The 73rd Highway Geology Symposium in Lawrence, Kansas

Call for Papers!

Come join us for the 73rd annual Highway Geology Symposium on September 9th through 12th, 2024 in Lawrence Kansas. This event will be held at the DoubleTree Inn, approximately 50 minutes from Kansas City International Airport. The 2024 HGS will be a great opportunity for new and experienced Geo-Professionals to exchange knowledge, collaborate and see new innovations in the industry.


HGS serves as a unique platform for professionals to share insights, and explore the latest advancements in geotechnical engineering, geological hazards, and infrastructure resilience. The wealth of expertise gathered at this conference is a testament to the commitment in ensuring the safety, sustainability, and efficiency of our transportation system.


The 2024 conference will include presentations, subsurface field investigation training, a geophysics workshop and as customary, a full day field trip. We encourage all levels of experience to attend.

Topics of interest:

      • Geological and geotechnical innovations
      • Foundations
      • Geophysical testing methods
      • Landslides and rockfall
      • Karst terrain
      • Geotechnical asset management
      • Retaining structures
      • Risk and risk management
      • Soil and rock slope design
      • Post wildfire debris flows
      • Geotechnical instrumentation
      • Resiliency of geotechnical assets

We are now accepting abstracts! Check the Early Announcement and Call for Papers link for more information.

Field Trip

The 2024 HGS Field Trip will take attendees through the scenic Flint Hills of Kansas, with stops at Mushroom Rock State Park and the historical landmark Coronado Heights.

Mushroom Rock
Mushroom Rock

Mushroom Rock
Mushroom Rock

Coronado Heights
Coronado Heights

Coronado Heights
Coronado Heights

Sponsors and Exhibitors

We invite you to participate as a sponsor or exhibitor at the 72nd Highway Geology Symposium. Sponsor levels range in price from $2,500 to $10,000 and include the exclusive sponsorship of an event, an exhibit space, logo recognition, and at least one conference registration. An exhibitor only option is also available and includes one conference registration. View the sponsorship brochure and register to sponsor or exhibit through the links at the right.



A discounted group rate of $119.00 per night plus tax is available at the DoubleTree (200 McDonald Drive, Lawrence, KS 66044). This rate will be available until August 19, 2024 or until rooms are sold out. After this date, rooms and/or group rate may no longer be available.

We look forward to seeing you in Lawrence, Kansas! More information will be added to this site as it becomes available, so please check back again soon.

View the pictures from Last years Symposium:

Calling Young Authors

The Highway Geology Symposium has existed for nearly 70 years and over the years has had much participation by what might be considered “Young Authors”. This participation by our younger professionals has been fabulous and is a true benefit to the Symposium and the Mission of HGS. In recent years, HGS has taken participation of Young Authors to another level by sponsoring a competition with both financial, registration and award recognition. This is an annual and perpetual award with up to three awards presented. We are very excited about this continued opportunity for participation by Young Authors and we encourage you to submit your paper and to present your work at the Symposium. If you know a Young Author that should join this competition, encourage them to check out the guidelines and submit their abstract. HGS is all about sharing our geologic technical experiences and we look forward to hearing about and learning from your experience. So please see the links for guidelines and participation requirements as well as award details.

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73rd HGS Kansas Invitation Slideshow

73rd HGS Kansas Invitation Slideshow

The upcoming 73rd annual Highway Geology Symposium will be held in Lawrence, Kansas, September 9th through September 12th, 2024.  

Past Symposium

Past Symposium

The 72nd Highway Geology Symposium in Tacoma, Washington was held from August 14 to August 17, 2023. We thank every one that could attend for sharing your knowledge, experiences, and being there with us. We hope you enjoyed Tacoma, and

Pictures from Past Symposiums

Pictures from Past Symposiums

View the pictures from the 2009-2023 Symposiums:   72nd HGS, Tacoma, Washington 2023   70th HGS, Portland, Oregon 2019   69th HGS, Portland, Maine 2018   68th HGS, Marietta, Georgia 2017   67th HGS, Colorado Springs, Colorado 2016   66th

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