Does the soil have memory?
Soil Science
Everyone, who has ever watched Frozen 2, remembers Olaf saying "Water has memory". Well, the very idea of some nature systems having kind of "memory" function is true.

In science and criminology it is used to reconstruct events and conditions of something that cannot be clearly observed in the present moment, but left us some "traces" and "hooks" of an activity happened in the past.

In this project we have the opportunity to discover what soil, as a complex-body-of-Nature, keeps in secret. Does it really have any Memory of the Past? What can we rebuild with its help and even WHY it is possible for some nature systems to have memory? All the answers will be found here, in the project!

We are planning on having two days of real expedition to find out what is going on!

Alluvial soils usually are the best "story keepers".
We will examine soil profiles around the valley of Protva river.
There will be adventures, fun and picnics in the Great Outdoors… You are welcome to join us in this project!

Ekaterina Remezova

Moscow, Russia
Ekaterina is a soil scientist and soil microbiologist mostly specialising on microscopic fungi. She graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University not so long ago. She really loves her object of research, especially when it involves working in the field and exploring the Great Outdoors! She is always ready for new trips and challenges!

Besides her scientific interests, she loves to spend her time playing the piano, drawing, crossing stitch, doing yoga and cooking (she loves to feed people).
She has been dreaming of participating in the IRS again! This will be her 3rd time! She has been very excited about the IRS since her first time in 2014 and she would love to come back and spend her time there with you, guys!

Zeljka Majic

Zagreb, Croatia
Zeljka is Chemist, half-biologist and overall science enthusiast. She does lots of volunteer activities in fields of science popularization and education. Most of her free time is spent outside exploring the world around us, usually while cycling, rowing, kayaking or soil digging. Some of her special interests include ecology and environment, recycling and waste management. And cats, of course! In fact, all animals. She is a dreamer, with a touch of bohemian and rebel spirit and she loves to travel around and meet new people.

Technical data: 35 years, currently employed at Ruđer Bošković Institute in Zagreb, Croatia on a project studying phagocytosis and macropinocytosis in Dictyostelium discoideum (a very cute soil-dwelling amoeba). This will be my third time on IRS, fourth time visiting beautiful Russia and I am very excited about it!

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