Privacy Policy & Terms and Conditions

IABSE, October 1, 2019, Zurich, Switzerland.

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Privacy Policy


The International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering – IABSE is a scientific/technical association comprising members in 100 countries and over 50 National Groups worldwide since 1929. The mission of the Association is to exchange knowledge and to advance the practice of structural engineering worldwide in the service of the profession and society. To achieve its mission, IABSE organises conferences worldwide, publishes a journal, bulletins, newsletters, conference proceedings and brochures; offers programmes for young engineers; presents annual awards recognising outstanding structures and professional achievements in structural engineering; e-learning platform through its website To provide good services to its members, IABSE stores personal information such as name, date of birth, personal and work contact and mailing details and organisation to deliver the quarterly journal SEI, membership invoice, newsletters and other communication materials. IABSE does not store any sensitive personal data such as religious preferences, political views, sexual orientation, and credit card details. Members and online users are redirected to our secure third-party online payment platform to process payments.

IABSE will not sell users/members information, and will only share it with third parties as described in this document. We are committed to protecting users/members information and use leading technologies and encryption software to safeguard users/members data and keep strict security standards to prevent any unauthorised access to it.

With this policy, IABSE gives clear information to privacy and shows that it ensures, protects and maintains confidentiality. This policy applies to the entire organisation, all processes, and all parts, objects and data collections. This privacy policy is in line with the general policy of IABSE and the relevant national and European laws and regulations. This privacy policy comes into immediate effect and will be evaluated regularly and revised if necessary. Changes to this policy will be published via IABSE website and communication channels. The latest version of the policy can be found on the IABSE website.

The legal framework for dealing with data
IABSE collects and works with personal data of staff, IABSE members, subscribers, web customers, suppliers and other business associates but not limited to associations, press, non-member suppliers and other stakeholders in the global structural engineering industry.
This privacy policy has been updated as an act of compliance with the regulations as described in the ‘General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)’, enforced as of May 25th, 2018.

IABSE will safely treat personal data and respects the privacy of those involved. IABSE commits to the following principles:
   • Lawfulness, fairness and transparency
   • Personal data will be processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner.
   • Foundation and purpose limitation
IABSE ensures that personal data are collected and processed only for specific, explicit and legitimate purposes and not further processed in a manner that is incompatible with those purposes.

Data minimisation
IABSE collects only data that is adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary with the purposes for which it is possessed.

If you have any questions about this privacy policy, please contact us.
Jungholzstrasse 28
8050 Zurich, SWITZERLAND

IABSE reserves the right to add to or amend this privacy policy at our sole discretion, without prior notice. Please review IABSE’s privacy policy on a regular basis to make sure you have read the latest version and you understand what IABSE does with your personal information. Your continued use of our services or our website following the posting of changes to this privacy policy means that you continue to give consent to those changes.

This version of the privacy policy is effective as of October 1, 2019

Member information
Members are required to submit their name, email address, web address and activity field indicated while becoming a member using our online application form, which is stored in our database and is available to the profile page at the member’s area for the member to modify anytime with the exception to the user email address and name. IABSE also stores data on your order and how members use the site (ratings, last visit etc.).

Your stored personal information and order information are displayed on your account page once you become a member.

We also store your answers to surveys you may reply to via email or on

Access logs stores standard access logs of all visits to the site. This includes access time, IP address, and browser information.

Cookies uses cookies. These are small text files that are stored on your computer. They make it possible to place orders, to manage your account information, and to better serve you when you visit the website.

Some cookies are stored on your computer until you delete them. It you want to avoid storing cookies, you can turn off the feature in your web browser. We also store temporary cookies when you register and pay for membership.

Sharing of information with third parties
In general, IABSE will not share your details with any third party unless absolutely required to do so by law. The exception is primarily, third-party providers IABSE uses to provide our services. Below is a list of the third-party providers IABSE uses and what information these have access to:

ASI and Ifinity
IABSE shares users/members information with these companies for users/members database management.

Cvent and Atanto provide mobile Apps for IABSE conferences.

Argus Revisionen GmbH
Argus Revisionen GmbH Performs the external audit of the Association and receives customer information related to payments etc. during ongoing audits.

Clarivate/ScholarOne platform is used to peer review papers for IABSE Conferences.

Conference/Congress/Symposium Organisers for IABSE
IABSE Event Organisers must validate participant's IABSE membership status during the registration process.

HALCYON CONSULTING AG provides bookkeeping and financial services to the Association and receives members and customer information related to payments etc.

Ifinity to backup site information
Ifinity is a UK based IT provider company that hosts the email platform, membership database iMIS and website They manage content and back up all data for IABSE Secretariat in Zurich.

Google Analytics
Google Analytics helps us understand how our website is used and therefore Google Analytics stores cookies on our site.

Ogone is used to process payments. When you pay, the information required to process the payment is handled through SSL encryption by our payment-service provider Ogone.

SendPulse is used to send out monthly newsletter to members. For those who are signed up to the newsletters SendPulse will store e-mail information, and email usage statistics (open- and click rates).

Sharing buttons and widgets for FaceBook, Linkedin and Twitter
IABSE uses social-media technology to allow you to share content. These services use their own third-party cookies.

Taylor and Francis
Taylor and Francis Group, UK, publishes the SEI journal and mails it to members and subscribers. IABSE sends the names and postal addresses of all members and subscribers to Taylor and Francis Group to distribute the journal’s hardcopies to the above.

IABSE uses video services (YouTube, etc.) that store their own third-party cookies.

The right to request and modify personal information
You have the right to order a copy of the data we have on you. You may also request that we correct personal information, or that we remove your personal information completely.

To order a copy or request a change of your personal information, please send a letter to:

Jungholzstrasse 28
8050 Zurich, SWITZERLAND