Activities of Commission VI

Besides own activities Commission VI offers joint events together with other Commissions and AGs of the DBG: Commission V as well as AGs AG Bodensystematik (Soil Classification) and AG Urbane Böden (Urban Soils).

Further Activities can be found e.g. in the BVB calender (Federal Assoc. for Soils). Please, be also aware of announcements on the DBG-websites.







Preliminary programme online

(see FLYER)


4.4.2019 | DBG-Workshop at Rostock University (LL&M)

Agriculture in times of climate change

As a party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Germany has committed itself to documenting and reducing the emission of greenhouse gases; It is more important than ever to clarify whether it will be possible to reach the 2 ° C target of the Paris Agreement. Soil plays a central role in the regulation of global greenhouse gas emissions; they can be both source and sink. The extent to which agroforestry systems (including KUP) represent a contribution to the CO2 sink should be one aspect of the workshop. Furthermore, the focus is on how the farmer can ensure sustainable land management under today's climatic conditions.

On the one hand, the workshop offers an insight into the current situation in the area of ​​GHG reduction in agriculture and at the same time indicates possible potentials, such as: land use by agroforestry.

The following sub-aspects should also be considered here: closure of material cycles, nutrient pollution of waters and the goal of a circular bio-economy. FLYER

Co-create and discuss with us!

Submission of abstracts: As part of the workshop, short lectures are planned in addition to invited lectures. We would therefore like to offer you the opportunity to actively contribute with a contribution and to help shape the workshop. Short presentations should cover the topics of agriculture, climate change, agroforestry, soil conservation, nature conservation, agricultural economics or the like. Please submit your abstract when you register.

Registration and abstract submission: wibke.baumgarten [at]

Registration fee: (only to be paid after registration confirmation)

DBG-Members: 20 € | Non-Members: 30 €

Deadline 22 February 2019


Complementary to the Global Soil Partnership, the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) is active in the area of sustainable soil management and soil protection, both at national and international level. Sustainable biomass production for bioenergy in increasingly degraded soils represents an important aspect as well as the provision of basic services (s. also SDGs of FAO). Further informationen about GBEP, partners and activities can be obtained from the GBEP-Website. Wibke Baumgarten (V Komm. VI) is involved in the panel activities due to her position as senior advisor at Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (FNR) | Agency of Renewable Resources.


Finalised Events


REPORT  (in German)

7.-8.11.2018 | Tübingen - Seminar Fundamentals of environmental soil management & soil engineering supervision (BBB)

From the authorities' side, soil protection and soil recycling concepts are increasingly required both for small and large construction sites, and thus for pedestrian construction supervision. Bases for this are u.a. the Federal Soil Protection Act (BBodSchG), the Federal Nature Conservation Act and the Building Code (BauGB).
Although, according to these legal requirements, the resource soil has to be treated with care in every construction measure, in practice the picture is often different: soil protection often takes a back seat and can lead to unexpected problems in the course of a building project. This also has financial implications. Accordingly, the issue of soil protection should be addressed in the planning and tendering of a construction project, and should not be the focus of the actors during the construction work. By an expert Bodenkundlichen
Construction supervisors can work out a construction-related plan in advance and then supervise the building project during the course. Also technical and waste-law aspects are to be considered in this course.

Further information can be found here

June 2017 - SEEMLA at the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) in Stockholm

The H2020 project SEEMLA ( was represented by the FNR on the occasion of the 25th European Biomass Conference and Trade Fair (EUBCE) in Stockholm, Sweden, from 12-15.06.17. The annual fair is aimed at scientists and practitioners from the field of bioenergy and related departments, and was attended in 2017 by more than 900 participants from approximately 80 countries. The EUBCE 2018 will take place in Copenhagen; further information is available on

Follow SEEMLA also on Researchgate and LinkedIn.

April 2017 - EGU Vienna, 1. International Symposium in SEEMLA successfully completed!

Around 50 international guests attended the session SSS2.10 "Soils of Marginal Lands"; Dr. Calliope Panoutsou (Imperial College London) and dr. Saori Miyake (IWAR, University of Darmstadt) were invited as Keynote Speaker. Other speakers came from Italy, Greece, Ukraine and Canada. - The event showed that the importance of using degraded landscapes is steadily increasing; in the project SEEMLA such marginal locations are mainly used for the production of energy crops (case studies in DE, GR, UA). This not only makes an important contribution to closing future energy shortages, but also to reducing GHG.

March 2017 - 2. National Workshop

im H2020 geförderten Projekt SEEMLA

                 "Sustainable Exploitation of Biomass for Bioenergy from                  Marginal Lands (MagL) in Europe"

Programme and further information

3. and 4. November 2016

Workshop Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord 

Description of technogenic soils in a former metallurgical plant

The Workshop has successfully been accomplished


 Further Information: Workshop Flyer or here