On behalf of the organizing committee of the Technische Universität Berlin, it is our great pleasure to invite you to the 11th SUITMA, the international conference of the IUSS Working Group on Soils of Urban, Industrial, Traffic, Mining and Military Areas (WG SUITMA) being held from September 5th – 9th, 2022 in Berlin, Germany. We try our best to make a conference in presence possible, even under the difficult COVID-19 conditions.
The 11th edition of the SUITMA conference series addresses all aspects of anthropogenic soils in the food-water-energy-nexus. In a world of ecologic, economic and social challenges soils and their management are part of both the major problems and the starting points for its solutions. Soils play a crucial role in the cycles of nutrients, water and energy – in all its forms and manifestations. They act as sources, sinks, habitats, storages, buffers and transformation systems. SUITMAs are influenced by anthropogenic activities which alters – enhances, decreases – their functionalities in these cycles. SUITMAs, different to more natural soils also offer the opportunity for optimizations – which opens the field for a discussion on aims and targets.