Work programme 2012

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Arrival of all participants in Ceske Budejovice (Budweis), Czech Republic

Accommodation in the dormitory of the University of South Bohemia

Monday, September 17th, 2012


  • Programme and organisation (v. Wrangell) and
  • Introduction in the topic of the IP “Soil & Water” (Santruckova) (1 h)
  • Basic Introductions to soil water relations (Kazda) (2 h)


  • Introduction in soil zoology (Wanner) (2 h)
    - Soil biology - definitions and overview
    - Organismic components of the soil
    - Soil organisms as decomposers
  • Seminars related to soil water relations (2 h)

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012


  • Soils and ecosystem dynamics in south Bohemia (Picek) (2 h)
  • Protection and sustainable use of soils (Astover) (2 h)


  • Roots and the use of soil water (Kazda) (1 h)
  • Introduction to excursion topics “Sumava mountains” (Santruckova, Urbanova)
    (1 h)
  • Seminars related to “Bayerischer Wald / Sumava mountains” (2 h)

Wednesday and Thursday, September 19th-20th, 2012

Two whole day excursions in Sumava Mountains. Topics:

  • Historical dynamics and human impact
  • Plants and soils in forests and wetlands
  • Forest damage through biotic and abiotic factors
  • Climate change impact on ecosystems
  • Nature protection strategies and conflicts with forest management
  • Seminars on related topics and discussion panels by participants

Friday, September 21st, 2012


  • Soils under drought (Baldy) (2 h)
  • Plant stress biology I (Niinemets) (2 h)


  • Plant stress biology II (Niinemets) (1 h)
  • Interactions in plant-soil-systems (Astover) (1 h)
  • Seminars related to plant stress (2 h)

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012


  • Litter decomposition (Baldy) (2 h)
  • Soil animals, practical exercises (Wanner) (2 h)
    - Introduction:
          Short profiles of important soil animals
          Essential methods: field sampling, laboratory procedures
    - Practical exercises:
          Determination of soil micro-, meso-, and macrofauna


  • Excursion to Hluboka castle (obligatory cultural activity) (Urbanova)

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Free day, facultative tour through the historical city centre of Ceske Budejovice

Monday, September 24th, 2012


  • Plant growth in wetlands (Kazda) (2 h)
  • Microbial processes in wetlands (Santruckova) (2 h)

Afternoon: Excursion “Wetlands in Trebon area”. Topics:

  • Vegetation, animals and soils
  • Vegetation dynamics under differing impact
  • Monitoring greenhouse gas emissions
  • Constructed wetlands for waste water treatment

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012


  • Plants under drought I (Reiter) (2 h)
  • Soil degradation (Reintam) (1 h)


  • Plants under drought II (Reiter) (1 h)
  • Seminars related to drought (2 h)

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Whole day excursion to Lower Austria, Wachau area (Leitgeb). Topics:

  • Soils and plants under limiting water supply
  • Soils build on loes deposits and soil erosion
  • Management options at diminishing water supply
  • Danube River as a historical backbone in Europe (cultural topic)

Thursday, September 27th, 2012


  • Soil degradation and soil compaction (Reintam) (2 h)
  • Soil degradation, disturbance, and organismic succession (Wanner) (2 h)
    - Definitions and concepts
    - Case studies:
          Post-mining landscapes in Eastern Germany
          Military training areas in Eastern Germany


  • Seminars related to soil degradation (2 h)
  • Seminars related to soil zoology (2 h)

Friday, September 28th, 2012


  • Synthesis from Erasmus IP “Soil & Water” (Santruckova) (2 h)
  • Outlook for the activities 2013 and 2014 (v. Wrangell, Reintam, Reiter) (2 h)


  • Mobility within Erasmus programmes (v. Wrangell) (1 h)
  • “Why should you go to ... as an Erasmus-student?” (Students) (2 h)


  • Farewell party

Saturday, September 29th, 2012



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