May 29-June 1, 2018
micro to MACRO Mathematical Modelling in Soil Mechanics
University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria -- DICEAM

Extended deadline for submitting Abstracts:
December 10, 2017

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Three Symposia on granular or porous issues have already been held in Reggio Calabria with the participation of many outstanding scholars in the field. The new proposed Symposium will be an occasion to enhance the scientific debate about the construction of mathematical models for the description of the physical behaviour of soils, as well as about the suggestions obtained from the micro-mechanical observation of the matter.

The attention will be focused on the comparison between the appropriateness of models and the needs of mathe- matics to get rigorous results. Skills from applied mathematical physics, geotechnical engineering and mechanics are then involved. It is well known that granular matter displays, in fact, subtle complexity. Phenomena like strain localization, liquefaction of solids, cyclic mobility, effects of diagenesis, weathering, compaction and segregation may imply sophisticated models and sometime ren- der questionable traditional approaches. Moreover, these models suggest non-trivial mathematical problems that are interesting per se. Engineering requests of applicability need also to be satisfied for civil and geotechnical purposes. All these issues may be open to discussion during the Symposium, though the emphasis will be on modelling: higher order continua, incrementally nonlinear laws and micro-mechanical considerations must be taken into account.

Guest speakers will present complementary issues from the fields of geotechnical engineering, statistical physics and applied mathematics that can be considered together as a short advanced course on the topic. Regular presentations are also intended to cover fields from mathematical physics to civil and geotechnical engineering, with the discussion of theoretical, numerical and experimental results.


  • continuum modelling;
  • mechanics of porous materials;
  • multiphase flows;
  • discrete element modelling;
  • micro-macro in soil-mechanics;
  • granular flows;
  • transport phenomena in particulate materials;
  • hydro-thermo-chemo mechanical coupling;
  • laboratory testing and modelling;
  • mechanics of saturated and unsaturated soils.

Those interested in submitting technical contributions related to the proposed topics are invited to send an abstract prior to the deadline of December 10, 2017.

Abstracts, in English and in pdf format, should be submitted to Prof. Giuseppe Mortara, email, typed on a single sheet of A4 paper; they must include (i) title, (ii) name of the Author(s), (iii) full address of the corresponding Author including email address. The decision of the Scientific Committee will be communicated to Authors before the end of 2017. Complete papers should not exceed 8 pages including figures and references. All papers will be peer-reviewed before final approval for publication in a Springer series indexed by Scopus. Moreover, the International Journal of Solids and Structures (IJSS) and Meccanica will publish special issues containing full-length papers selected by the Scientific Committee from all the manuscripts accepted for presentation to the Symposium. The invited extended papers will undergo the standard peer review process after regular submission on the journal website. All the papers will be published with the assumption that at least one of the authors will register to the conference. English will be the official Symposium language.

Scientific Committee


Pasquale Giovine, Giuseppe Mortara (University of Reggio Calabria, Italy)


Gianfranco Capriz (Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei)

Claudio Di Prisco (Politecnico di Milano)

Wolfgang Ehlers (University of Stuttgart)

James Thomas Jenkins (Cornell University)

Stefan Luding (University of Twente)

Paolo Maria Mariano (University of Florence)

David Muir Wood (University of Dundee)

Kenichi Soga (University of Berkeley)

Organizing Committee

Antonino Amoddeo (University of Reggio Calabria, Italy)

Maurizio Brocato (École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture Paris-Malaquais, France)

Michele Buonsanti (University of Reggio Calabria, Italy)

Pasquale Giovine (University of Reggio Calabria, Italy)

Giuseppe Mortara, President (University of Reggio Calabria, Italy)

Francesco Oliveri (University of Messina, Italy)

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DICEAM, Via Graziella, Feo di Vito, I-89122 Reggio Calabria, Italy; email; phone: +39 0965 1692 271.

Conference fees (EUR)

Type EarlyRegularLate
Full 400 500 600
Reduced 200 250 300
Accompanying 150 150 150

Early: before February 28, 2018;
Regular: from March 1, 2018 to April 30, 2018;
Late: after April 30, 2018.

