Mini-symposium on Hydro-mechanical Large Deformation Problems (in Geotechnical Engineering)

As an opportunity to present and discuss advances in the computational simulation of large deformation problems, a mini-symposium will be organized at the Interpore 2017 conference, 8-11 May 2017 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The conference works on the basis of submitted abstracts only (no papers) and then oral/poster presentations in a series of mini-symposiums. All participants will have the opportunity to orally present their work (15 mins for oral contributions or 3 mins for poster presenters, in addition to their poster). Abstract submission is now open until November 14th.
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Minisympoisum on Thermo-hydro-mechanics of porous media at the Interpore 2017 conference

The Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical (THM) behaviour of soils occupies a central role in many coupled processes in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, such as geo-energy, nuclear waste disposal, thermo-active structures and atmospheric interaction of earthworks. In order to provide a forum for academics and practitioners in these areas to exchange their research on thermo-hydro-mechanical behaviour of soils, a mini-symposium on the topic is being organised as part of the Interpore 2017 conference, to be held 8-11 May 2017 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. This mini-symposium is an opportunity to present experimental research, field work and computational studies focussing both on fundamental aspects of THM behaviour and its application to engineering problems.
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Minisymposium on uncertainty modelling in porous media during Interpore conference 2017

Contributions are invited for the Minisymposium on “Uncertainty Quantification and Multiple Scale Methods for Porous Media” to be held during the 9th International Conference on Porous Media in Rotterdam, Netherlands, May 8-11, 2017. Details for the conference can be found in the conference website:

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is November 14, 2016. Further details about the minisymposium can be found in the attached pdf file.

UCL recruits a Geotechnical Engineering Professor for 2017

The Universite catholique de Louvain is looking for a full time professor in Geotechnical Engineering, starting September 2017. The applications should reach UCL by midnight Tuesday 15th November 2016, at the latest. For details, see and key in “geotechnical” as search word in form linked to “Non-UCL” or see pdf.

Nenad Bicanic passed away

Dear ALERT colleagues,
My friend and former colleague Chris Pearce from the University of Glasgow passed me very sad news: Emeritus Prof. Nenad Bicanic passed away on Saturday at his home in Croatia. I understand that his funeral will be in Zagreb on Wednesday, followed by a memorial service in Oxford at a later date. Nenad held academic positions at Zagreb, Swansea, Glasgow and Rijeka. He held the Regius Chair of Civil Engineering at Glasgow University (the oldest Chair in Engineering in the UK) from 1994 to 2010. Nenad was a major force behind the UK Association in Computational Mechanics, and he was also very active in ALERT Geomaterials in its early days, via Swansea and later on Glasgow. I am sure many colleagues will remember him with great fondness.
Best regards,
Minna Karstunen