Second workshop on isotope-based studies of water partitioning and plant-soil interactions

Tuscany | Italy | 26–28 July 2022

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General Information

After the success of the first version, we would like to draw your attention to the second edition of the “Workshop on water partitioning and plant-soil interactions in forested and agricultural catchments” which will take place from 26 to 28 July 2022 in the beautiful Tuscany region, Italy. The workshop will be organized as Galileo Conference, sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation and EGU.

Goals and topics

Over the last decade, there have been tremendous advances in both technological development and process-based understanding of ecohydrological processes; several long-standing assumptions have been questioned; and novel, highly debated hypotheses have been proposed. Our workshop addresses the urgent need to share experiences, discuss and advance knowledge about ecohydrological and physiological mechanisms that regulate the selection of different water sources taken up by plants.

We aim to gather scientists with different scientific background (hydrology, ecology, plant physiology, soil science, remote sensing, modelling…) but common research interests in using stable isotopes of water as tracers to study the cycling of water through the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum. We put a special focus on novel and innovative methods to measure and apply isotope-based methods, as well as on interdisciplinary studies.

The key themes of the workshop include:

  • Water partitioning at various interfaces
  • Methodological advances in monitoring water stable isotopes
  • Plant physiological aspects and constraints related to water partitioning
  • Isotopic labeling and multi-tracer applications to improve the understanding of ecohydrological processes
  • Novel approaches for upscaling isotope-based methods, with e.g. remote sensing
  • Development and application of isotope-enabled models

Workshop format

The programme includes oral and poster presentations plus the presentations by invited speakers (Adria Barbeta, Lyssette Muñoz Villers). However, the core element of the workshop is the creation of discussion groups (moderated by discussion group leaders) with the goal of defining a future agenda for isotope-based studies of water partitioning.

The final workshop program is now available: Program_WaterPartitioning.pdf

As a highlight, we will present a “360° interactive study site” from a tropical dry forest in Costa Rica. Using virtual reality (VR) goggles, participants will have the opportunity to experience the core study site of Isodrones interactively, visualize data and even experience an overflight over the experimental forest with a drone in 360°.

The workshop will also be strongly connected to the ongoing activities of the WATSON COST Action: Watson – Watson Cost.

Workshop Venue

Our workshop venue will be the Demidoff Country Resort in Pratolino, Tuscany, located just 16 km north of Florence up in the hills, where we will have a conference room and meals provided. Accommodation can be booked at the Demidoff Country Resort as well or nearby at other hotels and bed & breakfast places. The conference venue is well connected to the international airport and the train station at Florence via shuttle services and public bus transport.

Reservation of the Demidoff hotel: We have pre-reserved rooms for the workshop participants. To confirm those, you simply need to write an email to with " Workshop Water Partitioning" in the subject and provide the required room type and your billing details. Covid-related cancellations are free until the day of the event.

Here are the confirmed hotel rates:

  • transport from and to Florence main railway station 15 € minimum two people.
  • room x 1 person 75 €
  • room x 2 persons 90 €
  • room x 3 persons 115 €
  • possibility to extend at the same price
  • there is also a city tax to pay 2,5 € per day


  • Abstract submission: open until June 15th 2022
  • Registration: open until June 30th 2022
  • HESS special issue: 1 September 2022


The registration window is open, you can register officially on the workshop homepage

Financial support for Early Career Scientists

We particularly encourage Early Career Scientists (ECS) to apply. There will be financial support available for ECS in form of a sponsorship that will be given for a selected number of ECS participants.

Organization committee

You can contact us at for further information. We look forward to seeing you in Tuscany for an exciting and productive workshop!

Matthias Beyer, Technical University of Braunschweig (Germany) Daniele Penna, University of Florence (Italy) Josie Geris, University of Aberdeen (UK) Luisa Hopp, University of Bayreuth (Germany) Francesca Scandellari, Isotracer srl (Italy) Matthias Sprenger, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA)

Abstract submission