Information on International Symposium of CRC 1076 AquaDiva

International Symposium of CRC 1076 AquaDiva

6-7 June 2024 - Volkshaus Jena, Germany - Save the Date!
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.


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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Day 1 - June 6th

08:00-09:00  Registration
09:00-12:30  Program
12:30-13:30  Lunch Break
13:30-16:30  Program
16:30-17:00  Coffee Break
17:00-19:00  Poster Session
19:00-21:00  Dinner and Get-Together at the Volkshaus

Day 2 - June 7th

07:30-08:00  Registration
08:00-12:30  Program
12:30-13:30  Lunch Break
13:30-17:30  Program
17:30-18:00  Closing Remarks


Prof. Dr. Kai Uwe Totsche 
(Hydrogeology, FSU Jena)


Phone: +49 (0)3641 949451


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!