By Elizabeth Peggs
GeoAmericas 2012 will be held May 1-4 in the San Isidro district of Lima, the capital and largest city in Peru. San Isidro is the epicenter of the region’s finance, business, and mining interests. The importance of this district, however, is not all that makes this next installment in the quadrennial GeoAmericas conferences unique.
- Simultaneous translation will be available for every session at the event. From short courses to keynote lectures, presentations will be heard in English and Spanish.
- The conference organizers are valuing quality. Paper selection standards are exceptionally high. The number of presentations will be slightly fewer to give attendees more substantial information and to facilitate more question-and-answer time.
- The preliminary schedule includes four short courses, 12 parallel sessions, six training lectures, six special lectures, and multiple discussion panels.
- Attendees can interact with more than 50 top companies in the GeoAmericas exhibit hall and a series of industry presentations are all within the Westin Lima Hotel Spa & Convention Center, a new five-star facility.
A city to experience
Lima is a city of exceptional social and dining opportunities. Whether it’s a simple breakfast or a nine-course dinner, Lima delivers culinary excellence at a reasonable (actually, almost absurdly low,) cost.
Travelers can also explore catacombs, tour Incan ruins, and visit colonial landmarks. GeoAmericas 2012 organizers will offer companion tours during the event and also pre- and post-conference touring options, both local and to other Peruvian attractions including Machu Picchu.
Don’t miss out
GeoAmericas 2012 is organized by the Peruvian Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) and is presented under the auspices of the IGS.