18 Sept: The Symposium is now being POSTPONED to 24-26 March 2021. See full announcement on the News page.

The world is experiencing profound changes.

These mark the dawning of a new era of pressing challenges that Geotechnical Engineering must deal with, internationally and in New Zealand.

Get on board for Dunedin 2020!
We will explore the opportunities and challenges of our future, by learning from the achievements and failures of our past.

This symposium aims to attract the most recent developments in geotechnical engineering, and associated disciplines in New Zealand and internationally.
We look for stimulating technical discussions and out-of-the-box ideas in the fields of engineering geology geotechnical engineering, seismology, geophysics, new technologies.

The Symposium is preceded by a one-and-a-half-day workshop and field study which starts in Queenstown and ends in Dunedin at the welcome reception. The two-day symposium will include technical talks, discussions and a trade exhibition. We will use a range of formats: keynote speakers, plenary special technical sessions and discussions, speaker presentations, and poster exhibitions. Collaboration and communication with structural and infrastructural engineering will be the key component of our technical sessions.

We will be delighted to see you at Dunedin in 2020. Let’s combine our thinking and together develop...

Good Grounds for the Future

NZGS 2020 Symposium


The New Zealand Geotechnical Society (NZGS) is the affiliated organisation in New Zealand of the International Societies representing practitioners in Soil mechanics, Rock mechanics and Engineering geology. The New Zealand Geotechnical Society Symposium was last held in Napier in 2017.


"Geotechnical engineering and engineering geology are now widely perceived in New Zealand as an integral part of our modern communities."

Eleni Gkeli, 2020 Convenor

Symposium Speakers

Profile photo Mike Kerr

Mike Kerr

Chris Haberfield web

Chris Haberfield

NAS Annual Meeting 2017

Ross W. Boulanger

SISSY_2017_1sm web

Sissy Nikolaou

Call for Abstracts and Papers

Learn more about the submission process.

Take note of these key dates:


  • Submissions open:

    July 2019

  • Submissions close:

    Extended to 1 November 2019

  • Authors notification:

    Extended 6 December 2019


  • Submissions open:

    2 December 2019

  • Submissions close:

    15 May  2020 (extended) 

  • Authors notification:

    End of June 2020


  • Registration opens:

    February 2020 (updated)

  • EXTENDED Early-bird deadline:


  • NEW Conference dates:


NZGS 2020 comes to Dunedin

Dunedin is New Zealand’s best-kept secret, a city with character, steeped in history, full of hidden gems.
Take in the sweeping panoramas across Otago Harbour and Peninsula, and the sandy beaches of St Clair, or seek out stunning little “secret places” such as Tunnel Beach and the Organ Pipes.

The seaside settlements of Karitane and Port Chalmers provide the perfect setting to escape the city for the day. Or venture into Otago’s hinterland to explore the haunting rocky tors and tussock plains of Middlemarch, the starting point for the Otago Central Rail Trail.