Soil biodiversity training school

/Here´s an announcment about slightly EcolChange-related soil biodiversity training school that will take place in Tartu in January. But it´s important to stress out that the registration deadline is already on 15th of December!/


COST Action “KEYSOM” – 3rd Training School

Soil fauna – Key to Soil Organic Matter Dynamics and Modelling. Interactions with other components of soils – Mycorrhizal fungi

Tartu, Estonia, 22-24 January 2019

'Just think...our pies feed the soil,the soil feeds the grass,the grass feeds us...'

Once you start thinking about the interactions… (pic from here)

Linking Soil Biodiversity with Soil Organic Matter Dynamics

Framed within the objectives of the COST ACTION KEYSOM (Soil fauna – Key to Soil Organic Matter Dynamics and Modelling – see this third Training School aims at linking the role of the soil biodiversity with the soil organic matter dynamics. This school will provide a comprehensive overview of the tools available to assess the soil biodiversity (including macrofauna, mesofauna, microfauna and microorganisms), such as classical taxonomic approaches and novel soil DNA metabarcoding. The originality of this training school lies in the interdisciplinarity of its subjects, from molecular biology to soil science, and its trainers, getting together soil ecologists, biogeochemists and modellers.

Dr. Maarja Öpik and Prof. Alar Astover will be hosting this third KEYSOM Training School. A selection of relevant speakers (see below) are invited to provide their knowledge and experience in themes ranging from soil biodiversity, soil function, and SOM interaction. Targeted mainly at PhD students and young post-doctoral fellows (ECIs), this training school also aims at stimulating collaborative research among participants and with the guest lecturers.


PARTICIPATION & REGISTRATION (30 participants max.):

The participation in this Training School has no registration fees. Participants will be selected based on their CV and motivation letter. Applications (one single pdf), including a CV and a motivation letter, should be sent by e-mail to Maarja Öpik ( until December 15, 2018.

Selected participants will receive a “trainee grant” as a contribution to their expenses regarding travelling, accommodation and meals, according to COST regulations. Trainees eligible for reimbursement are those from all COST countries, approved Near Neighbour Countries’ institutions and approved European RTD Organisations (see COST rules in the vademecum at:

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