This biennial Gordon Research Conference has become the premier venue for researchers from academia, national labs, and industry to share their latest ideas and exciting research findings related to flow and transport in permeable media. The 2020 meeting will be an outstanding forum for recognized leaders in their respective fields to get together and meet exceptional young scientists (PhD students, post-docs). The conference will highlight theoretical, experimental, and field research aimed at understanding fundamental interactions between fluids, chemical elements, minerals and materials, energy and life in porous and fractured media, and discuss their consequences across scales and disciplines. Specific topics and speakers will focus on: microfluidics, complex fluids and wettability; coupled flow, transport and microbiological processes at pore scale; flow and transport in deformable porous media and ice; CO2 sequestration and geo-energy; innovative sensors and learning algorithms for monitoring subsurface processes; critical zone hydrology, biogeochemistry and reactive transport; soil processes from micro to continental scales; fractures, hydromechanics and seismicity; and global scale porous media processes in terrestrial and extra-terrestrial systems.
The speakers and participants are expected to share new, evolving, and unpublished ideas and research findings. The presentations will be chaired by recognized leaders in each of the topical areas under discussion. A primary objective is to generate stimulating discussions that engage the entire conference community in a constructive atmosphere. The conference format - programmed morning and evening lectures and free afternoons - provides ample time for informal interactions and the exchange of ideas. The setting is a unique forum for young scientists to engage with leaders in the field. The highly interactive poster sessions are a critical part of the conference, and all the GRC attendees are strongly encouraged to submit a poster on their latest research work. For the organization of this meeting in Les Diablerets, Switzerland, the chair and co-chair will be assisted by a local committee composed by scientists from the main research institutions in this field in Switzerland: Niklas Linde, University of Lausanne, Joaquin Jimenez, EAWAG/ETH, Clément Roques, ETH, Philippe Renard, University of Neuchatel, Brice Lecampion, EPFL.