The Local Organizing Committee has decided the new dates for the conference which will be held in Turin in May 5-8, 2021.
Pre-conference courses will take place in Grenoble, Milan and Turin in May 3-4, 2021.

Based on the change in dates, the early-bird registration will be available until March 1st, 2021

Conference proceedings will be published by December 2020. With this, we hope to meet the authors' wishes.

We kindly remind that the final accepted papers will be published in the proceedings as long as at least one co-author is registered to the conference. Therefore Authors of accepted papers are requested to register by the 31st of July 2020. Nevertheless, in the unlikely event that the conference will be canceled, pre-registration will be partially refunded.

We look forward to welcome you safely in Italy next year.



Read the pre-conference courses newsletter.

Read the conference Newsletter No. 4

Read the conference Newsletter No. 3

Read the conference Newsletter No. 2 - Call for Abstract

Read the conference Newsletter No. 1

IACMAG Board Officers

  • John Carter, President, Australia
  • Musharraf M. Zaman, Executive Vice President, and Secretary, Newsletter, USA
  • Jian-Hua Yin, Vice President, Hong Kong, China
  • Giancarlo Gioda, Vice President, Italy
  • Chandrakant S. Desai, General Secretary and Treasurer, USA
  • Devendra Narain Singh, Secretary, India
  • Patrick Fox, Vice President, North America
  • Kok Kwang Phoon, Vice President, Singapore
  • Helmut Schweiger, Vice President, Austria


Local Organizing Committee

Executive Board


  • Stefano Aversa, Università degli Studi Partenope (Italy), President GNIG
  • Carlo Callari, Università degli Studi del Molise (Italy)
  • Annamaria Cividini, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
  • Gabriele Della Vecchia, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
  • Massimiliano Ferronato, Università degli Studi di Padova (Italy)
  • Sebastiano Foti, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
  • Alberto Guadagnini, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
  • Nicola Moraci, Università degli Studi di Reggio Calabria (Italy), President AGI
  • Guido Musso, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
  • Claudio Scavia, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
  • Gioacchino Viggiani, Universitè Grenoble Alpes (France)


International Scientific Committee

  • Georgios Anagnostou, Switzerland
  • Monica Barbero, Italy
  • Giovanni Barla, Italy
  • Giovanna Biscontin, UK
  • Radim Blaheta, Czech Republic
  • Daniela Boldini, Italy
  • Ronaldo I. Borja, USA
  • Mounir Bouassida, Tunisia
  • Sébastien Burlon, France
  • Luigi Callisto, Italy
  • Francesco Calvetti, Italy
  • Marco Camusso, France
  • Marta Castelli, Italy
  • Andrè Luis Brasil Cavalcante, Brazil
  • Francesco Cecinato, Italy
  • Deepankar Choudhury, India
  • Paulo Coehlo, Portugal
  • Yannis F. Dafalias, USA
  • Felix Darve, France
  • Christine Detournay, USA
  • Andrea Dominijanni, Italy
  • Itai Einav, Australia
  • Ahmed-Waeil Elgamal, USA
  • Davide Elmo, Canada
  • Derek Elsworth, USA
  • Xia-Ting Feng, China
  • Antonio Gens, Spain
  • Anna Giacomini, Australia
  • D. Vaughan Griffiths, USA
  • John Harrison, Canada
  • Ivo Herle, Germany
  • Michael A. Hicks, Netherlands
  • Tomasz Hueckel, USA
  • Buddhima Indraratna, Australia
  • Boris Jeremic, USA
  • Mingjing Jiang, China
  • Cristina Jommi, Netherlands
  • Minna Karstunen, Sweden
  • Rolf Katzenbach, Germany
  • Nasser Khalili, Australia
  • Lyesse Laloui, Switzerland
  • Farid Laouafa, France
  • Shaojun Li, China
  • Peng Lin, China
  • Mario Manassero, Italy
  • Majid Manzari, USA
  • David Masin, Czech Republic
  • Gunther Meschke, Germany
  • Ian D. Moore, Canada
  • Akira Murakami, Japan
  • Guillermo Narsilio, Australia
  • Majidreza Nazem, Australia
  • Catherine O’ Sullivan, UK
  • Ali Pak, Iran
  • Panos Papanastasiou, Cyprus
  • Manuel Pastor, Spain
  • Jean-Michel Pereira, France
  • David Potts, UK
  • Amit Prashat, India
  • Iulia Prodan, Romania
  • Sebastiano Rampello, Italy
  • Ronald Kerry Rowe, Canada
  • Hang Ruan, China
  • Shunsuke Sakurai, Japan
  • Marcelo Sanchez, USA
  • Diganta Sarma, New Zealand
  • Alessandra Sciotti, Italy
  • Guglielmo Scovazzi, USA
  • Patrick Selvadurai, Canada
  • Daichao Sheng, Australia
  • Hema J. Siriwardane, USA
  • Kenichi Soga, USA
  • Jean Sulem, France
  • Claudio Tamagnini, Italy
  • Chun'an Tang, China
  • Rafiqul A. Tarefder, USA
  • David G. Toll, UK
  • Antonio Topa Gomes, Portugal
  • Erol Tutumluer, USA
  • Giulia Viggiani, UK
  • Shanyong Wang, Australia
  • Wei Wu, Austria
  • Yang Xiao, China
  • Hai-Sui Yu, UK
  • Lidija Zdravkovic, UK
  • Jidong Zhao, Hong Kong






