• Leading technical centers: Experts from Spain, USA, Australia, China, France, Brazil and Egypt formed the jury for the José Entrecanales Ibarra Foundation Awards

Academics from the world's major civil engineering universities, who were part of the jury for this year's José Entrecanales Ibarra Awards, convened with ACCIONA executives to discuss the challenges and trends in the construction of sustainable infrastructure.

José Miguel Atienza, dean of the School of Civil Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid and president of the José Entrecanales Ibarra Foundation, visited the ACCIONA headquarters alongside Ali Jadbabaie from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, Daichao Sheng from Australia’s University of Technology Sydney, Lun Zang from China’s Tongji University, Jean Michel Pereira from France’s Université Gustave Eiffel, Claudio Barbieri from Brazil’s Universidade de São Paulo, and Bahaa Sharf from Egypt’s Ain Shams University.

The members of the jury represent the leading educational centers in the training of civil engineers, making the José Entrecanales Ibarra Foundation Awards the most important prizes in the global infrastructure sector.

Buddhima Indraratna, this year's winner of the José Entrecanales Ibarra Foundation’s VI Civil Engineering Award, and Judith Wamboye, director of Nyumbani, the NGO that received the VI Development Cooperation Award, accompanied the delegation, which was received by a group of executives led by Juan Ignacio Entrecanales, ACCIONA's vice-chairman.

During the meeting, the academics and executives discussed the prospects and challenges of civil engineering, the importance of talent and the areas of research within the infrastructure sector with the greatest future impact.