1st International Conference on:

Mg-based cements

Background
To limit global temperature rise to below 2°C, we need to radically and rapidly change the way we build and use materials, since construction is responsible for 20–40% of industrial CO2 emissions. Magnesium-based cements have the potential to become a major carbon sink in the construction industry.
Topics
The conference aims at exchanging state-of-the-art knowledge on future applications, from binder production to application as concrete workability, reaction kinetics, admixtures, hydrates, strength development, durability and leaching.
Subjects
  • Magnesium carbonate cements
  • Magnesium silicate cements
  • Magnesium oxychloride / oxysulfate cements
  • Magnesium phosphate cements
  • Carbonation hardening
Key Dates
  • February 2024: 1st announcement
  • January 2025: 2nd announcement and abstract submission
  • September 2025: start of registration
  • February 10–12, 2026: Conference in Murten
Call for papers
Abstracts: Authors are invited to submit a one-page abstract for oral and poster presentations via the conference website or by e-mail to  until July 1st, 2025.
Abstracts will be published in the workshop proceedings. Guidelines for abstracts and papers will be provided on this conference website.
Organizers
Frank Winnefeld
Barbara Lothenbach
Ellina Bernard
Raphael Kuhn
Jan Schmitt
International Steering Committee

Celine Cau dit Coumes, CEA Marcoule, France
Shiho Kawashima, Columbia University, New York, USA
Paivo Kinnunen, University of Oulu, Finland
Hegoi Manzano, University of the Basque Country, Spain
Hoang Nguyen, University of Oulu, Finland
John Provis, PSI, Switzerland
Cristina Ruiz Augudo, University of Konstanz, Germany
Allan Scott, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Cise Unluer, University of Manchester, UK
Hong Wong, Imperial College London, UK
Biwan Xu, Tongji University, China

Administration

For general information please contact:

For information regarding registration and payments:

Information on the scientific program:
www.empa.ch/web/MgO2026

Conference location and accommodation

https://company.sbb.ch/en/sbb-as-business-partner/services/centre-loewenberg.html
Murten is a historic medieval town at the French-German language border in Switzerland, offering historic sites, beautiful views and numerous hiking trails.
Murten is located less than two hours from the international airports in Zurich, Geneva, Basle or Berne and can be easily reached by car or via hourly train connections from all major Swiss cities.
For detailed information including hotel information, detailed conference program, abstract and final paper submission and electronic registration:

www.empa.ch/web/MgO2026
email:

Hotel
Overnight accommodation for the participants can be booked at the Centre Loewenberg in Murten.
Venue

The conference will be held at the Centre Loewenberg near Murten. The Centre is nestled in a quiet park and offers also hotel facilities.

 

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1st International Conference on:

Mg-based cements

Background
To limit global temperature rise to below 2°C, we need to radically and rapidly change the way we build and use materials, since construction is responsible for 20–40% of industrial CO2 emissions. Magnesium-based cements have the potential to become a major carbon sink in the construction industry.
Topics
The conference aims at exchanging state-of-the-art knowledge on future applications, from binder production to application as concrete workability, reaction kinetics, admixtures, hydrates, strength development, durability and leaching.
Subjects
  • Magnesium carbonate cements
  • Magnesium silicate cements
  • Magnesium oxychloride / oxysulfate cements
  • Magnesium phosphate cements
  • Carbonation hardening
Key Dates
  • February 2024: 1st announcement
  • January 2025: 2nd announcement and abstract submission
  • September 2025: start of registration
  • February 10–12, 2026: Conference in Murten
Call for papers
Abstracts: Authors are invited to submit a one-page abstract for oral and poster presentations via the conference website or by e-mail to  until July 1st, 2025.
Abstracts will be published in the workshop proceedings. Guidelines for abstracts and papers will be provided on this conference website.
Organizers
Frank Winnefeld
Barbara Lothenbach
Ellina Bernard
Raphael Kuhn
Jan Schmitt
International Steering Committee

Celine Cau dit Coumes, CEA Marcoule, France
Shiho Kawashima, Columbia University, New York, USA
Paivo Kinnunen, University of Oulu, Finland
Hegoi Manzano, University of the Basque Country, Spain
Hoang Nguyen, University of Oulu, Finland
John Provis, PSI, Switzerland
Cristina Ruiz Augudo, University of Konstanz, Germany
Allan Scott, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Cise Unluer, University of Manchester, UK
Hong Wong, Imperial College London, UK
Biwan Xu, Tongji University, China

Administration

For general information please contact:

For information regarding registration and payments:

Information on the scientific program:
www.empa.ch/web/MgO2026

Conference location and accommodation

https://company.sbb.ch/en/sbb-as-business-partner/services/centre-loewenberg.html
Murten is a historic medieval town at the French-German language border in Switzerland, offering historic sites, beautiful views and numerous hiking trails.
Murten is located less than two hours from the international airports in Zurich, Geneva, Basle or Berne and can be easily reached by car or via hourly train connections from all major Swiss cities.
For detailed information including hotel information, detailed conference program, abstract and final paper submission and electronic registration:

www.empa.ch/web/MgO2026
email:

Hotel
Overnight accommodation for the participants can be booked at the Centre Loewenberg in Murten.
Venue

The conference will be held at the Centre Loewenberg near Murten. The Centre is nestled in a quiet park and offers also hotel facilities.

 

Flyer