Symposium srl

Via Gozzano 14, 10073 Ciriè (Torino) - Italy

Phone +390119211467 - Fax +390119224992

The aim of the conference is to give an up-to-date picture of the broad research field of computational geomechanics. Contributions from experts around the world will cover a wide range of research topics in geomechanics. The conference program will include plenary lectures, mini-symposia, selected oral and poster presentations. Pre-conference courses on May 3 and 4 will also be held in Milan and Grenoble.

Download here the program at a glance

Chloé Arson 
Associate Professor Georgia Institute of Technology
Coupling continuum damage mechanics and discrete fracture models: a geomechanics perspective

Chandrakant S. Desai

Emeritus Professor at the University of Arizona, Tucson (USA)

Liquefaction as Microstructural Instability and Validations: The Disturbed State Concept

Xia-Ting Feng

Professor at the Northeastern University, China

Development of cellular automata software for engineering rockmass fracturing processes

Ahmed Elgamal

Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean, University of California, San Diego (USA)

Nonlinear Seismic Response of Ground-Structure Systems: Developments and Challenges

Juan Carlos Santamarina

Professor, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

Energy geoengineering: in need of robust numerical tools

Kenichi Soga

McLaughlin Chair in Mineral Engineering and Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Berkeley (USA)

Large deformation modeling of soil-pore fluid coupled problems using the Material Point Method

Jean Sulem

Professor at the Laboratoire Navier, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, IFSTTAR, CNRS (France)

New advances in strain localization analysis: application to seismic faulting and compaction banding


R. Kerry Rowe

Professor at Queen's University, Kingston (Canada)

Geosynthetics for construction on soft foundation soils


Véronique Dansereau

Postdoctoral research associate at the Institut des Sciences de la Terre, Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France

A continuum viscous-elastic-brittle, Finite Element model for the fracture and drift of sea ice

Giovanni Grasselli
NSERC/Energy Simulation Industrial Research Chair in Fundamental Rock Physics and Rock Mechanics,  University of Toronto
Modeling failure in layered geological formations - FDEM: a micro-mechanical approach that bridges across scales

Helmut F. Schweiger

Institute of Soil Mechanics, Foundation Engineering and Computational Geotechnics, Graz University of Technology, Austria

Numerical simulation of CPT with the Sand and Clay Model (CASM) including effects of bonding

A.P.S. Selvadurai
Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada
Multi-Phasic Approaches for Estimating THM Properties of Heterogeneous Rocks

Alessandro Tarantino

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow UK

Clay Micromechanics: state of the art and perspectives


Grenoble, May 3-4, 2021

Mechanics of geomaterials from micro to macro

Local Organizers: Alice Di Donna, Angela Casarella and Cino Viggiani, Laboratoire 3SR

Download the course leaflet for more information on the program and the registration fees and procedure.

