December 02 (Monday).

Inscription and accreditation.

Opening lecture: New trends in soil micromorphology.

Excursion: the Uros Islands in the Titicaca Lake “The Uros Soils”.

Welcome dinner in the harbor of Titicaca Lake.

Presentation of traditional Aymara dances from Puno region.

December 03 (Tuesday).

Session 1. Micromorphology as key technique to decipher pedogenetic processes. Micromorphology as key technique to decipher pedogenetic processes. In this session, topics associated with the use of soil micromorphology in classical studies of soil genesis, environmental studies and soil remediation and contamination research will be discussed.

Session 2. Paleopedology and Geoarchaeology. The use of soil micromorphology in archaeological, social, paleoenvironmental, paleontological, anthropological studies and the use of associated techniques for the development of this type of research.

December 04 (Wednesday).

Session 3. Micromorphology in different environments and cultures. The use of micromorphology in studies of natural risks, the natural ecosistems, the approach of micromorphology in the study of historical periods and natural phenomena on a regional scale.

Session 4. Tribute to Professor Georges Stoops from his former students. George Stoops led the micromorphological works for many years, inspiring several generations with his ideas, sometimes face to face, but also through his research. We want to thank him. In this International Conference, contributions showing the legacy of George Stoops in different fields of Soil Science are welcome. In this way, we want to honor his memory.

Session 5. Novel methods, techniques and new opportunities for soil micromorphology. Applications of micromorphology associated to new techniques in areas such as climate change, microplastics, contaminants resulting from anthropogenic activities and future perspectives.

December 05 (Thursday).

Conference Excursion. Waru Waru Pre-Incaic soils. Final Lunch Peruvian Pachamanca. (Included in the fees).

December 06 to 10, 2024.

Price: 600 USD
Post Conference Excursion. Soil Catena in the Peruvian Amazon Basin. More information in FIELDTRIP link.

Special Theme

This congress is being proposed as a posthumous tribute to Professor Georges Stoops, who received multiple invitations to participate in soil micromorphology courses offered in Latin America. Unfortunately, due to health reasons, he was unable to attend. The aim of this congress is to provide the micromorphology community with an opportunity to come together in a unique natural setting imbued with historical significance. This gathering intends to foster a sense of camaraderie among fellow enthusiasts dedicated to the study of micropedology.

Many of us were fortunate to have known Professor Stoops, who consistently infused his work in micromorphology with a humane touch. His efforts facilitated the creation of bonds of friendship, turning his work into a conduit for fostering connections. It is precisely for this reason that the proposed theme for this special conference is “Making Friends.”

Beyond the exchange of knowledge, this conference aspires to enhance interaction and collaboration among individuals who share similar interests but are spread across different corners of the globe. The common thread that unites them is the utilization of soil micromorphology. This event seeks not only to facilitate the sharing of insights but also to fortify collaborative efforts among like-minded individuals, transcending geographical boundaries.

Business meeting. This meeting is oriented and guided by the Chairman of the Commission 1.1 Soil morphology & Micromorphology.

Closing Party with traditional Peruvian dances. As a closing activity of this event, a farewell cocktail will be held in which typical Aymara dances will be enjoyed accompanied by folk music from the Andean highlands.

Conference Excursion. Waru Waru Pre-Incaic soils. The Waru Waru system is a direct result of pre-Inca agricultural activity in the last 2000 years around the circumlacustrine zone of Titicaca lake in the vicinity of the city of Puno, Peru. The land is used for transitory and perennial crops, as well as extensive natural pastures, the most important soil characteristics in relation of soil taxonomic classification and genesis in relation to historical use will be overserved. The deterioration and changes in these highly efficient productive systems (Waru Waru) in some Aymara communities will be visit in this field trip. At the final of this field trip, the Lunch will Peruvian Pachamanca accompanied by vegetables and typical sauces of Peruvian cuisine.

!All the activities are Included in the fees!

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