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...and a word from the congress chair

'Opportunities, challenges and responsibilities for environmental geotechnics' is the theme of the ISSMGE 5th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics.

Issues associated with environmental geotechnics continue to be a major preoccupation for governments, public and private organisations and the international community.

The congress brings together industry, academia and the public sector to discuss the latest ideas and developments in environmental geotechnics and related fields.

Papers in the proceedings reect the work being undertaken across the discipline.

A total of 194 have been accepted and more than 225 delegates have registered from 30 countries, re cting the truly international avour of the congress.

The packed programme includes a keynote lecture, three feature lectures, nine workshop sessions, 35 panellist presentations, 140 individual paper presentations, four technical visits, a poster and technical exhibition, events for accompanying persons and a full and varied round of social events, including the congress banquet and a precongress golf tournament.

Workshops will focus on remediation; testing and monitoring;

barrier design including nuclear waste disposal; mine sites, tailing dams, sludge ponds and underwater geoenvironmental issues;

sustainability, regulation and risk management; fate and transport pollutants; and waste reuse and waste management.

The congress is being organised by the Geoenvironmental Research Centre at Cardiff University, supported by TRL and the BRE, under the auspices of ISSMGE's Technical committee on environmental geotechnics (TC5).

It is supported by the International Geosynthetics Society and the British Geotechnical Association.

I should like to express my gratitude to ISSMGE for the honour of organising this congress and extend a warm invitation to attend this important event.

Professor Hywel Thomas, congress chair

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