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Third Summer School of the International Association for engineering Geology and the environment

Aosta (Italy) 1 – 9 July 2024

The school is dedicated to PhD students in Earth Sciences and Engineering Geology

The number of participants is limited
Financial support for low-income countries supported by YEG – IAEG Young Engineering Geology Group

Application deadlines:
– February 29, 2024 (for the financial support request)
– April 15, 2024

For more information:

The call for applications is open at the following link

Natural hazards, societal impact and risk from theory to practice: identification, assessment, and remediation

Natural hazards often have a direct impact on infrastructures and the safety of people. The effects of climate change and the intensive use of mountain areas have recently emphasized the impact of floods, fires, earthquakes and landslides. New settlements, particularly in mountain areas, and the increasing frequency and magnitude of natural hazards are causing a rise in high-risk areas.
The role of the scientific community is important for improving multidisciplinary studies that are aimed to characterize the dynamic of active hazardous processes and also for supporting novel approaches more oriented toward the development of adaptation strategies and solutions.
Recent years have been characterized by an increasing frequency of localized high-magnitude processes that greatly impact on settlements and infrastructures. Resulting damages are often very high in terms of casualties and economic, social and psychological costs to society.
The 2024 IAEG Summer School will analyze natural hazards and consequent risks in different environments and landscapes, defining multidisciplinary methods and tools for describing and analysing processes, and exploring the recent approaches used to limit the impact on human
settlements and infrastructures, including nature-based solutions.
The International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG) was founded in 1964 and is affiliated with the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS). IAEG is a worldwide scientific society that promotes and encourages the advancement of Engineering Geology through
technological activities and research, improves teaching and training in Engineering Geology, and collects, evaluates and disseminates the results of engineering geological activities worldwide.

Monday – July 1, 2024

Introductions and background to school and fundamental concepts
8.00 – 9.30 Summer school registration
9.30 – 10.00 Introduction to the IAEG Summer School and presentation of IAEG activities. how the SS will be
structured: lessons, group activities, reporting, field trips
10.00 –10.30 Welcome to the Aosta Valley Region Raffaele Rocco/Sara Ratto (Aosta Valley Region Authority)
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 12.00 Natural Hazards: a general introduction; different types and approaches commonly used in
different fields; global impacts; insurance; policies. Fausto Guzzetti – IRPI
12.00 – 13.00 Snow Avalanches, dynamic and impacts. (TBD)
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.15 Slope instabilities Michel Jaboyedoff – UNIL
16.15 – 18.00 Students’ presentations
18.00 – 19.00 Ice-break cocktail

Tuesday – July 2, 2024
Natural hazards – Processes and risk assessment
9.00-10.45 Wildfires effects and impacts. Jonathan Godt – USGS
10.45 – 11.15 Coffee break
11.15-13.00 Floods and flash floods: monitoring, modelling and forecasting using new Earth Observation
data Christian Massari – IRPI
13.00-14.30 Lunch
14.30-16.15 Glaciers and permafrost-related processes and hazards. Fabrizio Troilo – FMS
16.30 – 18.00 Working groups

Wednesday – July 3, 2024 – Field trip
Dangerous natural processes and mitigation solutions in Courmayeur

Thursday – July 4, 2024
Put theories into practice
9.00-10.45 workshop – Rockfall modelling. Giovanni Crosta, Paolo Frattini – UNIMIB
10.45-11.15 Coffee break
11.15-13.00 Workshop – Rockfall modelling. Giovanni Crosta, Paolo Frattini – UNIMIB
13.00-14.30 Lunch
14.30-16.15 The relevance of best practices in the engineering maintenance of large infrastructures (TBD)
16.15-18.00 Countermeasures design for slope instabilities, Active and Passive mitigation, land-planning,
Davide Bertolo – Aosta Valley Region Authority

Friday – July 5, 2024
Evaluation of impacts and possible solutions
9.00-10.45 Countermeasures design for ice and snow avalanches, active and passive mitigation solutions,
land-planning. Valerio Segor – Aosta Valley Region Authority
10.45-11.15 Coffee break
11.15-13.00 MultiHazard and Multirisk analyses. Paolo Frattini – UNIMIB
13.00-14.30 Lunch
14.30-16.15 “Navigating nature challenges”: Exploring risk perception, behavioural responses, and effective
communication strategies in the face of natural hazards. Simona Sacchi – UNIMIB
16.15-18.00 Hazard and Risk assessment cost/benefit analyses Marco Alderighi – UNIVDA

Saturday – July 6, 2024 – Field trip
Impact of large slope instability on large dam: the case study of Beauregard dam

Sunday – July 7, 2024
Free tour of Aosta and surroundings!!

Monday – July 8, 2024
Evaluation of impacts and possible solutions
9.00-10.45 Countermeasures design for flooding, Active and Passive mitigation, land-planning. Paolo Ropele
– Aosta Valley Region Authority
10.45-11.15 Coffee break
11.15-13.00 Understanding earthquakes and their interaction with the environment: an introduction to
engineering seismology Chiara Smerzini – POLIMI
13.00-14.30 Lunch
14.30-16.15 Countermeasures design for seismic shaking, Active and Passive mitigation, and land-planning
Stefano Pampanin – UNIROMA1
16.15-18.00 Working groups

Tuesday – July 9, 2024
Put theories into practice
9.00-10.45 workshop – Seismic hazards assessment simulation Marco Pagani – Global Earthquake Model
10.45-11.15 Coffee break
11.15-13.00 workshop – Seismic hazards assessment simulation Marco Pagani – Global Earthquake Model
13.00-14.30 Lunch
14.30-16.15 Vulnerability and Exposure, Insurances Barbara Borzi – EUCENTRE
16.15-18.00 Working group results presentation