Bright Spark Lecture Award

Bright Spark Lecture Award


To promote young members of ISSMGE to play a major role in various international and regional conferences, the President of ISSMGE – Professor Charles Ng created Bright Spark award for promising young geotechnical engineers/academics to have a chance to deliver keynote and invited lectures at these conferences.

Selection and Approval Procedure

Each local conference organising committee will be responsible for the preliminary selection of Bright Spark lecturers, in collaboration with YMPG. The preliminarily selected lecturers together with their CVs will be submitted to the President of ISSMGE for final approval. Although it is intended to provide young members more opportunities, no more than four lecturers should be selected and approved in any single conference.

Each awardee will be invited to give a 20-30 minute presentation at the conference and write a plenary paper. An “ISSMGE BRIGHT SPARK LECTURER” certificate will be given either by the President or his/her designate.


Outstanding and promising young members at 36 or under at the last day of a conference nominated by member societies and the YMPG.

Bright Spark Lectures at the 20th ICSMGE

The deadline for Bright Spark Awards nominations for the 20th International Conference for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ICSMGE) has passed. We have received a total of 45 impressive applications from 22 Member Societies. Winners will be announced soon!

More information regarding the conference and award can be found on


List of Bright Spark Lecturers

Click on Bright Spark Lecturers colored in red to read their biography. 

Conference Date Name of winner Affiliation
7th Technical Conference in Eastern Asia on Geo-Natural Disasters
(ATC3) held in Chengdu, China
May 2018 Dr Lin Dong Lanzhou Institute of Sesimology, China Earthquake Administration
7th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils (TC106), Hong Kong August 2018
  1. Dr Amin Askarinejad
  2. Dr. Annan Zhou
  3. Dr. Majid Ghayoomi
  4. Dr. Chao Zhou
  1. Delft University of Technology
  2. Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
  3. University of Hampshire
  4. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
8th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics (TC215) in Hangzhou, China October 2018
  1. Dr. Xunchang Fei
  2. Dr. Junjun Ni
  3. Dr. Marta Di Sante
  4. Dr. Wenjie Xu
  1. Nanyang Technological University
  2. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  3. Università Politecnica delle Marche
  4. Zhejiang University
GeoMEast 2018 November 2018
  1. Dr. Yuijie Qi
  1. University of Wollongong

17th European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering in Reykjavik, Iceland

September 2019
  1. Dr Federico Pisano
  2. Dr Mateo Ciantia
  1. Delft University of Technology
  2. University of Dundee
17th African Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering in Cape Town, South Africa October 2019 Dr Charles John MacRobert University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
16th Asian Regional Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Taipei October 2019
  1. Dr. Anthony Leung
  2. Dr. Ching Hung
  1. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  2. National Cheng Kung University
16th Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Cancun, Mexico November 2019
  1. Marlisio Oliveira Cecilio Junior
  2. Carlos Omar Vargas Moreno
  3. Tugce Baser
  1. University of Wollongong, Australia
  2. National Autonomous University of Mexico
  3. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

9th Asian Young Geotechnical Engineers  Conference(9AYGEC) AND 15th International Conference on Geotechnical Engineering (15ICGE)

Lahore 2019
December 2019 Dr. Jahanzaib Israr University of Engineering and Technology Lahore
7th International Symposium on Geotechnical Safety And Risk December 2019
  1. Bryant Robbins
  2. Zi-Jun Cao
  3. Takayuki Shuku
  1. US Army Engineering Research and Development Center
  2. Wuhan University, China
  3. Okayama University, Japan
International Young Professionals Workshop on Road-Rail Infrastructure 2021 November 2021
  1. Dr. Thanh Nguyen
  2. Dr. Fernanda Ferreira
  3. Dr. Manuel Joao Niza daz Neves
  1. Australian Research Council (ARC) Research Fellow, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  2. Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Porto, Portugal
  3. Geotechnical Engineer, Golder Associates, Sydney, Australia