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 

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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.

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.

Program of the Workshop and school