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5th GeoAmericas ‘A Major Platform For Pan-American Activities’

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Achievements, opportunities and ambitions for geosynthetics in North, Central and South America will be in the spotlight at GeoAmericas 2024.

Toronto is set to host delegates on April 28-May 1, 2024. This marks the first time the event has taken place in Canada. Organizers IGS North America (IGS-NA), which previously hosted GeoAmericas 2016 in Miami, called its latest triumph “an enormous honor”.

Sustainability, mining, energy, and transportation infrastructure will be key topics this time, with speakers, short courses, training lectures, and the Zornberg Lecture focused around the theme ‘Connecting state-of-the-art to state-of-practice’.

Related: GeoAmericas Abstracts Due May 24

Professor Joseph Scalia IV, co-chair of GeoAmericas 2024, said: “The conference will feature multiple top-tier speakers, including keynotes that connect us to more than geosynthetics – speakers who represent industries and engineering sectors where geosynthetics are needed and where geosynthetic expertise is advanced.

“The event will include up to 46 sessions, peer-reviewed and open-access papers that will be indexed for professional citation, a strong trade show and multiple external partner organizations. We’re also hosting a ‘GeoJeopardy’ contest with student teams competing in daily engineering trivia showdowns.”

Prof. Scalia continued: “We’re really excited to welcome people to Toronto in particular, one of the most well-connected, accessible and vibrant cities in the world. Significant public projects, such as work along the Don River and in Toronto’s valleys, have incorporated a lot of geosynthetics. The geotechnical engineering community in Ontario and neighboring Quebec province are also deeply involved in mining and processing of new metals, for example for use in electric vehicles. Also, some of the world’s pre-eminent civil engineering educational institutions are located in this part of Eastern Canada.”

Prof. Kristin Sample-Lord, President-Elect of IGS North America, added there would be interactive sessions, opportunities for students and young professionals, and more multilingual representation in session leadership.

The conference will also mark some significant anniversaries:

  • The 40th anniversary of IGS journal Geotextiles & Geomembranes
  • The 30th anniversary of IGS journal Geosynthetics International
  • The 40th anniversary of ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics

These will be recognized with special sessions, a reception, and key research from the journals invited to lead particular sessions.

Attendance at this 5th GeoAmericas will be an ideal opportunity to establish strong relationships with Eastern Canada’s many engineering communities ahead of the 13th International Conference on Geosynthetics (ICG) in Montreal, Canada, in 2026, also hosted by IGS-NA.

Prof. Sample-Lord, whose two-year term as IGS-NA President will coincide with the 13th ICG, said: “We look forward to gathering the world in Toronto to showcase Pan-American activity in geosynthetics and related sectors and to present all the opportunities the Americas offer for IGS members.”

Follow updates on 5th GeoAmericas via the conference website, Submit paper, presentation-only, and special session abstracts and enter a university team for GeoJeopardy through the website.