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Magnificent Seven At GeoAmericas 2020

Learn from the world’s most renowned geosynthetics practitioners – virtually – when they give their keynote speeches at GeoAmericas 2020.

Top Left to Right: Márcio Almeida, Richard Brachman, and Kerry Rowe. Bottom Left to Right: Denys Parra, Dov Leshchinsky, Jie Han, and Barry Christopher.

Seven leaders in geosynthetic thought and practice will be sharing their ideas during the six-day conference, taking place entirely online between October 26-31. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, October 26, 2pm-3.30pm Márcio Almeida, of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, gives the Welcome Lecture on ‘Brazilian contributions to geosynthetics enginering’.

6pm-7.30pm Richard Brachman, of Queen’s University, Canada, gives the Zornberg Lecture on ‘Lessons learned from physical modelling of geosynthetic systems’.


Tuesday, October 27, 2pm-3.30pm Kerry Rowe, of Queen’s University, Canada, gives the Mercer Lecture on ‘Reinforced embankments on soft soils’.

6pm-7.30pm Denys Parra, of Anddes Consultores, Peru, talks on ‘Geosynthetics in mining’.


Wednesday, October 28, 2pm-3.30pm Dov Leshchinsky, of Delaware University, USA, speaks on ‘Limit state design framework for geosynthetic reinforced walls and slopes’.


Friday, October 30, 2pm-3.30pm Jie Han, of the University of Kansas, USA, talks on ‘Recent advances in design of geosynthetic-stabilized unpaved and paved roads’.


Saturday, October 31, 2pm-3.30pm Barry Christopher presents the Robert Koerner Lecture on ‘Lessons learned: an adventure in four decades of geosynthetics engineering’.


Times are UTC so check your local time zone to avoid disappointment.


GeoAmericas 2020 was due to take place in April, this year, in Rio de Janeiro, but was moved online because of health and safety concerns with Covid-19. For full agenda details, visit the conference website here.