Scoop丨More than 30 doctors from 11 countries opened their journey of geologic discovery

IRALL 2018 international doctoral course are starting to operate on October 14, which is the third course set up by SKLGP.

The two-week course attracted more than 30 PhD, postdoctoral and PhD graduates from 11 countries (regions) including Belgium, Britain, Italy, Portugal, Colombia, India, Nepal and China. In addition, the course was held by different renowned experts in the field of geological disaster prevention and cure who are from different countries, including the United States, Italy, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Japan, Belgium and China.

October 17 witnessed a 10-day geological field practice in Old Beichuan Town. Teachers and students of the 2018 iRALL School together with others from CCUB Center went to Beichuan to explore the mystery of geology. They also recorded the wonderful moments of this trip to Beichuan from October 17 to 19.

Day 1: Visit the ruins  of the Old Beichuan Town

At the ruins  of Old Beichuan Town, Prof. Wang Yunsheng of SKLGP analyzed the geological disasters caused by the 5·12 Wenchuan Earthquake for the students.

Teachers and students paid a visit on the Old Beichuan Town to explore the causes of serious casualties caused by the earthquake. Some students took pictures of the ruins with their mobile phones.

After the visit, they went to the nearby mountains to observe various geological phenomena caused by the earthquake.

After the earthquake, the local government dug a deep “Tiankeng”(sinkhole) under the guidance of experts to observe the reverse fault.

The students of the course took pictures at the landslide site.

Day 2: Class at Publicity and Education Center for Earthquake in Old Beichuan Town.


On October 18, Ph.D. students attended classes at the Center.

After classes, teachers and students speak out their opinions freely.

Day 3: First day to field trip.


The first team, led by Prof. Mauri McSaveney, Prof. Janusz Wasowski and Prof. Hu Wei, conducted field studies on the initiation and movement of large landslides and the risk of large collapse.