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)


Challenges of Gas Production from Hydrate-Bearing Sediments                    Organizer: Prof. Sheng Dai, Georgia Institute of Technology                                                       This proposed mini-symposium will focus on the key challenges we are facing to produce methane gas from hydrate deposits, including but not limiting to sand migration and production, mixed gas and water flows, sediment compressibility and crushability under high stress, and reservoir monitoring and characterization. (link)


CO2 Geological Storage                                                                                                   Organizer: Prof. Jean-Michel Pereira, École des Ponts ParisTech                                           The aim of this mini-symposium is to gather scientists interested in geophysical, geochemical and/or geomechanical issues related to CO2 geological storage. Experimental, theoretical and numerical contributions are welcome. (link)


Computational Waste Management in Geomechanics                               Organizers: Dr. Thomas Nagel and Dr. Francesco Parisio, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ                                                                                                     This mini-symposium seeks to bring together the most prominent figures from the scientific community involved in numerical modeling of thermo-hydro-mechanical-chemical (THMC) processes in fractured porous media for waste management issues. (link)


Current Advances And Challenges Associated With Geological Disposal For High Level Nuclear Waste: From Laboratory To Field Scale Tests And Modeling                                                                                                                       Organizers: Dr. Maria Victoria Villar Galicia, CIEMAT, and Prof. Marcelo Sanchez, Texas A&M Universtiy                                                                                                                                 This proposed mini-symposium will focus on current advances and key challenges in the geological disposal of high level nuclear waste disposal, covering  aspects that range from small-medium scale laboratory tests, to field experiments under actual repository conditions; as well as constitutive and numerical modeling of the natural and engineered materials envisaged in the design of this type of problem. (link)


Energy Geotechnics Across Scales                                                                       Organizers: Prof. Sherif L. Abdelaziz, Stony Brook University                                                  Recent advances in experimental instruments and computing power provide new capabilities to analyze energy related geo-mechanics challenges beyond what was possible few years ago. The focus of this mini-symposium is to present the use of novel instruments, advanced models, or both to explain scientific and practical energy geotechnics challenges across scales, i.e. from micro- to macro-scale. (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)


Geotechnics for Offshore Energy Applications                                               Organizer: Dr. Giovanna Biscontin, University of Cambridge                                                        This mini-symposium will welcome contributions relating to foundations for traditional and alternative energy applications, pipeline or riser-seafloor interactions, decommissioning of foundations, and any other relevant topic related to offshore geotechnical structures. (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)


Innovations in Ground Thermal Energy Storage                                             Organizer: Dr. Fleur Loveridge, University of Leeds                                                              There continue to be innovations in ground thermal energy storage including in terms of the nature of ground heat exchangers, methods of analysis and design, scheme assessments and applications in challenging geo-environments. This mini symposium will cover the full breadth of ground thermal energy storage. (link)


Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical-Chemical Behavior of Earth Materials                       Organizers: Prof. Sherif L. Abdelaziz, Stony Brook Universtiy, and Prof. Abdelmalek Bouazza, Monash University                                                                                                              In this mini-symposium, we will focus on presenting the latest advances in laboratory experiments, numerical and constitutive modeling, or preferably experimental-modeling hybrid-studies related to the general THMC behavior of earth materials. (link)


Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical-Chemical Energy Geo-Storage                       Organizer: Prof. Frank Wuttke, Kiel University, and Prof. David Smeulders, Eindhoven University, and Prof. Sebastian Bauer, Kiel University                                                          Revolutionary new concepts for geoengineering energy storage and transportation require the understanding of coupled themo-hydro-mechanical and chemical processes in porous media. To this end, this minisymposium invites contributions from all types and aspects of geoenergy storage. (link)