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iRALL School 2017

iRALL School 2017

“Field data collection, monitoring and modelling of large landslides”

15th-27th October 2017, Chengdu, China

“iRALL” The International Research Association on Large Landslides, is an international non-governmental, non-political, non-profit-making and unaffiliated institution for the promotion of knowledge about large landslides founded on 11th November 2015. The scientific committee consists of international experts in the field of large landslides. The secretariat of iRALL is located at the State Key laboratory of Geohazard prevention and Geo-environmental Protection (SKLGP), Chengdu University of Technology, Chengdu, China.

The objectives of iRALL are to promote:

· Cooperation and exchange of knowledge among scientists and engineers working on large landslides

· The dissemination of scientific knowledge of large landslides

· The mitigation of risks associated with large landslides and their consequences

iRALL offers annually a 2 weeks high-level course, the “iRALL School”, focusing on investigation, analysis, and management of large landslides for Ph.D students and postdocs from all over the world, with international experts on the research of large landslides as teaching staff.

The iRALL School 2017 focuses on “Field data collection, monitoring and

modelling of large landslides” and will be organized from 15th-27th October 2017, in Chengdu, China

Hosting Institution for the iRALL School 2017

State Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention and Geoenvironment Protection (SKLGP) of the Chengdu University of Technology (CDUT), Chengdu, Prov. Sichuan, China. CDUT has excellent facilities, including lecture rooms, computer rooms, laboratories, and a guesthouse. Most part of the program will be conducted out in the new conference center in nearby New Beichuan area where 60 000 landslides were generated during the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake.

Topics of the 2017 iRALL School:

1. Identification and occurrence of large/giant landslides:

- Types (rock avalanches, large rockslides, debris avalanches...) and deposits

- Identification criteria

- Geological context (morpho-structural setting, lithologies...). Predisposing factors

2. Investigation and mapping of large landslides

- Characterization and mapping

- Surface and subsurface exploration

- Monitoring (in-situ, remote)

3. Initiation and movement mechanism of large landslide

- Initiation mechanisms

- Triggers

- Runout analysis and modeling

4. Monitoring and early-warning of large landslides

5. Risk evaluation and control of large landslide: mitigation, prevention and protection strategies

- Hazard and risk analysis

- Risk scenarios

- Risk prevention and mitigation

- Failure forecasting. Alert systems

- Case histories

6. The disaster-chain effects

7. Large landslides and society: processes and impacts

Applications and registration:

The iRALL School is intended for 20 Ph.D students that are carrying out research in the field of landslide hazards, risks and related fields and a maximum of 10 doctors/postdocs who have obtained their Ph.D degree not earlier than 2012. The participants should have a solid background in one of the following fields: Geology, Engineering Geology, Geotechnical Engineering, Geography, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Engineering Geology or related Earth science disciplines. Participants must have a good working knowledge of the English language as the iRALL School will be conducted in English.

The costs for participants of the iRALL School of 2017 are as follows:

· No registration fee.

· The Ph.D students will have to pay their own travel to Chengdu, China. Cost of accommodation (sharing twin rooms) and field trips will be fully covered by the organizing institute SKLGP.

· The 10 doctors/postdocs will have to pay their own travel to Chengdu, China. They will also have to pay the cost of accommodation (sharing twin rooms) during two weeks (which will be an estimated total amount of 270 US $ or 250 Euro). Cost of field trips will be fully covered by the organizing institute SKLGP

Applications of PhD students and postdocs:

The school is open to 20 Ph.D students and 10 doctors/postdocs, which will be selected through an international call. Applications should be made by sending an application form and by providing a CV (max 2 pages) and 1 or more letters of recommendation.

The deadline for applications is August 1st, 2017 and selection of participants will be announced by August 15th, 2017. For information, you can send an email to

Brief Summary of iRALL 2016

From October 16th to 28th, 2016, 31 doctoral students and young PhD graduates from 11 countries and regions: Austria, Pakistan, India, Belgium, Italy, Holland, Czech, Russia, Japan and China (including Hongkong), participated in the International Doctor Course iRALL School (2016). In the two-week course, participants were taught by some famous experts in the field of landslide disaster prevention and control, who were from the United States, Italy, New Zealand, Holland, China and Belgium. The course includes more than 20 specialties, involving theory, case analysis and field practice, focusing on advanced concepts and techniques in the field of large-scale landslide mechanism, engineering geological investigation, geophysical exploration and landslide risk assessment. All of them will contribute to enhance and improve participants’ ability to deal with actual landslide hazards.


iRALL 2017 application form-phd students.xls

iRALL 2017 application form-doctors or postdocs.xls