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14 November 2023, 14:00 - 16:00

Keynote lecture:
Landslides in tropical environments:
insight from the East African Rift
Olivier Dewitte

Olivier Dewitte, a geographer, is employed as a senior research scientist in the Department of Earth Sciences of the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA, Belgium). With a holistic knowledge and understanding of processes and quantitative research methodologies in geomorphology, natural hazards and environmental changes, his research aims to better understand the changing landscapes of Africa and the hazards they pose. More specifically, one of his main interests is focused on the study of landslide processes and related topics in sub-Saharan Africa. His research is framed around field experience (Burundi, Cameroon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Uganda) and addresses the challenges of disaster risk reduction. Before joining the RMCA in 2013, Olivier held postdoc positions at ULiège (2006 – 2008, and 2012), Ghent University (2011-2012) and the Joint Research Centre (DG JRC, Italy) of the European Commission (2008-2011). Olivier obtained his PhD at ULiège in 2006.

Keynote lecture:
Mechanisms and prediction of earthquake and
climate change induced cascading hazards
Xuanmei Fan
Xuanmei Fan is Full professor, deputy director of the State Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention and Geoenvironment Protection (SKLGP), Chengdu University of Technology, China. After obtaining her PhD in Engineering Geology from the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observations (ITC), University of Twente in the Netherlands (2013), she joined SKLGP as leading professor in Geohazard Risk Assessment and Prevention. She has carried out research on earthquake-induced chains of geological hazards, including coseismic landslide and landslide dam prediction, and spatio-temporal evolution, mechanism and early warning of post-earthquake landslides and debris flows. She is the PI of many national and international projects, including a UK-China collaboration project, European and NSFC projects. Her current research interest is to understand the mechanism and develop models to predict future risk of earthquake and climate change-induced hazard chain, especially in glacier-covered regions in the Tibetan Plateau. She has published more than 130 ISI papers in Nature Geoscience, Reviews of Geophysics, GRL, JGR etc. Due to her important scientific achievements, she has been awarded with many prizes, including “The First Prize for National Science and Technology Achievements” in 2014; Richard Wolters Prize by the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG) in 2016; the Top Ten Female Geologists in China in 2017; the Outstanding Young Scholar Grant NSFC in 2021; the First Prize of Sichuan Natural Science Award in 2021; The Scientific Exploration Award in 2022.
Keynote lecture:
New US National Strategy for Landslide Loss Reduction
Jonathan Godt
Dr. Jonathan Godt is the U.S. Geological Survey’s Program Coordinator for Landslide Hazards and a leading voice for landslide science and loss reduction. He responsible for the USGS Landslide Hazards Program scientific direction and priorities. Before taking a leadership position with the USGS in 2014 he research efforts focused on understanding the physical processes controlling landslide initiation and applying that understanding to improve landslide hazard assessment and early warning. He has led technical assistance teams responding to landslide disasters both domestically and abroad helping inform emergency management and other decisions.
Keynote lecture:
Landslides impact on structures and infrastructures
Giovanni Crosta
Giovanni Crosta is professor of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology at the Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences. He has been Chair Professor at Tongji University, Dept. of Geotechnical Engineering, Innovation Center for Disaster Prevention, Shanghai, China, Director of the Master in “Management of Water Resources in International Cooperation” at University of Milano Bicocca. He was Editor in Chief of Engineering Geology journal. His research concerns slope stability and mass movements, monitoring and modelling, rock and soil mechanics, hydrogeology and shallow geothermal energy. He has developed rockfall and landslide runout modelling codes.
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