About SUITMA 8

The Institutes of Geology and Geography of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Mexican Soil Science Society invite to participate in the 8th International Conference of the Working Group on Soils in Urban, Industrial, Traffic and Mining Areas (SUITMA), of the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS).

Why?

  • Worldwide urbanization has risen from 25% in 1950 to more than 50% nowadays. By 2030 more than 60% of world’s population will live in cities. In consequence, the soil surface is increasingly sealed by constructions, roads railroads and airports. Also industrial and mining activities have affected severely particular terrains, which need rehabilitation. People living in cities, opposite to indigenous rural communities, are seldom aware of the vital processes occurring in soil, which maintain plant cover, and regulate water and air quality.

Where?

  • After successful meetings in Germany, France, Egypt, China, United States, Morocco and Poland, we travel to México to witness one of the largest mega-cities in the world and the soil management challenges that the third largest population of the world implies.
  • The metropolitan area of Mexico-city is an example of accelerated surface sealing, as well as past and present industrial activities. Its government is dealing with flood hazards, groundwater pollution, wind erosion in peri-urban areas affecting air quality, disposal of waste (sewage, urban inorganic and organic waste materials, construction debris, etc.), and rehabilitation of former industrial terrains with severe pollution problems. Surface subsidence due to groundwater over exploitation is affecting many buildings in the city.
  • The basin of Mexico has been populated since more than 2000 years, and therefore offers not only opportunities to investigate the impacts of actual human settlements, but also those of ancient human activities.
  • The main campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico will offer its facilities for the congress. One-day excursions to sites within the city, as well as pre- and post-conference tours to the surroundings will be offered.

When?

  • SUITMA 8 Congress will be held from September 20 to 25, 2015.

SUITMAs (Soils in Urban, Industrial, Traffic, Mining and Military Areas) are one of the main components of urban ecosystem. They are very diverse and heterogeneous, and fulfill primary functions of utmost importance. However, knowledge related to SUITMAs is still insufficient, which impairs the management of urban areas and limits the role of soil science in the decision-making process for urban land management.

Hosted By

Geology Institute

Instituto de Geologia
www.geologia.unam.mx

Geography Institute

Geography Institute
http://www.igeograf.unam.mx/sigg 

The Institutes of Geology and Geography aim to conduct basic and applied research of the highest level of geographic and geologic character, aimed at the knowledge of the territory and its natural, social and economic resources.


UNAM

UNAM
The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) was founded on September 21st, 1551 under the name Royal and Pontifical University of Mexico. It is the biggest and most important university in Mexico and Ibero-America. The fundamental aim of the UNAM is to serve both the country and humanity, train professionals, organize and carry out research, mainly on national problems and conditions, and offer cultural benefits in the broadest sense possible.
www.unam.mx 

IUSS

IUSS
The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) is the global union of soil scientists. The objectives of the IUSS are to promote all branches of soil science, and to support all soil scientists across the world in the pursuit of their activities.
www.iuss.org 

Sponsors

Organizing Committee

  • Christina Siebe Grabach – Institute of Geology, UNAM
  • Jean-Louis Morel – Chairman of SUITMA // University of Lorraine
  • Silke Cram Heydrich – Institute of Geography, UNAM
  • Eleonora Flores Ramirez – Technische Universität Berlin // Institute of Geology, UNAM

Scientific Committee

BRETZEL Francesca, Italy
CHARZYŃSKI Przemysław, Poland
KIM Kye-Hoon, Korea
MOREL Jean Louis, France
NEHLS Thomas, Germany
PINI Roberto, Italy
WESSOLEK Gerd, Germany
PRADO Blanca, México
KAUPENJOHANN Martin, Germany
CHACALO Alicia, México
SHAW Richard, USA

CARREÓN Dora, México
CRAM Silke, México
FLORES Eleonora, México
JAZCILEVICH Arón, México
ORTEGA Pilar, México
LEHMANN Andreas, Germany
SEDOV Sergey, México
SÉRÉ Geoffroy, France
SIEBE Christina, México
TOLAND Alexandra, Germany
RONGLIANG Qiu, China

COTLER Helena, México
REYES Laura Bertha, México
SOLLEIRO Elisabeth, México
NASCIMENTO Clístenes Williams Araújo, Brasil
CORTET, Jérôme, France
LEVIN Maxin, USA
TOOR Gurpal, USA
BURGHARDT Wolfgang, Germany
LORENZ Klaus, Germany

Program

You can download the FINAL program with the link below. Remember to check our NEWS section for last-minute updates.

Here you can download the FINAL program of the congress. Please copy and paste the link in your browser: http://tinyurl.com/pp3kukm

Here you can download the POSTER SESSION of the congress. Please copy and paste the link in your browser: http://tinyurl.com/ogu8jmz

Conference and Poster Sessions
The conference and poster sessions will take place in the Auditorium of the Post-graduate Center (Unidad de Posgrado):

Circuito de Posgrado,
Ciudad Universitaria, Delegación Coyoacán,
Z.C. 04510

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Unidad de Posgrado 19.310271, -99.185590 The conferences and poster sessions will take place in the Auditorium of the Post-graduate Center (Unidad de Posgrado):Circuito de Posgrado,Ciudad Universitaria, Delegación Coyoacán,Z.P. 04510

Working Sessions

The congress will be focused in the following main topics:

Archives of settlement history

 

