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Dear Colleagues,

It is a special pleasure to present the programme for this yearʼs STUVA conference.

Thanks to the far advanced vaccination campaign against the coronavirus, we are confident that the STUVA conference in Karlsruhe can take place in the usual way. Of course, we will carefully monitor the development of the pandemic and observe the official requirements when holding the conference.

We may still have to put up with some restrictions, but the possibility of the long-awaited personal exchange certainly outweighs them.

The STUVA conference comes at exactly the right time. Truly revolutionary changes lie ahead for our industry in the coming years. The goal of complete climate neutrality by 2045 alone will lead to a fundamental change in drive technologies and to revolutionary changes in the infrastructure.

Who, if not us engineers, should ensure that these goals can also be implemented technically?

So join us in looking forward to over 60 cutting-edge and exciting specialist presentations at the conference and the numerous innovative products at the accompanying STUVA Expo.

Let us find the right ways to shape our world sustainably in a joint dialogue! And join us in looking forward to the longawaited personal reunion with colleagues and friends at the world's leading industry meeting for tunnelling and tunnel operation. We cordially invite you to join us!

Univ. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Ziegler
Chairman of the Board

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Roland Leucker
Managing Director

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Numerous visitors and exhibitors have been regular guests at the STUVA conferences for many years. A well thought-out organisation and customer-oriented processes in the registration and implementation phase ensure a high level of satisfaction for our guests and partners at STUVA-Expo.

When will you be there?

For over 50 years, the STUVA Conference has been one of the most important forums for the entire field of underground construction. With more than 3,800 professionals from more than 20 countries, it is one of the world's leading and largest events in the tunnel sector. The STUVA conference takes place at the end of November/beginning of December in odd years and is a fixed date in the calendar of tunnel experts. For the first time Karlsruhe is host of the STUVA Conference in 2021.


The lecture events are bilingual throughout (simultaneous translation German/English) and will take place on November 24 and 25. They comprise a total of around 60 lectures Parallel to the "Tunnel Construction" lecture series, lectures on "Tunnel Operation/Planning" will be presented in a separate hall.


  • Current developments in underground construction
  • International Major Projects
  • Caverns Construction, Special Civil Engineering, Special Purpose Solutions
  • Mechanized Tunnelling
  • Ground Freezing
  • Conventionell Tunnelling, Underpasses
  • Difficult Underground Connections, Safe Tunnel Sealing

Tunnel operation / planning

  • New guidelines and regulations
  • Tunnel Refurbishment and Modernisation
  • Plannes Major Projects
  • Road Tunnel Operation
  • BIM Applications
  • Rail (Tunnel) Operations
  • Exhibition STUVA-Expo

The STUVA-Expo will take place parallel to the two lecture events on November 24 and 25. More than 200 international companies will present their products and services in the field of civil engineering, tunneling and tunnel operation on an area of around 7,000 m².

Technical visits

On 26 November, conference participants are invited to visit interesting construction sites and traffic facilities in Karlsruhe and its surroundings. [More information]


The STUVA Prize 2021 for outstanding innovations in the field of underground construction will be awarded at the opening of the lecture event. [More information]


Registration is opened. [Register now

STUVA-Conference 2019, Frankfurt a.M.

Frankurt Trade Fair was hosting the STUVA Conference from November 26 to 28, 2019
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Frankurt Trade Fair was hosting the STUVA Conference from November 26 to 28, 2019