Watch: Nathalie Touze’s Full Giroud Lecture

IGS Vice President Nathalie Touze’s celebrated Giroud Lecture is now available to view in its entirety.

Recorded at the UK Chapter’s annual meeting in London in December last year, Dr Touze shared her talk, ‘Healing the World: A Geosynthetics Solution’, with members.

The lecture is an inspiring and eye-opening exploration of our symbiotic relationship with the world, and how geosynthetics can be a key driver in tackling some of society’s biggest challenges.

The 6th Giroud Lecture debuted at the 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics in Seoul, Korea, in 2018. It was dubbed “absolutely outstanding” by geosynthetics pioneer Dr. J P Giroud, after whom the lecture is named and awarded.

***You can also view Dr Touze’s ‘Two For A Few’ chat with Dr Giroud here.

***To find out more about the huge potential of geosynthetics in creating a sustainable future, download our eBook Preparing the ground for a brighter future here.

About the Giroud Lecture

The Giroud Lecture recognizes exceptional achievement and influence in the field of geosynthetics. It is delivered every four years during the opening of the International Conferences on Geosynthetics. First awarded in 1998, the Giroud Lecture on Geosynthetics is one of the International Geosynthetics Society’s highest distinctions. Previous lectures have been given by Dr. Robert Koerner (1998), Dr. R Kerry Rowe (2002), Chris Lawson (2006), Prof. Heinz Brandl (2010), and Dr. Richard Bathurst (2014). Dr. Giroud developed many of the design methods and originated many of the applications used in geosynthetic engineering, including many of those pertaining to landfills, liquid impoundments, and dams. He holds the status of Honorary Member of the International Geosynthetics Society, has been named a ‘Hero’ of the Geo-Institute of ASCE, has delivered major international geotechnical lectures such as the Mercer and Terzahgi Lectures, and has been recognized by the Order of the Legion d’Honneur in France. He remains very active in the field.

Watch: Highlights Of Dr. Nathalie Touze’s Giroud Lecture Available Now

A summary of Dr. Nathalie Touze’s thought-provoking talk on how geosynthetics can mitigate the impact of a raft of global challenges is available to watch online now.

Entitled ‘Healing the world: a geosynthetics solution’, Dr. Touze’s Giroud Lecture described the many ways geosynthetics can tackle the socio-economic, environmental and resource pressures on the modern world.

Challenges discussed included quality food and water, environmental pollution and its health implications, the slowdown of economic development by natural disasters, overcoming economic imbalances, and learning to live together.

IGS Vice President Dr. Touze used the prestigious opportunity to put forward sustainable development goals that could be applied to each issue, such as quality education, sanitation, reducing inequalities, responsible consumption and production, climate action, and effective partnerships.

The ways geosynthetics could alleviate natural disasters and make an economic contribution were among other solutions explored at the 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (ICG) in Seoul, Korea.

One of the IGS’s highest distinctions, the Giroud Lecture recognizes exceptional achievement and influence in the field of geosynthetics. It is delivered every four years during the opening of the ICG.

The lecture is named after Dr. J P Giroud who coined the terms ‘geotextile’ and ‘geomembrane’ in 1977 and has authored around 400 publications.

Dr. Touze was also presented with a plaque in recognition of her achievements.

Watch and share the short video below or on our YouTube Channel.

Dr. Touze will be giving her Giroud Lecture again at two events in August – at Regeo & Geossintéticos 2019 in Brazil on August 14, and for IGS Chile members on August 16.

About the Giroud Lecture

The Giroud Lecture recognizes exceptional achievement and influence in the field of geosynthetics. It is delivered every four years during the opening of the International Conferences on Geosynthetics. First awarded in 1998, the Giroud Lecture on Geosynthetics is one of the International Geosynthetics Society’s highest distinctions. Previous lectures have been given by Dr. Robert Koerner (1998), Dr. R Kerry Rowe (2002), Chris Lawson (2006), Prof. Heinz Brandl (2010), and Dr. Richard Bathurst (2014). Dr. Giroud developed many of the design methods and originated many of the applications used in geosynthetic engineering, including many of those pertaining to landfills, liquid impoundments, and dams. He holds the status of Honorary Member of the International Geosynthetics Society, has been named a ‘Hero’ of the Geo-Institute of ASCE, has delivered major international geotechnical lectures such as the Mercer and Terzahgi Lectures, and has been recognized by the Order of the Legion d’Honneur in France. He remains very active in the field.

IGS Brazil Hosts Geothermals Webinar

The use of geosynthetics in geothermal heat exchange applications was explored during a recent webinar.

IGS North America President John McCartney presented his insights as part of IGS Brazil’s webinar series.

Prof McCartney, of the Department of Structural Engineering at the University of California San Diego, spoke about research opportunities and practical implementation techniques to improve energy efficiency.

Obtaining thermal energy sustainably and efficiently to help reduce carbon emissions was also discussed. Tips were shared on how geotechnical engineers could contribute to these important goals.

Online participants had the opportunity to quiz Prof McCartney in a Q&A during the event, which was hosted by IGS Brazil member and Chair of the IGS Panamerican Activities Committee Flavio Montez.

You can view the full webinar below or on Youtube by clicking here.