Belt and Road Webinar Series on Geotechnics, Energy and Environment


Belt and Road (B & R) Initiative is a global infrastructure development strategy adopted by the Chinese government in 2013 to invest in nearly 70 countries and international organizations. One of the major aims of B & R is to develop intellectual capacity and establish strong research and education cooperation among various countries and regions.
In this regard, this Belt and Road Webinar Series is being held with an aim to connect young scholars among B & R countries as well as to identify mutually-interested research topics. The theme is “Geotechnics, Energy and Environment”, on which related topics will be discussed and communicated. During the webinar series, well-known experts will be invited to give keynote and invited lectures on up-to-date research findings, hotspots and difficult issues in geotechnics, energy and environment, especially in the context of B & R countries.


Topics include but are not limited to:
◎Improving policy and science & technology interface
◎Geotechnical challenges of mega projects
◎Engineering characteristics of problematic soils and rocks
◎Field Investigation and monitoring of geohazards
◎Slope stability analysis and landslide early warning
◎Recent innovations in foundation engineering
◎Ground improvement using MICP and biopolymers
◎Construction & operation of rail transit & utility tunnels
◎Performance evaluation of tunnels and underground pipelines
◎Intelligent monitoring in mining engineering
◎Geomechanics and geotechnics in petroleum production
◎Clean energy development
◎Oil and water storage
◎Soil reinforcement using fibers and other materials
◎Soil amendment with biochar
◎Soil & water conservation and remediation
◎Sustainable development and energy derived from the ground
◎Climate change and soil-atmosphere interaction
◎Numerical simulation in geotechnics, energy and environment
◎New frontiers and interdisciplinary fields




Selected authors would be notified to submit full-length papers as per format consistent with “Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering” (Elsevier) and “Lectures Notes in Civil Engineering” (Springer). The details related to paper submission would be revealed after the completion of webinar series. All the accepted papers will be published in a special issue and proceedings tentatively.


Deadline of Online Registration: 20th March, 2021
Webinar Dates: 26th March, 2021–29th May, 2021
Deadline of Paper Submission: 30th September, 2021


Chair: Prof. H. H. Zhu (Nanjing University)
Co-Chairs: Dr. A. Garg (Shantou University), Prof. A. Zhussupbekov (Eurasian National University), Prof. L. J. Su (Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, CAS)
Secretary-General: Dr. C. C. Zhang (Nanjing University)


Dr. C. C. Zhang
Address: School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, Nanjing University (Xianlin Campus), Nanjing 210023, China


The webinar series would be held online preferably through VooV (Tencent) and ZOOM. Each session will be of 60 minutes (35 minutes for presentation and 25 minutes for Q & A and communication). The lectures would be recorded for future sharing with the consent from the speakers. Two webinars would be conducted each weekend.


This webinar series is offered free of charge, but pre-registration is required. Please click the following link for online registration. 

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Note: Details of ZOOM/VooV ID and Password for each presentation would be notified by Email upon registration.