Dr. Erich Bauer is a professor at the Institute of Applied Mechanics (IAM) at Graz University of Technology in Austria. He did his post-graduate studies at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany under the supervision of Prof. G. Gudehus and Prof. D. Kolymbas and holds a habilitation in Mechanics. Before joining the IAM, he worked in a consulting company on research projects in Europe and USA using the New Austrian Tunnelling Method (NATM). Prof. Bauer is a regular reviewer of papers for various international journals, a PhD thesis examiner, a keynote speaker at a large number of international conferences, and member of different editorial boards. His scientific work focuses on the mechanical properties of granular materials and their constitutive modelling, using classical and higher order continuum descriptions. His main areas of research are continuum mechanics, experimental investigations and the constitutive modelling of engineering materials including the long-term behaviour of geotechnical structures like rockfill dams. His scientific results have been published in 158 papers and books and presented in 136 oral presentations. Prof. Erich Bauer is the project leader of a number of national and international scientific technical co-operations with universities in Europe and Asia. He is also visiting professor at Hohai University in China. Prof. Bauer is the founder of the international conference series on Long-term Behaviour of Dams (LTBD).