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Last days to achieve “Founding Donor” status. Act by the end of 2021!

Join geosynthetics industry greats and become a Founding Donor of the IGS Foundation (IGSF) before it’s too late!

Give before the end of December 2021 and you will enjoy unique status as an inaugural donor to a charitable body dedicated to expanding opportunities, understanding and education in geosynthetics.

The IGSF was formed last year to help enhance the IGS’s educational efforts. Our thanks to donors including Platinum donors J.P. Giroud and Solmax and renewing Donors – FLI, FC Geosynthetics, FR Liners and others. The Foundation
has already provided scholarships to 19 students to attend the virtual GeoAmericas 2020 conference, Funded the digital versions of the IGS Educate the Educator program and recently announced funding to promote the IGS’s student Job Shadowing scheme.

New donors now have until December 31, 2021, to enjoy ‘Founding Donor’ status. Any financial contribution is welcome but new givers can climb the honor ladder depending on size of donation. Categories, which come with associated perks, are:

*IGS Hall of Fame: $100,000+
*Platinum: $25,000+
*Gold: $10,000+
*Silver: $5,000+
*Bronze: $1,000+

Secretary-Treasurer of the IGSF Boyd Ramsey said: “Giving to the Foundation is a wonderful opportunity to help make real change in improving access to and growth of educational opportunities in our industry. The results are immediate and impact exponential, leaving a lasting legacy to the next generation of engineers.

“Being able to count yourself as a Founding Donor in a body with ambition and impact for your industry is an opportunity that should not be missed!”



Kent von Maubeuge joins the IGS Foundation Board of Trustees

The IGS Foundation welcomes Kent von Maubeuge to the Board of Trustees.  Kent has been involved in the geosynthetics industry for more than 30 years.  Across these decades, von Maubeuge has been a strong advocate for geosynthetics. He has served actively with various engineering professional associations and standards bodies, such as DIN, CEN, ISO, The Geosynthetic Institute and ASTM International. He has also served on the IGS Council, helped establish the IGS Technical Committee on Barrier Systems, and contributed numerous papers and lectures to technical conferences and professional societies around the world. For more than 20 years, he has lectured on engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Ostwestfalen-Lippe and for the past 8 years he has also lectured at the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld.  He is a leader in the geosynthetics industry and his participation will help the Foundation and our industry grow and advance.


IGS Foundation delivers Educate the Educator Videos

Civil engineering students can now access one of the IGS’s key geosynthetics lectures online thanks to the IGS Foundation (IGSF).

The ‘introduction to geosynthetics’ lecture, devised and supported as part of the IGS Educate the Educators (EtE) program, was traditionally given face-to-face. But the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on live events inspired the IGSF to create a digital version of the talk so it can be accessed anywhere at any time.

Presented by former IGS President Professor Jorge Zornberg, the one-hour lecture is designed for those new to geosynthetics and is split into five bite-size videos. It includes a guide for instructors on course content and learning outcomes, followed by sessions introducing geosynthetics, their types and functions, and concludes with a summary.

Complementary videos from Vice-President of IGS Brazil Professor Maria das Graças Gardoni suggest how instructors might want to structure and present the videos to create a more interactive and engaging experience for students.


To access the digital lectures, contact IGS Secretariat Manager Elise Oatman at igssec@geosyntheticssociety.org .

Find out more about the IGSF, becoming a Founding Donor, or applying for funding, by emailing Boyd Ramsey at Boyd@TheIGSFoundation.com.

Learn more about the IGSF by visiting this website and reading its first annual report.

Explore more IGS Educate the Educators initiatives here:  https://www.geosyntheticssociety.org/initatives/educate-the-educators/