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XVI Croce Lecture Delivered by Kerry Rowe – Roma, Italy, 13 December 2017

The Italian Geotechnical Society (Associazione Geotecnica Italiana – AGI) organized the annual Conference on the 13th of December 2017 at the “Auditorium Antonianum” in Roma : the lecture is dedicated to the memory of the late Professor Arrigo Croce, who was the first professor of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering in Italy, Presi-dent of the AGI, vice-President for Europe of the ISSMFE and co-founder of the Technical Committee devoted to the Geotechnical Aspects of Preservation of Historic Sites.

The Croce lecture 2017 was delivered by Kerry Rowe, Queen’s University – Canada and Past President of IGS, with the title: “Environmental Geotechnics: Looking Back, Looking Forward”.
The conference was opened with the greetings from Nicola Moraci, President of the Italian Geotechnical Society AGI, and the Croce lecturer was introduced by Daniele Cazzuffi, President of AGI-IGS, the Italian Chapter of IGS, who highlighted the important contributions of Prof. Rowe in the area of environmental geotechnics and engineering with geosynthetics.

The outstanding lecture provided an excellent state-of-art on lessons learned from the past and provided future per-spectives in different topics of the environmental geotechnics, for example the contaminant migration in compacted clay liners, the behavior of the leachate collection systems, the geomembranes long term performance both in con-taminated sites and also in landfill applications and the interaction between harsh climate and composite liners.

All of these topics were discussed from the theory to practice and vice versa, which provided a better understanding of the phenomena and the relevant factors which influence it.

More than 200 geotechnical professionals from different sectors including universities, public institutions, enterprises and contractors came from different parts of the world to gather together for this special event.

Nicola Moraci closed the session with the announcement of the new Croce Lecturer for the following year, which will be Augusto Desideri, from the “Sapienza” Roma University.
The annual conference closed with a light buffet where all the participants could spend a nice time together and have the chance to exchange traditional greetings for the coming New Year.
The written versions of the Croce lectures from the past lecturers can be downloaded from the website of AGI (

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