Centro Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland
7 -11 October 2012. Monte Verità, Ascona, Lago Maggiore, Switzerland
This workshop stems from a bottom-up approach of scientists trying to identify the mechanisms of stabilization and destabilization mechanisms of organic matter in soil and sediments. This is a series of typically small workshops which took place in Hohenkammer, Germany (2003), Asilomar, USA (2005), Adelaide, Australia (2007), Giens, France (2010), Ascona, Switzerland (2012), and tentatively the US east coast (2014), organized by Alain Plante (Univ. Penn) and colleagues.
Also, we would like to clarify and avoid confusion with the "SOM conferences" series. The SOM conferences are similar in name and overlap in scientific scope, but typically are larger in number of participants and tend to focus more on agro-ecosystems. The SOM conference series started in Poitier, France (2007), and was followed by Colorado, USA (2009), Leuven, Belgium (2011), and tentatively will be organized in Nanjing China in 2013 by Genxing Pan (Nanjing Agricultural Univ., China) and colleagues.
The meeting will continue the poster- and discussion-focused workshop style of the 2005 meeting with a few oral presentations and mostly time for posters and breakout groups. This format will allow plenty of time for discussions during the plenary sessions and breakout groups at the posters, as well as informally. The chairs will invite two younger scientists with new, controversial results and views and form a “provocateur” team to lead the discussions. Afternoons would be reserved for special events (field trip, free time, working groups). Evenings would start with a Frontiers Talk and followed by poster sessions with snacks and drinks and open-ended discussion time.
Number of participants
The maximum number of participants would be limited to 100 persons, one practical aspect being that the proposed conference site cannot host more guests. We are also of the opinion that the foreseen discussion-based character of the conference might become compromised by allowing the conference to grow too large. To limit the number of participants in a fair and transparent way, the scientific organizing committee will ask for and evaluate one-page maximum abstracts submitted by each of the prospective participants.
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