Winter School “Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment”, 22-24 January 2019 , Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland

Following the success of last year, we are pleased to announce the 2nd edition of the Winter School on Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment (, which will be held on January 22nd-24th 2019, in Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland. Geomechanics, Environment and Energy are increasingly related and contemporary themes. The goal of the school is to provide participants with a deep understanding on selected topics in Geomechanics which are fundamental for applications related to Energy and the Environment. This Winter School is organized in the framework of the international journal Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment.

Morning lectures are scheduled in the first part of the day. Extended breaks are given to review the course material, to go skiing, or to enjoy the wonderful landscape of the Swiss Alps at Villars-sur-Ollon. Late-afternoon gatherings are foreseen for the second set of lectures of the day. Evening sessions will be devoted to presentations from the participants to share ideas with the experts.

Lectures are given by internationally renowned experts in the field:

– Antonio Gens (UPC)
Geomechanics for nuclear waste disposal
– Alessio Ferrari (EPF Lausanne)
Hydro-mechanical behaviour of shales and gas shales
– Joseph Labuz (University of Minnesota)
Experiments on strength and softening response of rock
– Lyesse Laloui (EPF Lausanne)
The Geomechanics of CO2 sequestration
– Kerry Rowe (Queen’s University)
Barrier systems for limiting contaminant migration
– Tomasz Hueckel (Duke University)
Evaporation, Drying, Cracking in Energy Geomechanics

Early bird registrations are open until the 31st of October in the website

Please see the attached file for further details.

Prof. Lyesse Laloui, Prof. Alessio Ferrari
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

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