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Extra Events For IGS Young Members

Quizzes, competitions and career-boosting initiatives are in the pipeline for the next generation of geosynthetics experts.

The IGS Young Members Committee (YMC) recently agreed a series of exciting activities aimed at strengthening the network and helping students achieve their ambitions.

The YMC is gearing up for the its Young Members Papers Competition at the 12th International Conference on Geosynthetics in Rome in September 2023. Participants have just two months left to submit their abstracts by February 28, 2022. The 10 finalists will have their conference registration fees waived and there is prize money for the top three presentations. There will also be an exclusive interview with the winner on the IGS website. Click here for competition details and to enter.

Widening opportunities for learning has received a boost thanks to funding from the IGS Foundation for the IGS job shadowing program. The scheme – which has seen pilot initiatives in IGS Australasia and IGS Brazil – offers students the chance to spend a day in-person or chat virtually with one of the IGS corporate member companies. It is an opportunity for participants to gain real-world experience, career advice and grow their network.

Guidelines for the program are currently being developed for chapters, with a global launch planned for summer 2022.

Real world insight continues with the ‘My Engineer Life…’ interviews on the IGS website. The articles share the career choices and challenges experienced by a host of civil engineering undergraduates, post-grads, research and PhD students from around the world.

The series is always looking for new subjects; simply email youngengineers@geosyntheticssociety.org if you know someone who would like to be featured – including yourself. You can catch up on previous interviews by clicking here and entering ‘My Engineer Life…’ in the search bar.

And that’s not all. The YMC is also looking at:

  • Developing a set of guidelines for setting up IGS Young Member groups, especially for countries with IGS young members but without an IGS chapter needed to organize events. The guidelines will have some flexibility to allow YM groups to scale regardless of numbers.
  • Launching a photo competition in summer 2022 open to IGS and non-IGS young engineers. The YMC would love to see original photos illustrating the application of geosynthetics. There will be prize money for the top three images and special prizes for the best submission from an IGS Young Member and IGS Student Member.
  • Hosting the first YMC Geosynthetics Quiz, a social, team-based quiz night focused on geosynthetics.

YMC chairman Dawie Marx said: “The YMC is always striving to provide and develop useful, inspiring and fun initiatives. We’d encourage our members to take part in our latest announcements, and to get in touch if there are activities you’d like us to implement. The YMC is for everyone, wherever they are, so we’re always looking to develop programs and events that best serve our members.”

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