Registration for the 2020 ALERT Invited Lecture, PhD Prize and E-School


Dear Alert friends,

As you know, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and after careful consideration, the Bureau and the BoD have decided to cancel the ALERT workshop in 2020 — it will take place in 2021 (from September 27 to September 29).

But the Doctoral School, the PhD Prize as well as the Invited Lecture will take place online (via one of the several available platforms for distance teaching).
The doctoral E-School on “Point based numerical methods in geomechanics” is organized by Pr. Manolo Pastor and Pr. Wei Wu. It will take place remotely every morning from September 28th to October 1st. Further details will be made avaiblable very soon.

The PhD prize and the Invited Lecture will take place remotely on Tuesday September 29th, from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (CET) for the ALERT PhD prize 2020 and from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm (CET) for our ALERT Invited lecturer, Pr. Chris Spiers.

All these events are free of charge and available for ALERT and non-ALERT members. However, the registration is mandatory.

It is thus my great pleasure to announce that the registration for the 2020 ALERT Geomaterials events is open now!  Please read the hints in the Registration form! After filling the form and pressing the button “Register”, you will get an email with the registration data. In case of the registration of the ALERT members, the corresponding representative of the ALERT institution will receive the registration data too.

The deadline for the registration is the September 18th!

Stay healthy,

Frédéric COLLIN, ALERT Director.

Invitation to AGERP Lecture 3 on ‘Advanced Numerical Methods and Modelling in Geotechnical Engineering’

The AGERP – Advancements in Geotechnical Engineering: From Research to Practice – Organising Committee invites you to a lecture series which aims to disseminate the coupled leanings from academia and industry on some of the key topics in Geotechnical engineering. It is a pro bono initiative, and the lectures are free to attend.
More info:

The third lecture of AGERP series which will be delivered by Prof. Catherine O’Sullivan from Imperial Collage, UK and Mr. David Wines from Itasca Australia Pty. Ltd. The lecture will be on ‘Advanced Numerical Methods and Modelling in Geotechnical Engineering’. This is scheduled on 9th July 2020 and registrations (free and mandatory) close one day before the lecture.

More information in the attached flier.

Webinar: Predicting the onset & post-failure of geomaterials

The University of Liverpool Civil Engineering invites to the following webinar:

Predicting the onset & post-failure of geomaterials

by Dr Ha Bui, Monash University, Australia.

Tuesday 30 June 2020 12.00 BST (13.00 CET)

Details of how to register can be found in the attached document. Alternatively, you can register here:

PhD Research Position (Nancy, France)

« Impact of climatic conditions on long term performances of treated soils »

A fully funded PhD scholarship for 3 years at the Université de Lorraine (F) is available to start in October 2020. This work will be accomplished in cooperation with the company Ginger-CEPBTP.

Waste-geomaterials generated by construction and mining activities represent more than 50% of the total waste generated in Europe, corresponding to 1.5 billion tons of excavated geomaterials that are landfilled while at the same time virgin soil and rock resources are extracted and used by the same infrastructure projects. The fundamental goal of this thesis is to contribute to the development of strategies and tools for the valorisation of waste-geomaterials, and thus to turn a waste into a valued durable construction material. Although frequently used, this technique is limited to certain materials and applications due to a lack of knowledge on the coupling between the physical and chemical actions of the binder and the geotechnical behaviour of the treated material. The challenge is to determine how the site materials can be reused in a variety of contexts (backfill, dykes, canals, retaining walls, dams, etc.).

 In this context, the main objective of the thesis is to understand the evolution of the hydromechanical characteristics of soils treated with lime and/or cement as a function of environmental stress (hydric cycle and prolonged exposure to water). For this purpose, the research work will focus on reference soils and on treated materials taken in situ, just after the treatment or on old structures, several years after the commissioning of the structure. The thesis work will combine an experimental approach and a modelling approach using the resources of the project partners. The thesis should lead to the development of an approach to take into account the alteration of the mechanical characteristics of a treated soil in the dimensioning of a geotechnical structure.

