International Conference on Challenges and Achievements in Geotechnical Engineering, 2021




The Albanian Geotechnical Society (AGS) is pleased to invite you to the International Conference on Challenges and Achievements in Geotechnical Engineering, to be held at POLIS University (Tirana, Albania). This conference is organized on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the foundation of the Albanian Geotechnical Society. This is the 5th international event organized by AGS, following the two conferences held in 2011 and 2015, and the two workshops held in 2004 and 2007. The event is organized in collaboration with POLIS University and is supported by the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE).
The conference aims to highlight various aspects of geotechnical engineering problems and challenges faced by geotechnical professionals in their everyday practice. We hope to provide an international interactive platform for discussion and collaboration for geotechnical professionals and applicants from all countries are welcomed. Practicing engineers, researchers and students are invited and encouraged to participate, to submit written contributions and also to present their works.

Tirana is the capital and also the largest city in Albania. It lies in between the Dajti mountain (1620 m high and accessible with cable car within 15 – 20 minutes) and the Adriatic Sea (35 km in the west of the city). The city can be reached by flight using the Tirana International Airport (located 25 km from the city center), by ferry using the Durres Harbor (located 40 km from Tirana), or by means of driving through Kosovo (custom point of Morinë), Montenegro (custom points of Hani i Hotit and Murriqan), Greece (custom points of Kapshticë and Kakavijë), and North Macedonia (custom point of Qafë Thanë).
After the ‘90s the city has enlarged and developed in infrastructure and buildings, and now around 700,000 habitants reside there. Being the major city in the area, industry, administration, economic activity, cultural and educational facilities have long been centered here. In the last years particularly, Tirana has been identified as an academic area, by locating many universities, academic institutions and research units.
Tirana has a Mediterranean climate which has contributed in having rich and diverse vegetation. The average low and high temperatures in the period June are respectively around 16°C and 28°C. The city is also home of many historical and cultural landmarks such as the Tirana Castle, Clock Tower of Tirana, Petrelë Castle, National Historic Museum, etc. Also, many touristic sites are within a practical reach from the capital or from the conference venue location. For more information on touristic attractions in Tirana and the country please visit

The conference will be held at POLIS University ( which is located in the Tirana-Durrës highway, 12 km from the city center. The university campus is accessible by several bus lines (20 minutes) or by taxi (10 minutes).

Papers covering a wide spectrum of geotechnical engineering will accepted. The Conference Scientific and Organizing Committees are responsible for selecting papers and for conducting peer review. After receiving all abstracts, the Conference Organizing Committee will specify the form of preparation of the final paper and with the help of the abstracts will define the detailed conference program and sessions. The official language of the conference is English.
The following is a list of the conference themes:

− Laboratory testing
− Site investigation/Field testing
− Foundations
− Ground improvement
− Seismicity and mitigation
− Numerical and analytical modeling
− Tunneling
− Rock mechanics
− Geo-environments
− Landslides and slope stability
− Underground construction and deep excavations

In order to accommodate a wide variety of participants the following categories for the conference
registration fee are included:

Regular participant Euro 150
Students Euro 50

The registration fee covers conference participation, conference banquet, coffee & tea, meals, and
a copy of the proceedings (including an electronic copy). Please note that the cost for the technical
visit and gala dinner (to be estimated) are not covered by the conference fee. More information
on these two events will be given in the 2nd bulletin.
Further details on the registration procedure, including registration deadline, will be given in a
later moment.

Abstract submission September 30, 2020
Abstract acceptance October 10, 2020
Paper submission January 10, 2021
Paper acceptance January 31, 2021
Registration opening February 1, 2021
2nd bulletin distribution February 15, 2021
Conference March 31-April 2, 2021

A preliminary program for the conference is shown in the following:

Exhibition areas will be provided, against very convenient payment, for companies and
institutions who would like to promote their products, software and services. For further details
on this, please contact the Local Organizing Committee.