5th International Workshop on Soil and Sedimentary Organic Matter Stabilization and Destabilization
Unifying concepts of organic matter dynamics in terrestrial and aquatic systems
7 -11 October 2012. Monte Verità, Ascona, Lago Maggiore, Switzerland
Call for abstracts open. Deadline 30. March 2012
• Organic matter (OM) mineral interactions (Monday)
• Application of advanced methods for integrated perspectives on OM (Tuesday)
• OM dynamics and global change (Wednesday)
• OM from soil to ocean – unifying OM budgets and process understanding (Thursday)
This workshop stems from a bottom-up approach of scientists trying to identify the mechanisms of stabilization and destabilization mechanisms of organic matter in soil and sediments. This is a series of typically small workshops which took place in Hohenkammer, Germany (2003), Asilomar, USA (2005), Adelaide, Australia (2007), Giens, France (2010), Ascona, Switzerland (2012), and tentatively the US east coast (2014), organized by Alain Plante (Univ. Penn) and colleagues.
Also, we would like to clarify and avoid confusion with the "SOM conferences" series. The SOM conferences are similar in name and overlap in scientific scope, but typically are larger in number of participants and tend to focus more on agro-ecosystems. The SOM conference series started in Poitier, France (2007), and was followed by Colorado, USA (2009), Leuven, Belgium (2011), and tentatively will be organized in Nanjing China in 2013 by Genxing Pan (Nanjing Agricultural Univ., China) and colleagues.
The meeting will continue the poster- and discussion-focused workshop style of the 2005 meeting with a few oral presentations and mostly time for posters and breakout groups. This format will allow plenty of time for discussions during the plenary sessions and breakout groups at the posters, as well as informally. The chairs will invite two younger scientists with new, controversial results and views and form a “provocateur” team to lead the discussions. Afternoons would be reserved for special events (field trip, free time, working groups). Evenings would start with a Frontiers Talk and followed by poster sessions with snacks and drinks and open-ended discussion time.