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Call for Candidates for IGS Council: Term 2016 to 2020

IGS_logo_Lg_4c_wordsIn accordance with its bylaws the IGS will hold elections in 2016. IGS Members will have the opportunity to elect 8 Council Members. Each elected council member serves a four-year term, effective 29 September 2016.

The IGS encourages current members interested in furthering the IGS Mission to consider standing for one of the Council positions. All Council Members are required to attend IGS Meetings during their tenure as a Council Member. In a typical year, the IGS Council meets once for a two-day period preceding a geosynthetics event.

It is the responsibility of the IGS Council member to travel to these meetings and participate in the plenary and committee meetings. The IGS council attempts to host the meetings in equal distribution around the world based on the most suitable location in any given year.

The IGS Council Members whose term of office expires in 2016 are:

  1. Dennes Bergado, Thailand (2nd term)
  2. Erol Güler, Turkey (1st term)
  3. Warren Hornsey, Australia (1st term)
  4. Jiro Kuwano, Japan (2nd term)
  5. Nicola Moraci, Italy (1st term)
  6. Victor Pimentel, Brazil (1st term)
  7. Boyd Ramsey, USA (1st term)
  8. Kent von Maubeuge (1st term)
  9. Martin Ziegler, Germany – Coopted 2012
  10. Edoarado Zannoni, South Africa – Invited 2012

The IGS bylaws stipulate that a Council Member may only be elected to two consecutive terms; hence, Bergado, and Kuwano, are not eligible for re-election. Each of the other incumbents is eligible to stand for re-election.

Nomination & Election Schedule
Under the bylaws of the IGS, only IGS Members are eligible for election to the Council. Candidates are required to travel to and attend the IGS Council meetings, which are typically held once per year. Meetings of the IGS Council are generally held in conjunction with international and regional IGS conferences.

Announcement of Call for Nominees: November 2015
The IGS will announce the call for candidates in this 3rd Issue of the IGS News, November 2015, as well as on the IGS website. All IGS Members are encouraged to consider running for council.

The call for nominations will close 29 February 2016. If you intend to run please submit your letter of intent, CV and photo to the office of the IGS Secretariat Manager at by that date.

Announcement of Nominees: March 2016
The IGS will announce the eligible candidates in the 1st Issue of the IGS News, March 2016, as well as on the IGS website. All IGS Members are encouraged to review the candidates’ biographies in preparation for the voting period.

Voting: 16 May to 26 July 2016

Voting instructions will be sent via email to each eligible Individual IGS Member and each designated representa-tive from the IGS Corporate Membership. Each member may vote once and all voting will be done electronically. Please make sure you have submitted an accurate email contact to the IGS.

Announcement of Successful Candidates: 26 July 2016
IGS Members will be made aware of the successful candidates via email and website on 26 July 2016

First Meeting of the New IGS Council: at EuroGeo6 held in Istanbul, Turkey 25 – 28 September 2016

If you have any questions or would like any further information on the election process or the responsibilities involved with becoming an IGS Council Member, please contact the IGS Secretary, Elizabeth Peggs (, SKYPE: elizabeth.peggs, TEL +1.561.768.9487.