ZEF Public Lecture: How can greenhouse gas measurements help us develop climate-smart agro-ecosystems?

May 2, 2024 | 13:30 h - 14:30 h

We'd like to invite you to our upcoming ZEF Public Lecture!

Topic: How can greenhouse gas measurements help us develop climate-smart agro-ecosystems?

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Ana Meijide (University of Bonn)

How to join

The lecture will be held in hybrid mode (zoom and in-person at ZEF). 
You can join us in-person at ZEF, first floor, ZEF Conference Room, Genscherallee 3, 53113 Bonn,
or online via Zoom: https://uni-bonn.zoom-x.de/j/62025870191?pwd=eTZkY2RXM0xxRnEwZ3JubVZSVTBmUT09


Climate-smart agriculture aims at sustainably increasing the productivity of agroecosystems and its resilience to climate change, while mitigating its climatic impact. Agricultural soils have the capacity to store large amounts of carbon, and therefore, they can be a great tool for climate change mitigation. However, due to different management practices, agricultural systems can also be sources of greenhouse gases. Hence, understanding under which conditions agroecosystems can sequester carbon in the soil and the mechanisms responsible for greenhouse gas production and consumption is of great relevance to develop climate-smart mitigation strategies. To understand these mechanisms, it is first necessary to quantifying carbon and greenhouse gas fluxes under different climatic conditions, management practices and soil types. Therefore, different studies will be presented where greenhouse gas fluxes from agroecosystems under temperate, Mediterranean and tropical climatic conditions were measured. The trade-offs between management practices aiming at soil organic carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions, under current or future climatic conditions, and show how greenhouse gas measurements should be the basis for developing informed climate-smart agricultural management strategies will also be explored.


Previous Positions:

  • Since 09/2023: Professor for Environment Modeling, University of Bonn, Germany.
  • 2018 – 2023: Assistant Professor, Agronomy, University of Bonn, Germany.
  • 2016 – 2018: Postdoctoral Researcher, Ecology Department, University of Granada, Spain.
  • 2012 – 2016: Postdoctoral Researcher, Bioclimatology, University of Göttingen, Germany.
  • 2009 – 2012: Scientific Officer, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Italy.
  • 2005 – 2009: PhD Candidate, Technical University of Madrid, Spain.


  • PhD Agri-environmental Technology (2009): Technical University of Madrid, Spain.
  • Diploma of Advances Studies Agri-environmental Technology (equivalent to MSc. - 2006): Technical University of Madrid, Spain.
  • Master, Management and Treatment of Waste (2003), Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain.
  • Bachelor Environmental Sciences (2002), Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain.



Fazlullah Akhtar

Dr. Fazlullah Akhtar


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