Infrastructure

for comprehensive interdisciplinary research of interactions between soil and water ecosystems, ecosystem processes and services on various spatiotemporal scales in the context of sustainable landscape use

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SoWa vision

Our vision is a comprehensive research and understanding of soil and water ecosystems in context of sustainable landscape use.

SoWa mission

Our mission is to create and develop a unique international multidisciplinary platform for detailed investigation of biotic and abiotic processes and complex interactions between soil and water ecosystems at microscale, mesoscale and landscape level.

Sowa objectives

systematic study of all biotic and abiotic processes and interactions between soil and water ecosystems;
detailed knowledge and understanding of key ecosystem processes and services;
development of new technologies, applications and approaches for sustainable landscape use;
development of new strategies for efficient utilization of natural resources to ensure food and resource security;
improvement of fertile soils and surface water quality;
protection of world natural heritage for next generations;
interpretation and publication of research results;
organisation of scientific and public events focused on soil and water;
education and public outreach in soil and water sciences.

Services

Realise your research ideas, visions and projects at unique state of the art facilities, technologies and approaches

Open Access

Use the latest unique research data, know-how, knowledge and services for free

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Consultancies

Discuss and realise your research projects with a team of highly experienced experts

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Education

Discover secrets of soil science, hydrobiology and many other research areas

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Events

Inspire yourself, present your projects, be part of the research community

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Structure

The SoWa Research Infrastructure consists of four research sections (RS), six research programmes (RP) and nine highly equipped laboratories driven by ten highly experienced researchers. The quality, uniqueness and research excellency are guaranteed by the International Scientific Advisory Board, Steering Committee, top management and all group leaders.

Scientific Advisory Board

is a group of seven outstanding external independent experts working outside the Czech Republic who provide a useful feedback, know-how, experience, ideas and advices to develop research activities according to the latest challenges and trends and help us to achieve the main research goals.

Georg Guggenberger

Scientific Advisory Board

Roger I. Jones

Scientific Advisory Board

Yakov Kuzyakov

Scientific Advisory Board

Ladislav Miko

Scientific Advisory Board

Cindy E Prescott

Scientific Advisory Board

Olaf Schmidt

Scientific Advisory Board

Sophie Zechmeister-Boltenstern

Scientific Advisory Board


Steering Committee

is a decision making body which consists of representatives of management, research sections and four main partners of the SoWa RI


Management

The SoWa Research Infrastructure is driven by three directors


Group Leaders

RS2

Ecosystem Functions

RS3

Biotic & Abiotic Interactions

RS4

Monitoring & Modelling


Research Programmes Leaders

RP1

Biological processes and transformations

RP2

The role of plant-soil interactions

RP3

Soil profile development

RP4

Biological diversity

RP5

Freshwater food web structure

RP6

Nutrient turnover in sediments

Support Team

Assistants, Project Administrator, Project Manager, Financial Manager, Technicians, etc.

Students

We educate and cooperate with hundreds of students (PhD students, master students, bachelor students, secondary school students) from the whole world.

Users

The SoWa Research Infrastructure can be beneficial for and used by researchers, students, teachers, entrepreneurs, journalists, governments, officials, public

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