GeoAfrica 2013

GeoAfrica 2013GeoAfrica 2013 will be held 18-20 November 2013 in Accra, Ghana. This quadrennial event marks the 2nd African Regional Conference on Geosynthetics. To be held under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) and hosted and organized by the IGS Ghanaian Chapter (GhIGS), the event offers an exceptional opportunity for geosynthetics-related engineering and construction professionals to interact with the African continent’s growing infrastructure (transportation, energy, etc.)—all within a context of sustainability and situated within a city The New York Times rated the #4 place to visit in 2013.
The provisional program for the conference has just been published.
Geosynthetics for sustainable development in Africa
Kwasi Badu-Tweneboah
Geosynthetics in mining
Malek Bouazza
Geosynthetics in pavement reinforcement and road rehabilitation
Alan Parrock
With more than 70 papers from around the world to be presented and a sold out exhibit hall, the conference will off a number of exceptional, international knowledge transfer and professional networking opportunities. Highlights include technical lectures and sessions on:

  • Geosynthetics in landfills, retaining structures, and roadways (Neil Dixon, Chungsik Yoo, and Jorge Zornberg, November 18)
  • Geosynthetics and quality control in mining (Russell Jones, Peter Legg, and Sam Allen, November 18)
  • A special session on geosynthetics in innovative mining solutions (November 19)
  • Landfills in developing countries (November 19)
  • Roads on challenging subgrades (November 20)
  • And seven other sessions

In addition to technical tracks and education, the event will offer numerous social and professional networking opportunities. On the night of November 17th, an opening reception will be held in the exhibit hall. A special networking event will take place on November 18 after then day’s education tracks close. And an “Akwaaba” Dinner will be offered on November 19.
An accompanying persons program with multiple tour options is described on the event website.