Amphis pour Tous - Magic Concrete or the magic of concrete

May 11, 2023 6:30 pm - May 11, 2023 7:30 PM

The "Magic Concrete or the magic of concrete " conference, presented by Olivier PLÉ, university professor at the LabOratoire proCédés énergIe bâtimEnt (LOCIE), Polytech Annecy-Chambéry, will take place on Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 6.30pm at La Turbine Sciences (entrance via La Turbine cinema), Annecy.

It will also be held :

  • Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. in Albertville
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. in Chambéry
  • Tuesday, April 4, 2023 at Archamps

Conferences will take place subject to health conditions linked to the Coronovirus epidemic (COVID-19) and in compliance with the safety instructions in force at the venue hosting the event.


" When I tell my university colleagues that I teach concrete and reinforced concrete, they laugh. They teach the physics of phase transformations, molecular chemistry or the mechanics of discontinuous media. And yet, to study and understand this material is to mobilize all these hard sciences. What' s more, it sometimes means going beyond established scientific knowledge to carry out very fundamental research that enables us to better understand concrete and use it more effectively.

Very often disliked today because it is accused of being a pollutant for the planet, concrete was nevertheless the material of Europe's reconstruction after the Second World War. In fact, concrete has been in use since Antiquity, and its vast possibilities have enabled the greatest architects to build their most beautiful works of art. Indeed, concrete can be translucent, lighter than water, waterproof, ultra-resistant, self-repairing, a CO2 trap, recyclable, draining, photovoltaic, nano-textured to produce energy.... In a word: magic!