We rarely reflect on the life beneath our feet, yet we are very dependent on it for sustaining our food production and health. Moreover soil-plant interactions provide an exciting playground for discovering novel ecological and evolutionary interactions between the aboveground- and belowground world. In this symposium five renowned ecologists from across the globe will share their most recent insights on these interactions with you.
The symposium consists of a morning session with lectures by international experts in the field of soil ecology. In the afternoon, a Masterclass is organized, in which PhDs and postdocs have the opportunity to interact with the experts. This Masterclass will contain 5 sessions of 30 minutes each. During each session speakers are asked to address two elements: 1) Research and scientific questions/issues raised by participants and 2) Career development and perspectives. Note that this Masterclass is only open for PhDs and postdocs, please indicate your interest in this Masterclass in the registration form below.
Programme of the Day
09:00 - 09:30 Registration
09:30 - 09:40 Opening
09:40 - 10:10 Biodiversity as driver of evolution
Prof Bernard Schmid, Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of Zurich, Switzerland
10:10 - 10:40 Below-ground symbioses and plant communities
Prof John Klironomos, Professor of Biology, University of British Columbia, Canada
10:40 - 11:10 Coffee / Tea
11:10 - 11:40 Soil biodiversity and climate change feedbacks
Prof Richard Bardgett, Professor of Ecology, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
11:40 - 12:10 Biodiversity-ecosystem functioning: the next frontiers
Prof David Wardle, Smithsonian Professor of Forest Ecology, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
12:10 - 12:40 Soil biodiversity, human health and politics
Prof Diana Wall, University Distinguished Professor and Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Colorado State University, United States
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 17:00 Masterclass with speakers, PhDs and postdocs 17:00 - 18:00 Drinks
Target Group: The morning session is open to all; the Masterclass is only accessible for PhDs & postdocs.
Event duration: 1 day
Location: C2005+C2006, Orion Building, Wageningen University Campus, Wageningen, Netherlands