Following the success of our 2018 Winter School dedicated to Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment, we are pleased to announce the 2nd edition in winter 2019 in the same location (Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland).

Geomechanics, Environment and Energy are increasingly related and contemporary themes. The goal of the school is to provide the participants with a deep understanding on selected topics in Geomechanics which are fundamental for applications related to 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.

This Winter School is organized in the framework of the international journal Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment.

The deadline for the early bird registration is:  October 31st 2018. 

The 2019 course overview

  •  Antonio Gens (UPC) (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

The schedule is available here and the contents are reported in the Courses tab.

Brainstorming evening sessions with presentations given by the participants

We encourage the participants to present their work during the dedicated evening sessions. Participants will have the opportunity to receive feedback from the experts.
If you wish to share your work with the attendees and the experts during the dedicated evening sessions with a 5-minute presentation, please send a title and a 300-word abstract to gete-school@epfl.ch.

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

Supporting organization



Prof. Lyesse Laloui, EPFL
Prof. Alessio Ferrari, EPFL

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