Greetings, colleagues and friends,

We’re delighted to share an update on the recent FedIGS meeting in Salzburg, which took place on October 9th. This meeting brought together the presidents from the four sister societies of the Federation of Geo-engineering Societies (FedIGS) – International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), International Society for Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering (ISRM), IGS, and International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment – and was a hub of impactful decisions and enlightening discussions. One of the most significant developments was the decision to expand FedIGS by incorporating the International Tunneling Association (ITA). This move represents a momentous step forward in strengthening the bonds between our societies and enhancing our collective impact on the field of geo-engineering.

IAEG’s president had the honor of presenting a comprehensive activity report in the ISRM council. This presentation showcased the work and dedication of our association in advancing geo-engineering and highlighted the crucial role IAEG plays in the broader landscape of our field. The exchange of insights between our sister societies is a testament to the collaborative spirit that defines our community. The FedIGS lecture delivered by the IAEG president Prof. Marinos, during the opening of the ISRM Congress was a remarkable intellectual highlight. The presentation, titled “Conveying Geological Reality in Rock Engineering Design,” offered invaluable insights into one of the most fundamental aspects of our discipline.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the presidents and members of our sister societies for their active participation, and we look forward to an enduring partnership dedicated to advancing geo-engineering and contributing to a more resilient world.