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Champenoux (France)

11 - 15 Sep 2017

Forest litter © Yves Bernardi

Soil function Along a Gradient of Antropisation (SAGA), an NFZ forestnet Summerschool

Soil function Along a Gradient of Antropisation (SAGA), the summerschool organized by the NZF forestnet network, will take place in Nancy (France)! Open to all scientists from agronomy and forest-related disciplines who want to become familiar with the most recent developments in soil functions and services along a gradient of anthropisation (from SUITMA to forest ecosystems).

Updated on 08/07/2017
Published on 06/26/2017
Soil prepared on a plot. © INRA, Léon Wehrlen
Soil prepared on a plot © INRA, Léon Wehrlen

The SAGA event includes 4 thematic days and a day devoted to field visits on forest, urban and industrial experimental and monitoring sites. The summer school aims at demonstrating similarities and peculiarities related to land-use in the biological, physical and chemical processes involved in the functioning and evolution of soils. The originality of SAGA is to treat these aspects along a gradient of anthropization that integrates all main soil covers. After a general introduction to soil functions and evolution, it is planned to devote three days to physical, chemical and biological processes.
Each thematic day will hold:

  • an introductory summary showing what is common along the gradient and what is specific to studied ecosystems and
  • presentations focused on the latest advances in research in each area.

The program combines speakers from different research institutes and universities. The last two days will be spent (i) visiting experimental field (Gisfi, Pompey- Custines, Azerailles) stations and (ii) modelling approaches aimed at better understanding the functioning of soils (e.g. the open platform “Virtual Soil”). The synthesis of the days will be conducted by participants in workshops and will be presented in plenary sessions by the different groups.

Practical information

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Programme and Registration

Registration is now open!
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The registration is assured only upon receipt of registration fees of 100€ that cover the course costs, lunch and coffee break. Credit cards and bank transfer accepted.

Click here to consult the tentative schedule