Roman Colosseum. Photo by Ijby Berg via Shutterstock license.

The 12th International Conference on Geosynthetics (12 ICG) will be held 18 – 22 September 2022 in Rome, Italy at the Auditorium Parco della Musica. As the quadrennial, global event for the International Geosynthetics Society, 12 ICG will continue the series tradition of excellence. It was last held in Seoul, South Korea in 2018 with extraordinary international participation.

The Call for Abstracts is open! Abstracts due: 28 February 2021


The conference theme follows closely on a number of sustainability initiatives within the IGS and the larger geosynthetic and geotechnical engineering communities: Geosynthetics, Leading the Way to a Resilient Planet.


The organizers of 12 ICG invite abstracts in English of up to 300 words on topics across the broad range of applications and sectors in which geosynthetics are used. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Sustainability with Geosynthetics
  • Geosynthetics Properties and Testing
  • Soil-Geosynthetic Interaction
  • Durability and Long Term Performance
  • Reinforced Walls and Slopes
  • Basal reinforced Embankments, GEC, piles and shallow foundations
  • Seismic design with geosynthetics
  • Unpaved and paved roads
  • Railways and other Transportation Applications
  • Landfills and remediation of contaminated sites
  • Filtration and Drainage
  • Erosion Control and coastal applications
  • Hydraulic applications: canals, reservoirs and dams
  • Innovative materials and technologies
  • Design approaches and other applications
  • Case Histories
  • Mining applications
  • Tunnels and underground constructions


  • 28 February 2021: Call for Abstracts Closes
  • 31 March 2021: Authors notified
  • 29 September 2021: Papers Due
  • 29 December 2021: Paper Acceptance Notices
  • 30 March 2022: Final Papers Due


The 12 ICG organizers have launched the event website and will post more details shortly. A Program-at-a-Glance is available, with key dates such as September 18 for short courses and an opening concert, happy hour events during the conference, the IGS General Assembly, the Young Members Session, the Gala Banquet, and more.


The Italian Chapter of the IGS has selected a truly impressive site for the conference. The Auditorium Parco della Musica is “situated at the heart of a budding cultural quarter in Roma,” write the co-chairs Prof. Nicola Moraci and Eng. Daniele Cazzuffi (Past President of the IGS). “Designed by the iconic Italian architect Renzo Piano … the auditorium is the biggest multifunctional complex in Europe and the second ‘cultural factory’ of the world after the Lincoln Center of New York. Moreover, the auditorium hosts an ancient villa dated 300 BC and a museum making the auditorium a real archaeological site.”

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