The Summer School of the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment has been founded in 2019 thanks to the proposal by the IAEG Italian National Group.
The main objective of this international summer school is the organization of training sessions dedicated mainly to young engineering geologists but it is open to graduate and post-graduate students of different backgrounds. The participation in the Summer School continues to be free of charge, and the topics of the school, as defined by the scientific committee, are be mainly addressed to engineering geology problems and their possible solutions and to the opening of new research, technical and professional fields.

The main characteristics of the school are:
• The participation to the school is free of charge, only travel and accommodation expenses are not included.
• The Summer School is mainly dedicated to PhD students; however, master students and post-docs can participate up to the participant limit.
• The location and the specific topics of the Summer School change every year, in order to give to PhD students the opportunity to participate at more than one Summer School.
• Encourage participation of students from low incoming countries.
• Encourage the participants to join the IAEG community to develop a tight network of international contacts between subjects interested in the development of the engineering geological fields

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE: Giovanni Crosta, Daniele Giordan, Francesco Zucca, Jean Hutchinson, Jean Alain Fleurisson, Vassilis Marinos, Haris Saroglou, Akos Torok, Christian Zangerl
ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Daniele Giordan, Giovanni Crosta, Christian Zangerl, Francesco Zucca, Marco Alderighi, Raffaele Rocco, Davide Bertolo, Jean Pierre Fosson, Niccolò Dematteis

THIRD SUMMER SCHOOL OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT : Natural hazards, societal impact and risk from theory to practice: identification, assessment, and remediation

Aosta Valley (ITALY) 1 – 9 July 2024

The school is dedicated to PhD students in Earth Sciences and Engineering Geology

The number of participants is limited

Financial support for low-income countries supported by YEG – IAEG Young Engineering Geology Group

Application deadlines:
– February 29, 2024 (for the financial support request)
– April 15, 2024

IAEG Summer School 2024 flyer

Natural hazards often have a direct impact on infrastructures and the safety of people. The effects of climate change and the intensive use of mountain areas have recently emphasized the impact of floods, fires, earthquakes and landslides. New settlements, particularly in mountain areas, and the increasing frequency and magnitude of natural hazards are causing a rise in high-risk areas.

The role of the scientific community is important for improving multidisciplinary studies that are aimed to characterize the dynamic of active hazardous processes and also for supporting novel approaches more oriented toward the development of adaptation strategies and solutions.

Recent years have been characterized by an increasing frequency of localized high-magnitude processes that greatly impact on settlements and infrastructures. Resulting damages are often very high in terms of casualties and economic, social and psychological costs to society.

The 2024 IAEG Summer School will analyze natural hazards and consequent risks in different environments and landscapes, defining multidisciplinary methods and tools for describing and analysing processes, and exploring the recent approaches used to limit the impact on human settlements and infrastructures, including nature-based solutions.

The International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG) was founded in 1964 and is affiliated with the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS). IAEG is a worldwide scientific society that promotes and encourages the advancement of Engineering Geology through technological activities and research, improves teaching and training in Engineering Geology, and collects, evaluates and disseminates the results of engineering geological activities worldwide.


Monday – July 1, 2024 – Introductions and background to school and fundamental concepts
8.00 – 9.30 Summer school registration
9.30 – 10.00 Introduction to the IAEG Summer School and presentation of IAEG activities. how the SS will be structured: lessons, group activities, reporting, field trips
10.00 –10.30 Welcome to the Aosta Valley Region Raffaele Rocco/Sara Ratto (Aosta Valley Region Authority)
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 12.00 Natural Hazards: a general introduction; different types and approaches commonly used in different fields; global impacts; insurance; policies. Fausto Guzzetti – IRPI
12.00 – 13.00 Snow Avalanches, dynamic and impacts. (TBD)
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.15 Slope instabilities Michel Jaboyedoff – UNIL
16.15 – 18.00 Students’ presentations
18.00 – 19.00 Ice-break cocktail

Tuesday – July 2, 2024 – Natural hazards – Processes and risk assessment
9.00-10.45 Wildfires effects and impacts. Jonathan Godt – USGS
10.45 – 11.15 Coffee break
11.15-13.00 Floods and flash floods: monitoring, modelling and forecasting using new Earth Observation data Christian Massari – IRPI
13.00-14.30 Lunch
14.30-16.15 Glaciers and permafrost-related processes and hazards. Fabrizio Troilo – FMS
16.30 – 18.00 Working groups

Wednesday – July 3, 2024 – Field trip
Dangerous natural processes and mitigation solutions in Courmayeur

Thursday – July 4, 2024 – Put theories into practice
9.00-10.45 workshop – Rockfall modelling. Giovanni Crosta, Paolo Frattini – UNIMIB
10.45-11.15 Coffee break
11.15-13.00 Workshop – Rockfall modelling. Giovanni Crosta, Paolo Frattini – UNIMIB
13.00-14.30 Lunch
14.30-16.15 The relevance of best practices in the engineering maintenance of large infrastructures (TBD)
16.15-18.00 Countermeasures design for slope instabilities, Active and Passive mitigation, land-planning, Davide Bertolo – Aosta Valley Region Authority

Friday – July 5, 2024 – Evaluation of impacts and possible solutions
9.00-10.45 Countermeasures design for ice and snow avalanches, active and passive mitigation solutions, land-planning. Valerio Segor – Aosta Valley Region Authority
10.45-11.15 Coffee break
11.15-13.00 MultiHazard and Multirisk analyses. Paolo Frattini – UNIMIB
13.00-14.30 Lunch
14.30-16.15 “Navigating nature challenges”: Exploring risk perception, behavioural responses, and effective communication strategies in the face of natural hazards. Simona Sacchi – UNIMIB
16.15-18.00 Hazard and Risk assessment cost/benefit analyses Marco Alderighi – UNIVDA

Saturday – July 6, 2024 – Field trip
Impact of large slope instability on large dam: the case study of Beauregard dam

Sunday – July 7, 2024
Free tour of Aosta and surroundings!!

Monday – July 8, 2024 – Evaluation of impacts and possible solutions
9.00-10.45 Countermeasures design for flooding, Active and Passive mitigation, land-planning. Paolo Ropele – Aosta Valley Region Authority
10.45-11.15 Coffee break
11.15-13.00 Understanding earthquakes and their interaction with the environment: an introduction to engineering seismology Chiara Smerzini – POLIMI
13.00-14.30 Lunch
14.30-16.15 Countermeasures design for seismic shaking, Active and Passive mitigation, and land-planning Stefano Pampanin – UNIROMA1
16.15-18.00 Working groups

Tuesday – July 9, 2024 – Put theories into practice
9.00-10.45 workshop – Seismic hazards assessment simulation Marco Pagani – Global Earthquake Model
10.45-11.15 Coffee break
11.15-13.00 workshop – Seismic hazards assessment simulation Marco Pagani – Global Earthquake Model
13.00-14.30 Lunch
14.30-16.15 Vulnerability and Exposure, Insurances Barbara Borzi – EUCENTRE
16.15-18.00 Working group results presentation