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Keynote speakers

Landslide influence zone - a hidden hazard

Prof. Dr. Alexander Puzrin

ETH Zürich, Institute for Geotechnical Engineering

Alexander M. Puzrin is Professor and Head of the Institute of Geotechnical Engineering at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He studies natural and manmade hazards, such as landslides, earthquakes, tsunamis, snow avalanches and dam failures. His other interests are in road geotechnics, applications of novel sensor technologies to geotechnical monitoring, and in assessment/mitigation of geotechnical eco-hazards. Professor Puzrin has been involved as an expert and consultant in large-scale onshore and offshore international geotechnical projects and failure investigations.

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Engineering Geology: keeping the past in mind to understand the present for a better future

Asst. prof. Dr. Dominique Ngan-Tillard
Assistant Professor

TU Delft, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences

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The important partnership of engineering geology in geomechanics and geohazards

Asst. prof. Dr. Jennifer J. Day

Queen’s University, Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering

Dr. Jennifer (Jenn) Day is a Geological Engineer and is registered as a Professional Engineer (PEng) in Ontario and New Brunswick and a Professional Geoscientist (PGeo) in Ontario and New Brunswick, Canada. She is an expert in engineering geology, site investigation, physical rock mechanics (geomechanics), rock engineering, geohazards, and advanced computational analysis for rock engineering in complex heterogeneous rockmasses encountered in mining, geohazard assessment, tunneling, long-term underground nuclear waste storage, and shoreline cliff and sea stack stability. She is honoured to be the first Canadian to receive the Richard Wolters Prize from the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (2022) for meritorious scientific achievement by a young engineering geologist (under 35) and first Canadian to receive the Dr. N.G.W. Cook PhD Dissertation Award from the American Rock Mechanics Association (2017). She is currently serving as Past President of the Canadian Rock Mechanics Association and Divisions and Committees Representative of the Canadian Geotechnical Society.

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Asst. prof. Dr. Vassilis Marinos

National Technical University of Athens, School of Civil Engineering, Geotechnical Division

Dr. Vassilis Marinoss is an assistant Professor of the Department of Geotechnics of the School of Civil Engineering of NTUA. In 2022 he was elected the new President of the International Association of Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG). He holds a Doctoral Degree from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), School of Civil Engineering, Geotechnical Division and an MSc with Distinction from Imperial College. He is a geologist, graduated from the National University of Athens (first place in graduation list).
His area of expertise includes tunneling, landslide risk assessment, geotechnical
classification, engineering-geological assessment of weak and complex rock masses and geotechnical databases.
He has published 70 papers in international journals and international conferences. His work has been cited over than 250 times (Scopus citation database). His professional experience includes consulting services in Geohazards-Landslides risk assessment and microtunnel feasibility assessment along TAP pipeline, on engineering-geological topics for major engineering projects, on tunnel design for Egnatia Highway, S.A., on engineering-geological, geotechnical and hydrogeological issues in the extension lines of Athens Metro and the main line of Thessaloniki Metro. His research work has been included in the design specifications of Athens Metro S.A. He is member of several professional bodies and learned societies in the field of Geology, Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE, ISRM) and Tunnelling


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