Upcoming Lectures

Lecture 5: Geohazards

Professor Sarah SpringmanProfessor of Geotechnical Engineering,Rector, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland

Rainfall-induced slope processes and failures


Bio of the lecturer:Sarah Springman has been Professor for Geotechnical Engineering at ETH Zurich since January 1997 and Rector of the university since January 2015. She studied engineering sciences at Cambridge University. She then worked for five years as an engineer on several geotechnical projects in England, Fiji, and Australia before returning to Cambridge, where she earned her PhD in soil mechanics in 1989 and established an academic career. Her main interest in research is soil-structure interaction and the geotechnical aspects of natural hazards, in particular landslides and melting permafrost. She uses geotechnical modelling to develop solutions that can improve the design of structures. Professor Springman has published numerous journal articles and monographs, as well as co-editing and reviewing submissions for a range of scientific publications and has given many keynote lectures. She has supervised two dozen doctoral students, and has inspired many young women to take up studies in engineering and science. As Rector of ETH Zurich and within the Executive Board, she is responsible for education and as such for 22,000 students. She is in charge of admissions to study programmes at all levels and for the organisation and management of study-related matters.
Time: 5 PM – 6 PM (AEST), 14th August 2020
Dr. Barnali GhoshTechnical Principal (Seismic),Mott MacDonald, LondonVisiting Professor Geoseismic Engineering,Cambridge University, England

What do we learn from seismic geotechnical failures?

Bio of the lecturer:Dr. Barnali Ghosh is a Technical Principal at Mott MacDonald (London) and a Royal Academy visiting professor at Cambridge University . She was recently selected for the top 50 Women in Engineering awards (2020) by WES. She is a chartered civil engineer with specialization in Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering through her PhD at Cambridge University. During her career, she has acted as a seismic designer and reviewer for high-profile projects around the world. Formerly, honorary lecturer of University College London she now teaches earthquake courses across Europe, contributing to professional excellence.


Time: 6:30 PM– 7:30 PM (AEST), 14th August 2020