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 Spetember 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.

ALERT Geomaterials Workshop 2019

Session 1 “Upscaling in Geotechnical Engineering”  – 30th September 2019

(session in honor of the 70th Anniversary of Roberto Nova),


Claudio di Prisco ( and Cristina Jommi ( (Politecnico di Milano, Italy), Claudio Tamagnini (Università di Perugia, Italy,


The session celebrates the 70th Anniversary of Roberto Nova, one of the founders of ALERT Geomaterials and a pioneer in several branches of theoretical modeling of the mechanical behavior of geomaterials and geotechnical structures.

The aim of the workshop is to present some of the most recent developments in geotechnical modelling, with particular emphasis on upscaling procedures to obtain fundamental insight on both the behavior of materials at the macroscale and of geotechnical systems at the megascale.

The session will include (i) constitutive modelling of the hydro-chemo mechanical behavior of granular bonded/structured/cemented soils, (ii) stability conditions for geomaterials and controllability theory, from localised to diffuse mode of failures, (iii) discrete element model analyses, and (iv) soil-structure interaction problems including macro-element theory.

ALERT Workshop session 2 – 1st October 2019:

The mechanics of root-soil systems: from microscopic to macroscopic approaches


Evelyne Kolb (PMMH & Sorbonne Université,, Luc Sibille (3SR & Université Grenoble Alpes,


The interactions between plant root networks and soils is a wide issue involving many communities from agronomy, soil science, biophysics to soil mechanics and civil engineering. Under non-stressful biological and chemical conditions, the root growth trajectory depends strongly on the mechanical strength of the soil and on the presence of obstacles at the root scale, as root apices must exert a growth pressure to overcome the resistance to deformation of the surrounding soil. Zones of high mechanical resistance are one of the most common physical limitations to soil exploration by roots, limiting the accessibility of the plant to water and nutrients. In turn, soil micro-structure is affected by the root development. Soil particles may be dragged by the root and, more generally, local soil deformations are induced by the root growth. The transfers of water between the soil and the plant as well as the root exudates and production of mucilage change locally the soil properties and modify the distribution of the aqueous phase in the porous network.  In addition, the mechanical properties of the soil are highly dependent on the root architecture, as the hierarchical structure formed by roots traps the soil and increases its resistance to shear, reinforcing the stability of slopes or limiting the erosion at river banks.

The objective of this session is to gather people around the mechanics of root-soil systems at different scales and with various experimental techniques, modelling or theoretical approaches: at the field scale to assess the contribution of plant roots to the mechanical stability of soil layers, at the scale of the root system for characterizing, simulating and imaging the whole root architecture and the reorganizations of the soil produced by the root growth, at the scale of the root apex to understand the mechanical feedback between a slender growing object and grains and pores of the soil matrix with given packing fractions and textures.

The session will consist of invited talks, nevertheless a slot will be kept for some flash talks (typically 4 min and 2 slides per speaker) providing an overview of the various research fields in the root-soil interaction. Proposals for communications as flash talks are welcome.

Session 3 “Computational methods in snow and avalanche release mechanics”  -2nd October 2019

Coordinators : Johan Gaume (SLF Davos, Switzerland, ), Pascal Hagenmuller (CEN, Météo-France , France, ), François Nicot (IRSTEA, France, ), Guillaume Chambon (IRSTEA, France, )


This session aims at providing a thorough review of the current knowledge in snow and avalanche mechanics, spanning different scales from the snow microstructure to the slope scale associated with engineering issues.

Our present understanding of the mechanical processes leading to failure initiation and crack propagation in snow has significantly increased over the past decade, mostly by considering fracture mechanical approaches and micro-mechanical models. However, simulating snowpack instability at the slope-scale still remains extremely challenging, mostly due to the crucial importance of the snow microstructure. In this context, the objective of this session will be to present the current state of available methods applied at the different scales of interest, and to gather scientists developing numerical models to address snow and avalanche release mechanics. We plan to invite speakers having a large variety of backgrounds, from snow science, to fracture mechanics and numerical methods. The link between snow avalanches and landslides will be considered.

