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ISRM Regional Symposium EUROCK 2014


The 2014 ISRM European Rock Mechanics Symposium (EUROCK 2014) was held in Vigo, Spain, on May 27-29, 2014, organized by the University of Vigo and the Spanish National group of the ISRM (SEMR). A total of 390 participants from 40 countries learnt from six keynote lectures and more than 200 hundred oral and poster presentations. Importantly, around a third of the delegates at this symposium were students.

The keynote lectures were presented by leading international experts including Nick Barton, Anna Maria Ferrero, Derek Martin, Xia-Ting Feng, Claudio Olalla and José Lemos. They covered a wide spectrum of rock mechanics traditional but still unresolved concerns as well as some advanced applications and relevant case studies.


Additionally two short courses dealing with on ‘Numerical Modelling in Rock Engineering’ and ‘Rock mechanics solutions for ornamental rock protection & archaeological site conservation´ were held with good attendance before the congress. Also, a Workshop on "Applicability and application of Eurocode-7 to rock engineering design" took place the day before the congress, chaired by John Harrison and it had an unexpected participation of 50 people.

Three one-day technical visits were done the day after closing the symposium including 1) Underground slate mine & Las Médulas, 2) Venda Nova III underground cavern in Northern Portugal and 3) Rail-way tunnel underground works. A total of 50 people visited these interesting rock engineering works.


The proceedings of the symposium have been published by Taylord and Francis, in a book containing the full version of the keynote lectures and the extended abstracts of the accepted papers and a USB card including the full version of all articles. Six keynotes and 249 papers from 39 countries were accepted. These included contributions from Asia (43), Australia (11), Europe (171), North and South America (22) and Africa (2). The proceedings are now included in the SCOPUS database.

In what concerns social activities, a welcome reception was offered by the City Council including traditional Galician bag pipers and dancing. The symposium banquette was held on Wednesday 28th in the town center Bahía hotel, including a wine tasting session and closing with a traditional Galician ‘queimada’ where liquor was burned in front of the attendance by a local witch, who called the spirit of our forerunners to wish the participants a happy life. Various guided tours for accompanying persons and delegates were also carried out to the near-by region Baixo-Minho, to the town of Vigo and a visit to Santiago. 


Three days of interesting keynotes, talks, presentations and discussions in a nice venue have come to an end. Three days to see old friends and make new ones. Three days to learn about other people’s projects. Three days to mull over new ideas. A happy spirit was largely recognized and most of the delegates thank the organization for the meeting. That, we suppose is what a symposium is about!

On behalf of the organizing committee, we thank all the participants and contributors who have helped to make the symposium a pleasant and joyful event!

Leandro Alejano
Symposium Chairman.