of the IAG/AIG Executive Committee
Training Strategy and Young Geomorphologists
Mauro SOLDATI is currently Associate Professor of Geomorphology at the Department of Chemical Geological Science of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy). He has served the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) since 2001 as co-opted Member of the Executive Committee with responsibility on the IAG Training Programme (Training Officer). During this period he has coordinated and managed the process of grant awarding which included call for grants, selection of candidates, delivery of grants and reporting from IAG-grant holders). The Training Programme has provided 130 young geomorphologists, mostly from less favoured countries, with grants which favoured their participation in international conferences and workshops, intensive courses and summer schools.
He teaches courses of “Geomorphology” (Degree in Geological Sciences) and “Geomorphological risks and civil Protection” (Master Degree in Geological Science and Technologies). Since 2010 he is Coordinator of the “Emergency” section of the Master in “International Cooperation: planning and management of interventions, handicap, emergencies” of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. At present, he is part of the teaching boards of the PhD Schools of “Earth System Sciences” and of “Models and Methods for Material and Environmental Sciences” the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. He has also been involved in the organisation and teaching of several training courses, within the framework of a the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG), the ERASMUS Programme in Geomorphology, of the European School of Climatology and Natural Hazards (European Commission) and of the European Centre on Geomorphological Hazards (CERG, European Council). At present he is Co-ordinator of SOCRATES/Erasmus student mobility programmes with the Universities of Adam Mickiewicz Poznan (Polonia), Cantabria (Spain), Harokopio Athens (Greece), Kingston (UK) and Malta (Malta), which foresee also teaching staff mobility.
Since the Nineties, he has carried out basic and applied research activity in the field of geomorphology, with special attention to geomorphological survey and mapping, slope instability, relationships between landslides and climate change as well as mountain and coastal hazards. The investigations have mainly been carried out in the Italian Dolomites, in the Emilia-Romagna Apennines and in the Maltese archipelago. He has participated in several national and international research projects, either as participant or as coordinator/responsible. He was Coordinator of a national project on “Geomorphological evolution of slopes and climate changes: landslide analysis and paleoclimatic reconstructions” (COFIN 2002); Contractor of the EU-funded ALARM project on the “Assessment of landslide risk and mitigation in mountain areas” (2001-04); Sub-contractor of the EU-funded ENSURE project “Enhancing resilience of communities and territories facing natural and na-tech hazards” (VII Framework Programme, 2009-11); Coordinator of an international project funded by FCRM Modena related to “Multidisciplinary research in the open-air laboratory of the island of Malta: an international network for landslide hazard assessment in coastal areas (2009-11); Coordinator of a EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement project (Council of Europe) entitled “Coastline at Risk: methods for multi-hazard Assessment” (2009-11).
At present he is co-responsible of a EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement project (Council of Europe) on “Coupling terrestrial and marine datasets for coastal hazard assessment and risk reduction in changing environments” (2012-13) and research unit responsible of a national project (PRIN 2010-11) on the “Dynamics of geomorphological systems as a response of global changes and induced geomorphological risks” (2013-15). In the frame of the above-mentioned projects, he has been principal supervisor of eight PhD theses already completed and of two ongoing ones. The results research activity have been presented in over 40 national and international conferences and workshops and illustrated in about 150 papers. The experience achieved in geomorphological research, especially on landslides, enabled the writing of a series of chapters published on Italian and foreign textbooks and volumes, including the Encyclopedia of Geomorphology (Routledge, 2005), the Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards (Springer, 2013) and the Treatise on Geomorphology (Academic Press, 2013).
He has been convenor and chairman of sessions in several national and international conferences, e.g. the 32nd International Geological Congress (Firenze 2004), Session “Landscape sensitivity”; the 7th IAG International Conference on Geomorphology (Melbourne, Australia, 2009), Session “Hillslopes and mass movement” and the 8th IAG International Conference on Geomorphology (Paris, France, 2013), Session “Hillslope processes and mass movements”. He is Member of the Editorial Boards of the international journals Geomorphology, Landform Analysis, Finisterra, Cuaternario y Geomorfología and Geografia Fisica e Dinamica Quaternaria. He has also been member of evaluation boards of PhD theses in Italy (University of Ferrara, 2005; University of Turin, 2006; University of Milan-Bicocca, 2010) and abroad (University of Ghent, Belgium, 2000; University of Cantabria, Spain, 2006 e 2007; University of Paris-Sorbonne, France, 2009).
Professor Mauro SOLDATI
Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche e Geologiche
Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia
Largo S. Eufemia, 19
41100 MODENA, Italy
Tel.: +39-059-205 5842
Fax: +39-059-205 5887