Welcome to PanAm Unsat 2021!

Following the successful Pan-American Conferences on Unsaturated Soils held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia (February, 2013), and in Dallas, Texas, USA (November, 2017), we invite you to attend the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Unsaturated Soils, which will be held in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in July of 2021. The conference will deal with advances in unsaturated soil mechanics and discuss current and future trends in practical applications. You will feel the unique warmness the cariocas’ hospitality and have the opportunity to experience a modern city that presents itself as a real-scale laboratory of unsaturated soil mechanics.

Important dates and deadlines


  • Full Paper Submission (final extension): November 30th, 2020

  • Revision results: January 15th, 2021

  • Revised Paper Submission: February 12th, 2021

  • Final Paper Acceptance: March 19th, 2021

With satisfaction, we inform that two special issues of the Soils & Rocks, an International Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, will be dedicated to papers submitted to the Conference. The first issue, to be published in late 2021, will be reserved to the Keynote Lectures and State-of-the-Art Reports. The second issue, to be published in early 2022, will contemplate extended versions of papers selected among those accepted for publication in the Conference.

The PanAm Unsat 2021 conference proceedings will be published by Web of Conferences, an open access platform specifically devoted to scientific conferences. Each and every published paper will have a digital document identifier (DOI). The paper’s metadata will be sent to major databases, making your research paper highly visible and easy to find. The proceedings will be permanently archived and available for download at no cost.

Preliminary Conference Topics

  • Barriers

  • Case Histories

  • Composite Materials

  • Education

  • Embankments

  • Expansive and Collapsible Soils

  • Field Measurements

  • Foundations

  • Fundamentals

  • Geophysics

  • Geotechnics of Roads

  • Laboratory Testing

  • Numerical Modelling

  • Remediation of Degraded Areas

  • Slopes

  • Soil Properties

  • Soil-Vegetation-Climate Interaction

  • Tailings Engineering