ALERT Workshop 2022 – Extended Call for Abstract for Session 1

The deadline for the abstract submission has been extended to May 31, 2022 for the SESSION 1 ONLY. 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.

As a reminder, here are the workshop sessions:

  • Session 1: “Mechanics of hard-soils/soft rocks” – EXTENDED CALL
    Organizers: Claudia Vitone ( (Politecnico di Bari, Italy), Nadia Benahmed ( (INRAE, France),  Elma Charalampidou ( (Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, UK).
  • Session 2: “Robot-Ground Interaction“ – CLOSED
    Organizers: Raul Fuentes and Itai Einav
  • Session 3: “Multi-field approach of gravity-driven disasters in a global climate change context” – CLOSED
    Organizers: F. Nicot (EDYTEM / USMB), F. Magnin (EDYTEM / CNRS-USMB), S. Lambert (UGA – INRAE), F. Calvetti (Politecnico Milano)

Further information on this post.

PhD course on Soil Modelling at NTNU

NTNU’s Geotechnical Group offers a PhD Course in Soil Modelling from October 3rd to 7th, 2022. This course provides a background for development and application of the soil models used in continuum-based computer codes for geotechnical applications. The course focuses on soil behaviour, elasto-plastic theory, hyperplasticity, selected material models and their parameters. It also provides some insight into numerical implementation of soil models. The course aims at providing a general theoretical framework for interpretation of the mechanical behaviour of soils.”

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ALERT Poster Session 2022

The ALERT Poster session will be held during the ALERT Workshop from September 26 to September 28, 2022 in Aussois.

Those who are interested are asked to submit their abstracts (both word/openoffice and pdf files are required) by email to the coordinators Nadia Benahmed ( and Antoine Wautier ( using the attached abstract form (Template).

The deadline for the submission of the abstract is the September 9, 2022.

Short-course for Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical couplings in particulate systems

Everyone is invited to a brand new short course covering theory and practical implementation of fluid and thermal couplings in particulate systems with Yade software. The course will be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands from 20/06/2022 to 22/06/2022, where participants will learn hands-on with Robert Caulk and Bruno Chareyre. More information is available at and on the following flyer.

Prague Geotechnical Days 2022 with Prague Geotechnical Lecture by prof. Cino Viggiani

Everyone is cordially invited to attend Prague Geotechnical Days 2022, scheduled for May 23-24, which include Prague Geotechnical Lecture by prof. Cino Viggiani entitled “Recent Developments in Laboratory Testing of Geomaterials with Emphasis on Imaging Processes”. More details can be found at

The programme can be seen below or in this picture.

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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

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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

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 ( (Politecnico di Bari, Italy), Nadia Benahmed ( (INRAE, France),  Elma Charalampidou ( (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 ( and Itai Einav (


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 ( (EDYTEM / USMB), F. Magnin ( (EDYTEM / CNRS-USMB), S. Lambert ( (UGA – INRAE), F. Calvetti ( (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:, 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 ( and it covers registration fees, site visits, coffees, lunches and gala dinner.

More information here:

Brochure: see attached pdf