The Second International Symposium on Marine Engineering Geology (ISMEG2019) was successfully held in Dalian International Finance Conference Center Hotel, Dalian, China, from 18th to 20th, October, 2019.

The symposium was sponsored by the Commission for Marine Engineering Geology (C34), International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG). The International Symposium on Marine Engineering Geology is sponsored by IAEG-C34 every three years and the First International Symposium on Marine Engineering Geology (ISMEG 2016) was held in Qingdao in 2016. The second international symposium was hosted by State Key Laboratory of Coastal and Offshore Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, and co-hosted by Department of Earth Science, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Marine Environment and Geological Engineering, Ocean University of China with several other organizations. More than 240 participants, including experts, professors and young scholars of 70 institutes, which from 11 countries and regions, attended the symposium, showing the rapid development of marine engineering geology in recent years.

Qing Yang, Professor of Dalian University of Technology, the chairman of the organizing committee of the symposium, introduced the background, purpose and preparation of the symposium. Yu Liu, the director of the Department of Earth Sciences of the National Natural Science Foundation of China offered his warm congratulations. Yonggang Jia, Professor of Ocean University of China, the chairman of the academic committee of the conference, chairman of the Committee for Marine Engineering Geology (C34), IAEG, delivered a speech at the opening ceremony.

The theme of the symposium is “Exploration of Marine Resources and Marine Engineering Geology”. Focusing on engineering properties of marine soils, marine geological hazards and preventions, in-situ exploration, monitoring and physical modelling, hydrodynamics and environmental interaction, exploration of gas hydrate, offshore foundations, flow-structure-seabed interaction, the experts and scholars conducted further communications.

The conference has a total of 10 invited reports and 95 special oral reports. World famous experts were invited to give keynote reports, including “Whole-life Modelling of Geotechnical Structures on Soft Soils” given by Prof. David White from University of Southampton, UK, “Nonlinear Rheological Models of Clayey Soils and Applications” given by Prof. Jianhua Yin from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, “Data-driven Geo-Solutions for Offshore Wind Projects” given by Maarten Vanneste, the chief engineer from NGI, Norway, “Coupled Analysis of Problems Involving Gas Hydrates Bearing Sediments (HBS)” given by Prof. Marcelo Sánchez from Texas A&M University, USA, “Simulations of Suspended Sediment Transport: use Field Data” given by Prof. Jerome P -Y Maa from College of William and Mary, USA, “Foundation Behavior of Offshore Wind Turbine” given by Prof. Lizhong Wang from Zhejiang University, “Modeling of Wave-induced Seabed Response around Monopile Foundation” given by Prof. Jinhai Zheng from Hohai University, “Marine Geo-environmental Disaster: Field Study and In-situ Long-term Observation” given by Prof. Yonggang Jia from Ocean University of China, “Several New Issues in Fluid-soil Interactions” given by Prof. Dong-sheng Jeng from Griffith University, Australia and “Recent Research Progress on Pipeline On-bottom Stability” given by Prof. Liang Cheng from the University of Western Australia.

Working meeting of Committee for Marine Engineering Geology (C34) of the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG) was held in the evening of 19th. The committee relies on the Ocean University of China. The purpose of IAEG-C34 is to organize experts and scholars engaged in marine engineering geology at Domestic and foreign to conduct academic and technical exchanges and seminars, share academic ideas and research progress, promote the scientific research level, engineering technology, and the combination of production, study and research, and promote the development and multilateral cooperation of marine engineering geological industry. At the meeting, the committee was reelected. After the self-recommendation and recommendation, the second committee (2019-2022) was composed of 78 people from 14 countries and regions. Professor Yonggang Jia, Chairman of IAEG-C34, and Professor Dong-sheng Jeng, Vice Chairman of IAEG-C34, issued certificates to the members.

ISMEG 2019 was successfully completed in the afternoon of 20th. On behalf of IAEG-C34, Professor Yonggang Jia summarized the results and working arrangements of the IAEG-C34 Working Conference. Professor Dong-sheng Jeng introduced the preparation of the 3rd International Symposium on Marine Engineering Geology (ISMEG2022) which will be held at Griffith University in Australia in 2022. Professor Qing Yang, on behalf of the organizing committee of this symposium, summarized the fruitful results of the symposium and announced the closing of the 2nd International Symposium on Marine Engineering Geology (ISMEG2019).