Call for Papers

Dear Sir or Madam,

The next STUVA Conference, the international forum for tunnels and infrastructure, will take place at the Exhibition Grounds Karlsruhe from 24 to 26 November 2021. We therefore invite and encourage you to submit an abstract for the public lectures on 24 and 25 November.

You will probably ask yourself whether the STUVA Conference can take place against the background of the Corona pandemic. Unfortunately, at this moment it is impossible to make a reliable forecast about what to expect at the time of the event. Nevertheless, we have decided to start planning the STUVA Conference (and the STUVA Expo) 2021 in the same manner as in previous years. In spring 2021, an evaluation of the current situation will be carried out, to determine whether the event can be held in November. 

As in previous years, we would like to ask you to submit your proposal to give a lecture at the STUVA Conference, even if there is a possibility that we will have to cancel the STUVA Conference. However, this will be done at such an early stage that you should not have done much more than preparing an abstract.

The lecture series is divided into the two segments “Tunnelling” and “Tunnel Operation/Planning” with more than 60 lectures in all. For example, the lectures can be on the following main topics:

Most recent developments in underground construction, Major international projects, Safety during construction of tunnels, Design, Construction, Maintenance, Refurbish-ment, Research, Mechanised tunneling, Tunnelling under difficult ground conditions, Sustainability, Recovery and use of energy, Economics, Contractual issues, Financing, Latest guidelines and regulations, Safety equipment, Innovative safety concepts, Upgrading, Modernization, Risk management, Tunnel management, Tunnel control systems, Behavior of tunnel users, Lighting and escape route signage, Fire protection, Fire detection.

As we will provide simultaneous interpretation, we also welcome English speakers to hold their presentations in English.

Youth Forum

Since 2010 we have provided the young generation of tunnellers the chance to give an insight of the fascination of tunnelling in the “Youth Forum”. 

We are therefore looking for young, highly-qualified engineers or specialists in all tunnelling-related fields, from your organisations, to take part in the forum. Nominees should be aged around 30 to 35, have acquired initial practical or academic experience and be in a position to report on the latest developments in their respective fields. From the proposals submitted, around five participants will be chosen to give papers at the Youth Forum. Based on these talks, the winner of the STUVA Young Talent Award will be decided. The award will be presented at the gala evening.

Applying to give a paper

If you are interested in contributing a paper to the STUVA Conference we ask you to submit an application by January 31, 2021 paying heed to the relevant instructions.

An external selection committee will compile the conference programme from the proposals provided and then pass them on to the STUVA board for approval. As experience has shown that more papers are suggested than can be presented in the time available we ask for your understanding that possibly not all suggestions can be considered. Those having shown their interest will be contacted by the middle of May 2021.

Overview of Dates

  • Submission of proposals by 31 January 2021

  • Communication on the acceptance of the presentations by 15 May 2021

  • Submission of long lecture version (ready to be published) until 31 July 2021

  • STUVA Conference 2021 in Karlsruhe 24-26 November 2021

Contact and further Information

Dipl.-Ing. Stefanie Posch
Tel.: +49 221 5 97 95 - 11
E-mail: s.posch/at/