Dear ISRM Members and Rock Mechanics Colleagues


The 12th ISRM Online Lecture will be delivered by Professor Ove Stephansson and the title is “Rock Stress and Stress Fields”. This lecture will be broadcast on 12 November at 10 a.m. GMT.

The lecture will remain online so that those unable to attend at this time will be able to do it later. As usual, the attendees will be able to ask questions to the lecturer by e-mail during the subsequent five days.

Ove Stephansson was born in the old mining town of Falun Sweden. Since his retirement in 2002 as Emeritus Professor at The Royal Institute of Technology KTH in Stockholm he lives in Berlin. Presently, he's a Visiting Professor at GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam Germany and belongs to the Section for Seismic Hazard and Stress Field. All his academic degrees are from University of Uppsala in Sweden. His PhD was about rock mechanics and theoretical and experimental structural geology and was supervised by Prof. Hans Ramberg.

In 1974 he was appointed professor of rock mechanics at Luleċ Technical University and during 16 years taught Rock Mechanics for mining students and developed rock mechanics and its laboratory at the University in Luleċ. From 1991 to retirement he taught Engineering Geology to the civil engineers at KTH in Stockholm.

He is the co-author of two textbooks on rock stress and rock stress measurements. The first about measuring rock stress together with Bernard Amadei at University of Colorado Boulder, the second about the stress field of the Earth's crust together with Arno Zang at GFZ. Other areas of expertise are characterization of rock joints, mathematical modelling and geological disposal of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste.

Prof. Stephansson's time with ISRM goes back to 1966 when he attended the 1st ISRM Congress in Lisbon. In 1991-1995 he served as ISRM Vice president for Europe and over the years worked for several ISRM Commissions including the Commissions on Rock Joints, Testing Methods, Design Methodology, Crustal Stress and Earthquakes. He is an ISRM Fellow since 2013.

Previous ISRM Online Lectures were given by Prof. Wulf Schubert, Prof. John Hudson Dr. Pierre Dufaut, Prof. Eduardo Alonso. Dr John Read, Prof. Herbert Einstein, Prof. Shunsuke Sakurai, Prof. Resat Ulusay, Prof. Dick Stacey, Prof. Jean Sulem and Dr. Nick Barton. All the ISRM Online Lectures remain available on the ISRM website in a dedicated webpage (click to open in a new window).

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