Behind IGS

About Us

The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) is a learned society dedicated to the scientific and engineering development of geotextiles, geomembranes, related products and associated technologies. Since the society’s beginnings the IGS has grown to over 4,000 members including corporate, individual, and student members. With 47 chapters worldwide, it’s easy to be involved with the society by joining a local IGS chapter.

Early Beginnings

The International Geosynthetics Society can trace its roots back to 1977 when the International Conference on the use of Fabrics in Geotechnics occurred in Paris, France. Today the event is referred to as the First International Conference on Geotextiles. During the conference Dr. J. P. Giroud presented a paper on the Valcros Dam in France, coining the words “geotextiles” and “geomembranes.”

Founded in Paris, France in 1983 as the International Geotextile Society (IGS), the IGS General Assembly approved the change of name to the International Geosynthetics Society in 1994. The society published the first issue of the newsletter, the IGS News, in 1985. The society is now headquartered in Jupiter, Florida, USA.

For a detailed overview on the development of the society, download the IGS History Archives.

Council History

Chungsik Yoo

IGS President

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Nathalie Touze

IGS Vice President

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Edoardo Zannoni

IGS Secretary Chair

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Ian Fraser

IGS Treasurer

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Russell Jones

Immediate Past President

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Council Members:

Dimiter Alexiew 
Sam Allen
Augusto Alza
Gerhard Bräu
Laura Carbone
Jacques Cote
Francesco Fontana
Ian Fraser
Erol Guler
Pietro Rimoldi
Nathalie Touze

Russell Jones 
Takeshi Katsumi
Jacek Kawalec
Preston Kendall
Hong Kwan (Hogan) Kim
Junichi Koseki
Flavio Montez
Boyd Ramsey
M. Venkataraman

Kent von Maubeuge 
Chao Xu
Chungsik Yoo
Edoardo Zannoni
Martin Ziegler
Jie Han
Warren Hornsey
Chiwan Hsieh
Kent von Maubeuge

Russell Jones

IGS President

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Chungsik Yoo

IGS Vice President

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Elizabeth Peggs

IGS Secretary

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Peter Legg

IGS Treasurer

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Jorge G. Zornberg

Immediate Past President

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Council Members:

Sam Allen 
Augusto V. Alza
Gerhard Brau
Jacques Cote
Kazem Fakharian
Francesco Fontana
Ian Fraser
Erol Guler

Warren Hornsey 
Chiwan Hsieh
Rajagopal Karpurapu
Takeshi Katsumi
Jacek Kawalec
Hong Kwan
Junichi Koseki
Flavio Teixeira Montez

Boyd Ramsey 
Pietro Rimoldi
Nathalie Touze-Foltz
Kent von Maubeuge
Chao Xu
Edoardo Zannoni
Martin Ziegler

Russell Jones

IGS President

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Chungsik Yoo

IGS Vice President

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Elizabeth Peggs

IGS Secretary

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Mr. Peter Legg, PrEng

IGS Treasurer

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Jorge G. Zornberg

Immediate Past President

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Council Members:

Mr. Sam R. Allen 
Prof. Dennes T. Bergado
Mr. Eric Blond
Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Bräu
Jacques Cote
Mr. Ian Fraser
Dr. Fazli Erol Guler
Univ.Prof.Dr.-Ing. Martin Ziegler

Mr. Warren Hornsey 
Dr. Hsieh, Chiwan
Dr.Eng. Takeshi Katsumi
Dr. Jacek Kawalec
Prof. Jiro Kuwano
Eng. Flávio Teixeira Montez
Prof. Nicola Moraci

Eng. Victor Eduardo Pimentel
Prof. K. Rajagopal 
Mr. Boyd J. Ramsey
Ing. Pietro Rimoldi
Dr. Nathalie Touze-Foltz, Ph.D.
i. V. Kent P. von Maubeuge
Mr. Edoardo Zannoni

Dr. Jorge G. Zornberg, P.E.

IGS President

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Dr. Russell Jones

IGS Vice President

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Mrs. Elizabeth Peggs

IGS Secretary

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Mr. Peter Legg, PrEng

IGS Treasurer

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Prof. Fumio Tatsuoka

Immediate Past President

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Council Members:

Mr. Sam R. Allen 
Mr. Eric Blond
Prof. Chungsik Yoo
Dr. Neil Dixon
Dr. Nathalie Touze-Foltz, Ph.D.
Mr. Juan Carlos Rivera Baca
Prof. K. Rajagopal

Mr. John W. Cowland
Prof. Jun Otani 
Mr. Pedro Abad Santos
Prof. Xiao-Wu Tang
Dr. Fazli Erol Guler
Prof. Dennes T. Bergado
Mr. Warren Hornsey

i. V. Kent P. von Maubeuge 
Prof. Nicola Moraci
Univ.Prof.Dr.-Ing. Martin Ziegler
Eng. Victor Eduardo Pimentel
Prof. Jiro Kuwano
Mr. Boyd J. Ramsey
Mr. Edoardo Zannoni

Dr. Jorge G. Zornberg, P.E.

