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The 6th Giroud Lecture To Land In South America

IGS members have another chance to hear Dr. Nathalie Touze’s lauded Giroud Lecture when she addresses delegates at two events next week.

Dr. Touze first gave her prestigious address at the 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (ICG) in Seoul, Korea. Dr. J P Giroud, a pioneer in the field after whom the lecture is named, called her talk “absolutely outstanding”.

Now her thought-provoking ideas on how geosynthetics can mitigate the impact of a raft of global challenges will be shared again at Regeo & Geossintéticos 2019 in Brazil on August 14, and for IGS Chile members on August 16.

Regeo 2019 takes place in the city of São Carlos and will discuss technical, practical and research aspects in the area of environmental geotechnics and geosynthetics. Latest advances in the field will be shared, as well as challenges and solutions.

Later in the week, Dr Touze will speak to members of the IGS Chile chapter at Espacio CDT en Santiago along an event co-organized by the IGS Chile chapter, the Technological Development Corporation (CDT) from the Chilean Chamber of Construction (CChC).

Dr Touze said: “I am very much looking forward to addressing participants at both events and for having the opportunity to explore together how geosynthetics can help alleviate issues in areas such as climate action and education, to mitigating natural disasters and making an economic contribution.”

Entitled ‘Healing the world: a geosynthetics solution’, Dr. Touze’s talk will describe the many ways geosynthetics can tackle pressures on the modern world including socio-economic, environmental and resource challenges.

One of the IGS’s highest distinctions, the Giroud Lecture recognizes exceptional achievement and influence in the field of geosynthetics. It is delivered every four years during the opening of the ICG.

The lecture is named after Dr. J P Giroud who coined the terms ‘geotextile’ and ‘geomembrane’ in 1977 and has authored around 400 publications.

Dr. Touze’s full paper will soon feature in a special issue of Geosynthetics International and will be freely accessible from the IGS website.

For a sneak preview of Dr. Touze’s lecture, you can watch highlights below or on our YouTube Channel.

You can also enjoy a lively chat between Drs Giroud and Touze as part of the Two For A Few video series, here. They discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the industry, and the vital role of the IGS in furthering the understanding of geosynthetics.

About the Giroud Lecture

The Giroud Lecture recognizes exceptional achievement and influence in the field of geosynthetics. It is delivered every four years during the opening of the International Conferences on Geosynthetics. First awarded in 1998, the Giroud Lecture on Geosynthetics is one of the International Geosynthetics Society’s highest distinctions. Previous lectures have been given by Dr. Robert Koerner (1998), Dr. R Kerry Rowe (2002), Chris Lawson (2006), Prof. Heinz Brandl (2010), and Dr. Richard Bathurst (2014). Dr. Giroud developed many of the design methods and originated many of the applications used in geosynthetic engineering, including many of those pertaining to landfills, liquid impoundments, and dams. He holds the status of Honorary Member of the International Geosynthetics Society, has been named a ‘Hero’ of the Geo-Institute of ASCE, has delivered major international geotechnical lectures such as the Mercer and Terzahgi Lectures, and has been recognized by the Order of the Legion d’Honneur in France. He remains very active in the field.