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 Bright Spark Lecture award was introduced by past president, Professor Charles Ng. The award was created for promising young Geotechnical Engineers and 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
  • 36 or under at the last day of a conference
  • Nominated by Member Societies and the YMPG

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
  2. Muhammad Zayed
  3. Dr. Surya Congress
  1. University of Wollongong
  2. University of California, San Diego
  3. Texas A&M University

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 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
20th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering May 2022
  1. Brendon Bradley
  2. Ashani Ranathunga


  1. Professor of Earthquake Engineering, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  2. Lecturer, University of Leeds, UK
10th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics in Daejeon, Korea June 2022
  1. Kil-Wan Ko
  2. Orestis Adamidis
  1. Postdoctoral Researcher/Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley, USA.
  2. Associate Professor and Tutoring Fellow in Engineering, University of Oxford, UK.
National Workshop on Transportation Geomechanics and Ground Improvement in Sydney, Australia November 2022
  1. Rakesh Malisetty
  2. Liuxin Chen
  1. Research Fellow, Transportation Research Centre, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia.
  2. PhD Student, Monash University, Australia.
26th National Conference on Geotechnical Engineering in Jakarta, Indonesia November 2022
  1. Lutfian Rusdi Daryono
  2. Jeremy Sean Kadarman
  3. Anatasya Claresta
  1. Chief Engineer Geotechnics Development Department, Technology Development Headquarters, NITTOC Construction Ltd., Japan.
  2. Geotechnical Engineer at Geomine
  3. Bandung Institute of Technology
16th International Conference on Geotechnical Engineering December 2022
  1. Subhani Medawela
  2. Shay Haq
  1. Research Fellow, Faculty of EIT, University of Technology (UTS), Sydney, Australia.
  2. Ph.D. from University of Technology (UTS), Sydney, Australia.
3rd International Conference in Geotechnical Engineering (ICGEColombo-2020) in Colombo, Sri Lanka December 2022
  1. Chathuri Arachchige
  2. Lilanka Kankanamge
  1. PhD Student, Transport Research Centre, University of Technology Sydney, Australia.
  2. Geotechnical Engineer, National Building Research Organisation, Sri Lanka.