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Young Engineers Gain Insight At Italy Geotechnical Conference

Historic Padua hosted the next generation of Italian engineers at the 12th Annual Conference of the Italian Young Geotechnical Engineers (IAGIG).

The two-day event in Italy, from May 31 to June 1, gathered young professionals and academic researchers from across the geotechnical and geosynthetics engineering community to share their expertise.

Figure 1. a) The IAGIG 2023 attendees in the ancient library of the University of Padua; b) Opening remarks of the conference (from left to right): Dr. Maria Iovino, Prof. Carlo Pellegrino, Prof. Paolo Simonini, Prof. Simonetta Cola.

Participants enjoyed 28 presentations covering a wide range of topics on geotechnical engineering including laboratory testing of soils, rocks and geosynthetics, constitutive modelling, foundation design, soil-structure interaction, slope stability, geotechnical monitoring, geotechnical earthquake engineering, and geosynthetic-reinforced wall structures.

There was also a poster session, and three lectures given by Dr. Marco Rosone, of the University of Palermo, Dr. Alberto Bisson, of the company Sirive Srl, and Dr. Francesca Ceccato, of the University of Padua.

Participants also got a chance to relax and socialise with a dinner at the stunning Caffè Pedrocchi, and a visit to Bo Palace, the historic seat of the University of Padua, home to the oldest anatomical theatre in the world.

Figure 2. a) Some of the IAGIG 2023 attendees during the social dinner at the historical Caffè Pedrocchi; b) Visit to Bo Palace of the University of Padua.

Delegates were also reminded to get involved in the short course session at the 12th International Conference on Geosynthetics in Rome in September. Dr. Nicolò Guarena, of the Polytechnic University of Turin and a member of the 12th ICG Organizing Committee, encouraged people to attend the full event and in particular the short courses on Sunday, September 17, when young geotechnical engineers can gain a deeper insight into designing with geosynthetics.

The 12th IAGIG was organised by the Italian Geotechnical Society (AGI), with the support of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering of the University of Padua, and with the endorsement of IGS Italy, known as AGI-IGS.

Conference proceedings will be uploaded on the IAGIG website in due course. The 13th IAGIG is due to take place in May, next year.