Mini-symposiums can be organized by recognized experts in targeted research areas. Abstracts submitted to these sessions are reviewed by the organizer of the session.

Those interested in organizing a mini-symposium are kindly requested to visit the mini-symposium proposals tab.

The preliminary list of confirmed mini-symposium topics is as follows:

Analysis and Design of Energy Geostructures                                                        Organizers: Dr. Sébastien Burlon, IFSTTAR, and Dr. Giovanna Biscontin, Cambridge University                                                                                                                                           Despite the significant number of operating energy geostructures in Europe and across the world, the development of specific design rules and dimensioning approaches both for thermal and mechanical aspects has been slow. This Mini Symposium aims to develop collective understanding and synthesize research and practice-based knowledge from across national and disciplinary boundaries in order to develop better understanding and more widespread use of thermoactive geostructures. (link)


Brittle to Ductile Transition in Deep Geothermal Reservoirs                     Organizer: Prof. Marie Violay, EPFL                                                                                               An outstanding and critical challenge for our science includes evaluating the brittle-ductile transition for a range of materials (sedimentary, metamorphic, igneous, and volcanic rocks), rock attributes (low- and high-porosity rocks, grain size, microstructure etc.), and environmental conditions (pressure, temperature, pore fluids). This mini-symposium therefore provides the opportunity for contributions that discuss the brittle-ductile transition in geological materials under geological conditions. (link)


Hydraulic Stimulation in Energy Geotechnics: From Research to Practice Organizer: Prof. Brice Lecampion, EPFL                                                                                      The goal of this mini-symposium is to bring together researchers and engineers from academia and industry to share new results on hydraulic stimulation applied to geo-energy projects. (link)


Induced Seismicity                                                                                                          Organizer: Prof. Marie Violay, EPFL                                                                                                  There is clear evidence of the effect of pore fluids on fault strength and its seismic behavior; however, the mechanics of fluid injection induced earthquakes are poorly understood and evaluating the seismic hazard associated with (at a given site) those events remains difficult to assess. This mini-symposium invites novel contributions based on laboratory experiments, numerical modelling, and field work (or a combination of these) which address this topic. (link)