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IGS ‘Diversity Session’ Agenda Announced

Personal stories from members of the IGS family about the experiences and challenges of working in the geosynthetics industry will be shared at the IGS Diversity Session this month.

The hybrid event on September 19 at the 12th International Conference on Geosynthetics (12th ICG) is the launch meeting of the new IGS Diversity Task Force. Headed by IGS Secretary General Laura Carbone, the group aims to improve diversity, equality and inclusion in the Society.

Speakers will be member of the Chartered Institute of Building (UK) Danielle Ria Zamara, IGS Past President Jorge Zornberg, and IGS President Sam Allen.

  • Danielle, who has 20 years of leadership experience with civil contractors, will focus on the challenges of getting more ethnic minorities into technical careers and the benefits to innovation in having a more ethnically diverse team.



  • The experience of being a minority in the early days of the geosynthetics industry will be shared by Professor Zornberg. He will emphasize the importance of having encouraged women into academic positions, promoting diversity in engineering education, and bringing visibility to women’s contributions to the geosynthetics discipline.


  • Mr. Allen will discuss the importance of encouraging more women into IGS leadership roles, and associated benefits, and the value of creating space and opportunities for all voices to be heard.



The talks will include time for discussion with the speakers and Task Force members. Light Italian-style breakfast snacks will be provided.

The event, sponsored by the IGS Foundation, takes place at 8am Rome, Italy, time on September 19. It will also be livestreamed so register here to join virtually.

Tickets are still available to attend the 12th ICG so register here before online sales end on September 10.