14th ALERT Olek Zienkiewicz course – 22-26 April 2024


The 14th ALERT Olek Zienkiewicz course 2024 will be organized by INRAE from April 22nd to 26th in Aix-en-Provence, France.

The title of the school is: “Hydro-mechanical behavior of geomaterials for civil engineering structures: Theoretical models, simulations, lab testing and risk analysis

The content of the course will address the characterization and the modeling of the hydro-mechanical behavior of geomaterials from the microscale to the structure scale. You will find more details in the attached flyers both from scientific and practical point of view.

The school is free of registration fees and the lunches will be offered to participants. Please register as soon as possible here so that we can plan accordingly: https://evento.renater.fr/survey/course-ed353-et-oz-c…-m1opux05

A web page should be created very soon on the web page of the organizing research unit RECOVER (https://recover.paca.hub.inrae.fr/zoom-sur2/oz-doctoral-course).

ALERT Workshop & School 2024


Dear ALERT members,
Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce to you the themes and dates of the ALERT Workshop and School 2024.

Dates of the ALERT Workshop 2024: 30th September to 2nd October 2024

  • Session 1: “Emerging properties in geomaterials across the scales
    Organizers: Antoine Wautier, Farhang Radjai and Francesco Froiio.
  • Session 2 (half-day): “Geomechanics in the submicron-scale
    Organizers: Katerina Ioannidou and Gilles Pijaudier-Cabot.
  • Session 3: “Continuum-based particle methods
    Organizers: Claudio Tamagnini, Matteo Ciantia, Lorenzo Sanavia and Antonia Larese.

Dates of the ALERT School 2024: 3rd October to 5th October 2024

  • Numerical methods in geomechanics
    Organizers: Claudio Tamagnini, Lorenzo Sanavia and Manolo Pastor.

Hoping to see you in Aussois !

EMI 2024 IC Vienna – MS 11: Mechanics of Multiphase-Multiscale Granular and Particulate Systems

Dear Colleagues,

We are organizing a Mini-symposium (MS11 – Titled «  Mechanics of Multiphase-Multiscale Granular and Particulate Systems ») at the upcoming ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute – 2024 International Conference that will take place in Vienna on the premises of the TU Wien on September 11-13, 2024. 

All details of the EMI 2024 IC can be found on the following website: https://www.emi2024ic.com

It is our pleasure to invite you to submit your work and participate to this important event, you can find in the attached flyer all the details of our Mini-symposium (MS11).

Abstracts can be submitted on the website of the conference before March 30, 2024


Registration can be made here: https://www.emi2024ic.com/registration/

We would be grateful if you could distribute this announcement to anyone who might be interested.

Looking forward to meeting you in Vienna!

Best regards, Pierre-Yves, François and Mahdia

Fourth Pan-American Conference on Unsaturated Soils (PanAm UNSAT 2025)

The Fourth Pan-American Conference on Unsaturated Soils (PanAm UNSAT 2025) will be held June 22-25, 2025 in Ottawa, ON, Canada. The website is: www.panam-unsat2025.ca

The conference’s main theme is Unsaturated Soils for All Environments, and will include typical topics in unsaturated soils, but also aspires to include special topics on the role of unsaturated mechanics in cold regions geotechnique, the role of unsaturated soils in managing the impacts of climate change, as well as practical application of unsaturated soil theory in geohazards, mining, and other fields.

We are very pleased to have already secured speakers of note from academia and from consulting, including Del Fredlund, Daichao Sheng, and Mike O’Kane, who will speak on engineering decisions employing unsaturated soil mechanics, unsaturated soils in cold regions, and reflections on 30 years of application of unsaturated soil mechanics in the mining industry, respectively. Look for additional information on our speaker list as it is updated on our website, which will include presenters throughout the PanAm region and representing multiple topics in unsaturated soils.

Final papers will be published with Springer conference series collection (accessible through many libraries and indexed in Web of Science and other citation databases) and the proceedings will be available pre-conference. We are also excited to announce that after the conference, select papers will be invited for submission to a Special Issue of the Journal Geotechnical and Geological Engineering.

The Call for Abstracts is now OPEN. Details can be found on the Call for Abstracts page of the conference website. Authors are invited to identify one or more of the following topics with their submission. The deadline to submit abstracts to PanAm UNSAT 2025 is March 27, 2024.

Fully funded 4-year PhD-student position in Hydrology, subsurface PFAS fate and transport modelling

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are extremely persistent, harmful chemicals that have complex transport behaviors in the environment. To assess the risks and long-term environmental impacts of PFAS from contaminated hotspots, there is a great need for improved process understanding as well as modelling tools for PFAS fate and transport from source zones of contamination further into the environment and into recipients and drinking water resources.

The overall aim of this project is to develop practically useful models for improved understanding and predictions of PFAS transport originating from contaminated hotspots. We will test existing models and further develop them to better account for transport processes and phenomena which are specifically important for PFAS, including retention processes at air-water interfaces, interaction/competition between chemical species and PFAS-specific sorption phenomena. Models for unsaturated and saturated zones will be tested and developed and will finally be integrated to create practical modelling tools to predict the transport from sources of PFAS contamination all the way to recipients. As a PhD-student you will be part of a dedicated research group working on PFAS. The project is financed by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency as part of a call on non-toxic life cycles which includes 6 projects in total.

Read more andapply for position: https://www.jobb.uu.se/details/?positionId=703434

Contact: Fritjof Fagerlund, PhD, Professor in Geohydrology, E-mail: fritjof.fagerlund@geo.uu.se

9 PhD positions at Ecole des Ponts ParisTech

Ecole des Ponts ParisTech is looking for 9 PhD candidates within the framework of an EU MSCA COFUND project: https://www.miscea-program.fr/en/home/.

