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

Cosserat Continuum Mechanics book by Ioannis Vardoulakis

Before his tragic accident, Ioannis Vardoulakis was working on his new book on Cosserat Continuum Mechanics. The draft was almost ready. With the help of his family, Eleni Gerolymatou, Ioannis Stefanou, Manolis Veveakis and myself have prepared the manuscript for publication.

I am glad to let you know that it has just been published by Springer in Lecture Notes in Applied and Computational Mechanics series (https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319951553). I am sure that this new book will be of great interest for the ALERT community and more generally for researchers and scholars interested in multiscale modelling as it provides the fundamental tools of Cosserat theory with examples and applications to the mechanics of granular media.

Jean Sulem

LARAM, the International School on ”LAndslide Risk Assessment and Mitigation”

LARAM, founded by the Geotechnical Engineering Group (GEG) of the University of Salerno in 2005, was envisioned to offer a permanent venue for PhD students, young researchers and renowned experts to interact and exchange ideas in the field of landslide risk. The main objectives of LARAM are: to develop high educational interdisciplinary programs for assessing, forecasting and mitigating landslide risk over large areas; to promote the creation of training programs aimed at solving real landslide risk problems using the most advanced theories and methodologies in the fields of geotechnical engineering, geomechanics, geology, physical geography, mathematical modelling, monitoring, GIS techniques, risk management and other relevant topics. These aims are achieved by means of yearly cycles of lectures, seminars, workshops and conferences.

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7th International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering – 17-20 June 2019, Roma (Italy)

After the increasingly successful conferences held in Tokyo (1995), Lisbon (1999), Berkeley (2004), Thessaloniki (2007), Santiago (2011), and Christchurch (2015), the 7th International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering – 7ICEGE (www.7icege.com) will take place in Roma (Italy) on june, 17-20 in 2019.

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Ioannis Vardoulakis PhD Prize 2018

The Bureau of ALERT Geomaterials has decided to fund the Ioannis Vardoulakis PhD Prize 2018. Since 2016, the PhD prize is entitled Ioannis Vardoulakis PhD Prize to commemorate Prof. Vardoulakis and his contributions to research and teaching in the field of Geomechanics.

The participation to the prize is open to all the PhD students coming from institutions belonging to ALERT, that have discussed their PhD thesis in 2017. The deadline for the applications is 31st May, 2018. The application procedure has to be done completely online via the application form (the application period is over).

The rules, agenda and further details are to be found on the Alert website:

Ph.D. candidate position in soil and rock mechanics at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

At KTH in Stockholm, we are currently looking for a Ph.D. candidate for a project regarding cost and time estimations in early phases of tunnel projects. The project will take interdisciplinary approach that combines state-of-the-art probabilistic modelling of geological information with studies of economic incentives in different contractual strategies.

Last application date is May 9, 2018.

More information is available on the KTH website

PhD position in EPFL: Effective stress law for partially saturated gas shales

Laboratory of Soil Mechanics (LMS) at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL) has an opening for a PhD Position in the field of geomechanics. PhD candidate will carry out research project in collaboration with Chevron Energy Technology Co. in U.S. in the topic: Effective stress law for partially saturated gas shales.

Suitable, highly‐motivated candidates should send an electronic application (including a cover letter describing interests and qualifications and a CV, as a single PDF) to  the email 

More information in the attached document and in the website

Géotechnique Letters journal will publish a themed issue

The journal Géotechnique Letters will publish a themed issue on Latest Findings on Micro to Macro Mechanics of Geomaterials (see attached pdf for further information)

Deadline for abstract submission: 10 April 2018
Communication of accepted abstracts: 10 May 2018
Paper submission deadline: 30 October 2018
First reply of the peer review: 20 December 2018