Bask in the ‘sunshine state’ of Queensland when Brisbane, Australia, gets set to host the next Asian Regional Conference on Geosynthetics (GeoAsia) in 2025.
The Australasian chapter of the IGS, known as ACigs, won the bid to host GeoAsia8, and will welcome delegates to explore the theme ‘Geosynthetics: pioneering lasting solutions for the Earth’. Dates are yet to be confirmed but the conference is expected to be held at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in June or July.
Brisbane was also where ACigs hosted the inaugural GeoAnz#1 conference in June, last year, which was themed ‘Advances in Geosynthetics’.
Of the chapter’s latest success, ACigs president Siamak Paulson said: “We’re very excited about this opportunity and delighted to host GeoAsia8 in 2025. We want to showcase the unique nuances of our region’s relationship with geosynthetics through our proposed program and site visits, while delivering strong educational content and providing delegates the opportunity to experience this first-hand.”
Mr Paulson said there were many reasons ACigs was keen to host the prestigious event.
“We are passionate about the advancement of geosynthetics in our region and globally. Hosting the conference here for the very first time presents a unique opportunity, a catalyst to enhance education, collaboration and extend the use of geosynthetics in the region with the largest per capita use of geosynthetics worldwide,” he said.
“Our region has a rich geosynthetic history, including being at the forefront of geosynthetic innovation within the coastal, landfill, mining, railway and road sectors.”
He continued: “Our conference theme is intrinsic to our core goal of delivering a truly international conference, with a strong regional context, designed to further enhance the capacity of our profession to build a sustainable future.”
Mr Paulson said the Conference Delivery Team was busy making plans for an “inclusive, diverse and inspiring” conference, but said it was about more than just delivering an outstanding conference.
“We are passionate about supporting growth within our profession and utilising the chance to host the conference to deliver a real lasting impact through our legacy initiatives,” he said.
“These legacies have been specifically designed to directly impact the next generation of professionals, to raise the profile of the IGS and geosynthetics and to provide an ongoing contribution to our industry and community.”
While there, delegates will be able to enjoy the vibrant city’s many attractions.
Brisbane native Mr Paulson said: “Brisbane’s business district is just 20 minutes from the airport and the conference centre is ideally located in the heart of the city’s cultural and lifestyle precinct, the South Bank area. South Bank is my favourite part of the city as it offers delegates the chance to enjoy 17 hectares of green spaces, riverfront parkland, rainforest pockets and Australia’s only city-based sand and swimming beach, as well as over 90 cafés, bars, and restaurants.
“GeoAsia 8 will ‘own’ Brisbane for the duration of the conference. We will light up city bridges and assets in IGS colours and have signage in the streets, highlighting the important role of geosynthetics to the public. There is so much, to see, do and enjoy, we believe we have something for everyone. We hope to see you there!”
Launched in 1997, GeoAsia is one of the largest geosynthetics conferences in the region and has previously been held in cities including Bangalore, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Shanghai, Bangkok, and New Delhi. GeoAsia7 was hosted by IGS Taiwan in Taipei from October 31-November 4, 2022.
For updates on GeoAsia8, watch this space. You can also find out more about ACigs on the chapter website here.