Contact : and

Extended description in attachment.

Thesis proposal on Petrophysical characterisation of deformation bands in reservoir rocks

PhD Advisors : Prof. Charles Aubourg (UPPA, France,,  Dr. Nicolas Beaudoin (UPPA, France,, Dr. Elma Charalampidou (Heriot-Watt, Ecosse,

PhD location: Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, Heriot Watt University (Edinburgh, Scotland).

This PhD thesis explores deformation bands observed in two different areas located in the southern foreland of the Pyrenees: the Boixols overlap area (Tremp basin) and the Cotiella thrust area (Armena Valley). These sites provide access to two types of host rock lithologies: Cotiella cement-limestone calcarenites and Boixols sandstones. The goals of this PhD thesis are: a) to characterise the petrophysics of these bands focusing on their textural characteristics; and  b) to evaluate the impact of the observed bands on the structural integrity of the rock mass. The PhD thesis will develop along 4 axis; work will focus on a) the (micro)structural characterisation of the terrain (geological interpretation); b) the characterisation of grain texture by 3D imaging (XR CT, petrophysical investigation); c) the understanding of the bands’ formation (including deformation and fluids the circulated history) by  reconstructing the temperature conditions using isotopic approaches;  and d) the mechanical response of samples with pre-existing  deformation bands (whose grain distribution has been previously characterised by 3D X-ray CT) accompanied by a numerical modelling of fluid flow along the samples’ volume. The first three parts will be mainly carried out at the host university (UPPA, Pau, France), and the last part will require a stay at Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, Scotland).

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LARAM School on Landslide Risk

Dear All,

Covid19 outbreak is a global threat and, first of all, we hope that you and your families are fine. The LARAM team is fine and we hope to meet students and lecturers again in person as soon as possible.

Also this year the LARAM School ( will take the occasion to teach and be together with the students. We will simply do in a different way.

We reshaped the traditional schedule of the School, with the lectures and the other activities comprised in the time window from 13:00 to 19:30 in Italian Summer time (=UTC+2).

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International Conference on Geotechnical Engineering Education

GEE 2020, the International Conference on Geotechnical Engineering Education, will be streamed on June 23-25, 2020. You may register as an interactive participant for 220€, or view the streaming for 50€.

The program of the conference includes:
• the 2nd John Burland Lecture, delivered by Mark Jaksa
• two keynote lectures, delivered by Susan Ambrose and Rodrigo Salgado
• three invited lectures, delivered by Ton de Jong, Minna Karstunen and Vasilia Christidou
• 7 thematic sessions, including 23 original research papers
• 2 panel discussions

Check the full program ( and, if you are interested, do not forget to register (

Finally, there is still a short time (DEADLINE: Friday June 19) to apply for the AVAX-TC306 prize for young geotechnical engineering educators ( The prize consists of a lump sum of € 2000 to attend a conference on engineering education, of the young engineer’s choice, until the end of June 2022.

Invitation to AGERP Lecture on Geophysics for Geotechnical Engineers

The AGERP – Advancements in Geotechnical Engineering: From Research to Practice – Organising Committee invites you to a lecture series which aims to disseminate the coupled leanings from academia and industry on some of the key topics in Geotechnical engineering. It is a pro bono initiative, and the lectures are free to attend.
More info:

The second lecture will take place on June 25, 2020. Attached flier.

2 experimentalist positions at University Pau & Pays Adour

Two new experimentalist positions are available in the Geomechanics and Porous Media research group at University Pau & Pays Adour, Basque Coast Campus, Anglet, France. The positions are:

Research Engineer Assistant in experimental porous media. Starting date: September 1st, 2020 (16 months). Details may be found at (in French):

Research Engineer in experimental porous media. Starting date: September 1st, 2020 (16 months). Details may be found at (in French):