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Sustainability On The Agenda In Athens

Professor Neil Dixon delivering his keynote lecture on sustainability at the 11ICG in Seoul, Korea

The sustainability benefits of geosynthetics use will be in the spotlight during a keynote lecture at a prestigious conference next year that is endorsed by the IGS.

Professor Neil Dixon, a former IGS Council Member and chair of the UK Chapter, is set to address delegates of EUROENGEO, the 3rd European Regional Conference of the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG), in Athens, Greece, in April, next year. The event was due to take place this September but has been postponed due to the Covid-19 disruption.

His lecture, entitled ‘Delivering sustainable infrastructure: Global challenges, geosynthetic solutions and counting carbon’, champions the use of geosynthetics in ground engineering solutions to help tackle worldwide sustainability challenges.

Prof Dixon explained: “The aim of the keynote is to highlight the global challenges that we all face, including the need to deliver sustainable infrastructure that improves the lives of the poorest groups in society.

“The lecture will inform engineering geology professionals and academics about the sustainability benefits of using geosynthetics in ground engineering solutions. It will encourage behaviour that can make a difference.”

Prof Dixon is Professor of Geotechnical Engineering in the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering at Loughborough University, in the UK. He has more than 35 years of experience in geotechnical engineering research and practice and has given keynote lectures at regional and international IGS conferences.

The IGS and IAEG are members of The Federation of International Geo-Engineering Societies. Known as FedIGS, it allows member societies to interact, collaborate and promote shared interests. The IAEG’s keynote invitation to the IGS is an example of the desire of both societies to spread the understanding of these important topics.

Prof Dixon said: “This is an opportunity for me to represent the IGS and engage with professionals from a wide range of backgrounds. I look forward to many stimulating discussions, identifying opportunities for future collaborations, catching up with old friends and making new friends.”

The postponed EUROENGEO is due to take place on April 8-12, 2021. Visit the IAEG website at for more information.