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IGS Educate the Educators Program

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Graduating engineering students often have had little or no exposure to the appropriate use of geosynthetics in engineering practices. The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Educate the Educators (ETE) program shows professors how the core principles of geosynthetics can be incorporated into their existing curricula.

The main goal of this program is to make sure that every student graduating from an undergraduate engineering program receives some basic exposure to geosynthetics. One way to carry out this action is to supply educators with the necessary knowledge and tools to help them integrate geosynthetic topics into their engineering curricula. ETE workshops provide attending professors with a host of resources to support this mission.

ete-main-imgETE programs are hosted through a partnership between an IGS Chapter and the IGS itself. In each program the IGS Education Committee helps organize the educational portion, including the sponsorship of the speakers, while the host Chapter is responsible for event management, attendee selection, fund raising, and logistics.

ETE events are open for registration to invited professors and academic staff. The expected attendance at each event is about 40 participants, with applications vetted and seats awarded based on an applicant’s credentials and ability to influence curricula at their institution. The IGS and the sponsoring IGS Chapter provide all funding resources and logistic support for these events. ETE attendees are responsible for the cost of their travel to and from the host city. Accommodation, meals, and educational materials are provided free of charge by the event.

The IGS encourages all chapters to consider leading an ETE workshop in their country. Incorporation of geosynthetics in undergraduate education will positively influence the growth of these technologies and the expansion of the appropriate use of geosynthetics. Any geosynthetics group, IGS Chapter, and Professors, with the support of an IGS Chapter, are invited to submit a request for an ETE Workshop.

The benefits of hosting an EtE Workshop include:

  • No cost to participating faculty for the duration of the workshop (though transportation to and from the workshop is the responsibility of the attendee)
  • Educational materials are ready for immediate incorporation into existing curricula
  • Focus on undergraduate education with the ability to expand to graduate courses
  • Emphasizes the one, mandatory geosynthetics class that faculty should teach
  • Generates interest in advanced level EtE events
  • Significant impact on IGS Chapter activity and membership


Educate the Educators (ETE) Program Contacts

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IGS Chapters should contact the Chairs of their respected Regional Activities Committees to request support for an ETE event. For questions regarding the ETE curriculum, contact the IGS Education Committee Chair, Prof. Takeshi Katsumi at


Overview of the ETE Program History of the IGS ETE Initiative
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Educate the Educators (ETE) sessions are hosted by an International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Chapter and held under the auspices of the IGS, with additional support from the IGS, IGS Corporate Members, and, when applicable, other professional groups.

2019 ETE Events

Educate the Educators on Geosynthetics, North America Educate the Educators on Geosynthetics, Mexico Educate the Educators on Geosynthetics, Australia Educate the Educators on Geosynthetics, Peru

2018 ETE Events

Educate the Educators on Geosynthetics, Brazil Educate the Educators on Geosynthetics, South Africa Educate the Educators on Geosynthetics, India

2017 ETE Events

Educate the Educators on Geosynthetics, North America Educate the Educators on Geosynthetics, Indonesia Educate the Educators on Geosynthetics, Philippines

2016 ETE Events

Educate the Educators on Geosynthetics, Brazil Educate the Educators on Geosynthetics, China

2015 ETE Events

Educate the Educators on Geosynthetics, North America Educate the Educators on Geosynthetics, Portugal

2014 ETE Events

Educate the Educators on Geosynthetics, Poland

2013 ETE Events

Educando Educadores, Argentina


The Future of the ETE Program

ete-ProposeThe IGS Education Committee continues to plan and promote undergraduate geosynthetic education worldwide, through Educate the Educators events.

Professors and IGS Chapters are invited to propose an ETE workshop. Hosting an Educate the Educators program is a great way for IGS Chapters to get involved in their engineering communities. These events provide direct strategies for professors to teach the next generation of engineers about geosynthetics. Visit the Request a Workshop tab for details on how to plan and host an ETE event. For upcoming ETE events, visit the Calendar section of the website.

For questions or comments on the ETE Program, contact the IGS Secretariat:

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ete-apply-imgAll IGS Chapters are eligible to submit a proposal for an Educate the Educators on Geosynthetics Workshop. Professors, with the support of an IGS Chapter, are also invited to submit a request for an ETE Workshop. The size of each ETE event is capped to around 40 attendees.

All proposals need to include a summary of the proposed workshop, including:

  • Organizer (IGS chapter)
  • Location (country, state/province, city)
  • Proposed dates for the event
  • Venue (conference center, hotel, etc.)
  • List of proposed sponsors (See “IGS and IGS Chapter Responsibilities” below)
  • Approximate number of expected attendees


IGS and IGS Chapter Responsibilities

A well run ETE program requires a coordinated effort among the IGS, the IGS Regional Activities Committee (RAC), and the IGS Chapter hosting the event. These three groups work together to plan all aspects of an EtE program making it an enjoyable and educational experience for all attendees.

The IGS is responsible for sponsoring the educational portion of all ETE events, including a call for speakers, the vetting of all speakers, and the airfare of the chosen speakers.

The IGS Chapter hosting the workshop, with support from the RAC, is responsible for managing the event, selecting the attendees, and all other event logistics. The hosting chapter is responsible for covering all ETE event location expenses for attendees and speakers, including the cost of accommodations, meals, and travel within the city where the event is being held.

To help cover these expenses, the IGS Chapter is tasked with contacting geosynthetics businesses and organizations with the goal of obtaining corporate sponsorship. The corporate sponsorship allows workshop attendees to take part in the event at no cost to them, other than arranging for their own travel to and from the host city.

The ETE program is designed with the expectation that the support provided by the IGS, along with the economic support of the event’s sponsors, will make participation affordable for all attendees.

General questions or comments about the ETE program can be directed to the IGS Secretariat:


Submit a Request for an ETE Event

To submit an ETE proposal to the IGS please fill out the WORKSHOP REQUEST FORM. Email the completed form to the IGS Secretariat:

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