The Young Concrete, Researchers, Engineers, and Technologists Symposium (YCRETS) is convened under the auspices of Cement & Concrete SA. This peer-reviewed event brings together individuals, 35 years and younger (in 2023), who work on the development, design, and application of concrete and cementitious-based materials in Southern Africa. YCRETS 2023 will be a a live event hosted at Stellenbosch University; all presentations will be done live at the venue. The event may also be live streamed to accommodate delegates who cannot attend the physical Symposium.

After the very successful YCRETS 2021, which ensured extended exposure for all the participants, you are now invited to submit an abstract for YCRETS 2023, under the overarching theme of CIRCULARITY. The importance of a circular economy in construction, and particular in cement and concrete, cannot be over-emphasised to
ensure that concrete retains its position as the most widely used construction material.

If you wish to submit and abstract (max 200 words), please e-mail it to [email protected]

Deadline: Extended to 30 November 2022

Download CALL FOR ABSTRACTS PDF document.


All submissions are to be e-mailed to [email protected]

The abstract and full paper TEMPLATES can be downloaded here:


The acceptance of an abstract is not an automatic acceptance of the paper. Only a selected number of high-quality papers will be accepted after the peer review process by the Symposium’s Scientific Committee.

Should the full paper not be accepted for presentation, the option may exist to present the research in a poster session. The proceedings of this Symposium will be published in an electronic format on the website after the Symposium.

Cement & Concrete SA will also publish the final papers in future issues of
Concrete Beton,