Call for abstracts for a mini-symposium on Advances in Material Point Methods in Engineering Mechanics Institute conference, Durham, UK, 5-8 April 2020

There is increasing interest in the MPM (and its variants, such as GIMP, CPDI1, CPDI2, etc.) as a means of modelling problems in which very large deformations occur, e.g. in the study of landslides. The purpose of this mini-symposium is to provide a forum for presenting advances in the method, e.g. improving the accuracy (including convergence and benchmark problems), dealing with numerical issues, modelling of coupled problems, computational efficiency and applications to real world problems. Abstracts will be accepted until at least the end of November (

Will Coombs, Durham University | Phil Vardon, TU Delft  | Mario Martinelli, Deltares

For more information, please see the attached pdf [linfk to pdf]

1 year post-doctoral position at GeoRessources (Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France) – Discrete Fault Mechanics

We are looking for a motivated candidate with experience in computational geomechanics/geosciences.

The project will focus on the numerical modelling of faults using a discrete mechanics viewpoint. Hydro-mechanically coupled discrete element models will be used to investigate how faults reactivate due to fluid circulation in the context of geological storage of C02.

Please find more details about the position in this document.

Keywords: Fault, Hydro-Mechanical Coupling, Discrete Element Method

CALL for Visiting Professor @ University of Salerno, 30 days or 90 days

Dear colleagues and friends of ALERT, I am pleased to announce that a call for visiting professor at the University of Salerno has been issued with deadline on 28 november. In the framework of this call Visiting Professors/Researchers will get a monthly grant of € 3.000,00 gross percipient.

Contact person for any help to participate to the call: Sabatino Cuomo, email:

Possible topics:- landslide modeling – unsaturated soil testing- geosynthetics for slope reinforcement- rapid landslides-structures interaction

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1-year post-doctoral position at ISTerre (Univ. Grenoble Alpes) on numerical modelling of aseismic deformation of fault-related fold system

We are looking for a motivated candidate with experience in numerical modelling. The project is about numerical modelling of aseismic deformation in a fold-and-thrust system at the time-scale of the seismic cycle.

The detailed description of this position can be found in the following file: 

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Site Administrator Succession

Dear ALERT community,

After two years, 250 posts and a quarter million notification emails sent, the time has come. It is not without regret that I leave the website administrator role and other direction duties; being in the core of the ALERT Bureau alongside with Frédéric Collin has been a thrilling adventure for me. I had the honour to be the successor of Max Wiebicke, he did such a remarkable task that we still praise his legacy nowadays. François Bertrand is next to take the relay; I am convinced of his capacity to do the job in the most efficient manner.

Thanks to everyone and goodbye,

Albert Argilaga Claramunt

Special session on Rock and Soil mechanics – ICEM19

Dear colleagues,

We are delighted to invite you to a special session on Rock and Soil mechanics that will take place during the ICEM19 (

This session focuses on advances in experimental rock and soil mechanics. Special emphasis will be placed on the application of non-conventional experimental methods that can describe natural or lab-induced deformation processes within the tested materials, yielding experimental results that may advance existing constitutive models.

We encourage you to submit your abstract following the link:

The deadline for the abstract submission is on the 31st of October 2019.

Please send us a copy of the submitted abstract so as to track better the submissions to our session (Elma Charalampidou:, Sadegh Nadimi:

Best wishes,

Sadegh and Elma

PHD position at CEA and University of Bordeaux

Closing date : End of December 2019

key words : Discrete Element Method, Ceramic Material, Dynamic Shock

This thesis aims to make a significant advance in the modeling of fracture behaviors occurring in ceramics against high and short loadings. Laser shock will be specifically studied and will be the main application in this work. The dynamic behavior of such ceramics are currently modeled with homogenized techniques and are limited when fracture occurs. In this thesis, the Discrete Element Method (DEM) will be investigated to simulate a laser shock. Complex fracture behavior such as initiation, rapid propagation and coalescence must be obtained and validated with experimental datas at the CEA. The DEM is also developed for more than ten years at the Institute of Mechanics and Engineering of Bordeaux especially in the simulation of brittle materials.

A full detail of the thesis and contacts can be accessed in the link


The Laboratory of Soil Mechanics of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (LMS- EPFL) is pleased to announce The 3rd edition of the Winter School dedicated to Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment.

The event will be held from 21st to 23rd of January 2020 in Villars-sur-Ollon in the heart of the Vaud Alps (Switzerland).

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