We are pleased to invite you to attend the workshop “Biochar in forestry” 15-16 June 2022 at Kringler Gjestegård (www.kringler.no) near Oslo Airport Gardermoen, Norway.

The objective of the workshop is to exchange current updates of the research and development in this field within the Nordic-Baltic countries.

Background: Biochar is charred material formed by pyrolysis of organic materials and has a range of applications. In addition to improving soil physical and chemical properties and plant growth, biochar is a promising negative emission technology for storing carbon in soils, as it is very resistant to degradation. In forestry, biochar has been found to increase tree growth markedly in both pot experiments and, recently, also in young forest. Other studies have shown that biochar may be used as a growth medium in forest nurseries, potentially reducing the use of peat.

Topics for the workshop:

  • Biochar production methods and -facilities, feedstocks
  • Climate change mitigation effects and potential
  • Biochar properties and stability

        Effects of biochar on:

  • Forest and seedling growth
  • Soil carbon storage and soil respiration
  • Nutrient cycling and -leaching
  • Biodiversity

Foto: Kjersti Holt Hanssen

The workshop is open to scientists, students, managers, policy and decision-makers in the Nordic-Baltic countries. It will consist of invited lectures and scientific sessions with oral and poster presentations, and an excursion day 2 to Oplandske Bioenergy and their the newly opened biochar production plant in Ringsaker.There is a limit on the number of participants with physical attendance of ca. 40 people. It will be possible to follow the presentations on Wednesday on video link. Workshop language is English.

Payment:

Network participants and invited participants and speakers will get accommodation and travelling costs covered by SNS. Costs for other participants:

Workshop, both days* : NOK 3550.-
Day 1 (lunch included):  NOK 895.-
Social dinner 15.6.: NOK 550.-

* Includes lunch both days, coffe and tea during breaks, 3-course dinner 15.06., accommodation in single room, excursion 16.06.

For paying participants an invoice will be sent after registration.

Digital participation on video link (Teams) is free. For presentations, however, some priority will be given to participants with physical attendance. Poster contribution is only available for people with physical attendance. There will be a maximum limit of participants on video link (first come, first served).

Venue:

Kringler Gjestegård (www.kringler.no), Åsvegen 775, 2032 Maura. Kringler is located 15 min from Oslo Airport Gardermoen, Norway. There are good train and bus connections between Oslo and the airport. A shuttle bus from the airport to Kringler Gjestegård will be available on the 15th, alternatively the venue can be reached by taxi.


The workshop is arranged by NIBIO and the SNS network “Biochar in forestry” (https://nordicforestresearch.org/n2022-07/)

Network participants and invited participants and speakers will get accommodation and travelling costs covered by SNS. Costs for other participants:

Workshop, both days* NOK 3550.-
Day 1 (lunch included)  NOK 895.-
Social dinner 15.6. NOK 550.-


For paying participants an invoice will be sent after registration.

 

Information

Time
From Wednesday June 15th 2022 at 12:00
To Thursday June 16th 2022 at 14:00
Deadline
Thursday May 12th 2022 at 16:00

Deadline

Last entry date is passed, you can no longer enter this event.

Draft program:

  • Wednesday 15 June

  • 12.00-13.00

    Lunch

  • 13.00-18.00

    Presentations

  • 18.00-19.00

    Meeting for network participants

  • 19.00-21.00

    Social dinner

  • Thursday 16 June

  • 07.00

    Breakfast

  • 08.00-12.00

    Excursion to biochar production plant

  • 12.00-13.00

    Lunch

  • 14.00

    Returning to Gardermoen

The scientific committee will review submitted abstracts.

  • An abstract (max one page) is required for each submission
  • The abstract should be sent by 22 April to kjersti.hanssen@online.no
  • A template for the abstract can be downloaded here

Scientific committee:

Michael Gundale, SLU, Sweden
Dagnija Lazdina, Silava, Latvia
Marjo Palviainen, University of Helsinki, Finland
Kjersti Holt Hanssen, NIBIO, Norway

Deadlines:

Abstract submission: 22 April 2022

Decisions of oral /poster presentation:  2 May 2022

Registration: 5 May 2022