On May 10, 2016 our dear and very esteemed colleague Dr. Silke Höke passed away.
She was a highly committed soil scientist who has worked wholeheartedly for the protection of soil in Germany and at the EU level.
However, with regard to the planned workshop in Duisburg, which will take place in early November 2016, it is my sad duty as Chairwoman of Commission VI to note that Dr. Höke will no longer participate in this event.
Silke Höke had initiated the workshop, therefore, the workshop will be carried out in her favor.
sgd. W. Baumgarten
The obituary is accessible to members on the homepage of the DBG
The commission VI of the German Soil Science Society (DBG) unifies by vote of the society members in September 2009 the former commissions VI (soil technology) and VIII (soil conservation) It is oriented to applied science and tries to transfer the new scientific knowledge obtained in the fundamental oriented commissions into practice. Questions of soil use and soil treatment are topics of the commission.
The main focus of commission VI is the conservation and protection of soils and the preservation of their multiple functions in ecosystems and technological questions concerning the anthropogenic use of soils and the remediation of degraded soil.
The main task is to minimize risks and to remediate damages from anthropogenic soil use aiming at a sustainable and multifunctional land use. The topics cover questions of protection and conservation of soils and their characters and functions, the improvement and remediation of degraded and/or contaminated soils, the development and planning of recultivation measures, and the risk assessment and planning of land use and land management options with special emphasis on protection of soil and water resources.
The activities of commission VI require the integration of fundamental research from soil physics, soil chemistry, soil biology and soil mineralogy and are closely related to soil fertility, plant nutrition, soil classification, mapping and soils in education and society.
Commission VI is organizing frequently conferences and workshops, also in conjunction with the other commissions of the German Soil Science Society, to discuss current research and to identify future tasks and challenges in the field of soil conservation and soil technology.
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On 3-4 November, 2016 the Workshop "Landscape Park Duisburg North (LaPaDu) - Description of Technosols in a former steel factory" („Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord (LaPaDu)– Beschreibung Technogener Böden in einem ehemaligen Stahlwerk“) is taking place in Duisburg's Landscape Park Registration open from 20 June, 2016 to 3 October, 2016 For further information please click here You may also contact: w.baumgarten[at]fnr.de (c) of photos: Dr. S. Höke
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