Sydney sees return of international delegates at engineering conference ICSMGE 2022

ICSMGE 2022
In person delegates at ICSMGE 2022 in Sydney this week have been happy to catch up face to face. Photo: Camera-Creations

More than 1,300 delegates are attending the International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ICSMGE 2022) this week in Sydney.

Held at International Convention Centre Sydney, the conference marks one of the first international meeting held in Sydney with significant in-person attendance numbers since the start of the global pandemic.

ICSMGE 2022 is being hosted by the Australian Geomechanics Society and managed by ICMS Australasia, with support from BESydney and Business Events Australia.

ICMS Australasia managing director Emma Bowyer said the largest delegations attending are from South Korea and the US, with more than 70 countries represented in total.

ICMSA managing director Emma Bowyer and-creative director Lili Lin at ICSMGE 2022.

“It is wonderful that the leading geotechnical engineers in the world have come together to share new important research and what is equally encouraging from a conference organiser’s perspective is that the majority are choosing to do so in-person,” she said.

Conference Chair and former Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Engineering at the University of Newcastle, Emeritus Professor John Carter, said the conference was originally planned for Sydney in late 2021 but was delayed to ensure greater opportunity for in-person attendance.

“After six attempts to secure the conference for Sydney and a global pandemic in between, we’ve shown that Australians are nothing if not persistent,” he said.

“A major conference legacy that ICSMGE 2022 can be proud of is that over 25 per cent of our attendees are young professionals and geotechnical engineers. The learning and networking opportunities we are providing are likely to be as profound in many years to come as they are now.

“We are very grateful to our international society for entrusting us with the organisation of this important quadrennial conference.”