Program

The 9th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics, which is the premier conference series in Environmental Geotechnics under the auspices of the Technical Committee “Environmental Geotechnics” (TC215) of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), will be held on 25-28 June 2023 on the beautiful island of Crete in Greece. The conference theme “Highlighting the Role of Environmental Geotechnics in Addressing Global Challenges” will bring together international leaders in environmental geotechnics and will cover a wide range of topics that relate to advances in research and practice with a focus on safeguarding the geoenvironment, energy and resource harvesting, combating climate change and responding to natural hazards. See the conference themes below.

Conference Themes

Landfilling

Waste characterization and properties
Stability & deformation of waste
Geotechnical recycling and reuse of waste materials
Construction and demolition wastes
Dredged sediments
Other solid wastes

Contaminant Transport and Fate

Geoenvironmental Land Remediation

Degradation and attenuation
Emerging contaminants
Contaminated land and remediation technology
In-situ remediation
Off site remediation
New remediation technologies

Climate Change Impact & Mitigation

Greenhouse gas emissions and control
Geoenvironmental risk assessment
Sustainability
Risk-based site evaluation and management

Geo-Energy

Nuclear waste
CO2 sequestration
Shallow and deep energy harvesting
Methane hydrates
Underground storage facilities

Resource Mining & Extraction

Coal combustion residues
Tailings and mine wastes
Tailing ponds
Acid mine drainage
Heap leach pads

Geosynthetics for the geoenvironment

Biogeotechnics

Engineering barriers
(covers, liners, vertical barriers, permeable barriers)

Forensic environmental geotechnics

Advances in Geoenvironmental Field Characterization

Advances in Laboratory Testing & Material Characterization

Advances in Numerical Modeling

Coupled Processes in Environmental Geotechnics & Geo-Energy

Human-induced and Natural Disaster Mitigation

Case histories in environmental geotechnics and the geoenvironment

Education in Environmental Geotechnics

TECHNICAL SESSIONS

Keynote Lectures & Invited Honorary Lectures
delivered to all participants  by internationally renowned experts/academics.
 
General Oral  Sessions
running daily and in parallel focusing on specific research fields
 
Special Sessions, Workshops & Mini Symposia
covering  hot topics of Environmental Geotechnics (including theme talks by distinguished lecturers, round-table discussions and paper presentations). The 9ICEG is welcoming the submission of proposals or Special Sessions.
 
 

SPECIAL SESSIONS

EMERGING CONTAMINANTS OF CONCERN: OCCURRENCE, FATE, MIGRATION AND REMEDIATION

Organizers
Dr. Majid Sedighi, The University of Manchester, UK
Prof. Malek Bouazza, Monash University, Australia

The session aims to provide a forum for researchers to present and discuss the geo-environmental aspects of emerging contaminants, including identification methods, site investigations, engineering solutions for tackling and remediation techniques, and assessing the transport and fate of emerging contaminants. Learn more

CHARACTERISATION, REMEDIATION AND MANAGEMENT OF CONTAMINATED SITES AND WASTE MATERIALS

Organizers
Prof. Evan K. Paleologos
, Abu Dhabi University, UAE
Prof. Devendra N. Singh, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
Prof. Chao-Sheng Tang
, Nanjing University, China
Prof. Yan Jun Du, Southeast University, China
Prof. Federica Cotecchia
, Politecnico di Bari, Italy
Assoc. Prof. Claudia Vitone
, Politecnico di Bari, Italy

This session will mainly focus on: i) multidisciplinary and multiscale characterisation of contaminated sites aimed to investigate the current state of the system and find experimental evidence of bio-chemo-mechanical coupling processes; ii) experimental and/or modelling studies addressing emerging remediation techniques; iii) emerging technique for treating and managing waste materials; iv) engineered barriers and covers for environmental risk control of contaminated sites. Learn more

CURRENT STATUS AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS OF ENHANCED (POLYMERIZED) BENTONITES FOR CHEMICAL CONTAINMENT BARRIERS

Organizer
Prof. Charles Shackelford
, Colorado State University, USA

The topic of this discussion session is and has been an active area of research for about a decade now, but there are still several remaining outstanding issues and some controversy on the relevant mechanisms controlling hydraulic behavior and polymer retention/elution.  Learn more

ARTISANAL AND SMALL-SCALE MINING AND WASTE: GEOTECHNICAL AND GEOENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS

Organizers
Assoc. Prof. Joan M. Larrahondo, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia
Sebastián Quintero Olaya, The University of Queensland, Australia

This session aims to foster valuable discussions regarding the engineering, environmental, economic, and/or social impacts induced by ASM processes and waste. The session’s papers and presentations are expected to address geotechnical and geoenvironmental aspects of ASM and associated mining waste including, but not restricted to, ASM tailings behavior, ASM case studies, and management or remediation of contaminated ASM sites. Learn more

IN-SITU REMEDIATION TECHNOLOGIES FOR ORGANICS CONTAMINATED SITES

Organizer
Prof. Liming Hu, Tsinghua University, China

This session aims to investigate the characteristics of organic contaminated sites and to explore the method of efficient remediation technologies. New consensus and solutions to solve problem of organic pollution are expected to be obtained. Learn more

ADVANCES IN GEOSYNTHETICS FOR WASTE CONTAINMENT APPLICATIONS

Organizers
Asst. Prof. Kuo Tian
, George Mason University, Virginia
Dr. Nazli Yesiller
, California Polytechnic State University, USA
Prof. James Hanson
, California Polytechnic State University, USA

Geosynthetic materials play an important role in the design and construction of waste containment systems. The session will focus on durability, performance, and sustainability advancements in geosynthetic materials, including the design, construction, and testing of these materials. Learn more

WILDFIRES, GEOTECHNICAL AND GEOENVIRONMENTAL IMPLICATIONS

Organizers
Prof. Arvin Farid, Boise State University, USA
Assoc. Prof. Idil D. Akin, North Carolina State University, USA

This technical session will focus on various geotechnical and geoenvironmental implications of wildfires, including wildfire impacts on the soil environment and properties, disasters caused by these impacts, ways to mitigate those, and restoration of soil to its original conditions. Learn more