Welcome to the 20th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering 2022

Sunday 1 May - Thursday 05 May 2022

International Convention Centre Sydney, Australia

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Update for the International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering 2022

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the 20th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ICSMGE) wishes to advise some important Conference changes. These changes, made in response to the global Covid-19 situation, were taken after discussion and with the approval of the ISSMGE Board. We would like to thank the Board Members for their wisdom and understanding in these difficult circumstances.

The 20th ICSMGE will be held in Sydney from 1st to 5th of May 2022.

  • Technical sessions and other Conference activities will be delivered on-site in Sydney on the scheduled dates and we will also deliver most sessions virtually. Conference delegates will be able to register to attend either in-person on-site, or virtually via the Conference registration portal.
  • The hybrid model ensures that all authors of accepted papers will have the opportunity to present, even if they are not able to travel to Sydney. Furthermore, for the very first time in the 85 years history of ISSMGE, all 21,000 individual members will have the opportunity to access the huge range of technical content presented on-line at ICSMGE 2022 - a remarkable opportunity for individuals to be part of this premier event!
  • At the same time as ensuring accessibility to the Conference for a global audience on-line, we are planning an exciting in-person program for those who will travel to Sydney. If you can make it in-person, you will participate in the virtual sessions alongside colleagues around the world AND have access to additional technical sessions, site visits, exhibitions and social functions dedicated to the in-person registrants. A range of exciting events is planned, extending Australian hospitality and making this a memorable event for all involved.
Will you be able to travel to Sydney in May 2022?
  • With Australia’s international borders fully reopening in February 2022, the country is already beginning to see an upswing in international visitor numbers. Find out what you need to do to be able to travel to Australia here
Will I need to take a COVID test before traveling?
  • From 18 April 2022 travellers to Australia will no longer be required to undertake a Covid-19 pre-departure test before boarding their flight.
  • Travellers are reminded that it is your responsibility to ensure you meet the requirements of the airline you are travelling with and any countries you transit through
  • Travellers in and out of Australia must still be double vaccinated and wear masks on flights and within Australia’s airports.
  • Unvaccinated travellers may still have to quarantine in Australia at their own expense.

Please note: Any advice provided regarding borders, quarantine, COVID-19 testing requirements etc. is of a general nature only and should not replace the information you will find on the relevant Government department websites. You are responsible for meeting all travel requirements for your travel itinerary. As travel regulations may change at short notice, we advise you to check the latest advisory issued by the relevant local authorities before your trip.

How can I keep updated on the rules for travel into Australia?
  • It is recommended to regularly review the Australian Government website - COVID-19 and the border (homeaffairs.gov.au) for the latest advice

ICSMGE 2022, Sydney, offers delegates a once in a lifetime trip Down Under to discover why there’s nothing and nowhere quite like Australia. We are looking forward to welcoming our international colleagues in our beautiful city! We are delighted to have the opportunity to connect with many more members of the geotechnical community on-line, taking advantage of the new style of virtual Conference. Whichever option you choose, there will be a huge range of technical content, presentations by eminent geotechnical engineers, interaction with members of our professional network and delights of Australia for you to enjoy.

Welcome to ICSMGE 2022

On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee for the 20th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ICSMGE 2022), the Technical Committee and the host Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS), we are delighted to welcome you all to ICSMGE 2022, to be held in Sydney, Australia, from May 1 - 5 2022. View full welcome

Discover Sydney

Welcome to Sydney, Australia! Sydney is one of the world’s most picturesque cities that is surrounded by a majestic harbour and scattered with beaches, national parks and iconic buildings. It is a city that is inviting you to explore. Catch a ferry across the harbour to take in a panoramic view of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, cuddle up to a cute Koala at Taronga Zoo Sydney or discover the city from above at the Sydney Eye Tower. Learn more about Sydney

Explore Regional NSW

Rich with natural resources, regional NSW produces one-third of the total NSW gross state product, with thriving agricultural and mining industries and strong manufacturing, energy, tourism and service sectors. Home to about 40 per cent of the state's population, regional NSW is diverse, with high levels of natural beauty and accommodating a range of lifestyles and regional locations and attractions.Learn more about regional NSW

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ICC Sydney is at the heart of its very own Sydney harbour waterfront precinct, set amongst restaurants, retail and a vibrant public domain on Darling Harbour. View Venue information.

Discover Sydney

Surrounded by a majestic Harbour and scattered with beaches, national parks and green areas, this is a city that entices you to explore. Learn more about Sydney.


The Australian Geomechanics Society was founded in 1970. Its origins lie in the National Committee of Soil Mechanics of the Institution of Engineers. See more information.