Innovative and Recycled Materials for Civil Engineering Infrastructures”. After obtaining his degree in the University of Ancona (Italy), he was Visiting Scholar at Penn State University (USA) in 1993 and 1995. His research is focused on pavement materials and structures, with an emphasis on laboratory testing of bituminous binders and mixtures. He has published more than 200 scientific and technical papers in national and international journals and conference proceedings. He has been Principal Investigator of several research programs sponsored by private partners, by the Italian Ministry of University and Research, and by the European Commission. He is the member of the Editorial Board of four International Journals.

Prof. Mayca Rubio Gámez

University of Granada, Spain

Mayca Rubio Gámez is a full Professor specialised on the design and mechanical performance of materials for transportation infrastructures. Since 2010 she is the Head of the Research Group “Laboratory of Construction Engineering” (LabIC) at UGR and since January 2017 she is the Coordinator of the Civil Engineering Doctoral Programme. She has 25 years of experience on research for the development of innovative materials for road pavements. She is author of more than 75 JCR publications and co-author of 3 patents, managing more than 6 M€ research budget. She is a member of EATA Steering Committee, RILEM Technical Committees and ASEFMA, among other prestigious associations related to transport infrastructures and asphalt industry.

Dr. Wim Van den bergh

Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium

Wim Van den bergh is associate professor and research coordinator for Road Engineering Research Section of EMIB (Research group Energy and Materials in Infrastructure and Buildings) at University of Antwerp (Faculty of Applied Engineering) .  Wim Van den bergh works in several national and international projects and committees as expert in asphalt recycling and bitumen technologies. His research focusses on healing of bituminous materials, impact of recycling on durability properties, use of IT in road engineering for enhancing quality and durability, improved mixtures for special pavements such as airport and harbour environment.

Dr. Emmanuel Chailleux

Université Gustave Eiffel, France

Emmanuel Chailleux is a Researcher at Université Gustave Eiffel (formerly IFSTTAR) in the Materials and Structures Department. His research focuses on organic binders for granular road structures. In this context, he conducts studies aimed at identifying links between the chemical structures of binders and their physical and mechanical properties: viscoelasticity, crack resistance, ageing. For some years now, he has devoted his research to the development of alternative binders from biomass.

Dr. Flavien Geisler

Eiffage, France

Flavien Geisler is project manager in road and pavement engineering at Eiffage within the Research & Innovation Department. From 2015 to 2020 he has worked as the manager of the Fifth Generation Road projects. As he is has a background of a chemical engineer he has been now working as project manager in the field of chemistry of bituminous binders and bio-binder or bio-based emulsions

Dr. Kamilla Vasconcelos

University of São Paulo, Brazil

Kamilla Vasconcelos is an associate professor at the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo, and graduate professor in the Transportation Engineering program of the same university since 2011. Kamilla has published more than 100 technical papers in journals and conferences. She is peer reviewer in several international journals and part of the Editorial Board of RMPD, IJPE and Transportes. She is co-chair of the Techcnical Group ´Degree of Binder Activation´of the Technical Committee 264 RAP of RILEM, and member of the Asphalt Binder (AKM10) Committee of the TRB. She is involved in different research projects related to Transportation Infrastructure with focus on sustainability and biomaterials in the past years.

Dr. Nizar Lajnef

Michigan State University, US

Nizar Lajnef is an associate professor of civil engineering at Michigan State University. His current research activities include smart mobility solutions, sensing systems for the monitoring of civil and mechanical structures, multifunctional and connected infrastructure, and sensors design and implementation. Dr. Lajnef is the author of more than one hundred publications in the area of sensors design and energy harvesting. Dr. Lajnef is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Summary of the event

Welcome Notes

Prof Enrico Napoli (UNIPA)


Prof Hervé Di Benedetto



Prof Andre A. A. Molenaar

Putting research into practice and how research should be inspired by practice



Prof Mayca Rubio Gámez

Research & Implementation of Sustainable Pavements in Spain


Dr Elena  Cocuzza (president of AIIT Sicilia)


Dr Wim Van den bergh

From research towards the application of innovative technologies in Flanders


Dr Kamilla Vasconcelos

The Brazilian efforts towards sustainable road pavements


Dr Emmanuel Chailleux and Dr Flavien Geisler

Could bio-based binders be an alternative to bitumen for pavement construction sector?


Dr Nizar Lajnef

Self-Powered Sensing and Edge Computing in SHM and Mobility Applications


Questions & Answers