The International Conference on Innovative Solutions for Geotechnical Problems was originally scheduled for June 2020 in Istanbul; but, in light of the global coronavirus outbreak, organizers have announced moving the conference to 2021. The new dates for ISGPEG 2021 have not yet been communicated to the general engineering community. Instead, the organizing committee has indicated that authors who had already committed to the event will be contacted with full details first.

Geosynthetica will report the updated schedule as soon as possible. In the meantime, engineering professionals have another opportunity to get involved in the event. ISGPEG 2021 has reopened the abstract submission window. The new deadline is now 25 November 2020. Submit abstracts here.


Istanbul remains the host city for ISGPEG. It is the birthplace of renowned geosynthetics researcher Erol Güler. You can find him these days lecturing at George Mason University in the Washington, D.C. area, but Istanbul of course remains close to his heart. The IGS Turkish Chapter has certainly not forgotten his achievements and his influence on geotechnical practice in Turkey. When ISGPEG 2020 convenes, it will be to honor Dr. Güler at Bogazici University, the place where he secured his reputation on the international, geosynthetic engineering stage.

Photo of Erol Guler Being Interviewed by Chungsik Yoo
Erol Guler (left) being interviewed by IGS President Dr. Chungsik Yoo. Watch the interview here.

This conference aims to gather a broad range of recent innovations in geotechnical engineering, including testing, modeling, monitoring, field applications and risk analysis under the main topics of geotechnical engineering, geosynthetics, geotechnical earthquake engineering, and environmental geotechnics—all of which are topics that Erol Güler has contributed to substantially.

Three keynote speakers have been announced:

  • Richard Bathurst – “Model Developments in MSE Wall Design”
  • Daniele Cazzuffi – 1959 – 2020: More than 60 Years of Successful Applications of Geosynthetics in Dams”
  • R. Kerry Rowe – “Protecting the Environment Using Geosynthetics: A Personal Perspective”

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The ISGPEG conference will celebrate Dr. Güler’s legacy by promoting dialogue through sessions of innovation topics and state-of-the-industry oral presentations. Key topics include:

  • Properties and Testing
  • Geosynthetic Reinforced Walls, Slopes and Embankments
  • Roads, Railways and Other Transportation Applications
  • Pavements
  • Tunneling and Underground space
  • Deep excavation
  • Hydraulic Applications
  • Landfills
  • Geosynthetic Barriers
  • Drainage, Filtration and Erosion Control
  • Physical and Numerical Models
  • Soil dynamics and geotechnical earthquake engineering
  • Foundations
  • Soil improvement
  • Sustainable Development and Green Technology
  • Soil-Geosynthetic Interaction
  • Lightweight Construction
  • Long Term Performance and Durability
  • Special and specific Issues
  • Case histories


Dr. Erol Güler has more than 30 years of experience in the field of geotechnical engineering. He has combined his academic experience to perform research and conduct multi-faceted geotechnical designs. His areas of expertise include foundation design with emphasis on pile foundations, slope stabilization, soil improvement, reinforced soil structures, soil stabilization and soil dynamics. He has performed a large number of geotechnical investigations in various parts of Turkey for governmental agencies as well as private contractors. Dr. Güler is a leading geotechnical engineer in Turkey with respect to his academic background, work experience and innovative practice in the field of geosynthetics. He has successfully implemented his research studies performed in England and the United States to practical problems in Turkey, and he is particularly well known for his geosynthetic applications within the geotechnical engineering community.

Learn more about ISGPEG 2021 on the event website.