International Biochar Symposium 2015 - Biochar – Contribution to Sustainable Agriculture

28–29th May 2015 Potsdam (Germany)

During the last years the application of biochar to arable land has been suggested as a method to improve soil fertility and plant growth, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon for decades or centuries. But holistic scientific research to identify environmental as well as economic potentials of biochar in the tropics and especially in the temperate zones is limited and needs to be improved. Furthermore, biochars may differ substantially in their chemical, physical and biological properties and therefore in their fate after soil application depending on the biomass material and conversion technology used. Hence, the identification of biochar properties responsible for positive (and negative) impacts on soil fertility, greenhouse gases and carbon sequestration is needed, followed by the development of methods to optimize these biochar properties and soil improvement. The projects “Biochar in Agriculture – Perspectives for Germany and Malaysia” (www.atb-potsdam.de/biochar) and APECS (Anaerobic Pathways to Renewable Energies and Carbon Sinks) (www.atb-potsdam.de/apecs) focus on these research questions. Within this symposium the results of both projects and related research results by other scientists shall be presented and discussed.
Invited Speakers:
Dr. Silvia Baronti, BIMET-CNR, Florence
Dr. Maria Luz Cayuela, CSIC, Murcia
Prof. Dr. Annette Cowie, New South Wales Government
Prof. Dr. Lars Elsgaard, Aarhus University
Prof. Dr. Bruno Glaser, MLU, Halle-Wittenberg
Prof. Dr. Henrik Hauggaard-Nielsen, Roskilde University, Denmark
Prof. Dr. Johannes Lehmann, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Dr. Ondrej Masek, University of Edinburgh
Prof. Dr. Yong Sik Ok, Kangwon National University
Hans-Peter Schmidt, Delinat-Institute Switzerland
Dr. Saran Sohi, University of Edinburgh
Dr. Lukas Van Zwieten, New South Wales Government
Scientific committee:
Dr. Rosenani Abu Bakar, UPM, Malaysia
Prof. Dr. Frank Ellmer, Humboldt-Universität Berlin
Dr. Tinia Mod. Ghazi, UPM, Malaysia
Prof. Dr. Azni Idris, UPM, Malaysia
Dr. Monika Joschko, ZALF, Müncheberg
Prof. Dr. Martin Kaupenjohann, Technische Universität Berlin
Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert, DIW, Berlin
Dr. Jürgen Kern, ATB, Potsdam
Dr. Peter Lentsch, ZALF, Müncheberg
Dr. Andreas Meyer-Aurich, ATB, Potsdam
Dr. Jan Mumme, ATB, Potsdam
Dr. Stephan Wirth, ZALF, Müncheberg

Organizing committee:
Dr. Andreas Meyer-Aurich
Dr. Jan Mumme
Dr. Jürgen Kern
Dr. Anja Sänger
Helene Foltan
 

Call for Papers

The identification of biochar properties responsible for positive (and negative) impacts on soil fertility, greenhouse gases and carbon sequestration, followed by the development of methods to optimize these biochar properties and soil improvement were the focus of the projects “Biochar in Agriculture – Perspectives for Germany and Malaysia” (www.atb-potsdam.de/biochar) and APECS (Anaerobic Pathways to Renewable Energies and Carbon Sinks) (www.atb-potsdam.de/apecs). Within this symposium the results of both projects and related research results by other scientists shall be presented and discussed.
Authors interested in presenting at the conference are requested to submit a 200 to 300 word abstract. Conference organizers will select papers for oral presentations and posters from the set of abstracts received.
The deadline for abstract submission is February 15, 2015.
 
Please submit your abstract online at http://www2.atb-potsdam.de/biochar2015/regform.htm 
Conference Topics:
  • Production and post-treatment of biochars
  • The influence of biochars on the Soil-Plant-System
  • The influence of biochars on soil C and N dynamics
  • The influence of biochars on soil biota
  • Integrated Assessment of biochars

Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Johannes Lehmann, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY: ”Biochar products to systems: risks and opportunities”
Dr. Annette Cowie, New South Wales Government: “The role of carbon markets in supporting adoption of biochar“
Hans-Peter Schmidt, Delinat-Institute Switzerland “Producing, post treating and characterizing biochars for different purposes”

Fee & Location

Conference Fee: 200,- €

includes Conference materials, certificate of attendance, coffee/tee and snacks during the coffee breaks, lunch and cultural event.

Venue

Seminaris SeeHotel Potsdam
An der Pirschheide 40
14471 Potsdam

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Accommodation

For our symposium we recommend to book a hotel early to save money and to get accommodation at your preferred hotel.

The pdf Seminaris SeeHotel has provided a room contingent at a preferential price (until 02.04.2015) for the guests of the symposium by referring to the promotion code: LEIBNIZ. This contingent is valid for one night (28.05.-29.05.2015) and provides comfort single rooms (including breakfast buffet and highspeed-internet, service charges, city tax, V.A.T. and use of the wellness-area). The hotel is also the venue of our International Biochar Symposium and is located a few km outside of Potsdam. There are busses and a water taxi to the city of Potsdam, but if you wish to stay closer to the city or in Berlin please check the booking sites.

Contact

Organizing Committee

Leibniz-Institut for Agricultural Engineering Potsdam-Bornim e.V. (ATB)
Max-Eyth-Allee 100
14469 Potsdam

Tel. + 49 331 5699-222

Fax. + 49 331 5699-849

e-Mail: biochar-symposium2015@atb-potsdam.de