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GeoAmericas 2020 will be the 4th Pan-American Regional Conference on Geosynthetics. With COVID-19 concerns impacting travel around the world, large and small events alike have rescheduled to protect their participants and to support host country changing regulations on public gatherings. GeoAmericas 2020 is following suit here, and the organizers have announced new date: 26 – 29 October 2020. The event will still take place in historic Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

GeoAmericas is one of the International Geosynthetics Society’s signature regional conferences. The conference has grown steadily in scope, attendance, and reputation since its inaugural gathering in Mexico City (2008). Subsequent iterations in Lima (2012) and Miami (2016) showed strong growth and raised expectations for GeoAmericas 2020. More than 1,000 participants from 40 countries are expected for a rich program of lectures, technical exchange, and networking.

Geosynthetica commends the organizers on orchestrating the date change and encourages all in the geosynthetics engineering community to maintain their support for the event. The letter from the organizers on the scheduling change follows.

GeoAmericas 2020 - Brazil


Dear Colleagues,

In this unique moment of alertness and consternation and which has required extraordinary care from everyone, we at GeoAmericas 2020 Organizing Committee are concerned with establishing a procedure that would guarantee the safety of the participants and the realization of an event that can bring together the community of geosynthetics in an environment of confidence and enthusiasm.

After extensive evaluation and broad debate with IGS and representatives of the main supporters of the event, we decided to change the date of the conference to the period from 26 to 29 October 2020. Before making this decision, we made sure to comply with the operational procedures and verify all financial contingencies in order to guarantee a positive scenario for the conference.

We are convinced that this is the best option to preserve the well-being of all the participants and to ensure that the great objective of the event is achieved: a wide meeting in the Americas with the entire technical community and the geosynthetics industry.

We will meet then in October in the Marvelous City, Rio de Janeiro, same venue, same structure, same schedule (with some additions to be announced in the future). With the postponement, we will extend some important deadlines and the new calendar will be published soon.

We hope that you can understand and share with us this decision and we regret any inconvenience that this imperative date change may present you.

More than ever, we hope to count on your participation to enhance GeoAmericas 2020. At this point, be sure that everything is already set up to make the conference a memorable one. We will now show the strength of our community and celebrate the overcoming of this adversity in October in Rio de Janeiro. We are looking forward to seeing you there.
We are available for any clarification.


Organizing Committee
GeoAmericas 2020