Symposium: From stones to bread

- Glacial rock flour for soil restoration, sustainable growth and solution of global problems - 

Greenland is rich on natural resources with great potential for national and global benefits. One of these resources is the glacial rock flour.

Join our multi-disciplinary exploration of the potentials of glacial rock flour. We will shed light on this natural fertilizer’s possible contribution to Greenland's business development, sustainable farming practices in tropical regions, and tackling of global and local environmental problems. A wide range of speakers will present multiple aspects of the extraction, exportation, and utilization of Greenlandic glacial rock flour. The sessions will be hosted by the speakers and will allow for constructive discussion.

Registration is mandatory

In order to allow for a fruitful discussion, the number of seats at the symposium is limited to 65. It is free to attend the symposium but registration is mandatory.

Please register here.


8.30 - 9.00     Registration

9.00-10.30    Opening statement by Mogens Lykketoft, President of the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations session (video)

Welcome address: Scientific research in the service of development by Peter C. Kjærgaard, Director, Natural History Museum of Denmark

Professor Minik Rosing, Greenland Perspective, University of Copenhagen:
Revitalization of soil using Greenlandic rock dust

Professor Carsten Rahbek, Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, University of Copenhagen: Preservation of ecosystems through soil amelioration

Assistant Professor Tais Wittchen Dahl, Section for Geobiology and Minerals, University of Copenhagen: Cooling the Earth by rock weathering – insights from the history of land plants

Questions and discussion

10.30-11.00   Coffee break

11.00- 12.30   Professor David Beerling, Dep. Of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield: Enhanced rock weathering: a climate change mitigation option with substantial co-benefits for global agriculture? 
Professor MSO Andreas de Neergaard, Institute for Plant and Environmental Science, University of Copenhagen: Living on a rock:  glacial rock flour as fertilizer and soil amendment

Professor Paulo S. Pavinato, University of Sao Paolo, Brasil: Brazilian agriculture and rock flour potential use

Questions and discussion                                                                                                                                                                                                                                12.30-13.30   Lunch

13.30-15.00   Professor Niels Fold, Dep. of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen:
North-South trade -possibilities and limitations

Professor Tom Gilbert, Centre for GeoGenetics, University of Copenhagen:
Microbial communities in rock dust and the effect of rock dust on soil microbial       communities

Professor Kurt Kjær, Center for Geogenetics, University of Copenhagen: Origin of the resource

15.00-15.30  Break

15.30-16.30  Plenary discussion and conclusion