Cryspom VII Workshop, 3-5 June 2020, Pau, France

The seventh edition of the Crystallization in Porous Media workshop will be held at the University of Pau & Pays Adour, in Pau, France, from 3 to 5 June 2020. This biannual international workshop focuses on fundamental research of crystallization in porous materials. It unites researchers from geoengineering, geology, physics, chemistry, mechanics and conservation interested in crystal nucleation, growth and transport in porous media and its related consequences. The goal is to bring together leading researchers and Ph.D. students to provide for a constructive and open dialogue. Also, it seeks to incite collaborations between theorists, modelists and experimentalists on an international level.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Fundamentals of crystallization in porous or confined media
  • Coupled problems including crystallization
  • Crystallization in the built environment
  • Crystallization and rock transformation in nature
  • Crystallization of salt and gas hydrates

To find more details about the workshop, and to submit an abstract, please visit our website at

Abstract submission is open until 1st of February 2020.

We look forward to welcome you in Pau,
the local organizing committee,
Hannelore Derluyn, Nicolas Beaudoin, Daniel Broseta & Guilhem Hoareau

EMI 2020 (May 26-28) – Columbia University New York

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the MS221 organizers in the EMI2020 conference, it is my pleasure to invite you to the Mini-symposium titled “Mechanics and Physics of Granular Materials” at the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) Conference 2020, Columbia University – New-York. The Mini-symposium is organized by the Granular Materials Committee of the EMI in the forthcoming EMI2020 conference. The website of the conference is: 

Please find in the attached flyer all the details of the Mini-symposium.

Please submit your abstract electronically before January 15, 2020 following the instructions given in the Flyer.

You can register at: 
and submit your abstract to MS 221 : Mechanics and Physics of Granular Materials .
The conference will be held on May 26-28, 2020.

We are looking forward to seeing in Columbia University, New-York!

Best regards,
Mahdia Hattab

CONCREEP 11+ international conference

Dear Colleagues,

The CONCREEP 11+ international conference will be held at Northwestern University from the 15th to 17th of July 2020. Join us to learn about the latest cutting-edge research on creep and deterioration of concrete, rock, and soil. Note that this edition of the conference is extending the research scope from concrete to geomaterials in general, so any work related to the time-behaviour of geomaterial is welcome.

The program is organised around 5 tracks:

  • Long-term material deterioration and healing
  • Multiphysics and transport phenomena
  • Time-dependent behavior at multiple length and time scales
  • Large scale effects and in situ monitoring of time-dependent deformation
  • Experimental characterization of creep and shrinkage

Please check the website for further information and abstract submission (open until the 15th of January 2020).

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee,

Thomas Poulet

EURAD School for Radioactive Waste Management – Multiphysical couplings in geomechanics

January 22 to 24, 2020 Liège (BELGIUM)

The EURAD School is organized within the framework of EURAD, the European Joint Programme on Radioactive Waste Management (grant agreement No 847593). Its objectives are to develop and consolidate relevant knowledge for the safe start of operation of the first geological disposal facilities for spent fuel, HLW, and other long-lived radioactive waste, and to support optimization linked with the step-wise implementation of disposal.

Geomechanics plays a significant role in the understanding of the relevant thermo-hydro-mechanical couplings taking place around the disposal. The objective of the course is therefore to provide the state-of-the-art knowledge on basic concepts related to the thermo-hydro-mechanical (multi-physical) couplings, the physical impacts of thermal loading, and the mechanistic understanding of gas migration.

The course is organized for people from institutions active in EURAD. However, learners from outside EURAD can also register, including staff members from agencies as well as young researchers, involved or interested in the geomechanics field.  The attendance will be limited to 80 people.

Programme of the doctoral school in .pdf.

Link for more infomation and to registrate:–Hitec-WPs–Multiphysical-Couplings-in-Geomechanics-a-focus-on-thermal-effect-and-gas-transfer-impact-on-the-behaviour-of-geomaterials-20200122-20200124-86fafd9efc05ea1180ceecf4bbc6e827

4th European Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics (ECPMG)

Dear Colleagues,

The 4th European Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics takes place from March 15th to 17th in Luleå in the North of Sweden. Abstract Submission for full paper or extended Abstract is open till December 8th. Contributions are due end of January.

Please check the website for further information and registration. We are looking forward to host you in Luleå.

Jan Laue

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 30th of November.

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Special session on ‘Reliability in Geotechnical Engineering’ at IPW2020

We are welcoming abstracts for a special session during the 18th International Probabilistic Workshop, to be held in Guimarães, Portugal on September 23-25 2020.  This special session strives to highlight recent advances in geotechnical reliability and thereby to further advance the uptake of reliability methods in practical applications.

More information can be found in the attached pdf (link).  Please visit the workshop website for the latest updates on submission deadlines (

We look forward to your contributions and meeting you at the workshop.

Best regards,

Timo Schweckendiek, Deltares & TU Delft  

Bram van den Eijnden, TU Delft

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]