“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: https://agu.confex.com/agu/agu24/prelim.cgi/Session/228441
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 www.mpmworkshop.com

Registration is open at www.mpmworkshop.com. 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 www.mpmworkshop.com 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 soga@berkeley.edu.

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 https://lnkd.in/ePqTmb5u

Please direct queries to cath.osullivan@imperial.ac.uk.

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 director@alertgeomaterials.eu, 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!

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 http://mech.fsv.cvut.cz/~milan/course2024.html

 For registration please contact Milan.Jirasek@cvut.cz

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.

Suart B. Savage Award

A new international Award was just founded in the field of mechanics and
physics of granular media. This Award is definitely independent of any
association or national organism and was created with the help of
Elsevier and of MRC journal.

All infos can be obtained by clicking on “Stuart B. Savage Award” at the
full top of the home page of MRC, which is reached directly by the
following link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/mechanics-research-communications

or through this link directly: https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/mechanics-research-communications/about/awards.

Do not hesitate to postulate.

GEOLAB Blind Prediction Contest:  Submission Open & Prize

The submission period for the GEOLAB Blind Prediction Contest (BPC) is now officially open until September 15, 2024.  

The BPC results will be presented during a dedicated session at the 5th International Symposium on Frontiers in Offshore Geotechnics (ISFOG) in Nantes, France (June 9-13, 2025). A representative from each winning team will be invited to attend the conference, receive public recognition during the session, and benefit from a covered registration fee and substantial contribution to travel expenses.

For instructions on submitting your prediction and detailed participation rules, please visit the event webpage [https://www.geotechnik.tu-darmstadt.de/forschung_ivg/blind/_blind_prediction_contest_1.en.jsp ].

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Save the date: 16th EuroConference on Rock Physics and Rock Mechanics – 19 to 23 January 2026

Dear colleagues,

We are excited to announce that the 16th EuroConference on Rock Physics and Rock Mechanics will take place January 19 to 23, 2026 in Les Diablerets, Switzerland

The conference is being jointly organised by the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, Switzerland) and the Ecole et Observatoire des Sciences de la Terre (EOST, School and Observatory of Earth Sciences, Strasbourg, France).

The theme of this next EuroConference is: Pursuing Innovation in the Study of Rock Physics and Rock Mechanics under Extreme Geological Conditions. You can find more information – including the list of confirmed keynote speakers – on our conference website: https://euroconf26.epfl.ch/

While registration is not yet open, we warmly invite you to save the dates for this event in your calendars. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the 16th EuroConference in Switzerland in 2026!


The 16th EuroConference Organising Commitee

Alexandra Kushnir (EPFL)

Marie Violay (EPFL)

Michael Heap (EOST)

Summer School ‘Numerical Modelling in Geotechnical Engineering’ at University of Innsbruck!

Date: 22.07.2024 – 26.07.2024
Location: Universität Innsbruck, Austria (in-person only)

After two very enriching and fun events in 2018 and 2020, we are looking forward to the pleasant discussions and exchanges this summer. We will also offer a side program to spend time with you beyond the numerics. Places are limited, so please register soon, if you are interested!


Gertraud Medicus, Franz Tschuchnigg and Barbara Schneider-Muntau!