Ice deformation; from the model material to ice in natural environments

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November 7th – 9th 2011, Grenoble, France.

A conference in honor of Paul Duval, emeritus researcher at the LGGE, Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Geophysique de l’Environnement.


In the framework of the ESF project MicroDICE, we organize a conference on ice physics and ice deformation in honour of Paul Duval, emeritus researcher in the Laboratoire de Glaciology and Geophysique de l’Environnement, France.

Throughout his career, Paul Duval created a strong and effective link between ice material science and the wider “material science community”. Ice has since been increasingly recognized as an important model material, because its strong viscoplastic anisotropy allows study and modelling of extreme material behaviour.

Topics covered will range from dislocation dynamics in ice to large scale ice flow modeling, via strain heterogeneity characterization and modeling, brittle behavior and sea ice modeling, polar ice microstructure characterization, extraterrestrial ice rheology and ice and engineering. We will favour multi-disciplinary approaches which will enhance exchanges between metallurgists, geologists and glaciologists during the meeting by an appropriate selection of invited speakers. This is a key objective for the ESF MicroDICE network.


Early registration before October 5th, 2011 is advised

Fees for seniors students
Early registration 200€ 150€
Late registration 250€ 200€

The registration fees include the book of abstracts, lunches, coffee breaks and reception.

» Online Registration


Abstracts of one page should be submitted on the link below.
The deadline for submission is July 20th, 2011.

» Abstract submission online at the IGS


Posters should be the size of around A0 (841mm × 1189mm) preferably in horizontal orientation although this is left to the author’s best convenience.


» Download the conference program
(last updated 25.10.2011)

  • From dislocation dynamics to polycrystal behavior
    • Intermittency, scale invariance
    • Strain heterogeneities, recrystallization
  • Brittle deformation from material to large scale environments
    • Laboratory characterization
    • Sea ice elasto-fragile behavior
  • Ice and engineering materials
  • Ice in natural environments
    • Polar ice
    • Extraterrestrial ice
  • Recent techniques for characterization and multi-scale modeling


Erland Schulson
Yves Bréchet
Jerome Weiss
Kolumban Hutter
Olivier Castelnau
Carmen Miguel
Volodya Lipenkov
Jane Blackford
Denis Samyn
Gabriel Tobie
Sandra Piazolo


The conference will take place in Grenoble at the MINATEC conference center, 10min walking from the bus and train station, and from the city center.


A list of hotels ranking from 1 to 3 stars in the vicinity of the conference centre can be found in this pdf document along with information about pricing and reservation.


The papers presented at the conference will contribute to a peer-review thematicvolume on the “Micro-Dynamics of Ice” to be published as a contribution tothe ESF Micro-DICE programme.


Maurine Montagnat
Denis Samyn
Martin Drury
Paul Bons
Peter Sammonds



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