Registration for the ALERT Workshop and School 2024 is OPEN!


Dear ALERT community,

I am pleased to inform you that the registration for the ALERT Geomaterials Workshop and School 2024 is now open! The preliminary programme of the Doctoral School is available here, the programme of the Workshop should be posted soon.

In the continuity of last year edition, a remote access to the doctoral school is proposed at the same price as the on-site option. However, this remote option only gives access to the passive attending of the presentations, and no questions could be asked.

This year, the ALERT Bureau has once again decided to offer one day of accomodation to:

  • all PhD students attending the doctoral school and belonging to an ALERT member institution (in a double room only);
  • all retired researchers attending the workshop.

Please read the hints in the registration form! After filling the form and pressing the button “Register”, a window will open to prompt you to save the invoice as a .pdf file. Please save it for your records! You will also get an email with the registration data afterwards. If you are an ALERT member, the corresponding representative of your ALERT institution will receive the registration data too.

Click here to register for the ALERT Workshop and School 2024.

The deadline for the registration is September 01st! 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.

If you need to modify or cancel your registration, please send an email to, mentioning your invoice number, at least one week before the meeting. Individuals who fail to honor their registration will be required to pay a fee to the hotel covering the cost of both the room reservation and the food services.

Looking forward to meeting you in Aussois!

Two PhD positions at Politecnico di Bari (Italy)

Two PhD positions in geotechnical engineering are open at Politecnico di Bari, as part of the PhD Programme in Risk, Environmental, Territorial and Building Development at the DICATECh Department. The positions are funded for 3 years: it will be mainly based at Politecnico di Bari (Italy). The research will benefit from the collaboration between research groups in Italy and abroad and companies in the industrial sector. The possibility of recycling mussel shells, suitably treated, as a partial replacement of commercial cements has been recently investigated for stabilising dredged marine sediments with less environmental impact but similar same chemo-hydro-mechanical effectiveness. Based on these results, the two PhD students will contribute to the optimisation of the design of innovative solutions for the chemo-hydro-mechanical stabilisation of sediments and the reuse of other blue waste materials, by multiscale testing and modelling.

Applications are welcome to apply for the 5-year project “GREENLIFE4SEAS – GREen ENgineering solutions: a new LIFE FOR SEdiments A Shells”, recently funded in the field of the LIFE EU PROGRAMME.  For further details about the project, please visit:

We are looking forward to receiving applications from highly motivated and curious candidates with master’s degree (or equivalent) in civil or environmental engineering and specialisation in geotechnics or related area.

Candidates can find more details on the PhD position and the submission procedures at the following link: (see the RESEARCH TOPICS AS PER PLACES CO-FINANCED BY PUBLIC/PRIVATE BODIES grants NUMBER 2 and 4, in the section Risk and Environmental, Territorial and Building Development PH.D. Call for application PhD Programmes (XL cycle).

Application deadline: July 17th  2024 

Contact details for further information:

“EP024 Geophysical Granular Flow and Sediment Transport” AGU24 Call for Abstracts

Dear Colleagues,

Please consider submitting an abstract to the following session we organize at AGU24 (Dec 9-13, Washington, D.C.).
Submission link:
Due date: Jul 31, 2024

EP024 – Geophysical Granular Flows and Sediment Transport: Bridging Grain-Scale Mechanics and Continuum Modeling  
Earth and planetary surfaces are covered by granular material that may flow under the action of gravity, interaction with fluids such as air or water, or other geophysical processes. Geophysical granular flows and sediment transport phenomena are at the heart of landscape dynamics (hillslope creep, riverbed evolution, coastal erosion), pattern formation (grain sorting and segregation, dunes, ripples), and geohazards (landslide, debris flow, snow avalanche). A fundamental challenge lies in the multiscale nature of granular materials rendering a continuum description difficult to achieve. Recent advances in high-resolution imaging and particle-resolved numerical simulations allowed for insights into particle-scale mechanisms. However, research carried out at the particle-scale has yet to be harmonized into a consistent theoretical body able to match field and laboratory observations. We invite contributions addressing this theme’s open questions, featuring field, experimental and numerical research, at particle and/or at macroscopic scales or integrating ranges of scales and processes.

Conveners: Lu Jing, Rui M.L. Ferreira, Thomas Pähtz, Marwan Hassan, Solange Mendes

Best wishes,
Lu, on behalf of all conveners

MPM Workshop in Berkeley

Dear Colleagues,
We hope you’re doing well. This is a friendly reminder to submit your abstract and register for the 15th Annual MPM Workshop hosted at the University of California, Berkeley, on September 5th-6th, 2024.

Call for Abstracts:
We invite you to submit an abstract for consideration for oral presentation at our event. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase and share your latest research findings and contribute to advancing the Material Point Method.

We welcome abstract submissions on a wide range of topics related to MPM such as new integration methods or spatiotemporal schemes; improvements in stability, scalability, and computational efficiency; and applications to different materials, among others. Whether you are exploring groundbreaking techniques, innovative methodologies, or practical applications, we encourage you to be part of this enriching event.

To submit your abstract, please follow the guidelines and use the submission portal at

Registration is open at Take this opportunity to engage with fellow researchers and experts in the field.

