Since the late 1990’s, there has been rapid growth in the application of fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites in construction around the world in terms of both research activities and practical implementations. Indeed, many have hailed FRP composites as a new generation of construction materials following steel and concrete. Against this background, The International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC) was established in March 2003.
The International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC) is the only international professional organisation dedicated to the use of fibre-reinforced composite materials (FRP) in Civil infrastructure. The mission of the Institute is to advance the understanding and application of FRP composites in the civil infrastructure, in the service of the engineering profession and society.
With membership representing academia and industry from 34 countries on six continents, IIFC offers its members unprecedented access to the state-of-the-art and advanced research endeavours at the cutting edge of the use of FRP in infrastructure through conferences, symposia and curricular development.
IIFC hosts two official conferences and meetings in alternating years. The flagship IIFC conference is the biannual International Conference on FRP Composites in Civil Engineering (CICE). In alternate years, the regional Asia-Pacific Conference on FRP in Structures (APFIS) is held. IIFC also co-sponsors other international conference series.
IIFC, together with the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Construction Institute, sponsors the ASCE Journal of Composite Construction, the leading technical journal in the field. Additionally, IIFC publishes the quarterly FRP International, an open forum for its members.
IIFC is a close-knit community of researchers and other professionals leading the development of FRP systems, applications, guidelines, standards and codes, and curricular material worldwide. Within IIFC, there are countless opportunities to contribute to these endeavours.