8th International Conference on Debris Flow Hazard Mitigation – Call for abstract


Contributions to the Conference will be in the form of an Extended Abstract (2 to 4 pages). The Extended Abstract should clearly indicate the originality and the relevance of the contribution. Rules and Instructions reported below.


  • The Conference programme will include selected oral communications and poster presentations.
  • Extended abstracts must be submitted, using the conference template, through the on-line conference submission system. Extended abstracts submitted by other means will not be accepted.
  • Extended abstracts will be reviewed by the International Organizing Committee and external peer reviewers.
  • Authors can indicate the most appropriate topic for their contribution as well as their preferred method of presentation. The International Organizing Committee reserves the right to reassign the accepted extended abstract to a more appropriate topic and/or method of presentation.
  • It is anticipated that the extended abstract will be published in the conference proceedings provided that at least one author is registered to the conference.
  • Only one extended abstract for each presenting author will be admitted. 


  • All extended abstracts must be written in clear English with grammar and spelling of a quality suitable for publication and submitted in PDF format, using the conference template (download at the bottom of this page)
  • Extended abstract instructions are available on the abstract template. 

Download here the template

Submit your extended abstract


February 7, 2022: Opening of the Call for Extended Abstract
June 30, 2022: Deadline Extended Abstract submission 
January 10, 2023: Deadline revised Extended Abstract submission 
February 1, 2023: Registration opening 
March 1, 2023: Registration deadline of presenting authors
April 1, 2023:Early bird registration deadline

See more on http://dfhm8.polito.it/

Short course on Propagation of Mechanical Waves in Deformable Solids and Meta-Materials

A short course entitled “Propagation of Mechanical Waves in Deformable Solids and Meta-Materials” is organized in Pavia (Italy) on September 5-9, 2022.

The course will be held in presence.

A limited number of PhD students and post-docs who are not supported by their own academic institutions can apply to student residences in Pavia which offer lodging at a particularly convenient rate.

Details can be found on the attached flyer and at the web site http://mech-waves-course.unipv.it/.

ALERT Workshop 2022 – Call for abstracts for the three sessions

The ALERT Workshop 2022 (32nd Edition) should be held in Aussois from 26th to 28th September, 2022. Abstracts can now be submitted for the three sessions. Please submit your abstracts by email directly to the coordinators using the Workshop abstract form (doc). If you wish to publish your presentation after the Workshop on the ALERT website, do not forget to agree by ticking the corresponding box in the abstract form.

Since time for the presentations is limited, only a part of the submitted abstracts can be chosen for the oral presentations. Therefore, we invite you to submit your abstract as soon as possible. The presentation can also be submitted as a poster. The abstracts of the posters will be published in a separate booklet (ISSN registered).

The deadline for the abstract submission is April 30, 2022. For any communication about your participation to the workshops, please contact the coordinators of the workshop sessions directly.

As a reminder, here are the workshop sessions for which the call for abstracts is open:

Further information on this post.

ALERT Geomaterials Workshop 2022

From September 26 to September 28 in Aussois, France.

Session 1: “Mechanics of Hard Soils – Soft Rocks

Coordinators: Claudia Vitone (claudia.vitone@poliba.it) (Politecnico di Bari, Italy), Nadia Benahmed (nadia.benahmed@inrae.fr) (INRAE, France),  Elma Charalampidou (ec10@hw.ac.uk) (Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, UK).


In the last decades, our community has dedicated to Hard Soils – Soft Rocks (HSSR) some fundamental Conferences, such as “The Geotechnics of Structurally Complex Formations” in Capri (1977), “The Geotechnical Engineering of Hard Soils and Soft Rocks” in Athens (1993), “The Geotechnics of Hard Soils and Soft Rocks” in Naples (1998) and, finally, the 15th ECSMGE in Athens, which was devoted to “The Geotechnics of Hard Soils and Weak Rocks” in (2011). Although these helped advance our understanding of HSSR materials, there are still questions that remain unanswered more than ten years later. For example, are HSSR still part of the main challenging materials of the new millennium? Are we fully aware of the multi-physics and multi-scale complexity behind their engineering problematic responses? Can we effectively enter their grey area to predict effectively their engineering behaviour?

The “Mechanics of Hard Soils – Soft Rocks” session intends to address these three questions by: i) enucleating distinct and special features of HSSR; ii) reviewing the most recent experimental evidence; iii) summing up the modelling strategies functional to recognise and interpret their peculiarities.

