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Join International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) members and geosynthetics industry experts at IGS, IGS Chapter, and IGS-related events throughout the world, such as EuroGeo, GeoAfrica, GeoAsia, and GeoAmericas.

If you have questions on registration, attendance, or volunteering for any of these events please visit the specific conference website for the most current information or contact the IGS Secretariat:

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GeoAmericas 2020 – 4th Pan-American Conference On Geosynthetics
Oct 26 – Oct 29 all-day

After been held in Mexico in 2008, Peru in 2012 and the USA in 2016, GeoAmericas comes to Brazil in its 4th edition, which will be held in October 2020 in Rio de Janeiro.  In addition to a rich technical program focused on the most relevant topics for the technical community of geosynthetics today, several social events and a wide area available for technical exhibits for the geosynthetic industry will be offered. English is the official language, but activities in Spanish and Portuguese will also compose the event’s program. We anticipate over 1,000 participants from more than 30 countries, which ensures both broad representativeness and a plurality of cultures and markets.

Every day 26 of each month there will be news about GeoAmericas 2020.

Launching Session of the Kyoto Landslide Commitment 2020 (KLC2020)
Nov 5 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Launching Session of the Kyoto Landslide Commitment 2020 (KLC2020)

Date: 5 November (Thursday) 2020 (online virtual meeting)

Time: 23:00–01:00 PST (4 to 5 Nov.), 8:00–10:00 CET, 16:00–18:00 JST (120 min)

Participants: Representatives of KLC2020 signatories


  1. To identify and recognize all participating organizations in the Commitment as KLC2020 partners.

    All signatories of KLC2020 including the first group of signatories in September 2019 will meet for the first time. This online virtual meeting will constitute the base of joint activities to be undertaken after launch.

  2. To organize the panel discussion to launch and develop the Kyoto 2020 Commitment for global promotion of Understanding and Reducing Landslide Disaster Risk (KLC2020) and to establish the KLC2020 Secretariat.

  3. To adopt the Formal Declaration of the Launching of KLC2020 and the Establishment of KLC2020 Secretariat by all participating signatories.


  1. Introductory session: 8:00–8:30 AM in CET

Identification and recognition of each participating signatory as a KLC2020 partner

Each signatory organization is requested to submit an introduction (1,500–3,000 characters) of the organization, the activities and possible contribution to KLC2020 by 5 September 2020 to the ICL secretariat <>. This introduction is combined into one file and distributed to all participants representing signatories of KLC 2020 before the Session. During this introductory session, each participant will therefore have the opportunity to recognize fellow partners. The introduction of KLC 2020 partners will be published in a series of issues of Journal Landslides in 2021.

Group photo

A group photo will be taken as a screen shot of the online session system.

Each participant will be requested to send his/her good quality photo to the secretariat. The secretariat will publish the photo, name, affiliation, country of all participating representatives of signatories in an article to report the launching session of KLC2020 in the January issue of the Journal Landslides in 2021.

  • 2.

    High-level panel discussion session to launch KLC2020: 8:30–9:50 AM in CET

    Greeting messages: Signatories from ICL supporting organizations

    (UN organizations, global stakeholders, governments, academia)

    Panel discussion by panelists representing KLC2020 signatories

    Keynote Speech: Outline of KLC2020, Landslide Research Frontier (Landslide-induced tsunami)

    Remarks from panelists: The initial activities of KLC2020 and the strategy for the further development of KLC2020 to WLF5 in 2021 and later.

  • 3.

    Formal declaration of the launching of KLC2020 and the establishment of KLC2020 secretariat, and Closure: 9:50–10:00 AM in CET

88th Annual Meeting of the International Commission on Large Dams and Symposium on Sustainable Development of Dams and River (ICOLD) @ India Expo Centre
Nov 28 – Dec 3 all-day
88th Annual Meeting of the International Commission on Large Dams and Symposium on Sustainable Development of Dams and River (ICOLD) @ India Expo Centre

IGS is proud to announce that ICOLD, the International Commission on Large Dams, has included the IGS Keynote Lecture on the topic “Geosynthetics for Sustainable Development of Dams and River Basins using Geosynthetics” in the technical session under the theme Advances in the Rehabilitation of Dams and Appurtenant works of the ICOLD-2020 conference in Delhi on 26th September 2020.

