The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) is a not-for-profit organisation which was founded in Paris, on 10 November 1983, by a group of geotechnical engineers and textile specialists. The Society brings together individual and corporate members from all parts of the world, who are involved in the design, manufacture, sale, use or testing of geotextiles, geomembranes, related products and associated technologies, or who teach or conduct research about such products.
It is a learned society dedicated to the scientific and engineering development of geotextiles, geomembranes, related products and associated technologies with the objectives of:
- To collect and disseminate knowledge on all matters relevant to geotextiles, geomembranes and related products, e.g. by promoting seminars, conferences, etc.
- To promote advancement of the state of the art of geotextiles, geomembranes and related products and of their applications, e.g. by encouraging, through its members, the harmonization of test methods, equipment and criteria.
- To improve communication and understanding regarding such products, e.g. between designers, manufacturers and users and especially between the textile and civil engineering communities
Membership of IGS is primarily organised through national Chapters. There are currently 43 country chapters with over 3,000 individual members and over 500 student members. Most individual members (94%) belong to the IGS through Country Chapters.
The Australasian Chapter commenced in 2002. It is a not for profit organisation which relies on the support and contribution from its members. The board and committee members volunteer their time and support and are committed to supporting the objectives of the society and its members.
Chapter participation allows members to be informed about, and participate in, local and regional activities in addition to providing access to the resources and International dimensions of the IGS.