Information on International Symposium of CRC 1076 AquaDiva

International Symposium of CRC 1076 AquaDiva

June 6-7, 2024 - Volkshaus Jena, Germany - Submit your Abstract!
Information on International Symposium of CRC 1076 AquaDiva
Picture: M. Fabisch, FSU

How deep does the influence of the surface extend into the earth beneath our feet? For the past 11 years, the Collaborative Research Centre 1076 AquaDiva has built up unprecedented infrastructure to answer questions about how the surface and subsurface are coupled and the role of subsurface ecosystems in providing ecosystem services such as clean drinking water. Research in the CRC AquaDiva shows that understanding subsurface waters requires going beyond the traditional concept of aquifers as ‘rocks permitting water flow’ and groundwater quality as a consequence of geochemical reactions and surface inputs, to understanding the key role of subsurface life. The extent of connection to the surface depends on the local geology and how that combines with surface vegetation and soils to control the downward movement of water, particles, organisms, and solutes. These inputs combine with subsurface conditions to produce dramatically different microbial communities and element cycling in different domains.

The purpose of this International Symposium is to bring together a broader spectrum of researchers and disciplines to learn about the remarkable infrastructure at the Hainich Critical Zone Exploratory and the Saale-Elster-Sandsteinplatte Observatory for observing and sampling different subsurface domains, what has been investigated and learned so far, and to plan for future research to answer new questions that have arisen and to take advantage of expanding observations at a time when surface conditions (weather, vegetation) may be expected to continue to change rapidly with consequences for water resources in Thuringia and Germany.

We cordially invite contributions from researchers interested in the links between surface and shallow groundwater from a variety of disciplines, including Earth system science, environmental microbiology, ecology, hydrogeology, soil system sciences, and related fields, to visit the CRC field sites, present their own research, and discuss future research strategy to improve understanding of how a changing environment will affect these connected systems and their associated ecosystem services.

Kai Totsche, Kirsten Küsel, and Susan Trumbore on behalf of the AquaDiva Consortium


Front view of the Volkshaus Jena
Front view of the Volkshaus Jena
Image: Jenaparadies, A. Gräf


Volkshaus Jena
Carl-Zeiss-Platz 15
07743 Jena 
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  • Program Day 1 - June 6th

    08:00-09:00  Registration
    09:00-09:10  Welcome Note
    09:10-11:10  Session 1: Linkage in the Critical Zone – Fluids connecting habitats 

    11:10-11:30  Coffee Break
    11:30-13:30  Session 2: Beyond the dissolved phase – Transport and transformation of matter, energy, and information
    13:30-14:30  Lunch Break
    14:30-16:30  Session 3: Diving into subsurface life
    16:30-17:00  Coffee Break
    17:00-19:00  Poster Session
    19:00-21:00  "Stay-Together" Finger Food Buffet at Volkshaus Jena

  • Program Day 2 - June 7th

    08:00-08:30  Registration
    08:30-10:30  Session 4: Emerging techniques and strategies for observing the Critical Zone 
    10:30-11:00  Coffee Break
    11:00-13:00  Session 5: Big data and E-Science – Explanatory and data-driven models for understanding ecosystem functioning and evolution
    13:00-14:00  Lunch Break
    14:00-16:00  Session 6: Lessons learned and future directions – Implications for science, education, management, and governance
    16:00-16:30  Coffee Break
    16:30-17:00  Wrap-up Remarks and Get-together

Sessions at the AquaDiva International Symposium: 

Titles and Tags of the Symposium Sessions
Titles and Tags of the Symposium Sessions
Picture: M. Fabisch, FSU


Submission Deadline: April 15, 2024

We cordially invite you to submit an abstract to present a talk or poster at the AquaDiva International Symposium! The scientific committee will decide after the submission deadline and you will receive a notification. 

Please submit your abstract (max. 600 words) via the ConfToolExternal link system by April 15, 2024. After creating a user account or logging in with your ConfTool account, you can submit a new abstract or edit an existing abstract. Please note that during the online submission, you will be asked to select the type of your contribution (talk/ poster/ both possible) and up to two sessions of your preference from the six sessions. Read more about this and the regulations for presenting talks and posters in the author / presenter guidelinespdf, 374 kb

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Registration is not yet open. Please check back for information on how to register for the symposium. The conference fee is expected to be 150 €. 


We will lead a small excursion to the Hainich Critical Zone Exploratory  on Saturday, June 8th. There are no additional costs. Registration is required. Please check back later for information on on how to register for the field trip. 


Questions about the scientific program, the venue, and organizational matters:
Phone: +49 (0)3641 949451

Questions about abstract submission, registration and payment of the participation fee: 


Prof. Dr. Kai Uwe Totsche (Hydrogeology, FSU Jena)
Prof. Dr. Kirsten Küsel (Aquatic Geomicrobiology, FSU Jena)
Prof. Dr. Susan Trumbore (Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry)
Dr. Robert Lehmann (Hydrogeology, FSU Jena) 
Dr. Maria Fabisch (CRC AquaDiva, FSU Jena)



At the International Symposium of CRC AquaDiva, we are committed to create a respectful, safe and welcoming environment that values diversity and inclusion and is free from harassment. We are dedicated to providing an inclusive symposium experience for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, language, gender, sexuality, (dis)ability, physical appearance, age, religion, or economic class. We ask and expect all participants to show respect and courtesy to everyone. The Symposium does not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment. Please bring any concerns to the immediate attention of the organizing team. Participants who are asked to stop harassing behaviour will be expected to do so immediately and may be asked to leave the event in serious cases. Thank you for your help in making this a welcoming, respectful, and interesting event for all!