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World Gathers For IGS 40th Birthday Week Lectures

IGS members and non-members from 54 countries toasted four decades of the Society in a celebratory week of virtual lectures.

In a first to mark the Society’s anniversary milestones, the IGS hosted a week of original online presentations from some of the IGS’s most influential global practitioners. Exploring the IGS’s initiation, development and future since its foundation on November 10, 1983, topics included education and sustainability, as well as regional insight into the geosynthetics markets in Africa, China and Japan. Questions from the audience also widened the conversation further.

The lecture week, from November 6-10, culminated with the godfather of geosynthetics, Dr. J.P. Giroud, giving an inspiring address charting the rise, importance and impact of geosynthetics, and offering food for thought for its continued evolution over the next few decades.

The week also included a chance for people to quiz all five IGS Officers in daily ‘Ask the Officer’ sessions; an opportunity to deep dive into the IGS’s strategic goals of being Influential, Sustainable, Representative and Trusted. This concluded with an ‘Ask me anything’ hour with IGS President Sam Allen on the final day.

Mr Allen said: “The IGS 40th Birthday Week Lectures were a truly fitting way to recognize and appreciate the extraordinary rise of not only the IGS but the geosynthetics industry as a whole. The lectures were inspiring and thought-provoking and the sessions with my Officers were a wonderful way to interact directly with our global membership. Thank you to the hundreds of people who attended from around the world, my Officers, moderators, and of course the speakers who gave up their time to create these milestone gifts for everyone to enjoy.”

Watch again the ‘Ask the Officer’ sessions, and presentations from speakers Jorge Zornberg, David Shercliff, Kasia Zamara, Huabei Liu, Jabulile Msiza, Fumio Tatsuoka and J.P. Giroud, available in the video section of the IGS Digital Library.