World’s Leading Geotechnical Engineers in Sydney for International Meeting

4th May 2022

More than 1,300 delegates are this week attending the 20th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ICSMGE 2022) at the International Convention Centre Sydney, with over half of attendees in-person.

It is the first international meeting being held in Sydney with significant in-person attendance numbers since the start of the global pandemic.

ICSMGE 2022 is being hosted by the Australian Geomechanics Society and managed by ICMS Australasia, with support from BESydney and Business Events Australia.

ICMS Australasia Managing Director, Emma Bowyer, said “while the largest delegations attending are from South Korea and the U.S. it’s encouraging to see there are over 70 countries represented in total.”

“It is wonderful that the leading geotechnical engineers in the world have come together to share new important research and what is equally encouraging from a conference organiser’s perspective is that the majority are choosing to do so in-person.

“The ICC Sydney is the perfect backdrop for international delegates to experience our city and we are expecting many more events of this nature over the coming years.”

Delegates at ICSMGE 2022 include geologists, engineering geologists, soil mechanics, rock mechanics, geotechnical engineers and academics.

Conference Chair and former Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Engineering at the University of Newcastle, Emeritus Professor John Carter, said the conference was originally planned for Sydney in late 2021 but was delayed to ensure greater opportunity for in-person attendance.

“After six attempts to secure the conference for Sydney and a global pandemic in between, we’ve shown that Australians are nothing if not persistent,” he said.

“A major conference legacy that ICSMGE 2022 can be proud of is that over 25 per cent of our attendees are young professionals and geotechnical engineers.  The learning and networking opportunities we are providing are likely to be as profound in many years to come as they are now. 

“We are very grateful to our international society for entrusting us with the organisation of this important quadrennial conference.”

Visit www.icsmge2022.org to learn more.

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