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Welcome to the Second International Conference on Rock Dynamics and Applications (RocDyn-2), a specialised symposium of the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM).

Following the success of the First International Conference on Rock Dynamics and Applications (RocDyn-1) in Lausanne Switzerland in June 2013, RocDyn-2 is held in Suzhou China on 18-19 May 2016. The Conference is organised by the Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Monash University of Australia, together with Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, Southeast University, Tianjin University and China University of Mining and Technology of China, and is supported by the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM) and the Chinese Society for Rock Mechanics and Engineering (CSRME).

Rock dynamics involves diverse research scopes covering the loading, the time, and the response associated with rock materials, rock joints and rock masses, including the initiation and the propagation of stress waves, the responses and the failures of rocks under the dynamic and static loads. Rock dynamics also has wide applications in civil and infrastructural, resources and energy, geological and environmental engineering, including some of the latest and most challenging applications such as shale gas, hot rock geothermal energy, and earthquake hazard management. With increasing research and engineering activities on rock dynamics worldwide, RocDyn-2 is organised to address scientific research as well as engineering applications.

On behalf of RocDyn-2 organisers, we would like to welcome scientists and engineers (including the future ones) working on rock dynamic research and practice to join us in Suzhou, to share and to cooperate, with a common aim to advance rock dynamics, from research to engineering.

LI Haibo and LI Jianchun

Chairs, RocDyn-2 Organising Committee

QIAN Qihu and ZHAO Jian

Chairs, RocDyn-2 Advisory Committee