In the beautiful historical scenery at Geisenheim University on the shores of river Rhine, with its century-long tradition in viticulture and gardening, we seek to bring together biochar researchers and practitioners for the mutual exchange of experience, knowledge, ideas and concepts to bring forward beneficial implementation strategies of biochar use that our planet needs and deserves.
Important dates, registration and submission forms
Abstract deadline: Sunday, 2 August 2015 (final deadline)
We kindly invite the submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the following sessions. Please find more detailed information to each session under the following links.
Session 1: Time matters: Biochar persistence in soil and its effects on SOC stocks
Session 2: Biochar Production Technology: designing biochar properties
Session 3: The Janusface of Biochar: Risk of pollution versus pollution remediation tool?
Session 4: Biochar use in horticulture: Designing biochar substrates for reduced peat use and improved plant health
Session 5: Biochar use in temperate and tropical agriculture, animal husbandry and organic fertilizer management
Session 6: Biochar use for reducing GHG (N2O, CH4) emissions in soils, substrates and animal production
Abstract submission: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abstract template: Please download here the word template for your abstract.
Abstract selection: During August 2015; Session lead teams will select abstracts for orals or posters;
Authors of insight-providing topical abstracts may be asked to join the session leader teams for joint opinion/review paper writing.
Abstract decision notification: End of August 2015 (finalized program)
All COST MC-Member please register for the Biochar Symposium with the registration form (here) to be send at your earliest convinience. Please note that for organizational reasons the number of participants is limited to 200. Please specify dietary requirements in your registration (e.g. vegetatian, vegan, allergies…)
Non COST MC-Members please use the registration form to be downloaded here. We suggest that you register and book your hotel room early, since the region is visited by tourists in September, and hotel rooms may become rare when booked late. Please specify dietary requirements in your registration (e.g. vegetatian, vegan, allergies…)
In the face of a warming planet, environmental pollution and rapidly rising consumption of the global fossil carbon reserves with subsequent “CO2 landfilling” of the atmosphere, the idea to use biochar for sustainable environmental management has not lost its attractiveness. However, intensive research in the last years has shown that biochar is neither a black fairy powder, nor a silver bullet to all kinds of (simultaneous) problems. Successful, practical and economically viable biochar implementation strategies are emerging only slowly and often in other areas than anticipated by scientists. Therefore it is time to consolidate our knowledge to take a step forward.
The most prominent barriers for biochar implementation are the lack of mechanistic understanding of various biochar effects, and our ability to pin-point them to biochar properties (i.e. biochar systematics). The other barrier is to find practical (e.g. cascading-use) implementation strategies where economically beneficial effects of biochar “pay for” long-term, slowly emerging environmental benefits of soil improvement, N retention and C sequestration – those that inspired most of us to “go for” the topic of biochar. While the former effects occur on the micro-economic or operational/business level, the latter occur on the macro-economic or societal scale. Thus, biochar use needs to be paid for by micro-economic benefits, to be able to deliver socio-economic benefits on a larger scale and in the longer-term.
The Joint International Biochar Symposium 2015 therefore aims at understanding mechanisms that enable beneficial and safe biochar implementation, by uniting the two often separated, co-existing “worlds” of practitioners, stakeholders and applicants with biochar scientists for inspiring exchange.
Therefore the Joint Biochar Symposium 2015 consists of two parts:
- The Final EU COST Action Symposium (Monday 28. – Tuesday 29. Sept. 2015) that is dedicated to deciphering mechanisms and systematics of biochar effects, and
- the ANS e.V. Symposium (Wednesday 30. Sept. 2015) that focuses on practical implementation, including (micro-)economical aspects.
Conference Chairperson and Host:
Claudia Kammann, Geisenheim University, Germany
EU COST Action International Scientific Committee // ANS Scientific Committee:
Nele Ameloot, Bruno Glaser, Ellen R. Graber, Jürgen Kern, Heike Knicker, Utra Mankasingh, Ruben Sakrabani, Hans Peter Schmidt, Saran Sohi, Frank Verheijen & Costanza Zavalloni // Achim Loewen, Ines Vogel and Rainer Wallmann
Local organizing team:
Tanja Borowiec (ANS e.V.), Julia Baumberger (Geisenheim University) and
Luise Störmer (EU COST Action TD1107, “Biochar”)
Further information on the conference location:
1) Geisenheim University for horticulture and viticulture
2) Rheingau region - Culture, wine and great outdoors