Coordination Committees

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The IGS Coordination Committees are:

  • Technical Committees
  • Events
  • International Liaison
  • Membership Initiative

To learn more about any of these groups, click on the committee’s name to review their mission statement.

Technical Committees Coordination Committee

The Technical Committees Coordination Committee focuses on the oversight and coordination of the Technical Committees of the IGS. Current technical committees include TC-Barrier Systems, TC-Hydraulics, TC-Soil Reinforcement, and TC-Stabilization.

Committee Chair
Dr. Russell Jones
Golder Associates

Events Coordination Committee

The Events Coordination Committee is a committee comprised of the IGS Technical Committee Chairs, Regional Activities Committee Chairs, the IGS Officers Liaison and the EC Chair as appointed by the Council specifically created to undertake the following

  • Receive and review any applications for Event endorsement
  • Provide advice and guidance to applicants to assist with compliance with IGS requirements
  • Provide recommendations to the IGS Officers on the suitability of Events for endorsement.
  • Provide recommendations to the IGS Officers on any specific requirements or variations from standard associated with an Event.
  • Ensure that active Events are monitored before, during and after to check your compliance with IGS rules and Event related agreements.

The Secretariat is the point of initial contact and communication with the IGS with respect to all Events. If you would like to have the IGS endorse your event, e-mail the IGS Secretariat at

Committee Chair
Ian Fraser
TCS Geotechnics

International Liaison Coordination Committee

The International Liaison Coordination Committee is charged with establishing and maintaining relationships with other societies and organizations which have interests and activities that parallel, compliment, or contribute to the goals and objectives of the IGS. The committee seeks to coordinate both the timing and the content of conferences, exhibitions, and educational tools to maximize benefits to the IGS membership.

Committee Chair
Dr. Chungsik Yoo
Sungkyunkwan University

Membership Initiatives Coordination Committee

The Membership Initiatives Coordination Committee evaluates pressing issues related to the characteristics and number of IGS members. The main goals of this task force:

  • Research to understand the motivation of geosynthetics professionals and use the information garnered to create a more attractive benefits package to increase IGS membership numbers.
  • Understand why members decide not to renew their membership and find ways to encourage them to renew.
  • Find ways to attract student members to the IGS.
  • Increase visibility of the IGS in the engineering community.
  • Facilitate communication and links among IGS constituencies.

Committee Chair
Dr. Nathalie Touze
French National Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (INRAE)

Refer to the IGS Operating Units graph to see how how the IGS Coordination Committees fit within the context of the society as a whole. The image also shows the Chairs for each of the current IGS Committees, Task Forces, and Technical Committees.

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For more information about the IGS Coordination Committees, please contact the IGS Secretariat: