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Professor Christopher James Spiers from Utrecht University visits our institute for academic exchange

2019/11/28 15:11:29

At the invitation of researcher Ma Shengli, Professor Christopher James Spiers from Utrecht University visited our institute from September 6 to 12, 2019.

Professor Christopher James Spiers graduated from Imperial College London in 1980 with a PhD. From 1980 to 1983, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. Since 1983, he has taught at the University of Utrecht, where he has been a professor since 1994. He previously served as Dean of the Faculty of Geosciences and now heads the High Temperature and Pressure Laboratory. Professor Spiers’s research interests include experimental rock mechanics and fault mechanics, rheological and fluid migration properties of rocks under high temperature and pressure, microcosmic physical and chemical mechanisms, and the chemical impacts of water–rock interactions.His research on rock deformation mechanisms has had important international influence, and hehas published nearly 200 papers in international academic journals, including Science and Nature.

During this visit, Professor Spiers delivered an academic report titled “SCIENTIFIC WRITING IN ENGLISH: How to beat the natives at their own game!!” and carried out a four-day short course for graduate students of our institute with several topics, such as “Intro: Why study deformation processes in rocks, minerals and faults?,” “Deformation of solid/fluid systems: Dislocation dynamics and intracrystalline plastic flow,” and“Microstructure and deformation fabrics: evolution/stability applications in fault and earthquake mechanics.” The report and the content of the course were wonderful, attracting more than 60 scientific personnel and graduate students to attend. The participants listened carefully, discussed the contents with each other, and benefited considerably from each other.