Sustainability Seminar, CHE650 at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, January 9-11, 2018

The event was organized and sponsored by Center for Hazardous Substance Research, KSU, the Consortium for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability and NATO SPS MYP project G4687.

The Seminar provided information to KSU students, faculty members and broader public on phytoremediation with biomass production; soil quality and how to improve soil quality; physical, chemical and biological features of soils that impact soil quality; soil water holding capacity; metals and organic contaminants in soils; establishing vegetation in contaminated soil; soil ecology including nematodes and other multicellular organisms; soil carbon and soil health; phytoremediation using miscanthus and trees; analytical methods to monitor soil contaminants; economics of soil restoration processes; and incorporating miscanthus into building materials.

The event included 2.5 days lecturing and two field trips: one- to the remediation site and another- to the KSU agricultural field with energy crops.

Lectors were from K-State, including members of NATO team: Ganga Hettiarachchi, Lawrence Davis, Kraig Roozeboom and PhD student Zafer Alarmary. Also members of NATO team from Europe: Valentina Pidlisnyuk and Josef Trogl (UJEP) and Tatyana Stefanovska (NULES) as well as speaker from outside universities: Moritz Wagner, University of Hohenheim, Germany, Jirina Jilkova, Socio-Economic Faculty, UJEP and Marta Podrzeba Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas, Poland delivered presentations.

The seminar ended up with the panel discussion on research needs led by Larry Erickson, KSU in which future directions of joint investigation and their design were discussed by KSU faculty members, NATO team members and students enrolled into the seminar.

The final seminar agenda:

Tuesday, January 9


8:30 – Soil Quality – Colby Moorberg, KSU


9:40 – Phytoremediation with Biomass Production – Valentina Pidlisnyuk, UJEP


10:50 – Establishing Vegetation in Contaminated Soil – Lawrence Davis, KSU
Noon – Lunch


1:20 – Biological Aspects of Soil Ecology – Josef Trogl, UJEP


2:30 – Soil Water Holding Capacity – Gerard Kluitenberg, KSU

3:40 – GRACE Project – Moritz Wagner, UH

Wednesday, January 10


8:30 – Metals in Contaminated Soil – Ganga Hettiarachchi, KSU


9:40 – Organic Contaminants in Soils – Lawrence Davis, KSU


10:50 – Growing Miscanthus in Contaminated Soil – Kraig Roozeboom and Zafer Alasmary, KSU
Noon – Lunch


1:20 – Nematodes and Other Multicellular Organisms in Contaminated Soil
Tim Todd, KSU and Tatyana Stefanovska, NULES

2:30 – Soil Carbon and Soil Health – Charles Rice, Nobel Laureate, KSU


3:40 – Phytoremediation Using Trees – Charles Barden, KSU

Thursday, January 11


8:30 – Analytical Methods to Monitor Phytoremediation – Ganga Hettiarachchi,KSU

9:20 – Bioeconomy Strategy of the European Union with Special Focus on Renewables including Miscanthus – Jirina Jilkova, UJEP

10:10 – Incorporating Miscanthus into Building Materials – John Schlup, KSU


11:00 – Panel on Research Needs – Lawrence Davis, Ganga Hettiarachchi, Valentina Pidlisnyuk, Marta Pogrzeba, Tatyana Stefanovska, Josef Trogl, Moritz Wagner, and Donghai Wang (KSU)
Noon – Lunch

1:20 – Experience with Phytoremediation of Heavy Metal Contaminated Land by Energy Crops: Experience from Phyto2Energy and MISCOMAR Projects – Marta Pogrzeba, IETU

1.40-3.30 Visits to field sites

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Members of NATO team and seminar lectors with Charles Rice, Nobel Laureate
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1 day, lecture of Valentina Pidlisnyuk
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1 day, lecture of Lawrence Davis
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1 day, lecture of Josef Trogl
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2 day, lecture of Tatyana Stefanovska
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2 day, Lecture of Kraig Roozeboom
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2 day, lecture of Charles Rice
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2 day, input from PhD student Alasmary
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3 day, lecture of Ganga Hettiarachchi
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3 day, panel discussion 3
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3 day, panel discussion
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3 day,panel discussion 2

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