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International Biochar Symposium 2015
Biochar – Contribution to Sustainable Agriculture
28 – 29 May 2015, Seminaris SeeHotel 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” ( and APECS (Anaerobic Pathways to Renewable Energies and Carbon Sinks) ( 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
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
Conference language: The official conference language is English.

Deadline for Submission: 14 February 2015




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