Symposium: From stones to bread - REGISTRATION
Greenland is rich on natural resources with great potential national and global benefits. One of these is glacial rock flour.
Join a multi-disciplinary exploration of the potentials of glacial rock flour.

We will shed light on this natural fertilizer’s possible contribution towards Greenlandic business development, sustainable farming practices in tropical regions, and tackling global and local environmental and climatical problems. A range of speakers will present multiple aspects of the extraction, exportation, and utilization of Greenlandic glacial flour. Sessions hosted by the speakers will allow for constructive discussion.

On behalf of Greenland Perspective, Professor Minik Rosing and Carsten Rahbek

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.


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 glacier rock dust

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

Ass. 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 Aanimal 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 NEEGAARD, Institute for Plant and
Environmental Science, University of Copenhagen:
Living on a rock: glacial rock flour as fertilizer and soil amendment

Dr. 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

WHEN : Wednesday 27 April 2016, 8.30-16.30

WHERE : The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters,
H.C. Andersens Boulevard 35, 1553 COPENHAGEN V

Contact : Rebekka Knudsen, Project manager,, +45 30505113
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Twitter : @GLPerspective
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