ISSMGE News & Information Circular
1. ISSMGE Council Meeting 13th August 2023 Highlights
At the Council Meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan a decision was made to instruct lawyers to produce draft Articles of Association with a view to the ISSMGE becoming an Incorporated Society. Incorporation will establish the ISSMGE as a legal entity and enable the Society to continue to hold bank accounts. The aim is to circulate draft Articles of Association to Member Societies prior to seeking a unanimous vote to proceed with Incorporation late in 2023.
Other key points from the Council Meeting are:
The budget 2023 -2026 was presented by Graham Scholey (VP for Australasia) and received majority support from Council.
The term of appointment of the Secretary General, Professor R Neil Taylor has ended and Professor Taylor has stepped down after 24 years of service receiving thanks from Council, led by the President. Dr Andrew McNamara is now the Secretary General of ISSMGE.
The next in-person Council meeting will be held on the occasion of the quadrennial international conference (21 ICMSGE) to be held in Vienna, Austria 14-19 June 2026.
2. Message from Prof. Pierre Delage, Chair of the ISSMGE Geo-Engineers without Barrier Committee (GeoWB)
Dear Member Society Officers
This is a message from Pierre Delage, former TOC Chair. I am now in charge of a new committee proposed by ISSMGE Pdt Marc Ballouz called Geo-engineers without barriers (GeoWB). The basic idea of the Committee is to do in our domain of geotechnical engineering and natural risks what "Medecins sans frontieres" do for health issues and sanitary disasters in some countries: in link with local ISSMGE Member Societies, relevant organisations and local contacts, to propose to countries affected by geo-disasters to rapidly send some volunteer experts in charge of rapidly providing a short report (3 pages or more). The report would describe the observations and conclusions drawn on the ground (more details here). Geo-disasters may be earthquakes, landslides, floods, failure of dykes, dam and tailing dams, collapse of geotechnical structures, foundations, tunnels...
This message is to let you know the existence of this ISSMGE Committee, within various perspectives:
- Some members of your Member Society (SM) may be willing to act as volunteer expert for some geo-disaster, preferably in a region close to yours.
- Your country might be, unfortunately, affected by some geo-disaster. In this case, it would be good that, if you wish, you inform GeoWB that you would like to have such a support. Note that, in the case you have local experts able to intervene and prepare the report, the ISSMGE could support their travel expenses.
- Your country has close links with a country affected by a geo-disaster but without any SM. Your links with the country and local knowledge (including speaking the local language) would then be quite useful for GeoWB experts (either from your country or from another one, preferably close and from the same region).
Note that the GeoWB committee is still in constitution and that motivated candidates can apply to participate to the GeoWB activities.
The ISSMGE thinks that mobilising our ISSMGE competent worldwide network will definitely help the Society in case of geo-disasters.
Thank you for your help, we look forward to receiving your feedback.
Chair of the ISSMGE Geo-Engineers without Barrier Committee (GeoWB)
3. ISSMGE BULLETIN
ISSMGE is launching a new bulletin edition and the President, Vice-Presidents and all board members are encouraging you to send an article or summary about your completed or planned activities, or special projects in your country, for publication in the next issue. Please send to the ISSMGE Secretariat ([email protected]) with a copy to the Editor-in-Chief, Professor Anthony Leung ([email protected]). .
Please keep feeding us with your exciting news regularly so that our bulletin from now on becomes richer and more animated!
The latest edition of the ISSMGE Bulletin (Volume 17, Issue 3, June 2023) is available from the website.
4. ISSMGE FOUNDATION
The next deadline for receipt of applications for awards from the ISSMGE Foundation is the 30th September 2023. Click here for further information on the ISSMGE Foundation.
Member Societies, Technical Committees, Sister Societies and related organisations may add their events directly to the ISSMGE Events database via the link + Submit Event at the top of the EVENTS page
For a complete listing of all ISSMGE and ISSMGE supported conferences, and full information on all events, including deadlines, please go to the Events page athttps://www.issmge.org/events. For updated information please refer to that specific events website.
The following events have been added or amended since the previous Circular:
GEOTECHNICS FOR OFFSHORE WIND IN JAPAN - 30-10-2023 - 31-10-2023
Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo, Japan; Language: English; Organiser: TC209 and Japanese Geotechnical Society; Contact person: Shinya Tachibana; Address: Kobe University; Email: [email protected]; Website: https://confit.atlas.jp/guide/event/geotechwind2023/top
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING (ICGE'24) - 25-04-2024 - 27-04-2024
Hammamet, Tunisia; Language: English; Organiser: The Geotechnical and Georisk Research Laboratory; Contact person: National Engineering School of Tunis; Address: BP 37 Le Belvédère; Email: [email protected]; Website: http://www.icge24.com;
GEOSHANGHAI 2024 - 26-05-2024 - 29-05-2024
WH MING HOTEL, China , Shanghai; Language: English; Organiser: Tongji University; Contact person: Mingliang Zhou; Address: NO.1239 SIPING ROAD; Phone: 008613918955481; Email: [email protected]; Website: http://www.geo-shanghai.org; Email : [email protected]
11TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM OF GEOTECHNICAL ASPECTS OF UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION IN SOFT GROUND (IS-MACAU 2024) - 14-06-2024 - 17-06-2024
Macao SAR, China; Organiser: University of Macau, LECM and TC204 of the ISSMGE; Contact person: ZHENG GUAN; Address: Faculty of Science and Technology University of Macau, E11 Avenida da Universidade, Taipa, Macau, China; Phone: +85388229153 ; Email: [email protected]; Website : https://is-macau2024.skliotsc.um.edu.mo
5TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON FRONTIERS IN OFFSHORE GEOTECHNICS (ISFOG) - 09-06-2025 - 13-06-2025
La Cité des Congrès de Nantes, France ; Language: English; Organiser: University Gustave Eiffel, CFMS, French Mirror Group of the Technical Committee TC 209; Contact person: Sylvie Bretelle ; Address: 1 rue du Vieux Pont; Phone: 0785428593; Email: [email protected]; Websit : https://isfog2025.univ-gustave-eiffel.fr/; Email : [email protected]
GEOMATE 2023 - 14-11-2023 - 16-11-2023
Hotel Tsu center Palace, Tsu, Japan; Language: English; Organiser: The Geomate International Society; Contact person: Prof. Dr. Zakaria Hossain; Address: Mie Ken, tsu city, Kurimamachiya-cho 1577; Phone: +81592319578 ; Fax: +81592319578 ; Email: [email protected]; Website: https://geomate.org/index.html; Email : [email protected]