Summer school CASCARIX “Cascading effects and risk management”

September 3-5, 2019 – Autrans (Grenoble’s area, Alps, France)

Objectives : 
The combination of several risks and the associated domino effects are the subject of extensive research in engineering sciences, taking into account complex models. The consideration of the social dimensions of the management of these cascading risks is less developed. The challenge is both scientific, to take greater account of multidisciplinarity in the combined risk approach, and pragmatic, to manage crisis situations or take appropriate decisions to avoid the occurrence of other events.

The objective of this summer school is to provide an opportunity for doctoral students from the CDP Risk, as well as doctoral students and researchers from other universities, to exchange their scientific knowledge and experience on cascading phenomena.

Organized by the Risk interdisciplinary Research group of Grenoble.

All informations on registration and program on the web site :–801697.htm?RH=1520244172263


Venue : Escandille Center (Autrans, Vercors massif)- FRANCE
Language: English

External participants (non CDP RISK members): 300 euros including accommodation at Autrans

First edition of the Mediterranean PhD School. Ten scholarships of 800€ to support PhD students

The Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering of the University of Naples Federico II announces ten scholarships of € 800 euros each to support PhD students from foreign universities wishing to participate in the first edition of the Mediterranean PhD School. This year the School will focus on the theme: “Impacts of Climate Change and Sustainable Engineering Responses” and will be held in Naples, in Piazzale Tecchio, in the week 7-12 October 2019. Lectures will be held by 22 internationally renowned speakers from various European countries and some professors from the Department.

The School includes the thematic course on “Weather effects on sloping unsaturated soils”.

The deadline for the scholarship call is fixed at  June 25, 2019.

All information regarding the School can be found at the link:

Workshop on Upscaling for Strategic Materials

Montpellier, 2-4 September 2019

For the first time, two international research networks M2UN and GeoMech organize a joint workshop with the goal of identifying and proposing future directions of research in the field of multiscale modelling for important and strategic classes of materials such as cement, concrete, soil, steel and ceramics. This coordinated initiative aims at promoting a shift of paradigm that enables progress at the interface of physics and engineering for a large variety of critical problems that are at the core of current societal, environmental and economic concerns in connection with durability and sustainability in construction, transportation, energy and waste management. The two networks (GdRI or Groupement de Recherche International) operate under the auspices of CNRS. The idea behind the GdRI Multi-scale Materials Under the Nanoscope (M2UN) and GdRI Multi-Physics and Multi-scale Couplings in Geo-environmental Mechanics  (GeoMech) is structuring the physics, chemistry, mechanics and materials science communities on a common ground for developing an integrated approach (combining simulations and experiments) for the prediction of texture properties and time evolution of complex multi-scale materials in close connection with engineering applications.   

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Imaging Summer School 2019 (ISS2019)

I would like to attract your attention to the upcoming Imaging Summer School 2019 (ISS2019) which will be organized from 1 to 6 September in Pau, France. 

This may be an excellent opportunity for any student interested in discovering X-ray imaging, data analysis and pore network modelling. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss with leading experts in the field and to enjoy hands-on sessions and workshops. The number of places is limited 

Info and registration on


The call for abstracts for E-UNSAT 2020, the 4th European Conference on Unsaturated Soil is open!

The conference is supported by the Technical Committee 106 of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering on Unsaturated Soils, and will be hosted at IST in Lisbon, Portugal, from 24 to 26 June 2020.

Contributions on challenging perspectives related to unsaturated soils and rocks are mostly welcome, including Environmental Geotechnics, Energy Geotechnics, Multiscale modelling, Linear infrastructures, Landslides, Climate stresses. New topics will be addressed, such as Nano-Micro Technology, Bio-Inspired Technology, Powder-Grain Technology.

Abstracts on any topic related to unsaturated soils and rock mechanics and geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering are invited not later than May 19, 2019. The abstract can be uploaded online at . The conference proceedings will be submitted for Scopus indexation. 

E‑UNSAT 2020 is organized by Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon, in collaboration with Delft University of Technology (TUDelft), and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona. 
Conference details, registration and other information can be found at .

Looking forward to meeting you in Lisbon,
Rafaela Cardoso, Cristina Jommi and Enrique Romero

Conference Chairs


Important dates: 
PAPER SUBMISSION: 30th September 2019 
FINAL REVISED PAPER: 31st December 2019Contact: 

Summer School for early-career scientists

A 5-days travelling Summer School on Historic and Prehistoric Landslides in NE Italian Alps is open to 25 young scientists worldwide (PhD students & Post-docs) from June 30 to July 5, 2019. The Summer School will be held in Padova, Trento, Bolzano and Belluno and it is organized and funded by the University of Padova with the support of University of Trento, ETH Zurich, Geological Survey of Trento, Austrian Geological Survey. We will have keynote lectures and four full days of field visits and practical works. The deadline for application is May 15, 2019.

For more information on the programme and application:

Global Challenges Science Week: International interdisciplinary days of Grenoble Alpes 3-6 juin 2019

Organized by the Grenoble Alpes University group 

general link  :


special workshop on  5th june 2019 on risk management  with title “Towards a dynamic and holistic approach to Disaster Risk Reduction“:

and eventually on 3th june, 2019 on  : “Interactive building and district communities

ALERT Workshop 2019 – Call for abstracts

The ALERT Workshop 2019 (30th Edition) will be held in Aussois from 30th September to 2nd October, 2019. Abstracts can be submitted to the three sessions. Please submit your abstracts by email directly to the coordinators using the Workshop abstract form (doc). If you wish to publish your presentation after the Workshop on the ALERT website, do not forget to agree by ticking the corresponding box in the abstract form.

Since time for the presentations is limited, only a part of the submitted abstracts can be chosen for the oral presentations. Therefore, we invite you to submit your abstract as soon as possible. The presentation can also be submitted as a poster. The abstracts of the posters will be published in a separate booklet (ISSN registered).

The deadline for the abstract submission is April 30, 2019. For any communication about your participation to the workshops, please contact the coordinators of the workshop sessions directly.