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

A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Multi-Scale and Multi-Physics Processes in Shales and Soils                                                                                                                  Organizers: Prof. Enrique Romero, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, and Prof. Guido Musso, Politecnico di Torino, and Prof. Cristina Jommi, Politecnico di Milano                        This mini-symposium aims at attracting contributions that discuss these coupled and multi-scale processes on shales and soils from the perspective of different disciplines. Researchers coming from different disciplines and working on experimental (both at laboratory and field), theoretical and numerical aspects related to multi-physics couplings in shales and soils are encouraged to submit papers. (link)

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)

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)

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)

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)