First call for papers for E-UNSAT 2020, the 4th European Conference on Unsaturated Soils

Dear colleague,

This is the first call for papers for E-UNSAT 2020, the 4th European Conference on Unsaturated Soils:

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

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Tenth International Symposium on Land Subsidence (TISOLS), 20 – 24 April 2020, Delft – Gouda, The Netherlands

The Tenth International Symposium on Land Subsidence (TISOLS) will take place in Delft and Gouda, the Netherlands, from 20 to 24 April 2020.

TISOLS is organized under the auspices of the Unesco IHP Land Subsidence International Initiative. This working group has endeavored to improve and disseminate knowledge on land subsidence since the 1970s, through International Symposia on Land Subsidence, collaborative projects and publications.

TISOLS2020 intends to bring together 300+ international experts to share the latest research and insights on natural and anthropogenic land-level lowering.

The Call for Abstracts has just been published and is available at the symposium website.


    Abstract submission:                               March 31, 2019

    Letters of Acceptance sent:                    May 2019

    Full paper submission deadline:          September 1, 2019

Workshop on Powders and Granular Materials – Challenges and Future Trends

This workshop, organised by the CNRS and University of Montpellier in collaboration with the University of Leeds and INRA-Montpellier, is intended to bring physics and engineering communities together to focus on challenges and new scopes in modelling powders and granular materials and their characterisation. The 2-day workshop programme will be composed of several invited talks as well as contributed talks. 

The deadline for abstract submission is 31 January 2019. 

For more information please visit the workshop website

« Clayey geomaterials from micro to macroscale » Euroclay 2019 – Paris

Dear colleagues,

I would like to draw your attention on a geological/geomechanical session in the next Euroclay conference which will take place in Paris from 1st to 5th July 2019 (website).

This session entitled “Geotechnical characterisation of clayey geomaterials from micro to macroscale : the role of microstructure and anisotropy” is organized by Prof. Pierre Delage (Ecole des Ponts ParisTech), Dr. Myriam Duc (IFSTTAR), Prof. Christopher Spiers (Utrecht University) and myself.
Our main objective is to bring together geotechnical/geomechanical engineers, clay scientists and material scientists working on problems related to the characterisation of clayey geomaterials at different scales with a focus on the following topics: (i) Quantitative characterisation of microstructure: imaging/physico-chemical techniques and statistical approaches to characterize the microstructure and the anisotropy of clayey geomaterials; (ii) Experimental and theoretical methods to interpret geotechnical/geomechanical properties in terms of microstructural parameters.

We would like to encourage you to submit an abstract for our session. Online abstract submission is now open in the link and closes *** 31 January 2019***

Looking forward to receiving your abstracts and seeing you in Paris!

Best regards,

2019 EMI International Conference. July 3-5, Lyon

Dear Colleagues, dear friends,

The 2019 EMI International Conference will be held at INSA Lyon, Villeurbanne, France during July 3-5 2019. This event will be a forum to present the newest findings and to depict the future development in Engineering Mechanics as the core discipline of science-enabled Civil and Mechanical Engineering understood in the broadest sense. The oral presentations will be dedicated to academia and to colleagues from companies who are interested in your achievements and who are willing to present their findings. Proposals for mini-symposia (MS) may be submitted until January 15 (an extra one more week might be acceptable). Then abstract submission will open on January 16 until March 15.  The topics are related to:

  • Biomechanics 
  • Computational Mechanics 
  • Composites 
  • Concrete 
  • Data analysis & Big data 
  • Dynamics Elasticity 
  • Experimental (Analysis & Instrumentation) 
  • Fluid Dynamics 
  • Geomechanics & Geotechnics
  • Mechanics of Pavements 
  • Modeling Inelasticity & Multiscale
  • Poromechanics 
  • Probabilistic Methods 
  • Properties of Materials
  • Risk Analysis & Mitigation / Resilience
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Granular, Clay & Powders
  • Stability 
  • Structural Health Monitoring  
  • Vibration & Control
  • Energy and Comfort in Urban Building

On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee and the International Scientific Committee, we welcome your MS proposals.
For more information about the conference, see: EMI-IC 2019 Mini-symposia.