IGS has designated Prof. K. Rajagopal to deliver the Keynote Lecture.

K. Rajagopal is Professor at the Geotechnical Engineering Division of IIT Madras, India, and is presently serving as Co-Chair of the IGS Technical Committee on Hydraulics (TC-H).

The ICOLD-2020 conference, 88th Annual Meeting of the International Commission on Large Dams, will be held at the India Expo Centre in India’s National Capital Region of New Delhi, on September 26 – October 1, 2020. More info at

(Click here for the second bulletin of the ICOLD-2020 conference)

The Keynote Lecture that will be presented at ICOLD-2020 is part of the continuous effort of IGS aimed at increasing the technical interchange with Sister Societies.

ICOLD, the leading technical society in the field of large dams, has welcomed the possibility to show the applications of geosynthetics in the important sector of Dams and River Basins.

IGS invites all members to attend the ICOLD-2020 conference and the IGS Keynote Lecture that will be delivered by Prof. K. Rajagopal.

International Conference on “Innovative Solutions for Geotechnical Problems” in Honour of Prof. Erol Guler (ISGPEG2021) @ Bogazici University, Istanbul - Turkey
Jan 1 – Jan 2 all-day
International Conference on "Innovative Solutions for Geotechnical Problems" in Honour of Prof. Erol Guler (ISGPEG2021) @ Bogazici University, Istanbul - Turkey

++ ISGPEG 2021 was postponed due to Covid-19. New event dates will be released soon.

Dear Colleaques,

As the organizing committee, we are pleased to invite you to the International Conference on “Innovative Solutions for Geotechnical Problems” in Honour of Prof.Erol Guler (ISGPEG2020)” at the Bogazici University in Istanbul-Turkey. This conference aims to gather a broad range of recent innovations in geotechnical engineering; testing, modelling, monitoring, field applications and risk analysis under the main topics of geotechnical engineering, geosynthetics, geotechnical earthquake engineering, and environmental geotechnics.

During this conference we will be happy to honor the distinguished professor of civil engineering – Prof. Erol Guler which is known as the leading geosynthetics scientist in Turkey. Professor Guler has made valuable contributions to geotechnical engineering in general and to the use of geosynthetics specifically in Turkey and throughout the World. He was instrumented in both research and also in the design of many geotechnical projects.

We are looking forward to seeing academicians, students, manufacturers, practitioners and designers in the geotechnical field at the ISGPEG2020 Conference. We want to extend a special invitation to engineers in general contracting firms, who will widely benefit from the Conference by learning more about the innovative solutions in geotechnical engineering to provide extraordinary financial and technical advantages.

We can guarantee that the ISGPEG2020 Conference will be an opportunity for all who attend to experience a valuable technical program, a magnificent city, and the essence of warm Turkish hospitality. The ISGPEG2020 will be valuable to geotechnical researchers and practitioners interested in all aspects of geotechnical engineering.

We are looking forward to meet you in Istanbul on June 11-12, 2020 to discuss creative and cost effective innovative solutions to geotechnical problems.

Ayşe Edinçliler
Conference Chair

3rd European Regional Conference of IAEG (3rd EUROENGEO2020) @ Aegli Zappiou
Apr 8 – Apr 12 all-day
3rd European Regional Conference of IAEG (3rd EUROENGEO2020) @ Aegli Zappiou

UPDATE: The 3rd EUROENGEO conference has changed dates! The new dates for the event are: 8-12 April 2021.

The gathering marks the 3rd European Regional Conference of IAEG. It will be hosted in Athens, Greece, by the IAEG National Group of Greece. This European regional conference of IAEG will be the first in almost 12 years (the last being in Torino). Considering that almost half of the members and National Groups (NGs) of IAEG are from the European region, it was decided that a regional conference initiative could succeed with such a strong scientific and professional community in the same area.

More details about the 3rd European Regional Conference are available on the event website:

HIGHLIGHT: The next Richard Wolters Prize competition will be presented by IAEG at the conference.