The one-day session will mainly focus on: 1) experimental evidence of the physical characteristics and geomechanical effects of stress-history, bond- and suction-induced soil structures of HSSR; 2) constitutive and numerical modelling strategies, which are physics-inspired and experimentally-driven; 3) recent emblematic cases of successful and unsuccessful predictions of their engineering behaviour to future research addresses.

Call for abstract: Abstracts are invited to be submitted to the organisers by the 30th of April 2022. Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to give a 20-minute presentation within the appropriate session.

Session 2: “Robot-Ground Interaction

Coordinators: Raul Fuentes (raul.fuentes@rwth-aachen.de) and Itai Einav (itai.einav@sydney.edu.au)


The development of robots interacting with the ground has been steadily gaining traction in recent years. Initially focussing on robots and vehicles that moved over the ground, later research has also focussed on subterranean interaction using burrowing devices. In this workshop, we will concentrate in providing an general overview of the current research field.

The workshop has been divided into four main sessions covering different topics: 1) On the surface, 2) Burrowing, 3) Computational and 4) Granular dynamics. Each session will be delivered and moderated by two well-known invited speakers in the area. At the end of each session we will leave time to discuss and engage with the audience.

Session 3: “Multi-field approach of gravity-driven disasters in a global climate change context

Coordinators: F. Nicot (francois.nicot@univ-smb.fr) (EDYTEM / USMB), F. Magnin (Florence.Magnin@univ-smb.fr) (EDYTEM / CNRS-USMB), S. Lambert (stephane.lambert@inrae.fr) (UGA – INRAE), F. Calvetti (francesco.calvetti@polimi.it) (Politecnico Milano)


Analysis and modeling of mass-driven natural hazards in mountainous areas stand as a major challenge in order to protect people and infrastructures. This is all the more strategic since mountain ranges assume great importance for tourism and economical stakes. Because there are major road and rail links given up to property developers, but also dominated by strong natural hazards, it has become expedient to establish a protection strategy against natural risks. Such phenomena are thought to become more striking in the context of a global climate change, marked by an evolution in both temperature and precipitation distribution. In particular, ice melting is observed at high altitude levels, above 3000 meters of elevation, modifying therefore the mechanical behavior of the escarpments (partially, or not, snow covered) and mountain slopes.
In this very challenging context for human society, this session attempts to shed light on the scientific related issues, including multiphasic constitutive modeling with phase transition, field survey and observations, thermo-induced failure modeling of (soil and rock) slopes. The college of speakers will focus on most advanced knowledge in the field, and will promote vigorous cross-fertilized discussions between experts from different communities such as geomechanics, natural hazard sciences, geophysics and quantitative geomorphology.


On 21st to 25th March 2022 the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Perugia will host the first edition of the Training School “CITY-SCALE IMPLEMENTATION OF ENERGY GEOSTRUCTURES (CYCLING)” organized in cooperation with Université Gustave Eiffel, Ecole des Ponts Paris Tech and NTNU.

The aim is training MSc, PhD and Professionals in order to provide a comprehensive knowledge and new skills, integrating different topics and typical contents in the framework of: renewable heating/cooling energy, infrastructure, architecture, urban planning, energy geotechnics/geology, energy policies and financing. The school’s activity is proposed with a multi-approach. The following complementary activities are foreseen:

  • Frontal Lessons: Attendees will have the opportunity to follow some lectures and seminars proposed by Invited Speakers from industry and academia.
  • Group Works: some hours will be dedicated to group works and selected topics will be assigned to be developed synergistically among the participants.
  • Technical Site Visit.

Registration can be done sending an email to: trainingschoolegs.cycling@gmail.com, including a short resume. The course has a maximum limit of 30 participants and the deadline to register is 14.03.2022. The School will be with face-to-face lessons. ECTS certification will be issued to the Attendees.

The training school is fully funded by iSite FUTURE (http://www.future-isite.fr) and it covers registration fees, site visits, coffees, lunches and gala dinner.

More information here: https://ing1.unipg.it/files/generale/file/dottorato/booklet_draft_v6.pdf

Brochure: see attached pdf

Invitation to the International Workshop on Biogeotechnics: 3rd Edition of AGERP (2022)

Thank you for your support to the AGERP lecture series in 2020 and 2021. At AGERP’20 and AGERP’21, we have had 16 lectures and 1 panel discussion that brought together 38 renowned geoengineering experts and a huge audience from 126 countries through a free to access knowledge sharing platform. Apart from the generous support from the experts that appeared in AGERP’20 and AGERP’21, it is your participation and appreciation that largely contributed to the success of AGERP.