Soil conservation and habilitation to improve water management in urban areas

Surface sealing, groundwater recharge, infiltration ditches

Geological hazards in urban and peri-urban areas

Subsidence, land slides, swelling and shrinking soils

City Biodiversity

Parks and other green areas, green walls and roofs
 

Urban soils and human health

Filter and buffer of pollutants and risk assessment: mining areas, traffic areas, industrial areas
 

Considering of soil ecological functions for urban planning and management

Food production in urban and peri-urban areas

Urban gardens and urban agriculture
 

Restoration and reclamation of environmental liabilities (mining and industrial)

 Technogenic substrates for “soil construction”
 

Education strategies to promote awareness on urban soil ecological functioning

Urban soils and air quality

Climate change
 

Monetary value of ecosystem services provided by soils in urban areas

 

Urban soils and art

Tours

One day field trip tours

Within the congress time. Trip A will be offered also as a pre-congress one day tour.

  • Trip A): Southern part of Mexico City: Urban agriculture (Xochimilco floating gardens), green roofs and walls, remediated former landfills, archaeo-urban soils at Cuicuilco and Copilco archaeological sites.
  • Trip B): Eastern part of Mexico City: Land subsidence, compost facility of Mexico City, saline soils of former Texcoco lake and the Alameda Oriente park located on a former landfill
  • Trip C): Northern and Central part of Mexico City: Bicentenario park located on the former oil refinery, Mexico City´s downtown: land subsidence, green walls and roofs, soil as archive of the city’s history.
  • Trip D): Soils at the university campus: green roofs, biodiversity and soil, ecological services of garden areas, history of human settlements in the southern basin of Mexico.

Post-conference tours

  • Trip E): Teotihuacán archaeological site- Mezquital Valley – Querétaro – Guanajuato (archaeo-urban soils, long-term waste water irrigation, remediation of environmental liabilities, soils in the Guanajuato Mining District): 4 days. 400 USD. Detailed program: FieldtrippostcongressSUITMA2015_E
  • Trip F): Cantona archaeological site, soils and geological hazards in the city of Xalapa, Veracruz. 3 days. 250 USD. Detailed program: XALAPACITYFIELDTRIP-1
  • Repetition of trip A): Southern part of Mexico City: Urban agriculture (Xochimilco floating gardens), green roofs and walls, remediated former landfills, archaeo-urban soils at Cuicuilco and Copilco archaeological sites. One day. 100 USD
  • Repetition of trip C):Northern and Central part of Mexico City: Bicentenario park located on the former oil refinery, Mexico City´s downtown: land subsidence, green walls and roofs, soil as archive of the city’s history. One day. 100 USD


Touristic tours

Optional touristic pre and post-congress one-day tours will be offered. Ideal for accompanying persons or for the ones with a short stay. Detailed program can be here downloaded: touristic_tours. The organization and payment should be arranged following the instructions of the document.

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Venue

UNAM

T he National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) is one of the most important milestones of the cultural and scientific knowledge of the country. Its contribution to Mexican culture was recognized in 2009 with the Príncipe de Asturias Prize of Communication and Humanities, and in 2007 the main campus (Ciudad Universitaria) was incorporated by unanimity to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites due to the architectural and cultural importance (read more here) in 2007.

Ciudad Universitaria, located in the southern part of the city “was built from 1949 to 1952 by more than 60 architects, engineers and artists who were involved in the project. As a result, the campus constitutes a unique example of 20th-century modernism integrating urbanism, architecture, engineering, landscape design and fine arts with references to local traditions, especially to Mexico’s prehispanic past. The ensemble embodies social and cultural values of universal significance and is one of the most significant icons of modernity in Latin America”.

The university is one of the largest of Latin America, with 13 faculties, 7 multidisciplinary units, 4 schools, 31 research institutes, 15 research centers 37,610 academics and 330,382 students. It also counts with a broad offer of cultural options, like museums (art and sciences), an Olympic stadium, one of the largest concert halls, theaters, a natural reserve, and huge mural paintings from renowned artists like Juan O´Gorman, David Alfaro Siqueiros or Diego Rivera.

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México City

México City is a mega-city with a huge cultural heritage, which comprises edification and traditions conserved from the times of the ancient Tenochtitlan, from the Colonial period, until nowadays. It conjugates museums (it is the city with the largest amount of museums in the world), ancient and contemporary architecture, archaeological sites, rural areas, traditions, picturesque neighborhoods, green areas, traditional markets, and an unending sort of touristic attractions. The metropolitan area of Mexico city has a population of 20.4 million people, and is the third largest city of the world.

Also, Mexican food has been recognized worldwide by UNESCO (read more here) for its richness, for having a variety of native ingredients, diverse cooking processes, and for playing a central role in the cultural identity of the communities.

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Dates

 IMPORTANT: Abstract submission deadline EXTENDED until May 30th, 2015.

Date
Event
April, 2014First announcement
November 15, 2014Abstract submission
May 30, 2015Deadline for abstract submission
Notification of abstract acceptance
Until March 20, 2015Early-bird registration
From March 21 to July 20, 2015Regular registration
After July 21, 2015Late registration
September 20, 2015Welcome reception
September 21, 2015Conference and poster sessions
September 22, 2015Conference and poster sessions
September 23, 2015One day field trip – Archaeological soils
September 24, 2015One day field trip – Environmental liabilities
September 25, 2015Conference and poster sessions
September 26-30, 2015Post-conference Tour

 

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