DOK Excursion Friday 11. October 2019

Birsmattehof in Therwil (7 km South of Basel)


On Friday morning the two responsible scientists, Paul Mäder and Jochen Mayer, and colleagues will guide you through the DOK field experiment, where bio-dynamic, bio-organic and conventional cropping systems are compared in a four-fold replicated field experiment in 96 plots since 1978. It is located in the valley Leimen, a region characterized by loamy soil developed on deep deposits of alluvial Loess. An overview on associated ongoing or recently closed projects will be given (e.g., on drought stress, soil quality indicators, N2O emissions, N and C rhizodeposition, root carbon turnover, Deuterium studies, P-cycling). Principle investigators and PhDs will present new projects on soil organic matter quality and soil metagenomics. We will also discuss future research questions and potential collaboration with visitors. 

More information on the DOK field experiment here.

Registration for the excursion

Please note that the registration to the conference does not automatically imply the attendance to the DOK field experiment excursion. If you want to attend the excursion you must send an email to Paolo Demaria ( expressing your intention to attend the excursion.

Travel costs from the conference to Basel and for your next destination after the excursion, as well as the accommodation costs for the night of Thursday, October 10th are not included in the conference fees and must be covered by each participant. The excursion itself does not have any additional costs.

Travel info

Note that Basel has an airport (Basel-Mulhouse) connected to many European destinations, and it is well connected by bus with Basel mail station (Bus line nr. 50, ca. 20 minutes. Therefore, you may consider arriving in Basel by plane, travel to the conference by public transport, and returning to your hometown from Basel after the excursion.

After the end of the DOK workshop on Monte Verità (Ascona) on Thursday October 10th, we will travel after lunch by train to Basel in the afternoon. Tickets and accommodation in Basel on Thursday night are not included in the Conference fee and must be booked individually by each participant. Below, we suggest a couple of Hotels in Basel for the night from 10th to 11th October 2019.

A bus is waiting for you at Basel SBB main station to bring you to the DOK site in Therwil and return to the station afterwards. The bus will leave on Oct. 11, 2019 at 8.30 am and return after the excursion before 12 pm. Departure and arrival are at Meret Oppenheim Strasse at the southern side (Gundeldingen) of Basel SBB station. You reach the Meret Oppenheim Strasse by entering the main hall of the SBB train station (northern side, city) and crossing the rail tracks on the walkway direction Gundeldingen (Media Markt). Before reaching the southern end of the walkway, turn left to a stairway that brings you down to Meret Oppenheim Strasse.

Map Basel SBB

Basel historic old town and Cultural City

You may consider to stay for the weekend at Basel.

Basel is indeed worthwhile to stay with its historic old town, more than 20 Museums, among them the famous Beyeler Museum, Bars, Restaurants and entertainment. And not to forget the river Rhine, with nice short boat tours and tours to Rheinfelden and back.

More information can be found:

13CO2 (left) and 15N-urea (right) multiple pulse labelling in the DOK-experimen

Hotel information

The hotel in Basel from 10th to 11th October 2019 has to be booked and paid by the participant.

Cheap hostel options

  • YMCA (5 min walk to railway station)
  • Backpack (10 min walk to railway station) 

Travel in Basel

Basel historical town and Cultural City