GeoAfrica 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”, 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.
GeoAfrica 2017 - IGS
The event offers an exceptional opportunity for geosynthetics-related engineering and construction professionals to discuss and get more involved in Africa’s growing infrastructure.
In support the gathering, the International Geosynthetics Society has published a promotional video. Though the video dialogue is in French–a secondary language in Morocco–the message for this English-language international conference is clear: the African geosynthetics community is ready for this long-awaited third installment in the regional series.

The video transcript (in English):

In October 2017, hundreds of geosynthetics professionals will convene in Marrakech, Morocco for 4 days of world-class education and networking opportunities. Will you be one of them?

GeoAfrica will provide engineers, regulators and planners the ability to leverage geosynthetic technology to improve infrastructure, reduce costs and increase project’s sustainability.

GeoAfrica’s educational offerings will feature technical sessions, case studies, training lectures and panel discussions. Attendees will learn how to address controversial issues and leverage exciting new research; providing them with the tools and techniques to be successful. GeoAfrica will also feature social events, technical committee meetings and other networking opportunities allowing participants to build professional relationships with other attendees from around the world.


Organizers have been particularly keen to demonstrate how geosynthetics provide solutions to water scarcity, poor availability of suitable soils for various constructions, inadequate infrastructures, and flooding. With that in mind, they note that some of the biggest topics to be addressed in the technical program will include:

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

Update on South African Geosynthetics Activities


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.