The closely related topics of agriculture and aquaculture are the focus of our 21st Annual Conference on March 5, 2008 in Cancún, Mexico. As the date suggests, our conference will be “nested” within GeoAmericas 2008, which is being held at the same location March 2-5, 2008.
For complete conference details, registration, and hotel information: www.geoamericas.info.
Of course, our area of geosynthetics has direct applicability to the topics mentioned above and the one-day GRI-21 event is divided equally between the two topics differentiated mainly between land-grown vs. water-grown food products. As we will see, opportunities abound in both areas for geosynthetic solutions.
The morning session, focusing on geosynthetics in agriculture, will have six presentations on diverse topics such as: increased fruit harvesting, better water storage, and innovative handling of animal waste (e.g., bags, liners, covers, and polymer additives). George Koerner will moderate this session, which will include questions from the audience and answers from the presenters.
The afternoon session, focusing on geosynthetics in aquaculture, will have seven presentations on topics such as: turbidity curtains, fish hatchery and shrimp farm liners, loads on fishnets, underwater habitats, health aspects, and artificial reefs. Grace Hsuan will moderate this session, which will also include questions from the audience and answers from the presenters.
Lastly, a presentation by Bob Denis of Solmax International will address the need for ongoing research by the entire geosynthetics community so as to continue and sustain the vitality of geosynthetics to everyone concerned.
The draft program in abbreviated form follows. Please join us for what promises to be an exciting program.