Soil Organic Matter - In a Stressed World

Event date: 
Sunday, October 6, 2019 to Friday, October 11, 2019
Event venue: 
Hilton Adelaide, South Australia
Event description: 

This conference is eligible for the Student Conference Grant for Society Early Career Members. Details can be found here

2019 themes

  • Ecological significance and function of SOM
  • Impacts of climate change and land use on SOM
  • The economic and social value of SOM
  • SOM restoration: Restoring ecosystem function through SOM recovery
  • C sequestration – opportunities, costs, trade-offs
  • SOM dynamics in fire-prone landscapes
  • Going downunder: Deep SOM dynamics
  • The living part of SOM – microbes, microfauna, mesofauna, macrofauna

Call for abstracts is now open - Closing date is 10th April 2019

Invited Speakers include;

  • Dr Abad Chabbi "Soil capital- our last rampart to address climate change, food security & reaping societal challenges"
  • Dr Matt Aitkenhead "Monitoring and mapping Scotland’s peat soils: legacy and development"
  • Professor Asmeret Asefaw Berhe "Lateral transport of SOM through landscapes"
  • Professor Francesca Cotrufo "Improving understanding and forecasting of Soil Organic Matter dynamics to transform challenges into opportunities"
  • Professor Franciska de Vries "Soil C cycling in a changing world: the role of root-microbe interactions"
  • Assistant Professor Cynthia Kallenbach "Soil microbial community and metabolic feedbacks on soil organic matter pools"
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner "Mineral surface area and organic matter accrual"
  • Dr Lynne Macdonald "Organic amendments: opportunities & challenges in stressed agricultural environments"
  • Professor Alain Plante "Drowning in data: Making sense of high resolution and cutting edge analyses of soil organic matter"
  • Professor Dr Johanna Pausch "Linking aboveground processes and SOM cycling in the rhizosphere"
  • Dr Joshua Schimel 
  • Carlos A. Sierra "Generalizing soil organic matter models for understanding overall system properties"
  • Dr. Jennifer L. Soong, PhD "SOM dynamics in fire prone landscapes "
  • Marie Spohn "Interactions of organic carbon and phosphorus dynamics in soils"