15th Young Geotechnical Professionals Conference

Call for Nominations and Abstracts

The Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) and the New Zealand Geotechnical Society (NZGS) invite you to attend the 15th Young Geotechnical Professionals Conference (15YGPC).

The 15YGPC is for geotechnical professionals from Australia and New Zealand 35 years old and younger. It is designed for all attendees to present a technical paper on any topic of interest / experience relating to the field of geomechanics or geotechnical engineering.

Abstracts and Nominations

Nominations of delegates must also be supported by a senior mentor and include an abstract of 200 words on a topic that is related to geotechnical practice or research. Positions are limited to 50 attendees and all successful nominations will be expected to present their technical paper at the conference. Co-authored papers will be accepted but only one author may present at the conference. The Don Douglas Youth Fellowship Award and the Young Geotechnical Professional Fellowship will be awarded to the best Australian paper and the best New Zealand paper, respectively, during the conference.

To nominate for the conference complete the Nomination Form below.


To be eligible to attend, nominees must be:

  1. AGS or NZGS members at the time of the conference;
  2. they must under 35 years old in the year of the conference (i.e. born in 1990 or younger); and
  3. they should not have previously attended a YGP conference (i.e. a previous conference in this series).

Selection Criteria

50 Nominees will be invited to submit full papers, selected from their submitted abstracts so as to achieve a diverse cohort of young professionals, in terms of age, gender, AGS and NZGS, practice and research, sponsoring company/organisation, geologist and engineer, topic of abstract/paper etc.

Registration Cost

The registration costs is AUD$1,430 (incl GST), which includes three nights accommodation and breakfasts at the Stamford Grand Hotel in Glenelg Beach, lunches and refreshments, conference dinner, an arrival drinks reception, conference venue and a field trip to discover the engineering geology of the Adelaide region. Partners are invited to enjoy time in Adelaide, but will not be included in the conference activities or dinners (extra seat at the dinner can be purchased for $120 inc. GST additional cost).

Important Dates (Revised)

Please note that the deadline for submitting nominations and abstracts has been extended. Extended dates are highlighted below.

Organising Committee


If you would like to have your organisation highlighted to the best and brightest young people in our profession, a range of sponsorship opportunities are available for this event.

For more information contact the AGS Secretariat via [email protected]

The Don Douglas Youth Fellowship Award

The fellowship is awarded to the author of the most outstanding papers at an ANZ Young Geotechnical Professional Conference. The recipient must be a member of the AGS and be below the age of 35 in the year of the conference, i.e. born in 1990 or younger. A committee consisting of 2 members of the conference organising committee and 2 senior geotechnical professionals in attendance at the conference will judge the award.

The Don Douglas Youth fellowship carries a cash amount of $4,000. The cash component is for reimbursement of expenses incurred in attending the next International Young Geotechnical Professional’s Conference following the award.

NZGS Young Geotechnical Professionals Fellowship

This fellowship is awarded to the author of the best paper by a New Zealand representative at each Australia-New Zealand Young Geotechnical Professionals conference. The recipient must be a member of the New Zealand Geotechnical Society and be below the age of 35 in the year of the conference, i.e. born in 1990 or younger.

Nomination Form

Nominations have now closed.

Engineers Australia members participating in AGS technical sessions can record attendance on their personal CPD logs. Members should refer to Engineers Australia CPD policy for details on CPD types, requirements and auditing guidelines.