Milano, May 4, 2021

Multi-physics processes in geomechanics by coupled numerical analysis

Local Organizer: Donatella Sterpi, Politecnico di Milano

Download the course leaflet for more information on the program and the registration fees and procedure.

Torino May 4, 2021

Energy tunnels for a self-sustainable metro: feedback from the feasibility design of the Turin metro line 2

Local Organizer: Marco Barla, Politecnico di Torino

Download the course leaflet for more information on the program and the registration fees and procedure.


  • The conference programme will include selected oral communications and poster presentations, divided in parallel sessions or mini symposium (see complete list at the bottom of this page).
  • Abstracts must be submitted, using the conference template, through the on-line conference submission system. Abstracts submitted by other means will not be accepted.
  • Abstracts will be reviewed by the International Scientific Committee and external peer reviewers.
  • Authors can indicate the most appropriate parallel session or mini symposium for their work as well as their preferred method of presentation. The International Scientific Committee reserves the right to reassign the accepted paper to a more appropriate session and/or method of presentation.
  • It is anticipated that the final paper will be published in the conference proceedings provided that at least one author is registered to the conference.
  • Proceedings will be published by a leading international publisher (to be disclosed at a later stage) and indexed in Scopus and Web of Science.


All abstracts must be written in clear English with grammar and spelling of a quality suitable for publication and submitted in PDF format, following the instructions available on the conference template to be downloaded from the online submission system. Authors, when submitting their abstracts, will be asked to select one of the following sessions/mini symposia:

Parallel sessions:

  • PS1 - Laboratory and field testing
  • PS2 - Monitoring and remote sensing
  • PS3 - Constitutive modelling
  • PS4 - Coupled T-H-M-C processes
  • PS5 - Multiphase modelling
  • PS6 - Reliability and risk analysis
  • PS7 - Surface and near surface structures: excavations, foundations, tunnels
  • PS8 - Deep structures: tunnels, caverns
  • PS9 - Dams and earth structures
  • PS10 - Natural slopes
  • PS11 - Coastal engineering
  • PS12 - Mining engineering
  • PS13 - Earthquake and dynamics
  • PS14 - Soil-atmosphere interaction
  • PS15 - Ice mechanics
  • PS16 - Landfills and waste disposal
  • PS17 - Ground improvements, reinforcement, geosynthetics
  • PS18 - Preservation of historical sites
  • PS19 - Gas and petroleum engineering
  • PS20 - Underground storage of petroleum, gas, CO2 and nuclear waste
  • PS21 - Geothermal energy
  • PS22 - Offshore technology
  • PS23 - Energy geostructures


Mini Symposia:



  • Call for abstract: April 15, 2019
  • Abstract submission: July 1, 2019 - Postponed to July 21, 2019
  • Acceptance notification: August 1, 2019 Postponed to September 15, 2019
  • Paper submission: December 15, 2019 - Postponed to December 30, 2019
  • Paper submission (2nd review): March 1, 2020
  • Early bird registration March 1, 2021
  • Authors’ registration: July 31, 2020


More than 450 abstracts have been submitted by Authors from all over the world.

The Organising Committee wishes to thank all the Authors for their highly appreciated work.

Notification of acceptance letters have already been sent to all accepted abstract Authors.

For any further clarification, Authors can contact the organizing secretariat at

Accepted abstract Authors are now invited to submit their paper through the conference submission system.

Papers must be submitted using the conference paper template. Consent to publish to the publisher (Springer) is also required. Paper length should be between 6 (minimum) to 8 (maximum) pages. Shorter or longer papers will not be accepted. 

Both files (paper template and consent to publish) can be downloaded from the conference submission system.

Deadline for submission: postponed to December 30, 2019


With the scope of promoting the young generation active in the field of geomechanics we would like to invite the young participants to the IACMAG 2020 Conference to submit papers for the “Promising Investigator Contest” (ePIC).

