1st KEYSOM Training School


Historical building of University of Coimbra

1st KEYSOM Training School

  • University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • 04/10/16 - 07/10/16

COST Action “KEYSOM”  - 1st Training School

The role of Soil Fauna on Soil Organic Matter Dynamics

Coimbra, Portugal 4-7 October 2016

Framed within the objectives of the COST ACTION KEYSOM (Soil fauna - Key to Soil Organic Matter Dynamics and Modelling – see http://keysom.eu/) this first Training School aims at providing updated concepts and methodologies on the study of Soil Organic Matter (SOM) dynamics and on the overlooked key role that Soil Fauna plays on this process. Getting together soil ecologists, biogeochemists and modellers, this is a multidisciplinary course comprehending both lectures and practical classes on these topics.

Prof. Paulo Sousa organized the first KEYSOM Training School. A selection of relevant speakers will provide their knowledge and experience in themes going from soil biodiversity, function, and SOM interaction. Targeted mainly at PhD students and young post-doctoral fellows, this summer school also aims to stimulate collaborative research among participants via a close dialogue between them and with the guest lecturers.

Selected participants will receive a “trainee grant” as a contribution to their expenses regarding travelling, accommodation and meals, according to COST regulations. Trainees eligible to get reimbursed are those from all COST countries, approved NNC institutions and approved European RTD Organisations (see COST rules).

Invited Selected Trainers were:

Thibaud Decaëns (Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, CNRS, Montpellier, France)

Gaby Deckmyn (University of Antwerp, Belgium)

Georg Guggenberger (Institute of Soil Science, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany)

Stephan Hättenschwiler (Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, CNRS, France)

Juan J. Jiménez (ARAID, IPE-CSIC, Spain)

Paulo Sousa & Pedro Martins (Centre for Functional Ecology – UC, Portugal)

Alexei Tiunov (Laboratory of Soil Zoology, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Moscow, Russia)

Karen Vancampenhout (KU Leuven, Belgium)

Diana H. Wall (Colorado State University, USA)

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