Season Schools


Bodenkundliches Geländeseminar

Im Rahmen einer zweitägigen Season School des SPP 1315 (23.5.-24.5.2011) in Jena sollen Techniken der bodenkundlichen Geländeaufnahme nach KA5, Bodengenese in Abhängigkeit variierender Substrate und die Ableitung von Standorteigenschaften vermittelt werden. Dazu werden drei Standorte mit Ausgangsgesteinen unterschiedlichen Alters (Quartär, Muschelkalk, Buntsandstein) und damit unterschiedlichen Bodenentwicklungen untersucht.

Die Veranstaltung richtet sich ausschließlich an DoktorandInnen des SPPs. Es fallen keine Gebühren an, lediglich die Kosten für Anreise und Übernachtung sind individuell zu tragen.


Reactive transport in porous media: Models, analysis and simulation

Venue: Institute of Earth Sciences, FSU Jena

Date: 24.2. - 25.2.2009

Planned number of participants: 20


  • Kai U. Totsche
  • Thilo Rennert

Lecturer :

  • Peter Knabner, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

The ability to understand and predict changes that occur as (contaminated) aqueous solutions flow through natural porous media such as soils, the vadose zone or the aquifer, is complicated by the wide range of biological and geochemical reactions that the water and its different solute and colloidal constituents may be undergoing, because they interact with the heterogeneous solid materials.
Various (semi)analytical and numerical reactive transport models have been developed in the last decade which couple fluid flow and solute transport processes with biological and geochemical reactions. These models are suitable for describing the transport of constituents through porous media and the reaction of these constituents with the immobile phase. They are applicable to a wide variety of problems.
The course will give an introduction to the current state of the art of coupled fluid flow and reactive transport modelling with special consideration of multi-species transport in variably saturated porous media. Besides the discussion of modern numerical techniques, emphasis will be put on the estimation and reconstruction of parameters and coefficient functions by inverse techniques.

Molecular modelling

Venue: University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna

Date: 29.6. - 3.7.2009

Planned number of participants: 20


  • Daniel Tunega/Vienna (Chair) ()
  • Martin H. Gerzabek/Vienna
  • Hans Lischka/Vienna & Prague
  • Georg Haberhauer/Vienna
  • Jaroslaw Szymczak/Vienna
  • Lubomír Benco/Vienna
  • Kai U. Totsche/Jena
  • Thilo Rennert/Jena


Computational chemistry has enormously expanded during the last decade, both in theory and in practical applications boosted by the increasing power of computers and computer clusters. It was shown in the past that computational chemistry is capable of contributing significantly to solve basic questions of soil science introducing new insight into various problems at detailed molecular level.
The main aim of the school is to present a background of theoretical methods (both quantum mechanics and force field) and to demonstrate a variety of applications for modelling, for example, interfaces of soil constituents, water and solutes including organic contaminants. The course will contain lectures by experts in the field of theory and applications. Additionally, practical training on selected examples is planned. The scope of the school addresses a broad spectrum of soil scientists (including PhD students) starting with no or minimal experience in molecular modelling.

The season school is cancelled!