PhD position at VITO- Quantification of phosphorus flux

Early Stage Researcher (PhD) Fellowships – ESR1, Quantification of phosphorus fluxvito
The Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) calls for cadidates for a PhD-position available from October 2016 onwards. The fellowship “Quantification of phosphorus flux” is available within the INSPIRATION Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network.Further information and the full terms and conditions regarding eligibility are provided on http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/about-msca/actions/itn/index_en.htm or https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h2020-section/marie-sklodowska-curie-actions Work Programme 2014-2015.

Application process

Candidates should provide the following information before August 15 in one file for their application :
1. A detailed CV with covering letter which explains your suitability, competence and motivation for scientific research and the fellowship
2. All undergraduate level certificates including university grades. Foreign documents should be sent as certified English translations.
3. A summary of technical and scientific experience
4. A synopsis of the undergraduate/Master’s level thesis if applicable, or a detailed description of any previous research project and its appropriate work plan
5. A list of publications and/or presentations at meetings, if applicable
6. Contact information of two referees
Applications should be addressed by email to: Ingeborg Joris (ingeborg.joris@vito.be) and in cc to Ilse Van Keer (ilse.vankeer@vito.be).
Additional information
Further information on other fellowships available within the INSPIRATION Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network can be found on http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/. Further information on the INSPIRATION project and consortium partners can be found on : http://www.inspirationitn.eu

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Fate of Fertilizer P in Soils—The Organic Pathway

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Emmanuel Frossard and coauthors discuss the implications of the fixation of fertilizer P into organic compounds and its possible role for limiting P losses from agricultural systems.This interesting literature review was published as a chapter on the book entitled “Phosphorus in Agriculture: 100 % Zero” by Ewald Schnug and Luit J. De Kok (Springer, 2016).

 

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OP2016 – Last Day for Early Bird Registration

Orglogoanic Phosphorus Workshop, Lake District, England,  5th – 9th September 2016

31st May 2016 – Register by this date via the Lancaster University On-line store for the early bird registration price of £300.

Draft Programme Now Available

The OP2016 workshop is now officially closed for abstract submissions. We received a substantial number of exceptional abstracts and the OP2016 Steering group has considered all abstracts submitted. The draft programme and poster presentation list can now be found on the programme page of the OP2016 website.

Thematic Sessions Planned – Updated

 Session 1 – Organic Phosphorus flows in the environment in context with other nutrient cycles: Integration across ecosystems.

Session Chairs:  Ben Turner and Reiner Giesler

Session 2 – Methods of evaluating organic Phosphorus stocks, concentration and speciation.

Session Chairs:  Martin Blackwell and Andrea Vincent

Session 3 – Biotic interactions in organic Phosphorus cycling – Plants

Session Chairs: Alan Richardson and Courtney Giles

 Session 4 – Biotic interactions in organic Phosphorus cycling – Microbes

Session Chairs: Leo Condron and Tandra Fraser

Session 5 – Abiotic interactions of organic Phosphorus in soil and waters: Stocks, Flows and impact of scale.

Session Chairs:  Marc Stutter and Tegan Darch

Session 6 – Global challenges for Organic Phosphorus research.

Session Chairs:  Tim George and Phil Haygarth

 

Accommodation

The Low Wood Bay Hotel hotel is filling up quickly, so to take advantage of the reduced room rates, the hotel should be contacted directly on 015394 39431, quoting Ref. 821506. The room rates include accommodation, Full English Breakfast, Three course Table d’hôte Dinner and use of the Leisure Club: –

  • Sole Occupancy rate per person, per night – £120
  • Twin Occupancy rate per person, per night – £100
  • Delegate partner rate per person, per night – £80 (where the partner is not attending the workshop)

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop

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OP2016 – Last Three Days for Abstract Submission – Deadline 30th April 2016

 

Orglogoanic Phosphorus Workshop, Lake District, England,  5th – 9th September 2016

Important Dates

30th April 2016 – Abstract Submission – Details of the abstract submission process can be found on OP2016.com

31st May 2016 – Register by this date via the Lancaster University On-line store for the early bird registration price of £300.

