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Young Members! Apply Now For Travel Grant To 12th ICG

IGS Young Members will get a helping hand to attend the prestigious 12th International Conference on Geosynthetics (ICG) thanks to a grant from the IGS Foundation (IGSF).

Ten lucky young engineers whose travel expenses are expected to exceed $750 will receive up to $750 to assist with their attendance.

The flagship 12th ICG takes place on September 17-21, this year, at the Auditorium Parco Della Musica in Rome, Italy. The conference, themed ‘Geosynthetics: leading the way to a resilient planet’, promises a fascinating program of lectures, technical sessions, short courses and a social program. Plus, delegates will hear the renowned Giroud Lecture, this time given by Ennio M. Palmeira, Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Brasília and a Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.

Young Members will also benefit from their own social and networking events including testing their knowledge at a fun Geosynthetics Quiz and the IGS Young Members Contest.

Young Members Committee chair Dawie Marx said: “Travel to Italy is exorbitant for many Young Members so we want to try and ensure young engineers have a fair chance to attend career-shaping geosynthetics events like this, regardless of location. We thank the IGSF for helping to support our important aims.”

To apply, Young Members must:

  • Be registered members of the IGS.
  • Be a student or young professional aged 35 or under at the time of the conference.
  • Have had a paper accepted for presentation at the 12th ICG

Assistance will be awarded based on financial need, travel expenses and merit.

Successful applicants will be informed of their level of funding by June 30 and will be reimbursed after the conference. They must also submit a 450-word feedback report on their experience at the conference before reimbursement is processed.

To enter, submit using this Google Drive form including:

  • Proof of age
  • Proof of registration to the 12th ICG
  • PDF of paper being presented
  • Quote or receipt for your flight ticket
  • CV (no more than two pages)
  • Letter of recommendation, preferably by an IGS member

Mr Marx added: “We are delighted to offer this opportunity and look forward to meeting our grant recipients and fellow members in Rome for the customary IGS YM networking dinner and the IGS Young Member Contest.”

The deadline for applications is Sunday, June 11. For any further questions, please email

Good luck!