The Landslides risk has strongly increased over the last decade, mainly because of ever growing population and relevant bigger exposure. In many countries, this is also due to expanded civil and industrial settlements, as well as widened infrastructures and lifelines. For this reason, in order to perform risk analysis and management, it is necessary a better understanding of landslides’ mechanics, accounting for relevant soil and rock properties and their behaviour in well documented case histories.
Other natural hazards, such as storms, earthquakes and volcanism, may act as landslide triggers in some areas.
These will be the main topics of the next ISL that will take place in Napoli in June 2016. These themes will be viewed using the classic approach of the modern science, i.e. moving from experience to practice through theory. Experience gives the keys to understand phenomena thus focusing on factors that play a major role. Theory channels data from experience within a mathematical approach which is extremely useful to predict similar future events. Practice exploits the results of both experience and theory in order to protect people and man-made works, but also allows to go back to the theory that can thus be improved and replaced, if necessary, with a new and more successfully theory.
Diverse events will fill the meeting: special lectures delivered by renowned academics and professionals, a “Young Session”, a Round-robin, a prize for the best paper recently published in scientific journals, and a prize for the best symposium paper. Cultural events, post-symposium technical trips and further surprises will come along.
We encourage proposals for organizing additional special sessions.