Keynote and Invited Speakers Confirmed

We are pleased to confirm the following key note and invited speakers at the workshop: –

New Keynote Speaker: Ben Turner (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute )

Keynote Speaker: Barbara Cade-Menun (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

Keynote Speaker: Erwin Klumpp (Forschungszentrum Jülich)

Keynote Speaker: Federica Tamburini (ETH Zurich)

Invited Speaker: Anna Rosling (Uppsala University)

Invited Speaker: Mark Smits (Hasselt University)

Invited Speaker: Marie Spohn (University of Bayreuth)

Thematic Sessions Planned

 Session 1- Organic Phosphorus flows in the environment in context with other nutrient cycles: Integration across ecosystems.

Session Chairs:  Ben Turner and Reiner Giesler

Session 2- Analytical methods for evaluating organic Phosphorus stocks, concentration and speciation.

Session Chairs:  Martin Blackwell and Andrea Vincent

Session 3- Biotic interactions in organic Phosphorus cycling.

Session Chairs: Leo Condron and Tandra Fraser

Session 4- Abiotic interactions of organic Phosphorus in soil and waters: Stocks, Flows and impact of scale.

Session Chairs:  Marc Stutter and Courtney Giles

Session 5- Global challenges for Organic Phosphorus research.

Session Chairs:  Tim George and Alan Richardson

Accommodation

The Low Wood Bay Hotel hotel is starting to fill up, so to take advantage of the reduced room rates, the hotel should be contacted directly on 015394 39431, quoting Ref. 821506. The room rates include accommodation, Full English Breakfast, Three course Table d’hôte Dinner and use of the Leisure Club: –

  • Sole Occupancy rate per person, per night – £120
  • Twin Occupancy rate per person, per night – £100
  • Delegate partner rate per person, per night – £80 (where the partner is not attending the workshop)
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Long-term accumulation and transport of anthropogenic phosphorus in three river basins

Powers 2016Stephen Powers and coauthors analyzed phosphorus fluxes in the Thames Basin (UK), the Yangtze Basin (China) and the Maumee Basin (USA) in this interesting paper published in Nature Geoscience. The manuscript show the accumulation of P when due to fertiliser application in croplands, and this accumulated phosphorus may continue to be mobilized into the river waters long after inputs decline.

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Call for Abstracts – OP2016

OP2016

Call for Abstracts – Organic Phosphorus Workshop 2016

The OP2016 Steering group invites you to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the OP2016 Workshop. Details of the abstract submission process can be found on http://op2016.com/

Abstracts should be submitted by the 30th April 2016.

Registration 

Registration for OP2016 is now open and participants can register and pay for attendance via the Lancaster University On-line store. We encourage participants to register as soon as possible to take advantage of the early bird registration price of £300 (by 31st May 2016).

The registration cost includes attendance at all workshops, workshop materials, tea/coffee breaks, two course hot and cold lunch for each day of the conference, an outdoor activity and the conference dinner on a Windermere lake cruise.

Venue

The workshop will be held at the Low Wood Bay Hotel, located on the shore of Lake Windermere. It is recommended that delegates also arrange to stay at the hotel for the duration of the workshop, where rooms have been reserved at a special rates. To take advantage of the reduced room rates, the hotel should be contacted directly on 015394 39431, quoting Ref. 821506. The room rates include accommodation, Full English Breakfast, Three course Table d’hôte Dinner and use of the Leisure Club: –

  • Sole Occupancy rate per person, per night – £120
  • Twin Occupancy rate per person, per night – £100
  • Delegate partner rate per person, per night – £80 (where the partner is not attending the workshop)

Travel 

 The Low Wood Bay Hotel is a short taxi ride away from Windermere station, where regular connections are available from the Manchester International Airport. Further travel information can be found on the OP2016 website.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop

The OP2016 Steering Committee

 Phil Haygarth, Daniel Blackburn, Catherine Wearing, Courtney Giles, Tegan Darch, Tim George, Marc Stutter, David Lumsdon, Charlie Shand, Martin Blackwell, Ben Turner, Leo Condron, Alan Richardson, Philippe Hinsinger, Reiner Giesler, Tandra Fraser, Maria de la Luz Mora, Jianbo Shen, Ben Surridge and Andrea Vincent.

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Understanding the desorption of phosphorus in soils

Daniel Blackburn and coauthors combined the use of diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT), diffusive equilibration in thin films (DET) Blackburn 2016and geochemical modeling (DIFS model) to explore the basic principles of solid-to-solution P desorption kinetics in previously unattainable detail. This interesting article was just published in Environmental Science
& Technology
journal. This work was developed in the framework of the OPUS project.

 

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