17IB2MaC on-line conference will be held on YouTube platform and it will be placed on the conference website: in separate blocks. Viewers/participants of the conference will be viewing it on YouTube platform, where chat will also be of access.

Before launching the block of their appearance, presenting persons will be calling us by means of a tool used by us, from where your camera view will be collected – calling up links will be sent prior to the event.

To make your presentations progress smoothly and seamlessly, they need to be prepared in Google Slides app, which is an equivalent of Microsoft PowerPoint – works in the same way and importation of ready PowerPoint presentation is also possible. To this end, a special link to Google Slides, where you need to make your presentation and there is no need of sending it to us, has been prepared for each of you.

A key element is a stable and verified access to the Internet network, and it is strongly advised that you equip yourself in headphones with microphone in order to preclude possible problems. It is requested that you take a test and familiarize with this article.

Website after connect will look like this:

  1. Main window (presentation or speakers view)
  2. Camera look
  3. Settings (mute/unmute camera and microphone, camera view visible, full screen, internal chat)
  4. Remote control of the presentation (next, previous slide)
  5. YouTube chat
Caution: all presenting persons will be requested for connecting 20 minutes before start of a given block and for being connected until the time of completion of one’s presentation.

Step-by-step instructions:
  1. Prepare a presentation in Google Slide – you have obtained a unique link attributed to yourself.
  2. Carry out connection tests and read information contained in this article.
  3. Enter a test website and see if you are able to connect and remotely control an exemplary presentation
  4. Wait for an incoming e-mail prior to your appearance, in which you will receive detailed links.
  5. Connect 20 minutes before a planned starting time of your block.
All presentations will be recorded during the conference and available for the participants at the conference website after the event.

In case of any inquiries or problems, feel free to contact us at the address:

Dear Participants of the 17th IB2MaC conference,

Due to the situation related to the spread of COVID-19 in the world, we would like to inform you that the Conference has not been cancelled and it is not planned to postpone it to another date, because no one knows when COVID-19 will expire.

We decided to organize an online conference as close as possible to regular ones and publish articles by the Balkema publisher . Participants want to publish their work already done in this difficult time (only a few articles have been withdrawn), so we will not lose their hard work (especially of young scientists). The future is now still unknown. We are afraid that some universities may have problems with funding for conferences next year.

After calculating of the conference budget, the Organizing Committee decided about partial reimbursement for online participation. All participants who overpaid the reduced fee will receive individual reimbursement forms with calculated refund.

Participation in the conference online without paper publication is also possible, after paying the online participation fee of 220 EUR.

A number of participants declared only paper publication in Balkema, thus we have only a few reserved spaces in online conference sessions for additional presentations. For those participants who want to participate online in the conference and present their work without publication, the online presentation fee is 300 EUR.

Qualification for presentation without publication will be done basing on the sent one page abstract. Please express your interest by sending information to the Organizing Committee (
The amount of reserved space in conference sessions for additional presentations is limited.

Last week we finished the editing process and sent submitted articles to Balkema. Finally, we sent 133 articles: 4 keynote, 7 semi-keynote and 122 regular. Now we are waiting for the ready e-book. A list of the conference articles with authors and titles can be found on the conference website. Access by means of a token to full texts should be available to participants before the conference.

We have started the next organizational stage of the conference. The first draft of the online conference program is presented on the conference website. We organize two parallel sessions blocks over 3 days with two special sessions and invited keynote and semi-keynote lectures. In addition, other conference activities will be available online: expert panel, Royal Castle Wawel tour, technical tour, concert, photo gallery and competitions (Best Paper Award and Best Photo Award). Accompanying events such as meetings and workshops are also planned. Detailed information will soon be available on the conference website.

We hired a professional supplier of online meetings to organize online conference sessions as close as possible to the traditional ones, based on a special platform. Presenters, chairpersons and participants will be connected via internet connections in virtual rooms, with the option of communicating with each other. An online network will also be available in special virtual rooms during coffee breaks. The presentations will be prepared and operated by Google Slides. Relevant information with instructions on how to prepare presentations in Google Slides will soon be send to the authors. Participation in the conference without presentation will also be possible, after receiving a special access code.

More information soon.

17th International Brick and Block Masonry Conference - 17th IB2MaC 2020
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