May 29-June 1, 2018
micro to MACRO Mathematical Modelling in Soil Mechanics
University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria -- DICEAM

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Three Symposia on granular or porous issues have already been held in Reggio Calabria with the participation of many outstanding scholars in the field. The new proposed Symposium will be an occasion to enhance the scientific debate about the construction of mathematical models for the description of the physical behavior of soils, as well as about the suggestions obtained from the micromechanical observation of the matter. The attention will be focused on the comparison between the appropriateness of models and the needs of mathematics to get rigorous results. Skills from applied mathematical physics, geotechnical engineering and mechanics are then involved. As is well known granular matter displays, in fact, subtle complexity. Phenomena like strain localization, liquefaction of solids, cyclic mobility, effects of diagenesis, weathering, compaction and segregation may imply sophisticated models and sometime render questionable traditional approaches. Moreover, these models suggest non-trivial mathematical problems that are interesting per se. Engineering requests of applicability need also to be satisfied for civil and geotechnical purposes. All these issues may be open to discussion during the Symposium, though the emphasis will be on modeling: higher order continua, incrementally non-linear laws, micromechanical considerations must be taken into account. Invited speakers will present complementary issues from geotechnical engineering, statistical physics and applied mathematics that can be considered together as a short advanced course on the topic. Regular presentations are also intended to cover fields from mathematical physics to civil and geotechnical engineering with the discussion of theoretical, numerical and experimental results.


  • continuum modelling;
  • mechanics of porous materials;
  • multiphase flows;
  • discrete element modelling;
  • micro-macro in soil-mechanics;
  • granular flows;
  • transport phenomena in particulate materials;
  • hydro-thermo-chemo mechanical coupling;
  • laboratory testing and modelling;
  • mechanics of saturated and unsaturated soils.

Those interested in submitting technical contributions related to the proposed topics are invited to send an abstract prior to the deadline of November 15, 2017.

Abstracts, in English and in pdf format, should be submitted to Prof. Giuseppe Mortara, email, typed on a single sheet of A4 paper; they must include (i) title, (ii) name of the Author(s), (iii) full address of the corresponding Author including email address. The decision of the Scientific Committee will be communicated to Authors before the end of 2017. Complete papers will be peer-reviewed before final approval for publication in a special issue of an international journal indexed by Scopus or WoS; the remaining papers accepted for presentation will be published as proceedings and also submitted to Scopus or Thompson Reuters Conference. Instructions for submitting final papers will be provided later. English will be the official Symposium language.

Scientific Committee


Pasquale Giovine, Giuseppe Mortara (University of Reggio Calabria, Italy)


Gianfranco Capriz (Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei)

Claudio Di Prisco (Polytechnic of Milano)

Wolfgang Ehlers (University of Stuttgart)

James Thomas Jenkins (Cornell University)

Stefan Luding (University of Twente)

Paolo Maria Mariano (University of Florence)

David Muir Wood (University of Dundee)

Kenichi Soga (University of Berkeley)

Organizing Committee

Antonino Amoddeo (University of Reggio Calabria, Italy)

Maurizio Brocato (École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture Paris-Malaquais, France)

Michele Buonsanti (University of Reggio Calabria, Italy)

Pasquale Giovine (University of Reggio Calabria, Italy)

Giuseppe Mortara, President (University of Reggio Calabria, Italy)

Francesco Oliveri (University of Messina, Italy)



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Reggio Calabria is located on the “toe of the boot” (the southern tip of Italy) and is separated from Sicily by the Strait of Messina. The prestigious National Archaeological Museum of Magna Grecia hosts the famous Bronzes of Riace, the symbols of the city. The Reggio Calabria waterfront is known as the “the most beautiful kilometre of Italy”.


Edward Andò (Laboratoire 3SR)

Diego Berzi (Polytechnic of Milano)

Itai Einav (University of Sidney)

Guy Houlsby (University of Oxford)

Vanessa Magnanimo (University of Twente)

Farhang Radjai (University of Montpellier)

Tim Ricken (University of Dortmund)

Nöel Roux (Université Paris-Est)