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Nicolaus Copernicus University of Torun and Polish Soil Science Society would like to invite you to join us for the
7th International Conference of the Urban Soils Working Group, SUITMA, of the International Union of Soil Sciences.
Share in the latest information and ideas from around the world in this exciting and important field.

Urbanization indicator had raised from 25% in 1950 to over 50% at present, and probably by 2030 60 percent of world's population would live in cities. It means that area of urban soils, is constantly growing. Passenger and cargo traffic growth result in construction of new roads, railroads and airports and thus the soils of traffic areas are also expanding.

SUITMAs (Soils in Urban, Industrial, Traffic, Mining and Military Areas) are one of 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 limit the role of soil science in the decision making process for urban land management.

After successful events in Germany, France, Egypt, China, United States and Morocco, the 2013 conference in Poland will offer a further step forward in the knowledge of urban soils, focusing on the functions of SUITMAs in global change issues. It will feature current research from around the world, and panel discussions on topical issues. Not only are soil scientists invited, but members of other scientific communities (e.g. economists, lawyers, policy-makers, land planners) are most welcome to SUITMA 7.

Traditionally, SUITMA puts emphasis on local features of urban soils. In this objective, beside a three-day conference (16, 17 & 20 September 2013) held at Faculty of Earth Sciences of Nicolaus Copernicus University, located in UNESCO World Heritage city of Torun, two-day mid-conference field tours (18 & 19 September 2013) will be offered in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Province focusing on Technosols and one field tour would be dedicated to Northern Poland red brick gothic castles. A post-conference tour (20 - 24 September 2013) will be organized in Poland and Czech Republic focusing not only on urban and industrial soils of Central Europe but also with interesting social part (breweries visiting) included in the program and ending in Golden Prague, Czech capital.

We will be very pleased to invite you to participate in SUITMA 7 to share your ideas and experience for the benefit of urban communities and SUITMAs.

You are also welcomed to join SUITMA 7 group on Facebook to be instantly informed on news and updates concerning the Conference.

Jean-Louis MOREL Chairman of SUITMA
Ganlin ZHANG, Vice-Chairman of SUITMA
Przemyslaw CHARZYNSKI, Chairman of SUITMA 7

Scientific Committee
BEDNAREK Renata, Poland
BOULARBAH Ali, Morocco
BRETZEL Francesca, Italy
BURGHARDT Wolfgang, Germany
CHARZYŃSKI Przemysław, Poland
DICKINSON Nick, New Zealand
HÖKE Silke, Germany
HULISZ Piotr, Poland
KIM Kye-Hoon, Korea
KUBINIOK Gochen, Germany
LEGRET Michel, France
LEHMANN Andreas, Germany
LEYVAL Corinne, France
LORENZ Klaus, Germany
MACHULLA Galina, Germany
MAKOVSKY Lutz, Germany
MARFENINA Olga, Russia
MICHELI Erika, Hungary
MOREL Jean Louis, France
NASCIMENTO Clístenes Williams Araújo, Brazil
NEHLS Thomas, Germany
NORRA Stephan, Germany
PINI Roberto, Italy
QIU Rongliang, China
SCHAD Peter, Germany
SCHWARTZ Christophe, France
SERE Geoffroy, France
SHAW Richard, USA
SIMONNOT Marie-Odile, France
SOBOCKA Jaroslava, Slovakia
VACHA Radim, Czechia
WESSOLEK Gerd, Germany
WU Qitang, China
ZAGÓRSKI Zbigniew, Poland
ZHANG Ganlin, China

Organizing Committee
CHARZYŃSKI Przemysław, Copernicus University, Toruń (Chairman of SUITMA 7)
DĄBROWSKI Michał, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń
HLADÍK Jiří, Research Institute for Soil and Water Conservation, Prague
HULISZ Piotr, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń
JANKOWSKI Michał, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń
MARKIEWICZ Maciej, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń
MENDYK Łukasz, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń
MICHALSKI Adam, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń
SEWERNIAK Piotr, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń
ŚWITONIAK Marcin, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń
VACHA Radim, Research Institute for Soil and Water Conservation, Prague