Future Use of Peat and Substitutes in Horticulture conference

The International Peat Society is happy to announce its annual meeting which this year will be held at MARUM Centre for Marine Environmental Sciences in Bremen, Germany in partnership with IPS’ German National Committee (DGMT).

The three-day event will focus on growing media, but also other peat(land) topics will be discussed. Tickets are available for €35 – 80, and accommodation amounts to €70 – 100/night. The conference offers excellent networking opportunities.

For more reasons to come to Bremen, see the programme below. Detailed abstracts and speaker bios are available at www.ips2019.com Are you interested? Register latest by 31 March.


Monday 13 May

  • IPS Executive Board meeting (members only)
  • National Committee Roundtable
  • Revision of the Strategy for Responsible Peatland Management
  • IPS Annual Assembly (open to all)
  • Ice Breaking Party

Tuesday 14 May

Registration (check-in)

Welcome speeches:

  • Dr. Andreas Bauerochse, Chair DGMT
  • Gerald Schmilewski, President IPS
  • Dr. Joachim Blankenburg, Vice Chair DGMT
  • Professor Dr. Michael Schulz, CEO MARUM

Growing media yesterday and today

Dipl.-Ing. agr. Silke Kumar, Chair DGMT Section II and Quality manager MoKuRa, Scharrel, Germany

Present situation and development of the peat industry in China

Professor Dr. Meng Xianmin, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China and Chair of the IPS National Committee of China


Canadian peatlands: Horticulture use in growing media and responsible management of ecosystem services

Paul Short, President of the Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association (CSPMA), Canada

Long-term responsibility in managing Baltic peatlands

MSc. Erki Niitlaan, Chair of the Estonian Peat Association, Estonia

Coffee talks

Growing media volumetric potentials for meeting developments in the period 2020-2050

Ir. Chris Blok, Researcher at WUR (Wageningen University and Research), the Netherlands

International, regional and national peat policies – challenges for peat industry?

Professor Dr. Jack Rieley, IPS Executive Board member and Coordinator of the IPS Expert Group Conventions and International Affairs, United Kingdom

Kekkilä-BVB – sustainable growing solutions for international markets

Juha Mäkinen, CEO Kekkilä-BvB Oy, Finland

Peat uses in Europe – results of an IPS survey

MSc. Hannu Salo, Coordinator of the IPS Expert Group Growing Media and Energy Peat, Finland


Growing media – soilless culture as a challenge for the future

Msc. Stefaan Vandaele, Chair of Growing Media Europe AISL, Brussels, Belgium

German + English afternoon:

Alternatives to peat in growing media in the context of international markets

Dr. Jan Köbbing, Head of Sustainability Management, Klasmann-Deilmann GmbH, Geeste, Germany

The Peat Reduction Strategy of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

Dr. Thomas Schmidt, Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (BMEL), Berlin

Growing media in Germany – an industry fit for the future?

Dr. Arne Hückstädt, Coordinator of the Department Growing media, potting soils, constituents in the Industrieverband Garten, Düsseldorf, Germany

Coffee talks

Approaches using sustainable raw materials for growing media

Professor Dr. Elke Meinken, University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf, Germany

National and global challenges for the peat industry

Dipl.-Geograph Bernd Hofer, Chair of IPS Commission Peatlands and Environment and

Business Manager Hofer & Pautz GbR, Altenberge, Germany

Discussion Session: Economy Meets Environment and Society

  • Peat Certification
  • Availability and Quality of Growing Media Constituents
  • Do we still need Peat?
  • Symposium Wrap Up

Introduction to the International Symposium on Growing Media and Quality of Life

in Qingdao, China, September 16-21, 2019

Professor Dr. Xianmin Meng, Institute for peat and mire research, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China

Introduction to the Excursions on 15 May

Silke Kumar and Gabriele Gramann

Delicious on-board-Dinner (BBQ) on the ‚Alexander von Humboldt‘

Wednesday 15 May

Excursion 1   

Teaching and Experimental Institute Bad Zwischenahn

Commercial grower LÜSKE

Excursion 2   

Gramoflor (growing media production/rewetting after extraction)

Commercial grower MELLE

Also invite your colleagues, suppliers and partners!

For updates in the programme, speaker bios, a description of the excursions, accommodation & venue information and to register, click here or visit www.ips2019.com
























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