2022 End of Year report
2022 has been another challenging year for YGP’s. So much has happened and the start of the year and borders shut, Covid lockdowns and traffic lights feels like years ago, not the couple of months that it has been in reality.
We have managed to achieve a huge amount. There have been 4 regional symposia held, one in each of Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Wellington and Christchurch. Well done to the organising committees of each, you have done a stellar job.
Wendy Weng has taken over from Miles on managing the training poster project. A total of seven posters have now been released and the group is in the process of undertaking overarching reviews and preparing an eighth poster on ground model development. Thanks Wendy and team for your hard work.
Of course I have to mention, the 14th ANZ Young Geoprofessionals Conference was held in Rotorua on 2nd to 5th November 2022. There were a total of 60 attendees made up of delegates, mentors, committee mentors and sponsors from Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. There were 2 days of presentations followed by a banquet dinner and field trip around the Rotorua region. The presentations and papers were of a very high standard and it was great to see our YGPs connecting, learning, sharing their knowledge and passion for Geotechnics. Congratulations to our prize winners. Jin Lee (Auckland Council) won the NZGS Young Geoprofessionals Fellowship for best New Zealand Paper, Xue Li (Keller) won the Don Douglas award for best Australian paper and Georgia Crisp (Engeo) won the peoples choice award. Thanks to all delegates, sponsors and of course the hard working committee. It was awesome to work on such a successful and well received event.
We have a lot of ideas for future YGP events and opportunities but we are always looking for more ideas and more people to be involved. If you are keen to be involved or have an idea which you think is great, please feel free to get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org). Have a relaxing break and see you next year.