May 14 – 17, 2023
Institute of Plant Science and Microbiology
Europe/Berlin timezone

Scientific Program

  • Biotic interactions and their role in ecosystem-climate feedbacks

    Sunday, 14 May 2023

    Arrival in Hamburg

    5 - 5.15 p.m. Welcome address

    5.15 - 6 p.m. Opening plenary talk

    • Helmut Hillebrand (Oldenburg, Germany): "Biotic interactions, metacommunities and ecosystem functioning at the land-sea interface"

    6 - 8 p.m. Welcome reception / icebreaker

    Monday, 15 May 2023

    9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Session 1: Microbial interactions & ecosystems functions

    • Jennifer A. Rudgers (Albuquerque, USA): "Microbially mediated recovery from drought: A tale of two grasslands"
    • Johannes Rousk (Lund, Sweden): "The microbial control of biogeochemistry in warming soils"
    • Benton Taylor: "The symbiotic spectrum of plant-microbe mutualisms and the future of forest carbon storage"

    10.30 - 11.00 a.m. Coffee break

    11:00 – 12:30 Session 2: Terrestrial & marine ecosystem ecology

    • Martina Doblin (Sydney, Australia): "Microscale interactions influence the ocean’s biological carbon pump"
    • Paul Miller (Lund, Sweden): "Potential climate feedbacks inferred from modelled vegetation change and interactions in high-latitude ecosystems"
    • Ellen Dorrepaal (Umeå, Sweden): "Expanding our understanding of plant-soil-microbe interactions in arctic ecosystems: redefining seasonality?"

    12.30 - 2 p.m. Lunch break

    2 - 3.30 p.m. Session 3: Animals & biogeochemistry

    • Nico Eisenhauer (Leipzig, Germany): "Multitrophic communities and energy fluxes in a changing world"
    • Shawn Leroux (St John's, Canada): "Mechanistic models linking biotic interactions to the carbon cycle"
    • Thomas Hickler (Frankfurt, Germany): “The role of ungulate grazers in carbon cycle dynamics"

    3.30 - 4.30 p.m. Coffee break with poster session 1

    4.30 - 5.30 p.m. Discussion groups - Interdisciplinary crosstalk (in parallel)

    • A: How to link marine & terrestrial ecosystem ecology?
    • B: How to use analytical tools to study effects of biotic interactions on the climate system?

    5.30 - 6.00 p.m. Group reporting and panel discussion

    Tuesday, 16 May 2023

    09.30 -10.30 a.m. Session 4: Carbon cycling in ecosystems

    • Andreas Richter (Vienna, Austria): "Microbial growth drives carbon and nutrient cycling in soil"
    • Neil Saintilan (Sydney, Australia): "The upper limits of tidal wetland adjustment to sea-level rise"

    10.30 - 11.30 a.m. Coffee break with poster session 2

    11.30 - 1 p.m. Session 5: Possible future directions

    • Alga Zuccaro (Cologne, Germany): "Reductionist Approaches to a
      Molecular Understanding of Plant Microbiota Functions"
    • Thomas Pugh (Lund, Sweden): "Developing model-based hypotheses of plant functional trait distributions across the world's forests"
    • Kai Jensen (Hamburg, Germany): "Some knowns and many
      unknowns: How do biotic interactions affect ecosystem-climate feedbacks?"

    1 - 2 p.m. Lunch break

    2.00 - 2.30 p.m.

    • Alexandra Z. Worden (Kiel, Germany): "Factoring in microbial interactions to understanding the marine carbon cycle"

    2.30 - 3.30 p.m.

    • Discussion groups - Interdisciplinary crosstalk (in parallel)

    • C: How to experimentally explore effects of biotic interactions on
      the climate system?

    • D: How to combine insights from molecular biology & ecosystem science?

    3.30 - 4.30 p.m. Coffee break

    4.30 - 5.00 p.m. Group reporting and panel discussion

    5.00 - 5.30 p.m. Panel discussion on future directions for research

    7 - 9 p.m. Conference dinner

    Wednesday, 17 May 2023

    9 am to 5 pm Fieldtrip to research sites (Elbe Estuary & North Sea coast)

    • Poster Session I 15.05.23

    • Poster session II 16.05.23