(listed according the schedule of their presentation)

(Mendel University, Brno/Czech Republic)

Nadezhda Nadezhdina

Research interests: Dr. Nadzhdina is Professor of Forest Ecology in Mendel University of Forestry and Agriculture, Brno, Czech Republic. Her research focuses on plant physiology and forest ecology, water relation in soil plant atmosphere continuum, hydraulic redistribution, and tree hydraulic architecture.

Keynote-Title:  "Role of trees in reducing soil moisture heterogeneity in the rhizosphere."

(Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Halle/Germany)

Doris Vetterlein

Research interests: PD Dr. Vetterlein is senior scientist at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Halle, Germany. Her research interests are in Bioavailability of Arsenic - soil-plant-food transfer of As with special emphasis on rhizosphere processes, plant water relations; ion transport and uptake into plants and plant functional diversity. She is member of the German Society for Plant Nutrition (DGP), the German Soil Science Society (DBG), the Federal Association for Soil (Bundesverband Boden) and the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GFÖ) Research Group "Desert Ecology".

Keynote-Title:  "Root water uptake - new insight."

Christian KÖRNER
(Institute of Botany, University of Basel, Switzerland)

Christian Körner

Research interests: Christian Körner is full Professor and head of the Institute of Botany at the University of Basel, Switzerland since 1989. His research interests are the influence of increasing atmospheric CO2 concentration on natural vegetation, alpine plant ecology and biodiversity and high elevation treeline research. He is (co)author of hundreds of publications, several of them in high ranking journals. Furthermore is he co-author of the "Strasburger", the standard textbook for botany, and author of "Alpine Plant Life and "Alpine Treelines". Dr. Körner is Editor in Chief of the Journals Oecologia and Frontiers in Functional Plant Ecology, and member of the editorial boards of Science (2000-2004), TREE (Trends in Ecology and Evolution), Global Change Biology, Biologie in unserer Zeit and GAIA. Furthermore he is recipient of the Marsh Award of the British Ecological Society 2007, obtained the highest score in Ecology for all German, Austrian and Swiss research institutions (1997-1998) and was awarded amongst others with the Tansley lecture of the British Ecological Society 2002 and the private Royal Colloquium for His Majesty the King of Sweden 2003.

Keynote-Title:  "Hydrological consequences of land use change in mountain."

(University of British Columbia, Vancouver/Canada)

John S. Richardson

Research interests: Dr. John Richardson is Professor and Head of the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences at the University of British Columbia, where he is also director of the Stream and Riparian Research Laboratory. His research addresses issues of ecology and management of streams, riparian areas and with a broad interest in aquatic biology, and in particular the interactions between freshwater and their surrounding riparian areas. He has published over 165 articles, more than 120 of them in international, peer-reviewed journals. Over 30 graduate students, 11 post-doctoral fellows and 10 research assistants, as well as dozens of undergraduate honours students have studied in his research team. He is on the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences and was previously an Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Ecology. He is a member of three endangered species recovery teams in Canada. He is an Associate member of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.

Keynote-Title:  "Resource exchanges across freshwater-terrestrial boundaries and feedback processes between adjacent ecosystems."

(German Research Center for Environmental Health, Munich/Germany)

Eckart Priesack

Research interests: PD Dr. Priesack is head of the research group "Modelling of Soil-Plant Systems" at the Institute of Soil Ecology. His current research focuses on the development and application of simulation models for water flow and solute transport in variably saturated soils. He is one of the authors of the model system Expert-N. This model is mainly used to describe crop growth and nutrient cycling in agro-ecosystems and impacts of agricultural management on the environment (nitrate leaching to the groundwater, N2O-emissions to the atmosphere). Furthermore he is research interest are in the development of terrestrial ecosystem models, modeling of soil-plant systems, soil hydrology of heterogeneous soils and modeling of soil C- and N-turnover dynamics. Over 8 post-doctoral fellows and 12 PhD students have works in his research team.

Keynote-Title:  "Modelling single tree transpiration based on 3D plant architecture."

Dani OR
(Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich/Switzerland)

Dani Or

Research interests: Dr. Dani Or is Professor in Environmental Physics of Terrestrial Systems and Head of Institute of Terrestrial Ecosystems. Dr. Or's research focuses on mass and energy transport in soils; pore scale liquid flow and retention; environmental measurement technology, and on interfaces between pore scale physical processes and biological activity in soils. Dr. Or is (co)author of over 170 refereed publications, and over 270 proceeding papers and abstracts. Dr. Or's research was supported by NASA, NSF, USDA, and BARD and recently by Swiss NSF and ETH-CCES. Dr. Or is Editor in Chief of the Vadose Zone Journal, recipient of the Kirkham Soil Physics Award (2001), 2004 Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America, chair of the 2008 Gordon Research Conference on Flow and Transport (Oxford, UK), 2010 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and 2013 Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer of the Geological Society of America, Hydrologeology Section.

Keynote-Title:  "Biophysical processes shaping bacterial life in soils - an unexplored universe under our feet"

Arnon DAG
(Agricultural Research Organization, Ministry of Agriculture, Israel)

Arnon Dag

Research interests: Dr. Dag is researcher in the Gilat Research Center of the Agricultural Research Organization of the Ministry of Agriculture in Israel. His research focuses on biology and cultivation of olives, reproductive biology of fruit trees, crop pollination, pomology in semi-arid conditions and developing guavaas an export crop. He is (co)author of over 60 peer reviewed publications.

Keynote-Title:  "Transition of world olive cultivation from extensive rain-fed to intensive irrigated: how water quantity and quality influence crop physiology and productivity."

(Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Magdeburg/Germany)

Norbert Kamjunke

Research interests: Dr. Kamjunke is scientific coworker in the Department of River Ecology. He is coordinator of a BMBF project about dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in drinking water reservoirs financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). As hydrobiologist Dr. Kamjunke's research focuses on the fields of microbial food webs and the competition of heterotrophic bacteria and mixotrophic algae for dissolved organic carbon.

Keynote-Title:  "Dynamics of dissolved organic carbon in drinking water reservoirs: hydrological control, ecological processing, and effects on water quality."