The international “2022 Ioannis Vardoulakis PhD Prize” was awarded to Dr. Georgios Tzortzopoulos on September 28th 2022 during the annual ALERT Geomaterials Workshop in Aussois.
Georgios prepared his thesis ‘Controlling earthQuakes (CoQuake) in the laboratory using pertinent fault stimulating techniques’ at GeM – Ecole Centrale de Nantes under the supervision of Prof. Ioannis Stefanou and in the frame of the project CoQuake (www.coquake.eu) funded by the European Research Council.
Based on mathematical developments, numerical analyses and experimental tests, Dr Tzortzopoulos thesis provides, for the first time, solid scientific evidence for the possibility of preventing earthquakes in the future.
The Ioannis Vardoulakis Prize was created by the association ALERT (Alliance of Laboratories in Europe for Education, Research and Technology) Geomaterials with the aim of promoting the dissemination of the scientific research carried out by PhD students in the field of soil, rock and concrete mechanics. The prize donation amounts 1000 Euro.