SFGE 2016 – Shaping the Future of Geotechnical Education
International Conference on Geo-Engineering Education

SFGE 2016 is the fourth in the series of international conferences about geo-engineering education organised by the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) through its Technical Committees and Member Societies. The previous conferences were:

  • 1st International Conference on Geotechnical Engineering Education and Training, Sinaia, Romania, 12-14 June, 2000
  • 1st International Conference on Education and Training in Geo-Engineering Sciences: Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Engineering Geology, Rock Mechanics (ICETGES), Constantza, Romania, 2-4 June, 2008
  • Shaking the Foundations of Geo-Engineering Education (SFGE 2012), Galway, Ireland, 4-6 July, 2012

The latest conference was the first to be organised by TC306, the Technical Committee on Geo-Engineering Education of ISSMGE.

SFGE 2016 – Shaping the Future of Geotechnical Education is also organised by TC306 and will take place in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 20-21 October, 2016, in conjunction with a series of geotechnical events organised by the Brazilian Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ABMS). At least two sessions will be shared by SFGE 2016 and GeoJovem 2016, the Brazilian and South American Young Geotechnical Engineers’ conference, thus bringing together educators and students.

The Geotechnical Engineering and Rock Mechanics Brazilian conferences will also create a proper opportunity to enrich SFGE 2016 sessions with contributions from industry regarding geo-engineering education.

The two most recent conferences have created a momentum. Those who have attended can testify that the way they address geo-engineering education has been positively and significantly influenced by those conferences. SFGE 2016 shall be no different, so do plan to attend!