20.09.-24.09.2015 / Göttingen

Welcome to the 5th International Symposium on Soil Organic Matter!

Dear colleagues,

Soil organic matter (SOM) is the most intriguing feature of soils and one of the most fascinating properties of terrestrial ecosystems.
SOM is the integrating parameter of soil fertility and stability of agricultural and natural ecosystems.
Novadis, the key role of SOM in stability of global C cycle and greenhouse gas emissions raised studies connecting soils with atmosphere, hydrosphere and phytosphere – all of them with the focus on SOM. Despite SOM studies started hundreds years ago, and its static properties are known, we just starting to understand processes: formation and functioning, interactions and fluxes, processes and rates.

5th International Symposium on Soil Organic Matter 2015 is a follow-up to the meetings in Poitiers (France, 2007), Colorado Springs (USA, 2009), Leuven (Belgium, 2011), and Nanjing (China, 2013).

SOM 2015 will connect pools with fluxes, living and dead organic matter, organic and mineral compounds, topsoil and deep soil, experiments and modeling, terrestrial to aquatic ecosystems, dynamics and sequestration and surely the scientists investigating SOM from over the world. All this is necessary to elucidate Structure, Origin, Mechanisms of SOM formation and functioning.

We are looking forward to welcome you in Göttingen for this exciting event of the International Year of Soils 2015.

On behalf of the organizing committee


    Yakov Kuzyakov

Prof. Dr. Yakov Kuzyakov