In the first and second edition of the AGERP lecture series, we covered quite a breadth of topics related to geotechnical engineering. With the third edition we intend to dive further and deeper at some of the specialised topics in geotechnical engineering. To that end,  we are pleased to invite you to the International Workshop on Biogeotechnics, scheduled to be held from 24th to 26th February 2022 (Australia). You may register for the workshop at www.age-rp.com. Program for the workshop is summarised in the attached flyer.

Call for abstracts to EGU 2022 – NH1.6 – Vegetation as nature-based solution for mitigating hydro-meteorological geohazards on slopes and streambanks

The next hybrid gathering of the European Geoscience Union – EGU 2022 – will host for the second year the session on the effects of vegetation on unsaturated slope and streambank stability.

The NH1.6 session – Vegetation as nature-based solution for mitigating hydro-meteorological geohazards on slopes and streambanks – will run also this year at the hybrid EGU 2022. The session is coordinated by Vittoria Capobianco (Norwegian Geotechnical Institute – NGI), Sabatino Cuomo (University of Salerno), Dominika Krzeminska (Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research – NIBIO), Anil Yildiz (RWTH Aachen University) and Alessandro Fraccica (CIMNE, UPC Barcelona).

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Call for abstracts: CFM2022 (French Conference on Mechanics, 29 August – 2 September 2022, Nantes)

Session 28: Porous Media: transport, microstructural evolution, multi-physics coupling and instabilities

Conveners : Henri Bertin, Giulio Sciarra, Benoit Rousseau, Gérard Vignoles

This session aims to bring together academic and industrial researchers to present recent scientific advances in the study of the behavior of porous media, whether they are geomaterials, man-made or natural materials. The session aims to focus on the development and identification of effective constitutive laws in porous media, under different stresses of physical, chemical, thermal and / or mechanical nature, studied separately or coupled. Research on transport phenomena (conductive / diffusive, convective / advective, ballistic / radiative) is a central topic of this session, as well as studies on the evolution of the microstructure of a porous medium (dissolution / precipitation, chemical reactions of deposition / ablation / erosion, mechanical deformations, localization, damage, etc.). This microstructural evolution can be analyzed at the local scale, integrated into a macroscopic formulation or studied experimentally. In addition, instabilities due to non-linearities and / or couplings between elementary phenomena, which may be linked to interfaces, natural convection, deformations or others, at different scales of porous media, are a focal research topic of this session.

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Call for abstracts to EGU 2022 session on thermal effects in landslides

Extended deadline: Friday, 14 January 2022, 13:00 CET

Link for submission: https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU22/session/43380

In this session, we aim to bring together scientists interested in all aspects of landslide thermo-hydro-mechanics, from experimental studies to field and remote-sensing monitoring, from microstructural analyses to geomechanical and geostatistical modelling at various spatial and temporal scales.

Conveners: Gianvito Scaringi, Carolina Seguí, Luigi Lombardo, Núria Pinyol, Manolis Veveakis.

Call for abstracts to EGU 2022 session on shallow geothermal energy

The session welcomes contributions about shallow geothermal energy applications, including traditional closed- and open-loop borehole heat exchangers as well as so-called energy geostructures (e.g. thermo-active foundations, walls, tunnels).

Different types of analysis and approaches are relevant to this session, spanning from the evaluation of ground thermal properties to the mapping of shallow geothermal potential, from energy storage and district heating to sustainability issues and consequences of the geothermal energy use, from the design of new heat exchangers and installation techniques to the energy and thermo-(hydro-)mechanical performance of energy geostructures, from the local behavior of a heat exchanger to the city scale implementation of energy geostructures. Contributions based on experimental, analytical and numerical modelling are welcome as well as interventions about legislative aspect.

CONVEENERS: Giorgia Dalla Santa (University of Padua, Italy), Jean De Sauvage (IFSTTAR Université Gustave Eiffel, France) and Francesco Cecinato (University of Milan, Italy)

Due to the continuing difficulties that many people in the EGU community, all around the world, are experiencing, the abstract submission deadline for EGU22 is being extended to FRIDAY, 14 JANUARY AT 13.00 CET

More information on this website https://egu22.eu/abstracts_and_programme/how_to_submit_an_abstract.html and on this flyer.