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JP Giroud Heads IGS 40th Birthday Week Lectures

Register now for a unique week of virtual lectures to mark the IGS’s 40th anniversary this November.

Geosynthetics pioneer JP Giroud will be giving a keynote talk on the impact of geosynthetics on the 40th anniversary of the IGS’s foundation on Friday, November 10.

His lecture on ‘Geosynthetics: The discipline beyond the products’ will be preceded by a packed schedule of live talks by some of the industry’s most exciting and experienced professionals from around the world, offering a global perspective on where the industry is now and its potential for the next 40 years.

But that’s not all. Members will get the chance to quiz the IGS Officers in daily ‘Ask the Officer’ sessions. While the Officers are open to any questions, you have a chance to dig deeper into the IGS’s strategic goals as set out in the recently released IGS Strategy Report 2022-2026, with each officer fielding questions on a particular strategic aim, as follows:

Influential – Vice President Edoardo Zannoni

Sustainable – Treasurer Jie Han

Representative – Secretary General Laura Carbone

Trusted – Past President Chungsik Yoo




President Sam Allen will round off the anniversary week in an ‘ask me anything’ session.

If you would like to ask a question please email IGS Secretary General Elise Oatman at, with ‘Ask the Officer’ in the subject line. Include your question and the Officer you would like to put it to.

The lecture schedule is as follows (please note time zones):

Monday, November 6

Tuesday, November 7

Wednesday, November 8

  • 5pm China time (9:00a UTC): Huabei Liu on ‘Geosynthetics in China: history, manufacturing, and applications’, with moderator John Kraus
  • 12pm CET (11:00a UTC): Ask the Officer: IGS Secretary General Laura Carbone, with moderator John Kraus
  • 2pm South Africa time (12:00p UTC): Jabulile Msiza, ‘African case studies and opportunities’, with moderator Laura Carbone
  • Register for Day 3:

Thursday, November 9

Friday, November 10

If you have any questions about any of the sessions please email Elise Oatman at