International Symposium: Trees and Underground Pipes -Busting the Myths-

Apr 25, 2007

In urban areas trees grow in the vicintity of sewers, drains and service pipes. Their roots grow into cracks and pipe connections. Furthermore roots find no natural soil to grow in. This leads to a couple of conflicts between trees and underground pipes.

At IKT-Institute for Underground Infrastructure, Germany, researchers, aborists and network operators will meet to discuss problems and solutions.

In 1998 IKT started working on projects dealing with root penetration into sewers. Actually IKT is working on four "root"-projects with various objectives, all to reduce the conflict between trees and underground infrastructure.

Furthermore COST C15 ( was working on strategies improving the relation between technical infrastructure and vegetation and preventing conflicts by an international, interdisciplinary approach.

The International Symposium „Trees and Underground Pipes“ will serve as a perfect venue to exchange the actual results of interdisciplinary research, to discuss technical and organisational solutions and to create cooperation for further research.

Accompanying Exhibition
The conference is accompanied by a technical exhibition. Suppliers of pipes, root-protection-systems, substrates etc. are invited to present and demonstrate their products.

Who should attend:
  • Pipeline network operators
  • Pipe manufacturers
  • Pipe maintenace/rehabilitation managers
  • Arboriculturalists
  • Urban planners
  • Researchers

Improved understanding of causes and the potential solutions to your tree-pipeline problems. Networking with other practitioners who might assist you in addressing your tree-pipeline problems.

The working language for the symposium will be English. A simultaneous translation English/German might be arranged.

Symposium Fee (incl. lunch, dinner and beverages): 450,00 EUR

For more information visit

IKT – Institute for Underground Infrastructure
Daniela Brown
Exterbruch 1
45886 Gelsenkirchen (Germany)
Tel.: +49 (0)209 17806-0
Fax: +49 (0)209 17806-88 E-Mail:


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