Amphis pour Tous - Magic Concrete or the magic of concrete

October 18, 2022 18:30 - October 18, 2022 19:30

The conference "Magic Concrete or the magic of concrete" , presented by Olivier PLÉ, university professor at the LabOratoire proCédés énergIe bâtimEnt (LOCIE), Polytech Annecy-Chambéry, will take place on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 6:30 p.m., at the mediatheque in Albertville.

It will also be held :

  • Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 6:30 pm in Annecy
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 6:00 pm in Chambéry
  • Tuesday April 4, 2023 in Archamps

The conferences will take place subject to the health conditions related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic and in compliance with the safety instructions in force in 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 conduct 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 the reconstruction of Europe after the Second World War. In fact, it is a material that has been used since antiquity and its great possibilities have allowed 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!