Bright Spark Lecture Award

Announcement to young geotechnical engineers

To promote young members of the ISSMGE to play a major role in various international and regional conferences, the President of ISSMGE, Professor Charles Ng, created the Bright Spark Award for promising young geotechnical engineers/academics to deliver keynote and invited lectures at these conferences.

The Young Member Presidential Group (YMPG) and the ISSMGE wish to invite all ISSMGE member societies to nominate their most promising young geotechnical engineers as candidates to speak at a keynote session at the 20th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering in Sydney, Australia ( in September 2021. Two young engineers will be chosen. They will have the opportunity to present their work as the recipient of the ISSMGE Bright Spark Lecture Award.

The awardees will be invited to present a 30 minute keynote lecture at the conference and write an associated paper, which will be included in the conference proceedings. The Bright Spark Award will be presented to young geotechnical engineers who produce mature research containing major contributions to the intellectual community.

The Award criteria are as follows:

  • Age 36 or under on the last day of the conference (17 September 2021)
  • First call of nominations due 1 August 2020
  • Limit of 3 nominees per member society
  • Both English and French papers and lectures are welcome.

If you are interested in applying, please contact your ISSMGE Member Society. Member Society contact information can be found on‐society/member‐societies. If you are not able to get in touch with your Member Society, please send an inquiry to [email protected].

Join our mailing list
  • Key Dates

  • Registrations OpenSeptember 2020
  • Abstracts Closed
  • Presenters NotifiedFrom September 2020
  • Paper SubmissionJanuary 2021
  • Early Bird Registration ClosesApril 2021
  • ICSMGE Sydney 202112 - 17 September 2021


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.