Roman Colosseum. Photo by Ijby Berg via Shutterstock license.

The geosynthetics community had grown a little restless waiting for updates from the organizers of the 12th International Conference on Geosynthetics. Due to the global covid pandemic, 12 ICG had moved a full year on the calendar to September 2023 in order to free up space in 2022 for other geotechnical events. Then, a very long period of silence followed.

Now we know why.

The organizers received an astonishing number of abstracts: more than 500. It’s the most abstracts ever submitted to an ICG, the global gathering for the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS). The conference is held every four years. In 2023, it will mark the 40th anniversary of the IGS.

12 ICG will be held 17 – 23 September 2023 in Rome.


A story on the IGS website breaks down the topical interests of the submissions, with geosynthetic properties and testing and reinforced walls and slopes leading the way. There was also very strong interest shown in the Young Members program.

Check out the graphics breaking down the submissions

Europe and Asia-based practitioners with roughly 60% of the submissions.


The 12 ICG organizers have launched the event website and will post more details shortly. A Program-at-a-Glance is available, with key dates such as September 18 for short courses and an opening concert, happy hour events during the conference, the IGS General Assembly, the Young Members Session, the Gala Banquet, and more.


The Italian Chapter of the IGS has selected a truly impressive site for the conference. The Auditorium Parco della Musica is situated at the heart of a budding cultural quarter in Roma, write the co-chairs Prof. Nicola Moraci and Eng. Daniele Cazzuffi (Past President of the IGS). “Designed by the iconic Italian architect Renzo Piano … the auditorium is the biggest multifunctional complex in Europe and the second ‘cultural factory’ of the world after the Lincoln Center of New York. Moreover, the auditorium hosts an ancient villa dated 300 BC and a museum making the auditorium a real archaeological site.”

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