SARES 2019 invite



SARES invitation (PDF, 1.6MB)


Yolanda Ndimande | Conference Co-ordinator
Tel: +27 11 834-1273/7
Fax: +27 11 833-8156 or +27 11 838-5923

Dear Member
It is with great sadness that we learnt about the passing of one of our members, Juan Little, from BLA consulting in the Free State region.  Our sincere condolences go out this his wife, Joane, and his family in respect this great loss.  May you all find comfort in this time of mourning.
Yours sincerely

The 2018 edition of the ISRM News Journal is online. You can read it here

Dear ISRM National Groups,
On behalf of the Japanese Society for Rock Mechanics,
I inform you that the deadline of abstract submission of YSRM2019&REIF2019 will be extended to May 14, 2019.
Please forward this email to each member of your national group.
“YSRM 2019: The 5th ISRM Young Scholars' Symposium on Rock Mechanics & REIF 2019: International Symposium on Rock Engineering for Innovative Future”
from December 1 to 4, 2019.
Important dates:
Abstract Submission Deadline: April 30, 2019 > May 14, 2019
Extended Abstract Submission Deadline: August 10, 2019
Scholarship Application Deadline: August 10, 2019
Early Bird Registration Closes: August 31, 2019
Scholarships for students and young scholars (< 40 years old) will be awarded to selected applicants.
We look forward to welcoming you to Okinawa in December, 2019.
For more information visit the website:
Sincerely yours,
Hide Yasuhara, Secretary General of YSRM2019&REIF2019

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Recent developments

ISRM Congress 2019

  • 798 abstracts were accepted and 15 were rejected.
  • The list of all accepted abstracts will be available soon at the Congress webpage.
  • The site is open for the full paper submission and will close on March 18th.
  • Taylor and Francis will be the Publisher for ISRM2019 and all refereed and finalised pa-pers must be with the Publisher by the end of June.
  • Registration is open as well as reservation for accommodation at the official hotel. In-structions are available at the Congress webpage.
  • The announcement for Rockbowl and call for team registration have been published at the Congress webpage. Some contacts have been made and the work is coming along very well.
  • Sponsorship has been granted by Geobrugg.

Full Name: Dirk Venter
Position: Consulting Rock Engineer
Company/Organisations: Open House Management Solutions
Date and Place of Birth: 12 December 1988, Boksburg

Full Name: Sifanekiso ‘Fanta’ Sibanda
Position: Unit Manager Rock Engineering
Company/Organisations: Sibanye Stillwater Platinum
Date and Place of Birth: 24th of October in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe