Giovanni Barla, former Professor of Rock Mechanics at Politecnico di Torino up to 31 October 2012, has been vice-president of the School of Engineering and head of the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering from 2003 to 2011.
He has been president of the Italian Geotechnical Association (AGI) and vice-president for Europe of ISRM. Giovanni Barla is editor of the Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering Journal. He is an active international consultant.
Giovanni Barla received the ISRM Fellow nomination in 2012, the IACMAG award for outstanding contributions in 2014, and the Emeritus Membership of AGI in 2015. He is Honorary Professor of Chongqing University. He is a member elected to the Torino Academy of Science.