International Conference on Phosphorus: Isotopic Tracers

Development of Isotopic Tracers for a Better Understanding of the Phosphorus Cycle


21.03.2012: The program is online, available here.

18.01.2012: The abstract submission deadline is postponed to the 31st of January! Hurry up!!!

26.08.2011: Conference fee and accommodation prices are now online.

12.08.2011: The list of keynote speakers is now complete


Centro Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland
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Sunday June 24 to Friday June 29, 2012
Centro Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland

The Group of Plant Nutrition (Institute of Agricultural Sciences) and the Stable Isotope Laboratory (Geological Institute) of the ETH Zürich will host the IsoPhos2012 Conference.

The conference will take place on June 24-29, 2012 at the Centro Stefano Franscini, the conference center of the ETH Zurich, located at Monte Verità, a beautiful hill on top of the lake town of Ascona, in Southern Switzerland.

Aim & Scope

The conference will focus on the use of a novel isotope tracer, oxygen stable isotope in phosphate (δ18O-P), which has the potential to bring new insights into the understanding of the processes driving P cycling in the environment.

The main objective of this conference is to assemble scientists from different research areas (earth scientists, limnologists and oceanographers, soil and agricultural scientists, biologists, plant physiologists, climate scientists) to discuss P cycling in different environments.

Specific goals of the workshop include:

(i) assess our current knowledge of P cycling in the environment and identify how isotope techniques may be used to addressing these deficiencies.

(ii) identify novel avenues for cross-disciplinary research, data sharing and ways of applying stable isotope approaches to shed light on P cycling.

(iii) provide opportunity for young scientists to interact with leaders in the field and establish networks and international collaborations and contacts.

Conference Themes

The program will include speakers and sessions that span the broad range of disciplines that may have interest in the topic. 

a) Phosphorites and apatite

b) Sediments

c) Waters

d) Source tracing

e) Soils

f) Biology

g) Processes

h) δ18O-P and radioactive P – processes and rates

i) Techniques

Roundtable discussions and social events will also be included. The ultimate goal is to create an active exchange of ideas and foster collaboration between scientists in order to expand the use of δ18O-P.

The conference is limited to 80 participants. As we expect more applicants, we highly encourage to submit an abstract, which will help us to select participants and speakers of short talks.

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