The activity of promoting young geotechnical engineers at the international professional societies events has been supported by IACMAG and YMPG, the Young Member Presidential Group of the ISSMGE.  The Promising Young Investigator Contest (ePIC) of IACMAG2020 is a synergy event with the main goal of supporting promising young geotechnical engineers/academics to deliver keynote lectures at international conferences.

The selected participants will have the opportunity to present their work as the recipient of the Promising Investigator Award of IACMAG which will be the equivalent of Bright Spark Lecture award of ISSMGE. The award will go to the young geotechnical engineer that exemplifies mature research or practice in any topic of the conference.

Manuscripts need to follow submission guidelines and will go through ordinary peer review process. Accepted papers will be evaluated by an Evaluation Committee, chaired by Prof. Iulia Prodan, member of the International Scientific Committee of IACMAG 2020 and also member of YMPG.

A total of three awards will be assigned:

  • 1 ePIC Winner, will be waived of the registration fee and receive an invitation to the Social Dinner. The paper will be presented during a plenary session after the Award ceremony.
  • 2 ePIC Nominations, will be waived 50% of the registration fee, will receive an invitation to the Social Dinner and their paper will be presented during parallel sessions.

Basic requirements are as follows:

  • Age 35 or under at the date of IACMAG 2020 Conference (1st July 2020)
  • Single-author paper required
  • Candidates must indicate they want to participate to the Contest by checking the appropriate box during both abstract and paper submission procedures
  • Nominations will be communicated to winners by (date to be communicated)

A spectacular night view of Torino and its most famous symbols: the river Po, the Mole Antonelliana tower and the snowy mountains
(Photo: City of Torino - Enrico Aretini)


Registration fees

Authors registration fee (until July 31, 2020)

  • Senior € 450,00  
  • Student € 250,00 

Early registration fee (until March 1, 2021)

  • Senior € 450,00 
  • Student € 250,00 

Standard registration fee 

  • Senior € 500,00
  •  Student € 275,00

On-site registration fee 

  • Senior € 550,00
  • Student € 300,00 


  • all fees include Italian VAT 22%
  • student registrants will be required to show evidence of their student status by emailing their student certificate to 
  • on-site registrations will be subject to availability.


Registration  fees will include:

  • access to all sessions
  • coffee break and standing buffet lunches at the conference venue
  • welcome cocktail reception on May 4, 2021 at the Valentino Castle
  • conference kit


Conference social event on Thursday May 6, 2021  at the National Car Museum 

Participation fee: € 80,00 including VAT, transportation, visit to the Museum and dinner.

Accompanying persons’ program

Registration fee: € 150,00, VAT 22% included

The program includes:

  • welcome cocktail reception at the Valentino Castle on May 4, 2021
  • social dinner on Thursday May 6, 2021
  • half-day city centre walking guided tour



The cancellation policy is currently being updated. Exact terms will be posted within short.

What happens if the Conference is cancelled due to Coronavirus?

We are all confident that May 2021 will be a safe period but should the Conference be cancelled due to a disease outbreak, Authors will be entitled to a partial fee reimbursement. A fee of 150 Euros (100 Euros for students) will be charged - or, better said, not reimbursed - to cover paper publication in the Conference proceedings.

Registered congress participants agree that neither the Organizing Committee nor the conference Secretariat are liable or assume any responsibility for damage or injuries to persons or property during the congress  Participants are advised to arrange for their own health, travel and personal insurances. The congress organization does not cover individuals against cancellation of bookings, theft or damage to belongings.
All best endeavours will be made to present the congress programme as published. However, the congress Organizing Committee and the Secretariat reserve the right to alter or cancel, without prior notice, any arrangements, timetables, plans or other items relating directly or indirectly to the congress, for any cause beyond our reasonable control. The congress Organizing Committee and the Secretariat are not liable for any loss or inconvenience caused as a result of such alteration.

How to get to Torino

Torino lies in the centre of Europe and takes advantage of a well structured connection system by plane, train and car.

By air

Caselle International Airport (, 20 minutes away from the city centre, allows daily connections with the main European cities.

Moreover Malpensa International Airport (, one of the main European hubs connected to more than 120 cities all over the world, is located only 60 minutes' drive from Torino.

