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  10th December 2013

Dear ISRM Members and Rock Mechanics Colleagues

The fourth ISRM Online Lecture will be broadcast on 12 December, at 10 a.m. GMT. We will hear Prof. Eduardo Alonso speaking about "Catastophic Landslides. The legacy of Vaiont". Prof. Alonso put a great research effort in the study of the Vaiont landslide and is the right person to speak to us exactly 50 years after this major accident occurred.

Info on how to attend will be posted at  shortly before the time of the lecture. Please assure that your internet connection is fast enough to view high-definition video. The lecture will remain online so that those unable to attend at this time will be able to do it later.  Prof. Alonso will reply to the questions sent to the email  until 18 December.

Eduardo Alonso, got his degree in Civil Engineering in Madrid in 1969 and a PhD from the Northwestern University, in the USA, in 1973. At present he is Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the UPC in Barcelona. He is the author of more than 300 papers published in International Journals and Conference Proceedings and has been awarded numerous prizes and distinctions. His professional and research activities include foundation problems, deep excavations, mechanics of unsaturated soils, nuclear power plants, slope stability, breakwaters, earth dams, tunnelling and underground waste disposal. He is the current Chairman of the TC106 Committee on Unsaturated Soils of the ISSMGE.

Best regards

Luís Lamas
ISRM Secretary General

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