GeoAfrica 2017 - IGSUpdate on South African Geosynthetics ActivitiesGeoAfrica 2017 will be held 8 – 11 October 2017 in Marrakech, Morocco. The conference, which is centered on the theme of “Geosynthetics in Sustainable Development in Africa”, has announced an extension for receipt of abstracts to January 15.
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This is the 3rd African Regional Conference on Geosynthetics, following installments in South Africa (2009) and Ghana (2013). It will be held under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) and hosted and organized by the IGS Moroccan Chapter.
The event offers an exceptional opportunity for geosynthetics-related engineering and construction professionals to discuss and get more involved in Africa’s growing infrastructure.
NOTE: The hotel venue for the event has changed since the conference’s last update (October). The new venue is noted towards the end of this article.


Organizers are particularly keen to find geosynthetic solutions to water scarcity, poor availability of suitable soils for various constructions, inadequate infrastructures, and flooding. With that in mind, they’ve noted the following list of relevant subjects for authors to consider, though they also emphasize they are open to more areas of geosynthetics discussion:

  • Use in hydraulic structures
  • Use in infrastructure projects
  • Use in agricultural projects
  • Waste Management
  • Coastal Protection
  • Soil Reinforcement
  • Environmental protection


All sessions will take place at the Mogador Agdal Hotel & Spa in Marrakech.
The location (Marrakech) will draw conference participants from all African countries and heavy participation from other world regions, as Marrakech is strategically accessible through its international airport. Furthermore, the conference and accommodations are all in one place for easy access to sessions and great networking.
Visit the event website for more information.