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International Geosynthetics Society-North American Chapter (IGS-NA): Educate the Educators (EtE) – Kingston, Ontario, Canada, 4 – 5 December 2017

ETE logoThe International Geosynthetics Society-North American Chapter (IGS-NA) will be hosting an Educate the Educators (EtE) event, 4-5 December 2017 at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. EtE is a 2-day funded program for University professors to be able to obtain specialized, hands-on training to confidently and effectively teach geosynthetics at both the undergraduate and graduates levels. Applications have been accepted and IGS NA is beginning to vet applicants for the program.

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This, like other EtE programs, is co-sponsored by the chapter and the IGS and supported by corporate sponsorship. The IGS-NA is offering sponsorship programs in order to fund this event. There are multiple different opportunities to sponsor the event please download the EtE Sponsorship PDF

We consider sponsoring this important initiative and support the growth of geosynthetics use through education.

If you have any questions or would like more information please don’t hesitate to contact Becky Slaybaugh – Executive Admin IGS-NA (

Too many young engineers enter the field without state-of-the-art geotechnical knowledge because their formal schooling overlooks a key discipline in current geotechnical practice: GEOSYNTHETICS.

Let the geosynthetics community provide you the resources to teach your students about geosynthetics!

We know that many undergraduate engineering programs lack geosynthetic instruction, often instructors may not have the resources, confidence or materials to effectively teach geosynthetics. In order to address this the IGS-NA offers Educate the Educators (EtE), a 2-day, funded program for university professors.

EtE provides specialized, hands-on training and lecture materials to equip attending professors with the tools they need to offer effective geosynthetics course work in their engineering programs. Attending professors receive instruction, course materials (including power point presentations, hand outs and sample binders) and have continued access to the instructors as they develop their own programs at both the UNDERGRADUATE and GRADUATE levels.

Building on the success of EtE Austin, held in 2015, IGS-NA is now offering a second EtE event, to be held in Kingston, Ontario in December of 2017.

We are very excited to have four exceptional educators and pioneering researchers as the EtE lead instructors: R. Kerry Rowe (Queen’s University), Richard J. Bathurst (Royal Military College of Canada), Richard Brachman (Queens University) and Jorge Zornberg (University of Texas Austin).

Each successful applicant will need only to organize transportation to/from the course. The IGS and IGS-NA and their sponsors will provide food, lodging and course registration to all successful candidates.

Applicants will be asked to upload their C.V., provide information about the courses they teach and write a short description identifying how they would hope to incorporate the information from EtE in their curriculum.

Interested participants can APPLY ONLINE at:

Please send all questions to or call +1 561 768 9489.

Sponsors to date are Agru, Cetco, and TenCate. If you are interested in sponsoring please contact

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