There have been rapid growths in the application of advanced fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites in construction around the world in terms of both research activities and practical implementations since the late 1990s. 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 aim of the Institute is to advance the understanding and the application of FRP composites in the civil infrastructure, in the service of the engineering profession and society.
As laid down in its by-laws, the activities of the IIFC include: (a) the organization and sponsorship of international conferences, symposiums, workshops, short courses and seminars, including an conference; (b) the publication of an official newsletter and other relevant materials; (c) the establishment of working groups in selected areas to develop state-of-the-art reports and design recommendations; and (d) the development of curriculums and course materials to meet educational needs at different levels.