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26th IAHR International Symposium on Ice - Post event report

The 26th IAHR International Symposium on Ice organised by the IAHR Technical Committee on Ice Research and Engineering was held in its birthplace, Montréal, Québec, Canada from 19 to June 2022. It was a successful return to in-person conference. There were about 130 attendees, of which around two-thirds attended in-person. A virtual option was also available for those authors who were not able to travel to Montréal. The pre-recordings of their presentation were played for the live audience and the presenters answered questions online. A total of 86 papers and 6 posters were received and presented at the symposium.

The symposium had a strong indigenous aspect. A local chief gave an indigenous land acknowledgement and speech at the opening ceremony. The first keynote speaker, Trevor Bell, Founding Director and Ex-Officio of SmartIce, presented indigenous-led, community-based monitoring and product development for sea ice travel safety, showing strong collaboration with Inuit people.

The other two keynotes were also excellent. Rick Carson presented the wide variety of river ice projects he has completed in over 50 years. 

There were many high-quality papers with graduate student as lead author. They did impressive job presenting their research to the audience. After a thorough assessment by many of the IAHR Ice Research and Engineering Technical Committee members, Clement Billy from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal was the recipient of the Best Student Paper Award. The paper is entitled “Three-dimensional fully Lagrangian continuum-discrete modeling of river ice jam formation”.

The Ice Research and Engineering Award was presented to Dr. Spyros Beltaos, in recognition of his many outstanding technical contributions in the field of ice engineering and research, as well as his long-term support of the activities of the IAHR.

The 27th IAHR Ice Symposium will be hosted by the Gdansk University of Technology (GdanskTECH) in Gdansk, Poland from 9 to 13 June 2023. The Congress Chair is Tomasz Kolerski.

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Control structures along the Lachine Canal at the Old Port of Montréal 

Best Student Paper Award recipient: Clement Billy, École Polytechnique de Montréal. Paper entitled “Three-dimensional fully Lagrangian continuum-discrete modeling of river ice jam formation”

La Grande Roue de Montréal


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