EuroGeo 7 – 7th European Geosynthetics Congress
May 16 – May 19 all-day
EuroGeo 7 - 7th European Geosynthetics Congress

We are pleased to invite you to the 7th EuroGeo conference, to be held in Warsaw, Poland in 2021. Poland is a country with more than a thousand years of recorded history and has a strong European identity. The country was first to free itself from communist domination in 1989 and is now fully democratic and a member of the European Union. Poland is a leader in infrastructure development in the region, which has resulted in many extraordinary projects. Warsaw, with its central location, is an ideal base for exploring the country. Today, the city is a dynamic cultural and business centre, with strong links not only to Western Europe but also to the East. PSG-IGS, a Polish Chapter of IGS is young but thriving organization successfully cooperating with several chapters within Central Europe. It is an honour to host such a prestigious conference in Warsaw and We sincerely believe that the sessions will prove to be a success. Come to Warsaw, bring your family and enjoy your stay in our capital and help us to make this Conference not only scientifically profitable but also an unforgettable event.

We look forward to seeing you in Warsaw!

Dr. Jacek Kawalec – Chairman

Jakub Bryk – Vice Chair

Dr. Jolanta Dąbrowska – Secretary General


4th International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics (4th ICTG)
May 23 – May 26 all-day
4th International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics (4th ICTG)

The 4th ICTG 2020 is organized as a specialty conference of ISSMGE TC 202 on Transportation Geotechnics with the member society support and sponsorship of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Geo-Institute, Transportation Research Board (TRB), International Geosynthetics Society (IGS), and through efforts of the local organizing committee at UIUC.  The 4th ICTG 2020 will be held at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel, 301 E North Water Street, in Chicago, Illinois on August 30–September 2, 2020. 

The main objective of the 4th ICTG conference in 2020 will be to apply broad engineering to bridge the gap between Pavement/Railway Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering and to promote co-operation and exchange of information and knowledge about the geotechnical aspects for addressing challenges in design, construction, maintenance, monitoring and upgrading of roads, railways, airfields and harbor facilities and other ground transportation infrastructure with the goal of providing safe, economic, environmental, reliable and sustainable infrastructures.

The 4th ICTG 2020 Conference Themes

  • Mechanistic-empirical design (road, railways, airfields and harbor facilities)
  • Optimized geomaterial (including hydraulically bound materials and asphalt mixtures) use, reuse and recycling in road embankments and structural layers
  • Sustainability in transportation geotechnics
  • Rail track substructures, including transition zones, and transportation geodynamics
  • Stabilization and reinforcement of geomaterials and its implications in pavement and rail track design
  • Geosynthetics in transportation applications
  • Subsurface sensing for transportation infrastructure
  • Smart and connected transportation infrastructure, including Macro and Nanotechnology applied to transportation geotechnics
  • Intelligent construction in earthworks technology and management
  • Climatic effects on geomaterial behavior related to mechanics of unsaturated transportation foundations
  • Slope stability, stabilization, and asset management
  • Effect of climate change
  • Harbor geotechnics
  • Case histories

13 International Symposium on Landslides @ Las Americas Hotel Convention Center
Jun 22 – Jun 26 all-day
13 International Symposium on Landslides @ Las Americas Hotel Convention Center

In association with the Joint Technical Committee on Natural Slopes and Landslides (JTC1) and the Federation of International Geo-engineering Societies: ISSMGE, ISRM and IAEG (FedIGS), the Colombian Geotechnical Society (CGS) cordially invites the international geotechnical community to participate in XIII ISL:

GeoIngenieria @ Delfines Hotel & Convention Center
Jul 12 – Jul 14 all-day
GeoIngenieria @ Delfines Hotel & Convention Center

The IGS will be one of three organizations holding parallel conferences at the congress in Peru, with APGEO (Peruvian Association of Geotechnics) and COPEGP (Peruvian Committee of Large Dams), together creating a fascinating forum to further the understanding and discussion of Peruvian engineering.

GeoAfrica 2021 – 4th African Regional Conference on Geosynthetics
Oct 11 – Oct 14 all-day