Micro Soil International Conferences

Micro Soil Conference Series: Novel technologies, modelling and macroscopic impacts

We will shortly advertise Microsoil III, which we expect to run early 2014.

MicroSoilThe SIMBIOS Centre organizes International Conferences Focusing on technological and theoretical advances related to the role of microscopic heterogeneity in soil ecosystem functioning. There is increasing evidence that knowledge of the micro-environment of soils holds the key to a more precise prediction of soil ecosystem functioning. Current advances in techniques in physical (e.g. X-ray CT), chemical (e.g. micro-focus XRF or NANO-SIMS) and microbiological (e.g. FISH) sciences have significantly enhanced our ability to quantify the soils at increasingly smaller scales. Significant challenges are however still being faced in bridging the spatial scales at which processes occur and the large scale at which soil functioning is observed and managed. The aim of this workshop is to bring together current leaders in the field to:

    (i) discuss the state of the art of technologies to characterise the soil micro-environment,
    (ii) discuss novel experimental and mathematical techniques to study soil processes across spatial scales

Previously we hosted the following conferences within this series:

Microsoil II: Novel technologies, modelling and macroscopic impacts, Dundee June 2011

Microsoil I: Integrating Physical, Chemical and Biological techniques for the study of soil micro-habitats

Scientific committee:

Dr. Wilfred Otten, University of Abertay Dundee
Prof. Philippe Baveye, University of Abertay Dundee and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Dr. Andrew Spiers, University of Abertay Dundee
Dr. Ruth Falconer, University of Abertay Dundee
Dr. Francisco Perez-Reche, University of Abertay Dundee
Dr. Joanna Cloy, University of Edinburgh
Dr. Paul Hallet, The James Hutton Institute
Dr. Clare Wilson, University of Stirling

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