Among these, 5 PhD  positions are open at Navier Laboratory:

– Multiphysics simulation of 3D concrete printing process: from printability to structural resilience

– Design and monitoring of tunnels facing energy and numerical transitions

– Offshore wind turbine monopile foundation: experimental and numerical study of soil-structure interaction

– Experimental Investigation of Caprock Sealing in Geological Formations: Implications for Natural White Hydrogen Accumulations and Green Hydrogen Storage

– Eco-innovative shape memory architected dampers for the seismic protection of infrastructures

Details about the application process can be found on Euraxess:


Post doc Research – Computional mechanics and experiment-driven modeling of high strain rate, large deformation tunneling via robotic earthworm – ground interaction

This research position involves computational mechanics of robotic earthworm – ground interaction, penetration mechanics/kinematics in soil, and large deformation tunneling in soil. Interest and/or experience in large deformation computational mechanics (e.g., geomechanics or poromechanics) is required and background in engineering mechanics, civil, mechanical or physics is welcome. The multi-year position begins summer 2024 (as early as May to as late as August).

Research activities will involve collaboration with industry robotics groups advancing soft robotic earthworm technology for rapid, small footprint utility construction. The research effort will involve the evaluation of experimental data from robotic earthworm, penetrometer and other large deformation studies across a variety of soils, the assessment of a variety of large deformation computational modeling approaches applied across the broad array of industries involving porous materials, and the application of the most promising computational mechanics approaches to best meet project objectives. Computational mechanics will be blended with machine learning techniques to enhance capabilities, particularly during field adoption.

The research takes place within the Center for Underground at Colorado School of Mines, located in picturesque Golden, Colorado and nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains just 20 minutes west of Denver, Colorado.

Interested parties should inquire with Professor Mike Mooney at mmooney@mines.edu.

Exploring Dynamic Properties of Earth and Planetary Materials Using Neutron and X-Ray Methods

Integration of beamline technologies and rock deformation experiments can facilitate the investigation of the feedback between evolving mechanical properties, deformation textures, and deformation mechanisms, leading to much more robust extrapolation of lab-based rheological models to Earth and other planets. The NSF-funded Research Coordination Network (RCN) “In Situ Studies of Rock Deformation” (ISRD) aims at developing novel methods that exploit the beamline capabilities, enabling the next generation of rock deformation experiments, wherein samples can be examined while they are deforming.  

The 4th ISRD-RCN workshop, hosted by the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL) and the University of Grenoble Alpes will take place in-person at ILL/ESRF campus on May 21-23, 2024. This workshop will focus on neutron and X-ray scattering and imaging as well as their applications in studying the dynamic properties of earth and planetary materials.

The list of speakers includes:

Damien Freitas (University of Manchester): “4D Synchrotron triaxial apparatus at TOMCAT”

Olga Stamati (ESRF): “SPAM: a software tool for studying volume deformations and correlations”

Robert Farla (DESY): “PETRA III and the bespoke large volume press”

Helen Lewis (Heriot-Watt University): “Neutron and X-ray studies of fluid flow in reservoirs”

Peter Moonen (University of Pau): “Geological H-storage, a multidisciplinary study”

Francois Renard (ESRF/University of Oslo) “Fluid flow in rocks in 4D: from images to processes”

Chelsea Neil (Los Alamos National Lab): “Porosity studies of shale gas recovery and H2 storage”

Hiroyuki Kagi (University of Tokyo): “High pressure geoscience enabled by PLANET”

Pierre Bésuelle, (UGA), “Failure prediction, strain localization from full field analyses”

Alessandro Tengattini, (UGA/ILL), “Geomechanical studies enabled by NeXT-Grenoble”

We expect additional presentations on measurement needs from participants and emerging techniques.

Participants will also visit ESRF and ILL to discuss with beamline scientists and other participants about potential beamline experiments. All participants will be partially supported to attend the workshop, the level of support will depend on fund availability.

Please mark your calendar. We will put up the workshop registration page shortly on the ISRD website (https://www.isrdrcn.org).

Alessandro Tengattini, Chair, ISRD-RCN NeXT Workshop Organizing Committee

Daniel Hussey, Co-Chair, ISRD-RCN NeXT Workshop Organizing Committee

Wenlu Zhu, Co-Chair, ISRD-RCN NeXT Workshop Organizing Committee

Abstract submission for ICBBG 2025

This is a friendly reminder on abstract submission to the Internation Conference on Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (ICBBG2025), which is due March 15, 2024. Attached please find a flyer.

The conference seeks to present the state of the art in the field of Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (BioGeotechnics), promote co-operation and exchange of information about the emerging field of bio-geotechnics; develop and promote improved modeling of bio-mediated and bio-inspired processes; translate fundamental bio-inspired knowledge into enabling technologies with future commercialization potential; and facilitate the adoption of bio-mediated and bio-inspired solutions into geotechnical engineering practice.

Abstract Submission Deadline: March 15, 2024

Submit an Abstract: https://icbbg2025.com/submissions/call-for-abstracts

Learn more: https://icbbg2025.com/

Contact us:  icbbg2025@gmail.com

Research Fellow position at Université Gustave Eiffel, Laboratoire Navier

A Research Fellow position is now open at Université Gustave Eiffel, Laboratoire Navier, on “Multiscale mechanics of materials for sustainable construction: coupling experiments to models”

Information and Applications:  https://www.concours.developpement-durable.gouv.fr/charge-e-de-recherche-du-developpement-durable-de-a126.html as well as on this pdf page (in both French and English)