April 2020 Newsletter and decisions due to the pandemic

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Dear Alert friends,

first of all, the Board of Directors and the Bureau hope you (and your family) are doing well in these weird and difficult times…

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and after careful consideration, the Bureau and the BoD have decided to cancel the ALERT workshop in 2020 — it will take place in 2021 (from September 27 to September 29).
Concerning the OZ course, we propose to postpone it to April 2021.

The election of the Board of Director was supposed to be organized this year and after discussions, it is decided to postpone it in 2021. The current Bureau and the Board will remain in charge by a prorogation of their mandate for the ordinary matters.

*All the other activities will be organized remotely:*
– for the doctoral school, we have decided to keep it for this year– it will be taught and attended remotely, though.
– we have decided not to postpone also the PhD prize as well as the invited lecture, also these two events will take place online (either pre-recording it or giving it online via one of the several available platforms for distance teaching).

You will find more information in the Editorial of the Newsletter but you can imagine how painful this decision was. It will be the first time since 1994 that we will not meet in Aussois !

Keep staying safe!

Frédéric COLLIN
ALERT Director

Registration for the ALERT Workshop & School 2019 (last day reminder)

The registration for the ALERT Geomaterials Workshop and School 2019 is open now! Find the preliminary program of the Workshop and school here. Please read the hints in the registration form! After filling the form and pressing the button “Register”, a window will open with your invoice. Please print the window with the invoice for your records! You will also get an email with the registration data afterwards. In case of the registration of the ALERT members, the corresponding representative of the ALERT institution will receive the registration data too.

Link to the registration form (inscriptions closed)

The deadline for the registration is the September 18th! The accommodation in Aussois will be processed in the order of the registrations (see the hints in the registration form). Please note that the number of rooms in the CNRS “Centre Paul Langevin“ is limited.
See also hints on how to get to Aussois!

Registration for the ALERT Workshop & School 2019 (Reminder)

The registration for the ALERT Geomaterials Workshop and School 2019 is open now! Find the preliminary program of the Workshop and school here. Please read the hints in the registration form! After filling the form and pressing the button “Register”, a window will open with your invoice. Please print the window with the invoice for your records! You will also get an email with the registration data afterwards. In case of the registration of the ALERT members, the corresponding representative of the ALERT institution will receive the registration data too.

(inscriptions closed)

The deadline for the registration is the September 18th! The accommodation in Aussois will be processed in the order of the registrations (see the hints in the registration form). Please note that the number of rooms in the CNRS “Centre Paul Langevin“ is limited.
See also hints on how to get to Aussois!

Registration for the ALERT Workshop & School 2019 is open!

The registration for the ALERT Geomaterials Workshop and School 2019 is open now! Find the preliminary program of the Workshop and school here. Please read the hints in the registration form! After filling the form and pressing the button “Register”, a window will open with your invoice. Please print the window with the invoice for your records! You will also get an email with the registration data afterwards. In case of the registration of the ALERT members, the corresponding representative of the ALERT institution will receive the registration data too.

(inscriptions closed)

The deadline for the registration is the September 18th! The accommodation in Aussois will be processed in the order of the registrations (see the hints in the registration form). Please note that the number of rooms in the CNRS “Centre Paul Langevin“ is limited.
See also hints on how to get to Aussois!

Presentations of the ALERT Doctoral School 2019

ALERT Doctoral School 2019
3rd-4th October 2019, Aussois, France

The legacy of Ioannis Vardoulakis to Geomechanics
Coordination: Jean Sulem and Cino Viggiani

Day 1

  • Mechanics of granular materials: I. Experimental approach. Edward Andò (Université Grenoble Alples)
  • Landslide mechanics and growth of slip surfaces. Sasha Puzrin (ETH Zurich)
  • Modelling of strain localization in geomaterials – Higher order continuum theories and regularization techniques. Ioannis Stefanou (Ecole des Ponts ParisTech)

Day 2

  • Petroleum Geomechanics. Euripides Papamichos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) & Panos Papanastasiou (University of Cyprus)
  • Mechanics of granular materials: II. Modelling. Itai Einav (University of Sudney)
  • Hydro-mechanics of porous and granular material – Poroelasticity and beyond. Holger Steeb (Universität Stuttgart)

Instructions for Day 3 of the ALERT Doctoral School 2018

Participants are kindly requested to bring a laptop with a working installation of FEniCS and matplotlib.

Instructions for the installation of FEniCS may be found at the fenics project website

Note that in Windows 10 installation is also possible in the Windows Subsystem using the method outlined for Ubuntu. Instructions may be found at the website

To test your installation save the code on the attached document as test.py and execute using python.

Registration for the ALERT Workshop & School 2018 is open! (closed)

The registration for the ALERT Geomaterials Workshop and School 2018 is open now! Please read the hints in the registration form! After filling the form and pressing the button “Register”, a window will open with your invoice. Please print the window with the invoice for your records! You will also get an email with the registration data afterwards. In case of the registration of the ALERT members, the corresponding representative of the ALERT institution will receive the registration data too.

Link to the registration form. Registration is closed now.

The deadline for the registration is the September 18th! The accommodation in Aussois will be processed in the order of the registrations (see the hints in the registration form). Please note that the number of rooms in the CNRS “Centre Paul Langevin“ is limited.
See also hints on how to get to Aussois!