Important dates:

  1. May 1, 2024: Abstract submissions and registration open
  2. August 1, 2024: Abstract submission deadline
  3. August 15, 2024:  Registration deadline
  4. September 5, 2024: Workshop begins

Anura3D Short Course:
This year, the Anura3D Research Community is offering a short course after the workshop. You can visit our website to find out more details.

We’re looking forward to you participating in the 15th Annual MPM Workshop. Please spread the word among your colleagues and peers who might be interested in attending or submitting a paper.

Thank you for your attention, and we anticipate an enlightening and fruitful event. Should you have any questions or require further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

We look forward to seeing you in Berkeley.
Kenichi Soga, Ken Kamrin, Nanda Chandra, John Murphy, Joel Given, Lauren Talbot, Connor Geudeker

Polymer Support Fluids in Geotechnical Engineering Workshop

Registration is now open for a workshop on polymer support fluids that will take place at Imperial College London on September 10th 2024.

The talks will focus on the behaviour of polymer fluids in geomaterials from the micro-to macro- scales,  ranging from particle scale simulations and experiments to field-scale observations This workshop is co-sponsored by TC105 of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) and the British Geotechnical Association.

The workshop will be chaired by Prof. Stephan Jefferis and is organised by Catherine O’Sullivan (Imperial College London), Brian Sheil (University of Cambridge) and Chris MacMinn (University of Oxford).

Full details in the attached pdf

Registration link is

Please direct queries to

PhD position at UMons and ULiège, Belgium

A PhD position on “Characterization of thermo-hydro-mechanical properties of longwall goaf for geothermal energy storage in abandoned coal mines” is open in collaboration between UMons and ULiège in Belgium.

This PhD project takes place in the field of minewater geothermal systems that aim storing heat in flooded abandoned mines. More specifically, longwall goafs will be investigated as potential geothermal reservoirs through their characterization from mechanical, hydraulic and thermal point of views.

The position has a duration of 4 years and the PhD is expected to start on 1st October 2024.
Application deadline (detailed resume + motivation letter + names and e-mail addresses of two referees who may be contacted by those in charge of evaluating applications): 15th August 2024.
Further enquiries on the vacancy and application must be directed to Prof. Pascal Goderniaux ( and Prof. Bertrand François (

More information on this .pdf file.

Postdoctoral Position in Machine Learning and Numerical Algorithms with Applications

We encourage applicants with experience in applying machine learning to optimize numerical algorithms, such as FEM. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds, including geosciences.

The Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Advanced Machine Learning and Applications at the Department of Applied Mathematics of Shenzhen University and the KAUST Innovation Hub in Shenzhen invite applications for a postdoctoral position in Machine Learning and Numerical Algorithms with Applications.

Position Details:
Duration: Full-time for two years
Salary: 338,000 RMB – 420,000 RMB per year (approximately 47,000 – 58,000 USD)
Number of Position: 3 Positions
Teaching Duties: None
The successful candidate will engage in both theoretical research and practical implementation of machine learning methods, with a focus on: training algorithms, numerical algorithms, signal processing, image processing and related areas.

Additional Opportunities:
The successful candidate can choose to enroll in the Visiting Scholar Program sponsored by the KAUST-SZU Joint Lab for Mathematics, Data, and Application (MDA). The candidate can visit King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and conduct research co-supervised by KAUST researchers.This program lasts for 3-6 months and includes an additional stipend during the visit, along with free housing provided by KAUST.

Interested applicants should send their C.V. to: Dr. Xinliang Liu: and Dr. Jian Lu:;
We look forward to your application.

Advanced course on Modeling of Localized Inelastic Deformation (LID 2024)

Advanced course on Modeling of Localized Inelastic Deformation (LID 2024),
taught by Milan Jirásek in Prague, Czech Republic, 2-6 September 2024.

This course provides an overview of modeling approaches used in the mechanics of inelastic materials and structures, with special attention to objective description of highly localized deformation modes such as cracks or shear bands. It is one of the RILEM educational courses. The course is intended for graduate students at the doctoral level, but it can be equally useful to motivated master students, post-doctoral researchers, or senior researchers who are not specialists in this field.

For details see

 For registration please contact

Newsletter 2024

Dear ALERT members,

Please find attached our Spring 2024 Newsletter. This newsletter sums up the activities of ALERT Geomaterials in the past year, and presents the new activities taking place in Aussois in the end of September.

The registration to this year’s workshop and doctoral school should open on next Monday, 24th June 2024.

The newsletters of recent years can be found in the archive.

See you soon in Aussois !

ALERT Doctoral School 2024

The programme of the 35th ALERT Doctoral School 2024 on “Numerical methods in geomechanics” is now available.

The coordinators of the school are:
Claudio Tamagnini (University of Perugia, Italy)
Lorenzo Sanavia (University of Padua, Italy)
Manuel Pastor (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)

The main goal of this school is to provide PhD students with a sound knowledge of computational Geomechanics. The School will include lectures on:

  1. Basic: providing the fundamentals of the numerical techniques used
  2. Advanced and research: the students will learn special techniques to deal with non linear problems, dynamics, integration of constitutive equations.
  3. Practical. We believe that practise is fundamental when learning a computational technique. Therefore, we will provide a group of sessions where the students, with the help of instructors, will practise with the finite element code GeHoMadrid.

The detailed programme is available on this .pdf file (subject to change).

The registration to both the workshop and the doctoral school should open in the next week.