The full registration fees include: welcome cocktail, conference banquet, lunches and coffee breaks. The reduced registration fees apply to PhD students and Post-Doc scholars and do not include the conference banquet. The participation fee for the conference banquet can be paid separately. The accompanying persons’ registration fees include the welcome cocktail, the conference banquet and a guided tour of the Museum of Reggio Calabria that hosts the world famous Bronzes of Riace. A maximum of one paper at the most can be presented on payment of a single registration fee.

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Cancellation policy

Cancellation of registration must be communicated to the Secretariat. 50% of the fee is refundable before April 30, 2018.

Bank transfer information

  • Bank name: UNICREDIT SPA
  • Bank address: Corso Garibaldi 331, 89125 Reggio Calabria
  • Bic/swift code: UNCRITM1585
  • IBAN: IT 41 R 02008 16303 000102452580
  • Account name: DICEAM, Università Mediterranea, Reggio Calabria
  • Payment description: microtomacro2018
  • Participants must fill the Registration Form.

Reggio Calabria

Reggio Calabria is located on the “toe of the boot” (the southern tip of Italy) and is separated from Sicily by the Strait of Messina. The prestigious National Archaeological Museum of Magna Grecia hosts the famous Bronzes of Riace, the symbols of the city. The Reggio Calabria waterfront is known as the “the most beautiful kilometre of Italy”.

The climate is typically Mediterranean and is warm to moderately hot in the period chosen for the conference.

For any other information please contact Prof. Giuseppe Mortara, email

Hotel room rates for B&B per day (EUR)

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Name Category S DSU D
Hotel Excelsior 4S -100125
Hotel Medinblu 4 -80110
è Hotel4-7090
Hotel Lido4556085
Regent Hotel4-5070
Hotel Continental3-5459
Hotel Lungomare3354560

Room types: single (S), double single use (DSU), double (D).
Rates apply from May 27 to June 3, 2018.
Hotel promotional code: microtomacro2018.


National flights from and to Rome and Milan

FLIGHTS (7 km from the airport to the city centre)

Airline from departure destination arrival
Blue Panorama Rome (FCO) 9:30 Reggio Calabria (REG) 10:50
Alitalia Rome (FCO) 13:40 Reggio Calabria (REG) 14:50
Blue Panorama Rome (FCO) 18:45 Reggio Calabria (REG) 20:05
Alitalia Milano Linate (LIN) 8:35 Reggio Calabria (REG) 10:15
Blue Panorama Milano Linate (LIN) 14:10 Reggio Calabria (REG) 15:55
Blue Panorama Reggio Calabria (REG) 7:30 Rome (FCO) 8:45
Alitalia Reggio Calabria (REG) 11:00 Rome (FCO) 12:15
Blue Panorama Reggio Calabria (REG) 16:45 Rome (FCO) 18:00
Blue Panorama Reggio Calabria (REG) 11:40 Milano Linate (LIN) 13:25
Alitalia Reggio Calabria (REG) 15:35 Milano Linate (LIN) 17:15

BY BUS (time required 20 min; tickets available at the airport terminal, price 1.50 EUR)

Line 27: every hour from 7:00 to 19:00.

Line 28: every hour from 7:30 to 19:30.

BY TAXI (time required: 15 min, price 16.00 EUR + 1.00 EUR for luggage)


International airport. Distance from Reggio Calabria: 130 km.

BY BUS from the Lamezia airport to Reggio Calabria: time required about 2 hours; Info or Info

BY TRAIN from Lamezia Terme Centrale to Reggio Calabria Lido: duration about 1.5 hours; timetable and prices


International airport. Distance from Reggio Calabria: 130 km.


By bus from the airport to the Messina port and by ferry to the port of Reggio Calabria: duration 3 to 4 hours.


The programme is based on eight general lectures based on the main topics. The lectures will be given by:

Edward Andò (Laboratoire 3SR)

Diego Berzi (Polytechnic of Milano)

Itai Einav (University of Sidney)

Guy Houlsby (University of Oxford)

Vanessa Magnanimo (University of Twente)

Farhang Radjai (University of Montpellier)

Tim Ricken (University of Dortmund)

Jean Nöel Roux (Université Paris-Est)

A special lecture will be delivered by prof. Tommaso Ruggeri (University of Bologna).

There will be four round-table discussions about mathematical models, physical behaviour, computational methods and experimental validations. Submitted papers will be presented there: Authors and Participants are invited to join in the subsequent discussion.