bio:char crossroads - 1st International Summer School on Biochar

From 9 - 16 September 2012 the Leibniz-Institute for Agricultural Engineering Potsdam-Bornim (ATB) is hosting the 1st International Biochar Summer School "bio:char crossroads"


This international summer school offers 20 excellent young scientists from around the world a valuable means of information exchange and professional development. It offers opportunities for networking with senior scientists and peers in the field of biochar. The goal of this summer school is to enhance the biochar research worldwide and to contribute to the sustainable development of this research field.

Main topics

  • biochar production
  • feedstock availability
  • system integration
  • biochar characterization
  • soil effects of biochar



  • Participants’ poster presentations
  • Excursions to biochar field tests
  • “Last Exit – Biochar?” - a special event with prominent guests from politics, biochar industry and the media
  • Workshop: "Carbon sequestration – the biochar hippocracy?"
  • Panel discussions
  • Open Space „Towards the future of biochar research“



The summer school is limited to 20 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers and by now, no further applications are accepted.