Tentative Program

Day 1
25 Jun 2023
Day 2
26 Jun 2023
Day 3
27 Jun 2023
Day 4
28 Jun 2023

Conference Check in opens

Check-in and collect your badge and bag from the Secretary desk located at the street-level lobby of the Imperial Hall

Welcome / Intro Session

M. Ballouz, ISSGME President ● Introduction and Welcome
D. Zekkos, Conference Chair ● Welcome Address
K. Sample-Lord, Conference Program Chair ● Program Tour

Welcome Reception

Join us for a complementary ice-breaking drink at the pool of the Imperial Beach Wing
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Opening Ceremony

A. Dominijanni, TC215 Chair | Politecnico di Torino, Italy
D. Zekkos, Conference Chair | UC Berkeley, USA

R.K. Rowe Lecture

Untangling the mysteries of geosynthetic clay liners behaviour in aggressive and challenging environments
Prof. Abdelmalek Bouazza
10:45 - 11:15

Coffee Break

Special Session – Advances in Geosynthetics for Waste Containment Applications

K. Tian, George Mason University, USA
N. Yesiller, California Polytechnic State University, USA
J. Hanson, California Polytechnic State University, USA
12:45 - 14:00

Lunch Break

Invited Lecture – Application of Biosurfactants as Sustainable Environmental Remediation

C. Mulligan, Concordia University, Canada
Prof. Catherine Mulligan
15:30 - 16:00

Coffee Break

Special Session – Emerging contaminants of concern: Occurrence, fate, migration and remediation

M. Sedighi, The University of Manchester, UK
M. Bouazza, Monash University, Australia
17:30 - 20:00


Invited Lecture – A Novel Waste-Cover-Waste Three-layer Landfill Cover System without Geomembrane: from Theory to Practice

C. W. W. Ng, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
Prof. Charles W. W. Ng

Invited Lecture – Field scale implementation and commercialization of bio-based ground improvement technologies

L. van Paassen, Boskalis, NL / Arizona State University, USA
Dr. Leon Van Paassen

Invited Lecture – 30 years of Environmental Geotechnics courses and the future

N. Sitar, UC Berkeley, USA
M. Pantazidou, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
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Prof. Nicholas Sitar
Dr. Marina Pantazidou

Coffee Break

Panel Discussion – Nexus of Geo-Energy & Geo-Environment

H. Coumoulos, Castor Ltd
M. Sánchez, Texas A&M University, USA
T. Baser, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA
S. Babu, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
D. Dermatas, Ministry of Environment and Energy / National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Prof. Dimitrios Dermatas
Prof. Sivakumar Babu
Dr. Tugce Baser
Dr. Helena Coumoulos
Prof. Marcelo Sánchez
12:30 - 13:30

Lunch Break

Invited Lecture – Waste Reuse for Geotechnical Applications

M. E. Gimenez Boscov, São Paulo University, Brazil
Prof. Maria Eugênia Gimenez Boscov

Panel Discussion – Current Status and Future Directions of Enhanced (Polymerized) Bentonites for Chemical Containment Barriers

C. Shackelford, Colorado State University, USA
T. Abichou, Florida State University, USA
G. Di Emidio, Ghent University, Belgium
N. Guarena, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
J. Scalia, Colorado State University, USA
Dr. Joseph Scalia
Prof. Gemmina di Emidio
Prof. Tarek Abichou
Prof. Charles Shackelford
Nicolò Guarena

Special Session – Characterisation, remediation and management of contaminated sites and waste materials

E. K. Paleologos, Abu Dhabi University, UAE
D. N. Singh, IIT Bombay, India
C. Tang, Nanjing University, China
Y. Du, Southeast University, China
F. Cotecchia, Politecnico di Bari, Italy
C. Vitone, Politecnico di Bari, Italy
16:15 - 16:30

Coffee Break

Special Session – Wildfires, Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Implications

A. Farid, Boise State University, USA
I. D. Akin, North Carolina State University, USA

Invited Lecture – The Upcycling of Waste Glass Into Versatile and Sustainable Products

T. Loux, Aero Aggregates of North America LLC, USA
Dr. Theresa Loux

Panel Discussion – “If I started my career in Environmental Geotechnics now, I would…”

K. Sample-Lord, Villanova University, USA
S. Burns, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
R. Kerry Rowe, Queen's University, Canada
L. Zhan, Zhejiang University, China
M. Manassero, Politecnico di Torino, Italy