The school will provide an opportunity for young scientists to (i) exchange and extend understanding of the theoretical, conceptual and applicative aspects regarding soil-plant-microbe interactions and element cycling in the rhizosphere; (ii) provide useful insights into novel methodological and analytical approaches; (iii) build and sustain research networks; and (iv) consolidate scientific writing and presentation skills.
The interactions between plants, soils and their microbial communities are pivotal in controlling ecosystem dynamics, functions and the services they provide. Biotic and abiotic pressures, resulting from climate change, land-use change, pollution amongst others, can disrupt these critical interactions and consequently affect the way both natural and agricultural ecosystems work. Research in agricultural chemistry plays an important role in unravelling these interactions and how they are influenced by, or adapt to environmental change. This edition of the Agricultural Chemistry Winter School will focus on these issues, and promote the importance of agricultural chemistry among young scientists in an international, friendly and casual environment.
The Winter School, organized by the Italian Society of Agricultural Chemistry (SICA) and the Dept. of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (DISAFA) of the University of Torino, is offered to doctoral students, post-docs and early-stage researchers, and aims at providing an opportunity to: (i) exchange and extend understanding of the theoretical, conceptual and applicative aspects regarding soil, plant and environmental sciences; (ii) provide useful insights into novel methodological and analytical approaches; (iii) build and sustain research networks; and (iv) consolidate scientific writing and presentation skills. The programme will therefore provide a series of activities including keynote lectures, seminars, workshops, as well as oral and poster presentations by the participants.
Enrolment for the Winter School is now open and can be done through the online application form. Applicants will be asked to provide a brief description of their research, and a short abstract of the work they would like to present (using the downloadable abstract template). Doctoral students will also be required to provide proof of their status from their supervisor.
The school will be limited to 30 participants. Preference will be given to doctoral students carrying out research in topics related to agricultural chemistry. Selected applicants will be informed by email and invited to complete their registration by payment of the participation fee, payable by bank transfer. The registration fee of €80 will include participation to the sessions, course materials, as well as coffee and lunch breaks.