Recent developments

William Joughin attended the TuniRock 2018 (Advances in Rock Mechanics) ISRM specialised conference, together with Dr Luis Lamas (Secretary of the ISRM) and Dr Eda Freitas de Qaudros (ISRM President), in Hammamet, Tuni-sia from March 29 to 31, 2018. The conference was organised by the Tunisian Society for Rock Mechanics and chaired by their president, Prof. Essaieb Hamdi. It was a successful conference, attended by delegates from Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, South Africa, Brazil, Portugal, Italy and France. The Tunisian national group has been a member of the ISRM since December 2012 and is largely focussed on numerical modelling in the civil industry. Tunisia is a beautiful country with a long history. Tours to the El Jem amphitheatre and Carthage roman archaeological sites were arranged.


El Jem Amphitheatre


Roman villas in Carthage

Online lectures

Two new ISRM Online Lectures are available for viewing or downloading on the ISRM website (

  • 20th Online lecture: Professor Milton Kanji: Dam Foundations affected by Geological Aspects
  • 21st Online lecture: Professor Laura Pyrak-Nolte: Geophysical Characterization of Fractures

ISRM Conferences

The following ISRM Conferences are scheduled:

Event title Start date End date Country City
RockDyn-3 - 3rd International Conference on Rock Dynamics and Applications - an ISRM Specialised Conference 2018/06/26 2018/06/27 Norway Trondheim
VIII Brazilian Rock Mechanics Symposium 2018/08/28 2018/09/01 Brazil Salvador
ARMS10 - the ISRM 10th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium 2018/10/29 2018/11/03 Singapore Singapore
4th Australasian Ground Control in Mining Conference -
AusRock 2018
2018/11/28 2018/11/30 Australia Sydney
2019 Rock Dynamics Summit in Okinawa 2019/05/07 2019/05/11 Japan Okinawa
ISRM 14th International Congress on Rock Mechanics 2019/09/13 2019/09/18 Brazil Foz do Iguaçu
YSRM2019 - the 5th ISRM Young Scholars’ Symposium on Rock Mechanics and REIF2019 - International Symposium Rock Engineering for Innovative Future 2019/12/01 2019/12/04 Japan Okinawa
EUROCK 2020 - Hard Rock Excavation and Support - the
ISRM European Rock Mechanics Symposium
2020-06-00 2020-06-00 Norway Trondheim