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Keynote speakers announced for ECMGE 2019

The Icelandic Geotechnical Society has announced the keynote speaker line up for the 17th European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, which is due to be held in Reykjavik, Iceland from 1 to 6 September.

The keynote speakers have been confirmed as NGI’s Suzanne Lacasse, University of Iceland’s Sigurður Erlingsson and Technical University of Catalonia’s Antonio Gens.

Lacasse will focus on risk assessment of dams and Gens will look at hydraulic fills with a focus on liquefaction, while Erlingsson will explore the geotechnical challenges of the event’s host nation.

Queen’s University Canada research chair in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering Kerry Rowe will also deliver the 2019 Mercer Lecture during the conference. The topic of Rowe’s lecture is to be the use of geosynthetics in construction on soft soil and the lecture will also be delivered at the South African Institution of Civil Engineering Geotechnical Division’s 17th African Regional Conference (7-10 October) and Geo-Congress 2020 in the US (25-28 February 2020).

The Icelandic Geotechnical Society has also announced a number of invited lecturers for the event. They include University of Grenoble professor Gioacchino Viggiani who will speak about recent developments in laboratory and in-situ testing of geomaterials; Imperial College London professor Lidija Zdravkovic who will use case studies to discuss analytical, numerical and physical modelling of geomaterials; Franki Foundations deputy general manager Maurice Bottiau who will present on piles and deep foundations with an emphasis on recent developments; TRL head of ground engineering Mike Winter who will look at landslide hazards and risks to road users; and Politecnico di Torino professor Sebastiano Foti will present recent developments in geotechnical earthquake engineering.

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