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14th symposium on remediation /

14. Sanierungskolloquium

September 30th – October 1st, 2015
Jena, Germany

Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Institute of Geosciences
Burgweg 11, 07749 Jena




The intensified mining for metals is an increasing risk for the environment. This anthropogenic pollution often results in barren landscapes poor in nutrients and rich in bioavailable heavy metals. However, succession and invasion of metal resistant microbes and plants show that re-vegetation is possible. A key role in this process is attributed to the interactions between biosphere and geosphere.

Bio-geo interactions discovered by interdisciplinary research between biology and geosciences are of growing interest. This pertains to remediation activities and future land-use, but knowledge on the key processes of bio-geo interactions will also allow for utilization, e.g. in element mobilization and transport in groundwater or for bio-mining operations. In contaminated areas, the interrelation of biosphere and geosphere controls the cycling of both nutrients and contaminants. It includes weathering, formation of secondary (tertiary...) phases, and transport with the water or uptake into biomass.

The geogenic setting is the basis of future development of a site. Not only are the source rock and the soil developing on this material important for any future appraisal. The distribution of contaminants with wind and water erosion, with entry into surface waters or with contamination of groundwater aquifers is the key to understand potential paths of element distribution in the environment. Microorganisms play a key role: the mobility of elements in water and soil, supporting plant growth under environmental stress conditions or shaping food chains and networks in a challenging habitat are examples for microbial support of desirable changes in metal contaminated environments. Not only soil and rhizosphere bacteria, but also fungi should be considered since they can mobilize nutrients strongly bound to solids or immobilize contaminants. Mycorrhizal fungi specifically interconnect different plants thus stabilizing the ecosystem.NVITATION

This year’s remediation symposium is directed to contributions within the field of bio-geo interactions in metal contaminated areas. (Hydro)geochemical aspects are one focus which will be supplemented this year by biodiversity investigations as well as with contributions to techniques for the study of interactions between biosphere and geosphere, linked isotopic measurements, spectrometry or modelling. We also welcome contributions dealing with field studies covering aspects of bio-geo interactions or case studies in remediation.

We warmly welcome you to the 14th remediation symposium in Jena and invite you to participate.

Erika Kothe and Georg Büchel


September 30th, 2015

8:30 am: Registration opening (Burgweg 11, 07749 Jena)

9:00 am: Conference opening, welcome

9:20 am: Session 1 “Weathering – a key role for element mobility”

11:00 am: coffee break

11:20 am: Session 2 “Contaminants in aquatic systems: sources, transport and fate”

1:00 pm: lunch break

2:00 pm: Session 3: “The effect of biodiversity on metal (im)mobilisation and uptake into biomass”

3:40 pm: coffee break

4:00 pm: Session 4: “Fungi in contaminated ecosystems”

6:00 pm: BBQ at Institute of Geosciences, Burgweg 11, Jena



October 1st, 2015


9:00 am: Session 5 “Modern techniques to investigate interactions between biosphere and geosphere”

10:30 am: coffee break

11:00 am: Session 6: “The potential land-use of abandoned mining areas: fix it or leave it?”

12:30 pm: Closing remarks and end of conference



Deadline: August 1st, 2015 (extended)

Including title, authors, addresses, text and blanks the text should not have more than 2000 characters.

Please send abstracts to Anja Grawunder.


Dr. Anja Grawunder

Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Burgweg 11

07749 Jena


Phone: +49 3641 948740

Fax: +49 3641 948622

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