Speaker

Johan Perret, Ph.D.

Dr. Johan Perret is professor of Soil Management and Precision Agriculture at EARTH University, Costa Rica. He co-founded Green Roots Consultants in 2009. His main focus has been on sustainable soil management and efficient use of fertilizers and water in agriculture. Johan Perret started working on biochar production and biochar activation three years ago to provide a sustainable solution to soil degradation in the humid tropics.

Christoph Fühner, Ph.D.

Christoph Fühner is a biologist at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig, Germany. He uses his long-term experience in the ecophysiology and soil science of plant mineral nutrition for the development of so-called "sewchar systems". His concept integrates benefits of thermochemical technologies in wastewater treatment and the reuse of carbonized materials as soil amendments to establish sustainable resource management in sanitation systems.

Deborah Koons Garcia

Deborah Koons Garcia has called Northern California home for over thirty years. Her film The Future of Food (2004) examines the alarming issues surrounding the rapidly increasing corporate domination of our food supply. It is the first major film to cover the history and technology of genetic engineering and the complex implications of releasing such crops into the food environment and food supply. It has been shown all over the world in theaters, food, farming, and film festivals and by citizens seeking to informa and inspire fellow citizens to take action. The Future of Food premiered theatrically at Film Forum in New York.

Konstantin Terytze, Prof. Dr. mult. Dr. h. c.

Prof. Dr. mult. Dr. h. c. Konstantin Terytze - professor at Freie Universität of Berlin since 1994. Specialist for environmental chemistry, soil biology and quality criteria for environmental regulations - additional since 1991 Federal Environment Agency of Germany - soil protection, development of soil quality criteria, regulation and implementation of soil protection.

Shoieb Akaram

Shoieb Akaram is from India. He did his Engineering degree from Sastra University in Industrial Biotechnology followed by a diploma in Clinical Research. He continued his passion towards environmental engineering by joining the Master’s program in Bioresource Engineering under the supervision of Dr Shiv Prasher. He is majorly looking at various application of Biochar.

Sherie L. Edenborn, Ph.D.

Sherie L. Edenborn, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Microbiology at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Edenborn received her Ph.D. in Plant and Soil Science/Environmental Microbiology from West Virginia University. She is currently working on projects that examine how microbial communities may influence the ability of biochar to improve the ability of plants to resist disease and remove metal contaminates from soil.

Benjamin Wirth

10/2006-01/2012 Study of Physical Engineering Science at the Technische Universität Berlin. 02/2012-present PhD Student at the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering Potsdam Bornim focusing on the anaerobic treatment of HTC waste water and its potential.

Ines Vogel, Ph.D.

Working group Geoecology. Soil scientist dealing with all problems of biochar use in soils - physical, chemical, biological as well as regulatory questions and quality criteria. Since 2009 Freie Universität of Berlin - since 2003 Federal Environment Agency of Germany - soil protection and environmental risk assessment of pharmaceuticals.

Heinz-Josef Koch, Ph.D.

Head of Agronomy Department at the Institute of Sugar beet Research, Goettingen, which is associated to University of Goettingen with several project running on soil tillage and soil structure effects on crop growth, biomass production in crop rotations for bioenergy purposes, soil nutrients, and optimizing hydrochar used for soil conditioning and carbon sequestration.

Elizabeth Verhoeven

Elizabeth is a second year master's student at the University of California, Davis, in the Soils and Biogeochemistry graduate group. Prior to coming to Davis, Elizabeth worked at Oregon State University in the barley breeding and crop genetics program as well as working a few wine harvests in Oregon and abroad. She received a B.A. in Biology from Oberlin College in 2007.

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