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In May 2022, the global community of soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering practitioners will come together for the 20th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ICSMGE). For the 7th time, young geotechnical practitioners will have the opportunity to participate in their own dedicated Conference on the days immediately prior to the ICSMGE in a relaxed, friendly and supportive environment to share their research, ideas and experience, build international networks and discuss the challenges facing young geotechnical engineers in a rapidly changing world.

We recognize that not everyone will be able to make it to Sydney in 2022, so we are offering the option to participate via an online platform. For those who can make it to Sydney we look forward to your participation in a young professionals day with seminar field, trip and social function and invite you to stay in Sydney for ICSMGE.

This conference seeks to provide a relaxed and supportive environment for young geotechnical engineers to present at their first major conference. We will have a particular focus on sustainability and on issues facing young geotechnical professionals beyond 2022.

The organising committee look forward to welcoming you to the 7th International Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference in 2022.

7iYGEC – Opportunity for online participation

The objectives of 7iYGEC are to provide young geotechnical practitioners with the opportunity to participate in a relaxed, supportive conference environment, to network with peers and other members of the profession and to receive an introduction to the activities of the ISSMGE. Traditionally, the conference has sought to address these objectives by running an in-person conference. Whilst we would love for as many delegates as possible to join us in Sydney, we recognise that due to the likelihood of ongoing international travel restrictions, not everyone will have the opportunity of coming to Sydney in April 2022.

The organising committee of 7iYGEC would like all delegates to have the opportunity to participate in our conference so we have decided to provide the opportunity for participation via an online platform. There are a number of benefits of offering an online participation:

  • Delegates who are unable to make it to Sydney will still be able to participate.
  • The number of delegate places can be increased.
  • Allows access for all delegates to any presentation – you won’t have to choose between concurrent sessions.
  • More cost effective for delegates.
  • Opens the conference to non-presenting delegates.

Here is how it will work.

Papers have been received for 7iYGEC 2022. Papers will then be subject to review by the 7iYGEC organising committee and by the delegates member society. Additionally, every delegate will be asked to peer review another paper submitted for the conference. This is an important element of conference participation. Review comments will be provided by end of October 2021 and final papers will be due by end of December 2021.

All delegates who have had their papers accepted will pre-record their presentations ahead of the conference and upload them to the conference organisers. Instructions will be provided closer to the date setting out the requirements for the presentation. The recordings will be made available in advance for viewing by all delegates. Pre-recorded presentations will be due by end of February 2022.

You will be encouraged to view presentations before the conference to allow you to fully engage in our live online discussions.

Registrations will open in December 2021.

Four live online sessions will be held, two on each of Friday 29 April and Saturday 30 April 2022, Sydney time. The morning session will cater for time zones covering North and South America, Eastern Asia and Australia. The afternoon session will cater for time zones across West Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. However, delegates may attend any of the sessions and recordings will be available for you to catch up on anything you miss.

Delegates will be assigned to themed live sessions, similar to what is done for an in-person conference. Each delegate in the session will present a brief abstract of their paper then participate in a live facilitated panel discussion. All delegates will have the option of submitting questions ahead of the conference and during the live sessions.

Our two keynote presentations will be presented twice, in a morning and an afternoon session, so you won’t miss out.

We hope to welcome as many of you as possible to Sydney. If you can make it, a venue will be arranged at which you will be able to participate in the online sessions alongside your colleagues and will have networking opportunities.

On Sunday 1 May, a Young Professionals day will be held to which we will invite all 7iYGEC delegates and any delegates under the age of 35 in Sydney for the International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ICSMGE). The day will include a morning seminar, field trip and a social function.

The ICSMGE is operating as a ‘hybrid’ conference, offering options for both online and in person participation. All 7iYGEC delegates who are able to make it to Sydney are encouraged to register for in person attendance at ICSMGE.

Reduced registration fees will apply for the online delivery mode. These are still being calculated, but are estimated to be around 75% of those that would otherwise apply for in person attendance. A modest additional fee will apply for those who attend the Young Professionals day.

We would be pleased to answer any questions you may have about the revised conference delivery mode. Please forward any queries to [email protected] and visit our website for regular updates.

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  • Key Dates

  • Full papers due 31 July 2021.
  • Review comments provided end of October 2021.
  • Final papers due end of December 2021.
  • Registrations open December 2021.
  • Pre-recorded presentations due end of February 2022.
  • 7iYGEC Conference 29 and 30 April 2022.
  • Young Professionals Day , 1 May 2022.


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