By train

Torino has two main railway stations, Porta Nuova and Porta Susa, both in the city centre. They are connected, also with frequent high speed rail services, to the main destinations in Italy and France, and from there to the rest of Europe.

Lyon can be reached in 2.5 hours, Paris in about 5 hours and Milan in only 50 minutes.

More info at

By car

Motorways A6 Torino-Savona, A4 Torino-Milan-Venice, A21 Torino-Piacenza-Bologna, A5 Torino-Aosta, A32 Torino-Bardonecchia connect Torino to most Italian cities, to France, Switzerland, Austria and the rest of Europe.

Porta Susa high-speed railway station (Photo:

About Torino

Roman castrum, medieval town, first capital of Italy. Torino offers a lasting memory of castles, old beautiful palaces, royal residences, monuments. Torino is one of the cultural leading cities in Italy. The city’s lively cultural scene includes music, theatre, visual arts, photography, film, design, dance and heritage as well as a wide choice of museums, 46 in town, such as the world famous Egyptian Museum, the beautiful Galleria Sabauda with Italian and Flemish painting collections, the Automobile Museum, the Modern Art Gallery, the Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Cinema Museum with its unique interactive approach.

Around Torino thousands of excursion opportunities: the Alps, the lakes, the artistic cities and villages, the golf courses, the wine and food tours.

Discover Torino in this beautiful video (video:


Torino offers both luxury and characteristic shops. Most of the luxury shops are located in the city centre on via Roma: fashion boutiques, jewelry shops, perfume shops and food and wine stores which feature the best of the regional products. Then there are the characteristic shops in the little alleys of the inner city, full of cafes and craftshops. Torino has a little bit (or, as is often the case, a lot) of everything and for all budgets as well.


Torino is one of the undisputed world capital of taste. It has always boasted a renowned food and wine tradition. The region’s extraordinary cuisine can be enjoyed in over 600 city restaurants. Restaurants are usually open from 12.00 to 14.30 and from 19.30 to 22.30. For those who prefer something different to the classic menus, Torino proposes a most pleasant alternative: wine bars. Torino is also renowned for the ability of its pastrycooks.


Located in the north-west of Italy Torino has a continental weather. Average temperature in May is 18°C .

Torino and its museums (video:

More info on Turin? visit

To find out whether, depending on your citizenship, country of long-term residence and the duration and reasons for your stay, you need a visa to enter Italy, see the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website at  or check with your local Italian Embassy or other diplomatic representative before you travel. The rules change regularly, so you should check you have the most up to date information for your trip.


Exhibition guide

Attracting about 400 people from all over the world, IACMAG2020 will provide an important forum for companies to showcase their latest technologies, products and services.

Supporting and exhibiting opportunities

The conference supporting opportunities will include various levels of support and diverse promotional solutions for all budgets. You will have a rare opportunity to showcase your organization to some of the most influential individuals in the field. IACMAG 2020 also provides an excellent forum for your company's marketing and educational needs.  

Download the conference supporter and exhibitor prospectus including all the sponsorship opportunities and fees.

Innovation hub

The INNOVATION HUB, to be held at the conference venue on Wednesday May 5, 2020 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, will be a special event opened to all the IACMAG2020 participants to meet and share ideas with startup and innovative enterprises while drinking a good glass of Italian wine and eating finger foods. This is what we call the aperitivo!

Startup and innovative enterprises will have a great opportunity to boost their visibility, know-how and products in a pitch presentation to all the conference participants.

If you are a startup or an innovative enterprise don’t miss this special opportunity! Contact the organizing secretariat at for more information on reservation procedure and fees.





Due to logistical reasons, the conference will move from the Politecnico di Torino facilities to the United Nations training campus of the ILO (International Labour Office), a prestigious international organization whose venue in Torino hosts every year, in a professionally and culturally stimulating environment, many meetings and training courses with attendees and students coming from all over the world.

The UN ILO (International Labour Office) Campus, which besides well-equipped meeting facilities also houses bars, restaurants, hotel accommodation, post and bank offices, tourist services, etc, is located in a nice, green area on the river Po just a few kilometres from the city centre. More information on the venue can be obtained at: