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IGS NEWSLETTER – January 2020
Helping the world understand the appropriate value and use of geosynthetics
Holiday Message from the IGS President

As 2019 draws to a close, the holiday season is upon us once again. As always, it’s hard to believe that another year has gone by and a new year is about to begin. Time surely flies and I cannot believe that it has been a year and half since I took on the role of the IGS President during the 11ICG in Seoul. I believe the holiday season is a special time of the year as it gives people a break from our everyday working schedules...

In Memoriam: Robert “Bob” Koerner

The Koerner Family has announced the passing of Robert M. Koerner and his wife Pauline W. Koerner. Together with Paula, Bob founded the Geosynthetics Institute (GSI) as a research organization with international outreach programs for the design of geosynthetic materials in construction. They are survived by three children: Michael (wife Mary) Koerner, George (wife Jamie) Koerner, and Pauline (husband Doug) Limberg, and six grandchildren. Bob was a long-standing member of the IGS and was awarded honorary membership in 2008 at GeoAmericas. A true educator, researcher, and innovator in our discipline, Bob was Professor Emeritus...

Last Chance to Register for the IGS Barcelona Workshops – Register Today!

The International Geosynthetics Society’s Technical Committees on Soil Reinforcement (TC-R) and Barrier Systems (TC-B) announces the final program for their workshop in Barcelona, Spain on 20-23 January 2020. Revered international figures will lead four key topics in each session, with significant time reserved for audience discussion. The Reinforcement and Barrier Workshops are both expected to generate white papers based upon the discussions. Do not miss this opportunity to contribute!

Call for Candidates for IGS Council: Term 2020 to 2024

Call for Candidates for IGS Council: Term 2020 to 2024 is open! The call for nominations will close 1 March 2020 – Don’t miss this opportunity to serve. The IGS, in accordance with its bylaws, will hold mid-term elections in 2020. IGS Members will have the opportunity to elect seven Council Members...

Exciting Year Ahead For IGS Young Members

IGS Young Members are set for an incredible year in 2020! The Young Members Committee (YMC) has a diverse array of activities, programs and socials planned for next year including free webinars, more university outreach opportunities, and the creation of new youth groups within IGS chapters.

Packed Young Members Program At IGS Regional Conferences

Young members of the IGS are set for a lively experience at two of the society’s largest conferences next year. The Young Members Committee (YMC) has created a vibrant schedule of events for young delegates...

16th meeting of ISO/TC 221 ‘Geosynthetics’ and WGs 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6: Beijing, China 20 – 22 November 2019
The International technical standardization committee on Geosynthetics (ISO/TC 221) organised its annual meeting this year in Beijing, at the Regent hotel, on kind invitation of the Standardization Administration of China (SAC). The plenary meeting on 22 November 2019, chaired by Peter Atchison (UK), was attended by 25 delegates from 12 countries and 4 continents. This plenary session was preceded on 20 – 21 Nov 2019...

Check Out The Scheduled Sessions For GeoAmericas 2020!

The deadline for early-bird registration with special discounts is due in January 25th! Check out some of the sessions that have already been scheduled. Also, After Mexico, Peru and the USA, GeoAmericas arrives in Brazil! In addition to a rich technical program, numerous social events and tourism options await the nearly 1,000 participants from 30 countries who are expected at the Largest Geosynthetics Conference of the Americas.

IGS UK Announces Symposium
At Soccer Stadium

The home of Manchester City Football Club will play host to the UK’s Sixth National Geosynthetics Symposium. The Etihad Stadium in the UK’s second city will welcome geosynthetics and ground engineering experts from across the globe in May 2020. The two-day symposium will cover two main themes; Containment Engineering and Geosynthetics in Brownfield Remediation.

UK Symposium Seeks Sponsors And Exhibitors

Would you like to gain vital exposure at an event filled with geosynthetics experts and specifiers? The IGS UK Chapter is currently seeking sponsors and exhibitors for its forthcoming sixth symposium, to be held at the prestigious home of Manchester City Football Club in May 2020. Centred on Containment Engineering and Brownfield Site Remediation, the two-day Etihad Stadium event is expected to attract hundreds of delegates interested in geosynthetics...

Hellenic Geosynthetics Society (HGS)
Activity Report
  The 8th National Conference on Geotechnical Engineering was very successfully held in Athens, 6-8 November 2019 with the participation of 388 persons, including a very large percentage of students (133 in total). Among the 18 different sessions, two were directly associated to “Reinforced embankments and Geosynthetics, Soil Improvement”.Mr Kollios presenting his keynote lecture. Following an introductory key-note lecture presented by Dr. A. Kollios on “Critical Assessment of failures of a Slope Barrier System by Geomembranes”, the following communications were presented

Erosion Protection With Geosynthetics – NGO Study Day, 8th Creative Session, 6 June 2019

The Netherlands Chapter of the IGS (NGO) had its eighth study day/creative session on a windy but sunny day on Dutch Kijkduin beach on 6 June 2019. The focus this time was on the use of geosynthetics for erosion protection. Three speakers set out the theoretical and practical basis for the study day. More than thirty participants from clients, contractors, engineering firms, suppliers and research institutes conducted tests and devised innovative structures with geosynthetics as protection from erosion caused by rain, waves and currents. To read the full report, click here.

Calendar of Events
Barcelona, Spain | January 20 – 23, 2020
India Expo Centre, India | April 4 – 10, 2020
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | April 26 – 29, 2020
Manchester, UK | May 12 – 13, 2020
Chengdu, China | May 27 – 31, 2020
Cartagena, Colombia | June 15 – 19, 2020
Athens, Greece | June 24 – 25, 2020
Chicago, Illinois, USA | Aug. 30 – Sept. 2, 2020
Warsaw, Poland | September 6 – 9, 2020
Taipei, Taiwan | March 1 – 4, 2021
Cairo, Egypt | October 11 – 14, 2021
Rome, Italy | September 18 – 22, 2022
The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) is a learned society dedicated to the scientific and engineering development of geotextiles, geomembranes, related products, and associated technologies. The core purpose of the IGS is to provide the understanding of and promote the appropriate use of geosynthetic technology throughout the world.

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