IGS President

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Dr. Russell Jones

IGS Vice President

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Mrs. Elizabeth Peggs

IGS Secretary

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Mr. Peter Legg, PrEng

IGS Treasurer

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Prof. Fumio Tatsuoka

Immediate Past President

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Council Members:

Mr. Sam R. Allen
Mr. Eric Blond
Prof. Chungsik Yoo 
Dr. Neil Dixon
Dr. Nathalie Touze-Foltz, Ph.D.
Eng. Germán Vivar
Prof. K. Rajagopal

Mr. Peter Legg, PrEng
Prof. Jun Otani
Mr. Pedro Abad Santos 
Prof. Xiao-Wu Tang
Dr. Abdelmalek Bouazza
Prof. Dennes T. Bergado

Ing. Pierpaolo Fantini
Dr. Han-Yong Jeon 
Mr. Mike Sadlier
Univ.Prof.Dr.-Ing. Martin Ziegler
Eng. Victor Eduardo Pimentel
Prof. Jiro Kuwano

Prof. Fumio Tatsuoka

IGS President

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Dr. Jorge G. Zornberg, P.E.

IGS Vice President

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Mr. Peter E. Stevenson

IGS Secretary

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Mr. John W. Cowland

IGS Treasurer

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Dr.Ing. Daniele A. Cazzuffi

Immediate Past President

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Council Members:

Mr. Sam R. Allen 
Prof. Dennes T. Bergado
Dr. Abdelmalek Bouazza
Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Bräu
Prof. Yun-min Chen
Dr. Neil Dixon
Ing. Pierpaolo Fantini

Eng. Jose Ferreyros
Mr. Nicolas Freitag 
Dr. Han-Yong Jeon
Dr. Russell Jones
Prof. Jiro Kuwano
Mr. Peter Legg, PrEng
Prof. Michele Maugeri

Prof. Jun Otani 
Dr. Ennio Marques Palmeira
Mrs. Elizabeth Peggs
Eng. Victor Eduardo Pimentel
Mr. Mike Sadlier
Univ.Prof.Dr.-Ing. Martin Ziegler

Prof. Fumio Tatsuoka

IGS President

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Dr. Jorge G. Zornberg, P.E.

IGS Vice President

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Mr. Peter E. Stevenson

IGS Secretary

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Mr. John W. Cowland

IGS Treasurer

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Dr.Ing. Daniele A. Cazzuffi

Immediate Past President

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Council Members:

Mr. Patrice Allemand
Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Bräu 
Mr. John H. Dixon
Mr. Nicolas Freitag
Prof. Michele Maugeri
Prof. Jun Otani

Dr. Ennio Marques Palmeira
Mrs. Elizabeth Peggs 
Eng. Jose Ferreyros
Prof. Yun-min Chen
Mr. Peter Legg, PrEng

Dr. Abdelmalek Bouazza 
Prof. Masashi Kamon
Mr. Bernard Myles MICE SVR DECEASED
Mr. Mike Sadlier
Dr. Eun-Chul Shin

Dr.Ing. Daniele A. Cazzuffi

IGS President

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Prof. Fumio Tatsuoka

IGS Vice President

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Mr. Peter E. Stevenson

IGS Secretary

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Ir. Wim Voskamp

IGS Treasurer

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Dr. Richard J. Bathurst

Immediate Past President

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Council Members:

Dr. Abdelmalek Bouazza
Ing. Pierpaolo Fantini
Mrs. Danette R. Halloran
Mr. John W. Cowland
Prof. Masashi Kamon 

Mr. Bernard Myles
Mr. Mike Sadlier 
Dr. Jorge G. Zornberg, P.E.
Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Bräu
Mr. Stephen P. Corbet

Mr. Philippe Delmas 
Prof. Michele Maugeri
Dr. Ennio Marques Palmeira
Mr. Seung-Mock Shin

Dr.Ing. Daniele A. Cazzuffi

IGS President

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Prof. Fumio Tatsuoka

IGS Vice President

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Mr. Peter E. Stevenson

IGS Secretary

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Mr. Philippe Delmas

IGS Treasurer

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Dr. Richard J. Bathurst

Immediate Past President

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Council Members:

Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Bräu 
Mr. Stephen P. Corbet
Prof. Michele Maugeri
Dr. Hiroshi Miki
Ir. Wim Voskamp
Eng. Ernesto Alió
Prof. Bao Cheng-Gang

Dr. Barry R. Christopher. P.E. 
Prof. Bao Cheng-Gang
Mrs. Danette R. Halloran
Mr. John W. Cowland
Prof. Masashi Kamon
Dr. Valentin Feodorov

Prof. Jean Lafleur
Dr. Eun-Soo Lee 
Maria de Lurdes Lopes
Mr. Bernard Myles MICE SVR DECEASED
Mr. James Paul DECEASED
Mr. Mike Sadlier

Dr. Richard J. Bathurst

IGS President

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Dr.Ing. Daniele A. Cazzuffi

IGS Vice President

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Mr. Peter E. Stevenson

IGS Secretary

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Mr. Philippe Delmas

IGS Treasurer

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Prof. Colin J.F.P. Jones

Immediate Past President

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Council Members:

Mr. John W. Cowland
Mrs. Danette R. Halloran
Prof. Masashi Kamon 
Prof. Jean Lafleur
Prof. Song Lee
Maria de Lurdes Lopes

Mr. Bernard Myles
Mr. James Paul 
Dr. Valentin Feodorov
Mr. Mike Sadlier
Dr. James G. Collin, P.E.
Mr. Stephen P. Corbet

Prof. Jean-Pierre Gourc 
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Georg Heerten
Dr. Ennio Marques Palmeira
Ing. Pietro Rimoldi
Prof. Fumio Tatsuoka